Profiles in Fashion: ‘The SEAMS’ on NPR Stories from The Seams

The SEAMS is a refreshing and innovative program that allows us to think of fashion differently—to see it beyond the confines of style and instead, explore its substance.

Social Security and the Myth of the ‘Gray Tsunami’ Social+Security

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

In addition to worrying about how to cope with the many challenges of aging, we baby boomers are bombarded with the idea that, one way or another, we will be “burdens” to our children—no matter what—in our later years.

Wednesday 5: Student Loan Debt, Gender Pay Gap, Guggenheim’s All-Male Monopoly, and More graduating-to-a-pay-gap-the-earnings-of-women-and-men-one-year-after-college-graduation-cover-280x170

In this week’s Wednesday 5: Student loan debt is an increasing crisis for women; a new Verizon ad questions the impact of telling our girls they are pretty; Guggenheim announces an all-male monopoly (again) on its coveted rotunda space for 2015; a series of benches painted like open books are the rave in London; and a campaign explains that many girls in developing countries are deterred from going to school because of their periods.

Yes, You Can Call me ‘Ma’am’! yes_ma_am_1

By Eleanore Wells

Back then I didn’t want to be addressed as “ma’am.” “Ma’am” is a lady of 50 years or older, which technically I was, but I had a much fresher attitude . . . or so I thought.

Ask Dr. Pat: Is hormone replacement therapy dangerous? 5406671749_d48271664c

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Women who had fulfilling professional and personal lives first, then had children later in life, often find themselves in the menopausal transition with demands for the care of younger children, personal relationships, and work that leaves no time for self care. Find a health care professional who will listen to your symptoms of menopausal syndrome and the narrative of your day-to-day existence and who will work with you to design a plan for evaluation and treatment of your symptoms.

Poetry Sunday: Fourth of July Weekend, the Flag, and Julia Ward Howe MTE4MDAzNDEwNTY0Mzg0Mjcw

Julia Ward Howe suffered mightily for what the values of her times considered close to sin— having not one, but many a career, finding her way out of socially imbued prejudice and ignorance, and always—always—reminding women through her poetry that being oppressed was a choice, not a destiny.

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By Roz Warren

So you don’t want to give your dog an ordinary name like Fido or Spot. And you love books. So, naturally, you turn to your favorite literary classics when it’s time to name the new puppy.

Fourth of July in Philadelphia: “We Own This” 800px-Independence_Hall_1776_Philadelphia

By Suzanne Fluhr

Philadelphia doesn’t celebrate on the Fourth of July only; we celebrate from June 28 through July 8. As the city where the Declaration of Independence was actually debated, written, and signed in 1776, Philadelphians feel understandably proprietary about American Independence Day. In announcing plans for Philadelphia’s 2014 celebration of the Fourth of July, Philadelphia mayor, Michael Nutter, asserted, “This is Philadelphia. We own this.”

Song of the Day: “But Mr. Adams . . .”

“But Mr. Adams,” from the soundtrack of the original movie 1776.

Dr. Moffett on Emotional Health: Before Forgiving traumarecovery

Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

Is forgiveness a one-way process, given that you know you may never get an apology, or is it a two-way process, in which the perpetrator’s remorse and reparations are important to you?

July 4 in Marblehead, Massachusetts: A Little Town with Big History DP215410

By Alexandra MacAaron

This town takes the celebration of the Fourth very seriously. Marblehead’s contribution to our winning the American Revolution was significant. In 1775, the town formed the 14th Continental Regiment, made up of seamen. It was Marblehead men who rowed Washington across the Delaware to the Battle of Trenton.

Wednesday 5: Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, Janis Joplin, Phylicia Rashad, and More original

PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi speaks candidly on the complexities of work and family life; Janis Joplin’s official postal stamp is unveiled; we publish a letter penned by Maya Angelou to her younger self; four women photographers redefine the way we see women of the Middle East; and Phylicia Rashad in conversation with her daughter Condola Rashad.

July 4 in Afton, Minnesota: Heartfelt in the Heartland 4th_July_2

By Diane Dettmann

Afton, just fifteen miles east of downtown St. Paul, is a step back in time. Afton has no shopping malls, fast food restaurants, or stoplights. On a normal day it has very little traffic. Well, a traffic jam might happen if more than three cars arrive at the post office at the same time.

Summer in the City: Seattle—Shangri-La Pike Place Market

By Toni Myers

Outdoors, over the water and through the often woodsy parks, to music and festivals, happy hours on the sidewalks, outdoor art, crafts, parades and celebrations citywide. It’s Summer in the City as you will not find it elsewhere. Who knew?

Today’s Talk Topic: Getting in Shape at 90

“I never did this stuff before,” said Mrs. Friedman, 90, after she completed the squat exercise. “But he gives you the confidence that you can do it, if you’re up to it.”