This week on Middle Theory, the loss of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain sparks a conversation about societal issues with depression and cooperative efforts toward the prevention of suicide.
We pick up where we left off last week with an examination of the mysterious “illness” that U.S. diplomats, first in Cuba, and now in China, claim to have been afflicted by while working at foreign embassy locations. Some in the medical community have expressed skepticism over the claims, and feel that justifying the idea of an alleged “secret weapon” could be damaging to the medical field. We wonder how the diplomats in question might feel about that sentiment.
Elsewhere, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in the spotlight for recent remarks he has made about the use of marijuana (also known as “Jazz Cabbage” or “The Devil’s Lettuce”), as well as his renewed focus on protection of religious institutions in America. We analyze some of the points and counterpoints, as well as the inconsistencies in some of Mr. Sessions’ arguments.
Then getting to the MID, we examine the tragic loss of celebrity Master Chef Anthony Bourdain, and the recent appearance of suicides which also includes Kate Spade and others. How can the issues of depression and self-harm be better understood and dealt with more effectively? It goes without saying that help exists for those who may need it, and if you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, you should take action. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations. Don’t wait to hear from someone you think may be depressed… YOU reach out.
Then before closing shop, we also take time to examine Donald Trump’s landmark visit to North Korea, where he met Kim Jong Un in an unprecedented exchange between the East and West. What will the long-term effects of this meeting be, and will it be as effective as the Trump Administration hopes?
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Finally, here are links to stories addressed on this week’s program:
- A Medical Mystery Grows as U.S. Consulate Workers in China Fall Ill
- WTF: “The State Department evacuated at least two more Americans who fell ill in China after hearing strange noises, officials said.”
- NEUTERING THE NET: Net neutrality’s demise: Why it matters
- HOUSES OF THE HOLY: U.S. Justice Department to focus on discrimination against houses of worship
- SESSIONS’ STRUGGLES: Jeff Sessions Struggles to Get Planned Marijuana Crackdown Going
- MID: PARTS UNKNOWN: Anthony Bourdain found dead in France while filming for Parts Unknown
- Bourdain on Depression (2016): ‘I Feel Very Isolated’
- A CALL FOR HELP: Suicide Hotline Calls Jump 25% After Celebrity Deaths
- UN-FORGETABLE: ALL’S OKAY IN NK: Trump meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for historic summit