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A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist
Tuesdays, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, leads a conversation about the state of our collective mental health and the ways in which our helping professions are either aiding or getting in the way of our cultural well-being. With so many social services, treatments and programs available—why are we all still struggling in so many ways?

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  • In preparation for Live Oak 2024 tune in for a "best of" conversation with singer/songwriter/storyteller John Craigie, who returns this summer to the Live Oak stage with the Coffis Brothers - and a fun chat with the Shook Twins, Laurie and Katelyn about their life on the road and on the stage.See John Cragie with The Coffis Brothers at Live Oak this year on Sunday night from 7-8:30pm on the main stage
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  • Tune in for a conversation about the promise of the American Dream - the possibility of upward mobility, freedom and equality available to those work hard and have the will to succeed. Many post-modern parents find the sacrifices necessary to achieve the American Dream, first introduced in the 1930's, is too much to demand of their children.Listen to the program live Tuesdays from 2-3pm on KCBX
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