Video Archive (2020-2021 Season)

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This Is America with Dennis Wholey

Show 2433:
Mallika Chopra - Just Be You

On this program, Dennis Wholey speaks with mother, author and global wellness teacher Mallika Chopra. Her new book, Just Be You, part of her illustrated Just Be series, encourages young people to develop a broad set of skills to confront the internal and external challenges of growing up in today's world and while navigating the pandemic. In addition, Mallika Chopra offers the personal experiences and difficulties that forced her to develop her mission as a worldwide mental health and mediation advocate.

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Show 2432:
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD - Unwinding Anxiety, Part II of II

On this program, Dennis Wholey concludes a two-episode conversation with neuroscientist, addiction psychiatrist, and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Judson Brewer, MD, PhD. Dr. Brewer touches on the science behind understanding stress and the “mental hacks” we can employ to stop habits of anxiety and worry. Dr. Brewer's new book is Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind.

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Show 2431:
Judson Brewer, MD, PhD - Unwinding Anxiety, Part I of II

On this program, Dennis Wholey begins a two-episode conversation with neuroscientist, addiction psychiatrist, and New York Times best-selling author, Judson Brewer, MD, PhD. Dr. Brewer discusses many of the strikingly common behaviors, concepts and habits that sit at the core of worry and anxiety in all of us. The conversation also examines many scientific findings about anxiety that Dr. Brewer offers in his recent book, Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind.

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Show 2430:
Deepak Chopra, MD - Total Meditation, Pt. II of II

On this program, Dennis Wholey concludes his conversation with renowned thinker, mindfulness advocate, and New York Times bestselling author, Deepak Chopra, MD. Within the interview, Dr. Chopra offers a variety of questions individuals can ask themselves to assess their priorities in life and the ways in which they can renew and replace negative habits both mentally and physically. In addition, Dr. Chopra explains how his work with cutting-edge technology, various foundations, and his most recent book, Total Meditation, Practices in Living the Awakened Life, are all geared toward simply improving the inner lives of people across the globe through simple practices of mindfulness and meditation.

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Show 2429:
Deepak Chopra, MD - Total Meditation, Pt. I of II

On this program, Dennis Wholey begins his conversation with renowned thinker, advocate for mediation-based mindfulness, and New York Times bestselling author, Deepak Chopra, MD. The conversation explores many of the human struggles we all face and the ways in which Dr. Chopra suggests individuals can navigate and transcend these issues to live happier and healthier lives. As a physician, Dr. Chopra's insights touch on the medical impact of meditation practices and the connected nature of our mental and physical lives. Dr. Chopra also elaborates on his many recent efforts and his new book, Total Mediation, Practices in Living the Awakened Life.

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Show 2427:
Supporting Women Veterans

In this program, Dennis Wholey examines the unique challenges many women face during and after their service in the military. To learn more, Dennis Wholey speaks with retired US Army Specialist, Yumari Cruz about her experiences during her service in Afghanistan, as well as the trauma she sustained from both her time in a war zone but also due to sexual assault and mistreatment from fellow service members. Ms. Cruz explains that her experiences are shared by many other women and how they dramatically impacted the way in which she transitioned to civilian life. However, this did not stop her from seeking the help needed to enjoy the career she has built for herself today. To understand the full experience of many women veterans, Dennis Wholey also speaks with Chief Program Officer for the Wounded Warrior Project, Jennifer Silva. She explains the variety of challenges women face as a result of their service and the institutional changes that can be made to advocate for female service members. Moments before the interview, Ms. Silva testified before Congress in support of women veterans and discussed the Wounded Warrior Project's recent release of the Women Warriors Initiative Report.

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Show 2426:
Conclusion - Race and Racism in America, Part IV

This week Dennis Wholey concludes a series of programs on race and racism in America with a powerful selection of guests including, Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D) 43rd Congressional District, CA and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. Each guest shares their thoughts on America's reckoning with racism as well as their hopes for the future of the country. Additionally, guests share insights from their own experiences as African Americans in a divided nation and the wisdom they can offer from their own lives of service and celebrated careers.

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Show 2422:
Armstrong Williams - Race and Racism in America, Part III

In this program, Dennis Wholey discusses race and racism in America with political advisor and commentator, talk show host, businessman, and syndicated columnist, Armstrong Williams. In the conversation, Mr. Williams examines the different ways in which racism is approached politically and culturally as a committed conservative. Mr. Williams also discusses the qualities he sees as the most valuable in navigating America today, his immediate acceptance of President Joe Biden's election, and offers his views on the political tide that preceded the storming of the Capital in Washington, DC on January 6th, 2021.

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Show 2421:
Nikki Giovanni - Race and Racism in America, Part II

In this program, Dennis Wholey discusses race and racism in America with Virginia Tech's University Distinguished Professor and celebrated poet, Nikki Giovanni. Their conversation explores the many positive and negative sides of American society and the layers of injustice that have defined America since its inception. Professor Giovanni goes on to read selections from her new book, Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose, and shares her own struggles with understanding and compassion for the conflicting faces of American culture today.

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Show 2420:
Baratunde Thurston - Race and Racism in America, Part I

Over the next few programs, This Is America & The World will examine race and racism in America today. On this program, Dennis Wholey speaks with writer, activist, and comedian, Baratunde Thurston. Mr. Thurston offers insight into the Black experience at a time when the country's relationship with race is shifting, discusses his personal experiences as an African American male, and offers insight into how the country can confront racism and other forms of modern inequity and injustice. Baratunde Thurston is the author of the book, How To Be Black, and has formerly worked for The Onion and The Daily Show. Currently, Mr. Thurston is the host and creator of two podcasts, How To Citizen with Baratunde and We're Having a Moment.

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Show 2419:
Chief Warrant Officer 2 (Ret.) Brady Busby - Veteran Voices, Part II of II

On this program, Dennis Wholey speaks with U.S. Army Veteran, Chief Warrant Officer 2 (Ret.) Brady Busby about his dramatic challenges after an extensive military career. Mr. Busby explains that after 14 years of service, in which he was placed in various combat-related deployments around the world, he returned home to face extremely painful physical and mental difficulties. Through intensive treatment offered by the Warrior Care Network and his own efforts, he continues to transcend the obstacles of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to improve his life and those of others. Chief Busby is a painter, author, fisherman, husband, and father and is actively involved in veteran support organizations.

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Show 2418:
Maj. (Ret.) Yolanda Poullard

Veteran Voices, Part I of II

On this program, Dennis Wholey continues to focus on mental health advocacy for veterans by speaking with U.S. Army Veteran, Maj. (Ret.) Yolanda Poullard about her difficulties after returning home from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The conversation examines the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder struggles veterans often face, how individuals navigate these issues and the ways the Warrior Care Network and other veteran advocacy groups support veterans.

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Show 2417:
Warrior Care Network & Operation Mend

Over the next few month's programs, our series will explore the importance of mental health support for our country's military veterans. On this program, Dennis Wholey examines the work of Warrior Care Network and Operation Mend. The Wounded Warrior Project works to support and improve the lives of wounded veterans and service members who served post-September 11th, 2001. To understand the needs and experiences of veterans, Dennis speaks with Wounded Warrior Project's Director of Independence Services and Mental Health Programs, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Richardson about the support essential to veterans after service has ended. Dennis also speaks with Dr. Jo Sornborger, PsyD, the Clinical Director for UCLA Health's effort Operation Mend, which offers an extensive variety of services and therapies and support for post- 9/11, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosed veterans, service members and their families.

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Show 2416:
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Vanderbilt University African American scholar, bestselling author and contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. The conversation examines Dr. Dyson's most recent book, Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America, which explores the origins of racism in America and how our country's flawed beginnings are visible throughout modern life in America today.

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Show 2409:
Vivian B. Pender, M.D. (President-elect, American Psychiatric Association) - Pt. II of II

On this program, Dennis Wholey concludes his conversation with Vivian B. Pender, M.D., President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pender offers insight into the mission and work of the American Psychiatric Association, her personal reasons for entering the field of psychiatry, and the evolving perspectives on “substance use disorder" and its classification as an illness.

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Show 2408:
Vivian B. Pender, M.D. (President-elect, American Psychiatric Association) - Pt. I of II

On this program Dennis Wholey begins his two-part conversation with Vivian B. Pender, M.D., President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association (2020‐2021). Their conversation examines how to navigate the common struggles of worry, anger, fatigue and various forms of mental illness in 2020. In addition, Dr. Pender discusses modern approaches to different disorders, as well as crucial warning signs that can indicate it is time to seek help for oneself or others.

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Show 2407:
Tony Green (Surviving COVID-19)

On this program, Dennis Wholey speaks columnist, author, and Covid-19 survivor, Tony Green who shares the painful story of how his pandemic skepticism changed when he was diagnosed with Covid-19 and lost multiple family members within the pandemic. Mr. Green is candid and powerfully honest about his experience and the experiences of 13 members of his family who were diagnosed. Additionally, he is eager to share his story in order to spare other people, families, and communities the pain he and his loved ones have endured as the result of a well-intentioned family gathering.

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Show 2406:
George S. Everly, Jr., PhD - (Psychological First Aid)

On this program Dennis Wholey speaks with author, educator and psychologist Dr. George S. Everly, Jr., PhD. As professor at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health and an advocate for psychological first aid, Dr. Everly explains that, in times of crisis, large or small, mental health must be a central focus to ensure our general health and safety. Their conversation dives deep into the underlying struggles we all face in crisis as well as the practical ways in which emergency care is expanding to include mental health support.

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Show 2405:
Michael "Top" Washington - (Service, Suicide & Gun Safety)

On this program Dennis Wholey speaks with Seattle Firefighter and United States Marine Corps Veteran, Michael "Top" Washington. After the death of his son in Afghanistan, Marine Sgt. Michael Washington, Mr. Washington became suicidal but fortunately navigated away from the opportunity, lacking access to a gun a the time. Mr. Washington discusses his work today helping others within his first responders, fire fighters, military and civic service based communities and his role on Everytown for Gun Safety's Veterans Advisory Council. The conversation confronts stigmas surrounding mental illness and suicide as well as how our nation's approaches to gun safety and mental health must work together.

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Show 2404:
Jay Shore, MD - (Modern Telepsychiatry and Depression)

On this program, Dennis Wholey speaks with psychiatrist Jay Shore, MD. As Director of Telemedicine at the University of Colorado's Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, Dr. Shore has helped usher in the new era of teletherapy to patients in need of help. His work has given him first-hand experience with people confronting pandemic related stresses in urban locations as well as patients in remote areas facing their own unique struggles. In addition, Dr. shore discusses the warning signs for depression and suicide and methods of treatment ranging from talk therapy to medication to hospitalization.

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Show 2403:
Lynn Bufka, Ph.D (American Psychological Association)

On this program Dennis Wholey speaks with Lynn Bufka, Ph.D. As a psychologist and as Senior Director of Practice Transformation and Quality at the American Psychological Association, Dr. Bufka brings a highly informed and unique perspective to the struggles facing so many Americans in the Covid-19 era. The conversation touches on many aspects of life today including, depression, stress, anxiety, complex family dynamics within the context of social distancing and more. Additionally, Dr. Bufka discusses how Americans can improve their lives, combat various issues, and seek help when needed.

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Show 2402:
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (Mental Health and Addiction in America)

The series begins its new focus on America's mental, emotional and social health by speaking with Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy. The spirited and personal conversation is devoted to the importance of treating addictions and mental illness as part of one's general health and unpacks the idea that common dialogue about psychological struggles and successes can improve the health of the nation. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy also offers insight into his own personal background, family struggles and discusses his advocacy work through The Kennedy Forum, DontDenyMe.org and more.

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