Tuesday, August 23, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The CurrentSurviving a Plane Crash - Julia Ferganchick
The Prime Minister is due in Resolute Bay, Nunavut today, where he is expected to meet the people involved in the rescue efforts of First Air Flight 6560. Twelve people were killed when the Boeing 737 crashed on Saturday. Three people, including a seven year old girl -- were saved.
But surviving the repercussions of a crash may be just as demanding. Julia Ferganchick walked away from a plane crash in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1999. Eleven people were killed and Julie was injured. But her physical injuries were easier to heal than the anguish she continues to feel a decade later . Julia Ferganchick joined us from Tuscan, Arizona.
Surviving a Plane Crash - Robert Lifton
Dr. Robert Lifton discovered his personal and academic interest in survivors in the early 1960s while living in Hiroshima. Today, he's world renowned for his insights into the mental impact surviving a disaster has on humans. He has written numerous books on the human capacity for resilience, change, and transformation - including Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, and The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide. His latest book is a memoir called Witness to an Extreme Century. Dr. Lifton is the currently a lecturer at Harvard Medical School and he joined us from his home in WellFleet, Massachusetts.
Last Word - Cathy Crowe on Layton
It's probably safe to say if there was something about politics Jack Layton didn't know -- it wasn't worth knowing. But he didn't spend his entire career campaigning and backrooming. In fact, he spent a lot of time with people who were unlikely to return his attentions with votes.
Cathy Crowe remembers touring Toronto's streets late at night with Layton as they checked out the conditions of the homeless. Cathy Crowe is a founder of Toronto's Disaster Relief Committee and the author of Dying for a Home. On today's Last Word, she remembers those days when Layton was a city councilor in Toronto and apparently generous with a handout.
Other segments from today's show: