D.C Not a Swamp, Power of a Plant, Psychiatrist Politics

The Matt Townsend Show - Season 1, Episode 1393

  • Jan 6, 2018 5:00 pm
  • 2:23:49 mins

Washington, D.C., is not a Cynical Swamp (19:08) David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speechwriter. Many people believe that Washington D.C. is a cynical swamp, a place where politician push their career’s agenda and leave a trail of hopelessness behind.  But our guest today believes that our Nation’s capital is the most hopeful place in America.  David Litt, the author of “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years," shares his book and his positive view of the culture of Washington D.C. Power of a Plant (1:10:22) Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator and administrator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn a better one. He is the author of the book “The Power of a Plant.” In the Bronx, the poorest Congressional district of America, elementary students grow plants inside of their classroom. In fact, these students have grown more than 40,000 pounds of vegetables alongside their community. Why are they growing plants in the middle of their classroom? Stephen Ritz brought plants into his Bronx classroom to help his students improve their academic performance. Stephen, known as “America’s Teacher,” is here today to share with us about how these plants are saving his students and their surrounding community.  Psychiatrists in Presidential Politics (1:56:14) Arash Javanbakht, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist at Wayne State University. The mental health of President Donald Trump has been under question by different groups since Trump took office. One such group calls themselves "Duty to Warn" and describes themselves as "An association of mental health professionals advocating Trump be removed under the 25th Amendment as psychologically unfit." Earlier this week Politico reported that a Yale psychiatrist met with members of Congress to discuss the President's mental health. Should psychiatrists give professional opinions about public figures they have not examined in person? Arash Javanbakht explains the danger of Psychiatrists giving a diagnosis of politicians.

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Power of a Plant

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Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator and administrator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn a better one. He is the author of the book “The Power of a Plant.” In the Bronx, the poorest Congressional district of America, elementary students grow plants inside of their classroom. In fact, these students have grown more than 40,000 pounds of vegetables alongside their community. Why are they growing plants in the middle of their classroom? Stephen Ritz brought plants into his Bronx classroom to help his students improve their academic performance. Stephen, known as “America’s Teacher,” is here today to share with us about how these plants are saving his students and their surrounding community.

Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator and administrator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn a better one. He is the author of the book “The Power of a Plant.” In the Bronx, the poorest Congressional district of America, elementary students grow plants inside of their classroom. In fact, these students have grown more than 40,000 pounds of vegetables alongside their community. Why are they growing plants in the middle of their classroom? Stephen Ritz brought plants into his Bronx classroom to help his students improve their academic performance. Stephen, known as “America’s Teacher,” is here today to share with us about how these plants are saving his students and their surrounding community.