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Healthstyles on Thanksgiving: Turkey Talk


At 1:00 on Thursday, November 27th, 2014–Thanksgiving Day–radio listeners are likely to be in the kitchen or sitting at home contemplating a day alone. Regardless, WBAI and Healthstyles will keep you company.

Host Diana Mason, PhD, RN, introduces the hour’s program then suggests that those who are depressed about being alone on Thanksgiving might find comfort in joining an online chatroom called Lifeline Crisis Chat that provides online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services.  You can access this service by going online to If you cannot reach a Lifeline Crisis Chat specialist onlne, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). She then discusses “turkey talk”–the idea promoted by some to use the Thanksgiving gathering of family members and close friends to have crucial conversations about end-of-life wishes, including advance directives and health care proxies.  You can listen to the opening here:

Healthstyles co-producer Liz Seegert follows with an interview with Stephen Johnston, co-founder of Aging 2.0, about how technology can support a healthy lifestyle as one ages. To listen to the interview, click here:

The last half hour of the program is an interview that Diana conducted with nurse Donna Gallagher about her work over the years to build the health care and nursing workforce capacity of Liberia–efforts that are now terribly set back by the Ebola crisis in that country. Listen to the interview here:

So tune in on Thursday at 1:00 on WBAI, 99.5 FM, in New York City or online at

Heathstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.


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Diana is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and founder of HealthCetera. She was previously president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is senior policy professor at George Washington University and the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She is a health policy expert and leader. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.

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