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FEBRUARY 22, 2017 - Noon Lisa Napoli, Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away
Ray & Joan is a quintessentially American tale of corporate intrigue and private passion: a struggling Mad Men era salesman with a vision for a fast-food franchise that would become one of the world's most enduring brands, and a beautiful woman willing to risk her marriage and her reputation to promote controversial causes that touched her deeply.
Ray Kroc was peddling franchises around the country for a fledgling hamburger stand in the 1950sMcDonalds, it was called when he entered a St. Paul supper club and encountered a beautiful young piano player who would change his life forever. The attraction between Ray and Joan was instantaneous and instantly problematic. Yet even the fact that both were married to other people couldn't derail their roller coaster of a romance.
To the outside world, Ray and Joan were happy, enormously rich, and giving. But privately, Joan was growing troubled over Ray's temper and dark secret, something she was reluctant to publicly reveal. Those close to them compared their relationship to that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. And yet, this volatility paved the way for Joan's transformation into one of the greatest philanthropists of our time. A force in the peace movement, she produced activist films, books, and music and ultimately gave away billions of dollars, including landmark gifts to the Salvation Army and NPR.
Together, the two stories form a compelling portrait of the twentieth century: a story of big business, big love, and big giving.
March 1, 2017 - NOON Robin Zasio, Psychologist, Featured Therapist on "Hoarders"
Before, during, and after the election, mental health professionals nationwide reported increased anxiety in their clients - and anxiety has terrible, even life-shortening effects on the human body and mind. What's the healthiest way to cope with anxiety, and what special challenges arise when that stress derives from world events? Dr. Robin Zasio visits In Deep with insight and advice. The hour will also touch on her work in reality TV - Hoarders and My Extreme Animal Phobia.
March 15, 2017 - NOON Chuck Collins
As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? It is time to think differently, says longtime inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins.
Born into the one percent, Collins gave away his inheritance at 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality. He uses his perspective from both sides of the divide to deliver a new narrative. His national and local solutions not only challenge inequality but also respond to climate change and offer an unexpected, fresh take on one of our most intransigent problems.
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