Jeff Sessions Testifies, Yoga Reducing Falls, Two Sides Of Barbie

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the House Judiciary Committee today. We find out how his testimony could affect the ongoing investigation into Russian campaign interference. Research shows that yoga will help reduce dangerous falls among the elderly. Our guest shares why it works and how we can get started. We also hear about a decade-long legal battle between the makers of Barbie and Bratz dolls and examine the contrasting images of women the toys rely on.

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  • Using Yoga To Prevent Falls Among The Elderly

    Every year, millions of people 65 and older fall. While most falls do not cause injuries, one out of five lead to serious ones, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Meanwhile, Wisconsin has one of the highest rates of death from unintentional falls in the nation.

    As people consider what to do to prevent falls, one option might be yoga practice. A recent study published in Complementary Therapies in Therapy shows that the number of falls in older adults declined 48 percent in the six months after they began attending yoga classes compared to the six months prior. We talk with one of the researchers behind the study about it and learn about what’s next for research in this area.

  • You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie's Dark Side

    One of the biggest intellectual property cases of the last decade took place between the makers of Barbie, and the makers of rival dolls, Bratz. Barbie had been on the market since the 1950s, and had become an icon around the world. In the 2000s, Bratz, who had an urban sense of style, an attitude, and “a passion for fashion,” were the first dolls to provide any real competition for Barbie. We talk to a lawyer who researched the case about the battle between two companies and two different visions of girlhood.

    Tell us what you think at 800-642-1234. Do you remember playing with these dolls?Do you have kids that still play with them? Tell us what you think they symbolize in our culture.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Host
  • Haleema Shah Producer
  • Breann Schossow Producer
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Kyle Cheney Guest
  • Dr. Irene Hamrick Guest
  • Orly Lobel Guest

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