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#1414: Life Is Better When You Do It For The Love

Michael and Sara Agah Franti

On this week’s 51%, an emergency room nurse marries her skills with those of her famous musician husband bringing together music and healing. We’ll learn about woman’s experience with peer support in recovering from addiction, plus we get a perspective on the hopes raised and dashed for an Indian gymnast. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

This week we bring you another installment of the 51% segment called “Force of Nature,” from Dr. Sharon Ufberg. She is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom, in Napa Valley, California. She also blogs for The Huffington Post. This week Ufberg interviews a registered nurse with a background in emergency and relief work, Sara Agah Franti, who has chosen to dedicate her life to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Franti’s passion has driven her to pursue a Masters in Public Health, and she hopes to use that platform to effect changes in policy development. In August 2013, she and her husband musician Michael Franti founded Do It For The Love, bringing together the world of music and healing. The Do It For The Love foundation provides live concert experiences to adults in end stages of life-threatening illnesses, children with various challenges, as well as wounded veterans. Since being founded in late 2013, the Do It For The Love Foundation has granted more than 600 such concerts. Ufberg begins by repeating Sara Agah Franti’s mantra.

Few states have been harder hit by the nation’s opioid epidemic than Missouri, which has one of the country’s highest overdose rates. A new center in the southwest corner of the state is responding by training people living in recovery to help others do the same. Side Effects’ Bram Sable-Smith reports on why we may see more centers like this open across the country. 

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health. 

The Rio Olympics are over, along with medal hopes for an Indian gymnast, in fact, the first Indian woman to qualify for Olympic gymnastics. Sandip Roy for KALW has more. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Patrick Garrett for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio 

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