Genre: News & Info

Broad Stripes, Bright Stars, and White Lies: America’s First Flag

Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. At least, that’s what we were taught in school. But when historians go searching…there’s no proof to be found. So how did this story get started? In this special hour-long episode of the Smithsonian’s Sidedoor podcast,  we unravel the Revolutionary history behind this vexillogic tall tale. In the process, we learn that the real Betsy Ross was anything but the mild mannered seamstress we think we know. And we discover the work of the women behind another of America’s most famous flags: the Star Spangled Banner.

Spotlight on the Confusion of Covering Mental Health Care

Spotlight on the Confusion of Covering Mental Health Care will help make sense of what kind of mental health care is supposed to be covered, and how health plans, regulators and you can make it easier to get the therapy you need.

This critical, dynamic hour-long program will provide personal and policy examples of how individual efforts, state action, insurance practices and policy can improve on existing federal and state parity laws so more people can get much-needed care that is too-often denied. Reported stories will explain what mental health parity is supposed to look like for various conditions and what’s being done to improve enforcement. Personal stories will reveal the impact of being denied substance use and eating disorder care and the complications people and their families are forced to navigate during a crisis.

Featured guests include:

  • Ali Khawar – Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • Pamela Greenberg – President and CEO at the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness
  • Patrick Kennedy – former U.S. Representative (D-RI), founder of The Kennedy Forum

About Call to Mind

Call to Mind’s Spotlight programs explore an emerging area of understanding in mental health. Produced quarterly, Spotlight programs aim to illustrate new knowledge and understanding to empower people to engage with in their personal and public well-being. All Call to Mind programs are produced with a focus on gender, racial and other equitable identity representation.

Host bio

Kimberly Adams, Marketplace host & correspondent

Kimberly Adams is a host/correspondent at Marketplace, America’s largest broadcast business program. She covers the intersection of politics and the economy from Washington, DC, where she also serves on the Board of Governors of the National Press Club. Before moving to DC, Kimberly was a Cairo-based freelance journalist reporting on the political, social, and economic upheaval in Egypt following the Arab Spring. Her work aired on multiple networks in the United States, Canada, the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, and elsewhere.

Kimberly identifies as a Black woman (she/her).

Kinship—Part Four: Shapeshifting

Seals that can turn into women, men who transform into wolves… Stories about shape-shifting are among the oldest in the world. What are they trying to tell us?

Kinship series

From forest ecology to the human microbiome, emerging research suggests that being human is a complicated journey made possible only by the good graces of our many natural companions. From PRX, Wisconsin Public Radio’s To The Best Of Our Knowledge explores this theme of “kinship” in a special four-part radio series in the lead-up to Earth Day. Saturdays in April 2022 at 9am on KSPB.