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What Next After Newtown: What Our Country And Communities Can Do Previous Broadcasts

KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 -- 12:00 PM

This 3-hour program is divided into the following six segments:
1. THE MIND OF A KILLER - We will look at the latest theories about what causes these killing sprees. We will explore the issues of depression and rage and why they often focus on a school environment. We will make the point that there are no simple explanations and no simple checklist.
2. PUBLIC POLICY AND MENTAL ILLNESS - What is available for a troubled young person? Are there enough diagnostic tools available? What kind of treatment is available and affordable? We are especially interested in stories of parents who say there is no middle ground between sending a troubled person to jail or trying to cope with them on their own.
3. SCHOOL SECURITY - How much security is in place now and what lessons can we learn from this tragedy and others? What kind of training is in place now? What difficult choices will teachers and administrators face in the future?
4. TALKING TO CHILDREN AND FINDING A PATH TO HEALING - Children at different ages require different explanations in the immediate wake of this incident. What are the complications as time goes by? How will age groups react differently over time? How can communities heal and what lessons can we learn from other communities who have dealt with mass killings?
5. VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA - Are we as a society becoming more accustomed to violence because we see it everywhere, from the non-stop news cycle which dwells on tragedies such as this, to video games, movies and television? Do these images have a real effect on everyone, or just a particularly deadly impact on those pre-disposed to kill? What obligation, if any, do producers and content creators have?
6. ACCESSIBILITY OF WEAPONS, ESPECIALLY ASSAULT WEAPONS - Is this the event that will galvanize political action and is banning assault weapons the right thing to do? Is there any reason for any civilian to have these weapons of destruction? Or, will these weapons continue to slip in no matter what we do and will determined killers still get them? Is a more realistic solution not banning guns but putting more guns into the hands of security guards, teachers and others?

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