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Featuring: Motoring On, Dig It!, Kids in Mind, Health Matters, Lunch with WRS, Style File and more …
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The Gym Guy: Exercise involves your muscles...and your mindThursday, 25 April, 2013Jon Ingram talks about how to re-energize your training program. The fitness guru tells WRS’s Susan Flory that exercise involves not only your muscles but also your mind. He says it’s vital to change your program and gives his tips on how to do that:
Health Matters: It's tick time and pollen sneezin' seasonTuesday, 23 April, 2013They lurk in the woods but don’t be fooled, you can even find them in dry leaves or parks. It’s time to watch out for ticks, especially sheep ticks. You don’t feel the tricky little vampires invading your skin so you need to check carefully. Dr. Michelle Wright is here with a tick primer. Plus, she offers a little relief for those hampered by hay fever:
Kids in Mind: Dealing with verbal defianceMonday, 22 April, 2013Back-talk starts with “no!” from a toddler, and then as kids get older, it becomes full-scale arguing with parents. So how do we deal with this effectively? We hear tips from child psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas about how kids test boundaries, which is often perceived as cheekiness just for the sake of it. But she insists it almost never is. In fact, it’s often about feeling helpless and like they have no say at all in things:
Motoring On: Your questions answeredMonday, 22 April, 2013Motoring On addresses your questions. Emmanuel tackles auto import/export questions as well as how to get rid of a car that belongs to an ex-boyfriend who is not answering calls. And, questions about safety inspections when trying to sell a 10-year-old car. Plus much more:
Dig It! Strolling around Geneva's right bank parksFriday, 19 April, 2013Hester Macdonald takes us on a tour of parks on the right bank of the lake in Geneva with Roger Beer, the expert arborist that showed us around the Parc des Eaux Vives a few weeks ago:
The Gym Guy: Boost your powerThursday, 18 April, 2013Fitness guru Jon Ingram answers listeners’ questions, including how to boost your power. The best way is to improve maximal strength. But what is that? We find out:
Style File: Grappling with the culotte or printed trouserThursday, 18 April, 2013They can’t be avoided—the printed trouser and culotte is everywhere. Hansine Johnston and Clarissa Brooke Turner discuss how to get to grips with this trend. What pattern should you wear and what is going to look best on you?
Lunch with WRS: Alexander Joel, conductorWednesday, 17 April, 2013His critics are few in the upper echelons of classical music, and his fans many. British-German conductor Alexander Joel, a graduate of the Vienna Academy of music, has held distinguished positions in various German and Viennese opera houses. WRS’s Susan Flory sits down with the conductor to talk about his lively, vital style in the pit and Geneva Opera’s Madame Butterfly, which opens Saturday, April 20:
Health Matters: Link between baldness and heart diseaseTuesday, 16 April, 2013Dr. Michelle Wright discusses research showing a link between heart disease and male pattern baldness. However, you can do a lot to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, she says. She also talks to WRS’s Susan Flory about the shortage of organ donations in Switzerland:
Kids in Mind: Helping teens with depressionMonday, 15 April, 2013One in eight teens between 12 and 18 will have depression, says child psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas. But only 30 percent will get the help they need while the other 70 percent will struggle into adulthood. We hear about how to tell the signs of depression and what can be done about it:
Dig It! Visiting the Swiss national Orchid ExhibitionFriday, 12 April, 2013Gardening guru Hester Macdonald visits Winterthur, which hosted the Swiss national Orchid Exhibition, held every two years (last time it was in Bern). Hester was accompanied by Lilly Schumperli, a retired international lawyer and Max Reutlinger, a retired chemist:
Style File: The art of covering up this springThursday, 11 April, 2013Winter jackets can finally be packed into the back of the wardrobe, but hang on, you’ll still need to cover up for chilly spring weather. There are a number of options for getting this top layer right. WRS’s Hansine Johnston and Clarissa Brooke-Turner talk about shrunken jackets, denim jackets, cardigan jackets and jackets of all sorts:
Lunch with WRS: Installation artists Lang/BaumannWednesday, 10 April, 2013Imagine a staircase to nowhere with doors at either end that clearly function only in your imagination. This week, WRS’s Susan Flory sits down with installation artists Lang/Baumann. From their base outside Bern, they’ve been creating head-spinning, space-altering structures that make you gasp and smile and wonder what next:
Health Matters: High blood pressure marks World Health DayTuesday, 9 April, 2013World Health Day is celebrated each year on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948. This year, the theme is high blood pressure and Dr. Michelle Wright has the story:
Kids in Mind: Bickering between siblingsMonday, 8 April, 2013We need to understand where the root of bickering between siblings lies rather than just telling them to stop, says child psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas: