The radio show host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, opens the segment with a brief description of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Trending topics follow, with local and national news connected to young adults.
The interview with our guest follows, as Dr. Epstein is being interviewed by Steven Slate, the Director of the Saint Jude Retreats program in New York City. Slate introduces Dr. Epstein- an author, editor, and longtime psychology researcher and professor, who is passionate about educating the public about advances in mental health and the behavioral sciences. Epstein is the author of Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence and The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen. Slate and Epstein discuss the myth of adolescence in our culture , especially in regards to substance use.
Epstein comments: "[...] the kinds of problems that we see, including drug abuse and alcoholism among young people, are produced by culture. There is nothing necessary about that turmoil. It's the myth that we've created saying that this turmoil is inevitable and somehow it's part of the teen brain or it's in the genes or something like that, and that's false, that's a myth. "
Dunbar concludes the radio show by answering questions posted by listeners on the topics of adolescent substance use, by addressing the questions of a young adult, who is experimenting with drugs, and a parent, who is suspicious of substance use regarding his son.