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April 23, 2022

Overcoming Alcohol Addiction
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When does alcohol become an addiction? How can we control the psychological and social pressures that lead to overdrinking? We'll hear from someone who beat her addiction. Then, most public infrastructure projects seem to take forever, and cost way too much. A top expert explains why, and shares some ideas to make things more cost effective.
Episode Segments:
Control Alcohol, Find Freedom
Many people question whether drinking has become too big a part of their lives, and worry that it may even be affecting their health. Annie Grace, author of "This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life," shared her personal struggles with alcohol addiction and how she quit. She debunked myths connected to social drinking. She also discussed societal pressures, psychological factors, and other reasons people drink.
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Controlling the Cost of Infrastructure
John Brown Miller, PhD, global expert on public infrastructure, former Professor of Construction Management and Civil And Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discussed why government costs so much and why public infrastructure projects are frequently delayed or over budget. He offered examples to illustrate how other countriesí public works projects are often completed in more cost-effective and efficient ways than in the U.S.
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Crossing the Street
For adults, crossing the street by foot seems easy. Jodie Plumert, PhD, Professor and Starch Faculty Fellow at the University of Iowa led a study that found that most kids' perceptual judgment and motor skills arenít developed enough to safely cross a street until age 14. She discussed the precautions that parents should take for younger children.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Annie Grace
Annie Grace grew up in a one-room log cabin without running water or electricity outside of Aspen, Colorado. She discovered a passion for marketing and after graduating with a Masters of Science (Marketing) she dove into corporate life. At the age of 26, Annie was the youngest vice president in a multinational company, and her drinking career began in earnest. At 35, in a global C-level marketing role, she was responsible for marketing in 28 countries and drinking almost two bottles of wine a night. Knowing she needed a change but unwilling to submit to a life of deprivation and stigma, Annie set out to find a painless way to regain control. Annie no longer drinks and has never been happier. She left her executive role to write this book and share This Naked Mind with the world. In her free time, Annie loves to ski, travel (26 countries and counting), and enjoy her beautiful family. Annie lives with her husband and two sons in the Colorado mountains.

This Naked Mind