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August 28: Afghan TV; Destigmatizing mental illness; Story of the week

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The power of independent media gets a toe-hold in Afghanistan, with a unique TV station dedicated to freedom of speech. A Utah man has helped launch a television station in Kabul that promotes democracy, free speech, and western values. We'll look at the real potential of TV. Plus, destigmatizing mental illness. Blogger and author Heather Armstrong shares her personal battle and see how an expansion at the University Neuropyschiatric Institute will help other patients. Plus check out the story of the week.

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At its worst, TV might be inconsequential, banal, maybe even harmful. On the other hand, an experiment in Afghanistan reminds us of the potential of television when it's blended with the power of ideas. Steven Comrie has helped launch a television station in Kabul that promotes democracy, free speech, and western values. We discussed it's impact and the future of Afghanistan.

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The University of Utah's Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) opened a major expansion last week. The resource brings renewed hope for the thousands of people in Utah battling mental illness, including well-known blogger and best- selling author Heather Armstrong. In 2004, she admitted herself while battling post-partum depression. We shared her story and spoke to the executive director of UNI, Ross VanVranken, about the stigmas that surround mental illness and what resources are available.

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