Thirty abducted Afghan civilians killed  

Turkish-backed rebels in Syria 'bombed', The clearing of the 'Jungle' camp in Calais, 'Super-parenting' improves autism

On the Frontline Near Mosul  

Day 10 of IS stronghold offensive; US elections in Colorado; How parenting affects autism. (Photo: Iraqi forces move towards Mosul. Credit: Khalid Mohammed/AP Photo)

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How autism training helped my family  

Giving mums and dads the skills to become "super parents" can dramatically improve their child's autism, a long-term study has shown. In the training, parents watched films of themselves playing with their child while a therapist gave precise tips for helping their child communicate. Adumea and her son Kofi took part in the research. She and one of the lead authors on the report, Jonathan Green, discuss the impact the training has had. (Photo: A parent and child. Credit: Thinkstock)

A Boy And His Dog  

A boy's life is changed by an Autism Service Dog. 

10-18-16 - Andy Steinberg - SUL - Autism Benefit Show  

Local Comedian Andy Steinberg dropped by the studio to talk about his upcoming show to benefit his son's school which specializes in teaching kids on the Autism spectrum at Standup Live Comedy Theater downtown. For tickets/info call 480.719.6100 or click to

Autism and Extraordinary Talent  

During a nearly two decade career of studying child prodigies psychology professor Joanne Ruthsatz began to see a connection between extraordinary talent in children and autism. She joins The Agenda with co-author and daughter, Kimberly Stephens, to discuss their book, "The Prodigy's Cousin: The Family Link between Autism and Extraordinary Talent."

271 - Buckling Down  

John and Craig discuss the psychological barriers facing writers tackling big projects, and offer practical guidance for getting stuff written.

We also respond to a listener question about autism spectrum disorder and how it might impact a screenwriting career.


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TCF Ep. 342 - Ashleigh Raddatz  

Ashleigh Raddatz specializes in women and family documentary-style photography. She creates images which capture authentic stories and emotions through different stages of life: from a woman's strength within herself, to family stories of partnership, motherhood, and the beauty of everyday chaos and life in childhood. She is intrigued by human experiences and relationships that bind people together, enabling her to capture emotions, connections and sentiments and turn those moments into works of art. Ashleigh's photos are timeless and tell the truths and stories of your most important relationships so generations from now, the images will be cherished for the connections and memories they hold. Ashleigh has been documenting her own family, including photographing the intimate challenges of her eldest son’s struggles with autism. Ashleigh is located in Jena, Germany and serves the Jena, SHK, Weimar, Erfurt area. She is also available travel throughout Germany and beyond. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, Kidspot Australia, Resources: Ashleigh Raddatz Spectrum Inspired Download the free Candid Frame app for your favorite smart device. Click here to download for iOS. Click here to download for Android Click here to download for Windows Support the work we do at The Candid Frame with contributing to our Patreon effort. You can do this by visiting or visiting the website and clicking on the Patreon button.  

Rymdsonden Rosettas sista resa, (a)sociala hundar och lekande friska möss  

Idag gör Rymdsonden Rosetta sitt sista uppdrag, när den kraschlandar på kometen och mäter och fotar in i det sista. Asociala hundar har gener liknande de som kopplas till autism hos människa. Och möss som fick leksaker, fick ett bättre immunförsvar på köpet.

Magnificent 7, Early Winter, Life Animated  

The Magnificent Seven ride again! Plus an interview with the Australian born, Mexico based director Michael Rowe about his French Canadian drama Early Winter. And the director of Life, Animated, discusses how a boy with autism learned to communicate via Disney films.

EP. 61: Taking advantage of family with Autism  

There are people selling snake oil to desperate people.  Is there a 7th ring of hell for for people trying to make money from desperate parents?

  Targeting parents of autistic kids .  Monitizing someones pain.   And Graham is in the new Super Troopers 
Interacting With Police While Black and Autistic  

A cell phone video was released Friday recorded by Rakeyia Scott, the wife of Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot by Charlotte police. In the video you can hear her screaming, "He has a TBI," or traumatic brain injury. Though the case is still open, some are speculating that Scott’s traumatic brain injury could mean he did not understand the commands police were giving him moments before they shot him dead. Mental health issues are a factor in about 25 percent of fatal police shootings, according to a Washington Post database tracking such incidents nationwide.  

Diane Morris is the mother of two autistic black teenage sons, and she thinks about what would happen if her sons interacted with the police. As a guest host on Death, Sex & Money, Diane talked about her worry that officers might make incorrect assumptions about her sons because they're black. "In the media most of the people that we see with autism are white. I don't think a lot of people are aware that there's a really large population of minority children and adults with autism," Diane said. "My fear is always that an officer sees a black man and they will immediately go to the idea of this being a person on drugs versus this being a person with disability." 

Diane talked to Brian about her sons, Kenny and Theo, and what might make a police interaction particularly upsetting. "They can't listen to people they don't know," she said, "And they can't handle if someone is angry at them."  She also talked about how with the right training police could prepare themselves for interactions with people on the spectrum.

Diane Gill Morris & Officer Robert Zink  

Diane Gill Morris first joined us last year to talk about raising her two boys, Kenny and Theo. Both of her children are autistic, and Diane told us about the challenges that have come with their diagnoses and the overwhelming responsibility she feels to protect and nurture them, particularly as they become adults. 

Diane said she was particularly worried about her older son, Kenny, who was then 16. "I am still trying to figure out how I make sure that he is safe in the world," Diane said, "when I can’t explain to him all the intricacies involved in what it means to be young and black in America."

There have been several recent stories about police interactions with autistic people of color—and their caregivers—that have ended violently, in places like Miami, New York, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, as a guest host on Death, Sex & Money, Diane talks with police officer Robert Zink, who founded the St. Paul CARE (Cops Autism Response Education) Project and has two autistic boys of his own. "Officers may not read the cues of what the person is presenting," Officer Zink says. "Officers may view them as cues of, is it drug interaction? Is it a mental health issue? And read those cues wrong....And we go down one path and it gets worse and worse." He adds, "I never want to see something like that happen to my sons just because something they did was misinterpreted." 

Diane also talks with Officer Zink about her worry that officers might make incorrect assumptions about her sons because they're black. "In the media most of the people that we see with autism are white. I don't think a lot of people are aware that there's a really large population of minority children and adults with autism," Diane says. "My fear is always that an officer sees a black man and they will immediately go to the idea of this being a person on drugs versus this being a person with disability." 

Diane also talks with Maria Caldwell, whose son, Marcus Abrams, was injured during an confrontation with Metro Transit officers in St. Paul last year. Marcus is black and autistic, and was 17 at the time of the incident. Maria talks with Diane about how Officer Zink reached out to her family after Marcus landed in the hospital—and Officer Zink and Maria talk together about working to rebuild trust after it's been lost. "There's no expectation that trust is going to be gained in six weeks, six months, six years, or sixty years," Officer Zink says. "Even though you may not have it back right away, you still have to work to get that trust back." 

#12: A Mother's Hope, A Child's Miracle (with Guest Christy Beam)  

Many parents worry about their child’s health, a specific illness, or simply the “what-if’s” when it comes to parenting. “What if my child turns away from me, what if my child flunks out of school or what if my child gets a terminal illness.” Fear is a regular part of parenting. But parenting out of fear robs parents- and their children- of the joy that they were meant to experience in life. We can overcome fear and we can get worry under control because the truth is, we have a lot less control over our children’s lives than we think we do. We will hear the extraordinary story of one mother who lived with the pain of her young daughter’s chronic illness. Her daughter lived in and out of hospitals and experienced abdominal pain daily. We will hear how this mother coped with her daughter’s life-threatening illness and then the miraculous event that changed them both. This is the story of Christy Beam. Her story became a popular movie with Jennifer Gardner called Miracles for Heaven.

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Many parents worry about their child’s health, a specific illness, or simply “what ifs”. We can overcome fear and worry. This episode features an interview with author Christy Beam about the experiences with her daughter that led to the book and major motion picture starring Jennifer Gardner called Miracles From Heaven.


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Ron Funches  

Jonah Keri has bunches of fun with comedian Ron Funches about wrestling; masculinity; Denver; his unique comedic style; how acting and standup influence each other; being a single father of a child with autism; his recently canceled show Undateable; how losing more than 100 pounds is akin to Dungeons and Dragons; helping your friends professionally; working with Justin Timberlake; goals; and Ron's Life Tips.

Understanding the Autism Spectrum  

What does it mean to be "on the spectrum"?

Tuning in to autism  

People with autism often have difficulty with social interaction. In a candid and poignant interview, spokesperson John Elder Robison shares his experience of living with autism.

The Legacy Of Autism  

Science writer Steve Silberman talks about how different factors — including Nazi extermination plans and a (now discredited) journal article about vaccines — have shaped our current understanding of autism. His book 'NeuroTribes' is now out in paperback. [Originally broadcast Sept. 2015] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Sully,' directed by Clint Eastwood.

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Could a child's facial features help with the diagnosis of autism?  

Perth researchers are collecting 3D face scans of hundreds of Western Australian children to look for a link between facial features and autism diagnosis.

In the Weeds with Emily Willingham on Medical Cannabis  

Emily Willingham is a journalist, scientist, and award winning skeptical blogger, with much of her work centered on autism and debunking junk science controversies. Recently the autism community has shown a surge in support for medical cannabis, as anti-vaccination activists claim that cannabis may hold the key for a cure, and many people with autism claim it to be a useful for controlling their symptoms. Willingham and host Lindsay Beyerstein delve further into the topic to sort through the misconceptions that exist on both sides of the debate.

Willingham explains that the data is limited on the relationship between cannabis and autism, in part because of the strict research restrictions that have been placed on what the government classifies as a Schedule I substance, a drug with no medical value. Despite the abundance of data showing its benefits and safety in regard to pain relief and inducing appetite, Willingham points out that the stigma against cannabis has lead to restrictions that are even more severe than those that exist on many other pain killers and opioids.


Emily Willingham will also be speaking at the upcoming Women in Secularism conference, September 23-25 in Arlington, VA. For more information go to


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