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On the Line: The Ever-Evolving Christmas Holidayi
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December 27, 2013 3:00 AM
This time of year, the calendar is filled with holidays around the world. Some are faith-based, some are cultural, and others strictly secular. This week's "On The Line" explores the evolution of the Christmas celebration around the world.

On the Line: The Ever-Evolving Christmas Holiday

Published December 26, 2013

This time of year, the calendar is filled with holidays around the world. Some are faith-based, some are cultural, and others strictly secular. This week's "On The Line" explores the evolution of the Christmas celebration around the world.

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This Week's Program:

TALKING ABOUT DEPRESSION
The WHO estimates that 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. That’s about four percent of the population, making depression the second-leading cause of disability. A recent study suggests that people living in the Middle East and North Africa experience among the highest rates, yet depression there and in many other regions carries with it a large social stigma. What are the causes of depression, why is it on the increase, and what can be done? “Talking About Depression” this week “On The Line.”
GUESTS
Dr. Ronald Earl Smith: Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst; Former Chair - Department of Psychiatry, National Naval Medical Center
Dr. Bill Slaughter: President, Gaza Mental Health Foundation