For teenagers dealing with substance abuse issues, talking about what they’re feeling can be a challenge. So music therapist Jim Borling (Radford University) uses rock and metal music to help them externalize their internal struggles. It may not sound like medicine, but Jim says music therapy is a powerful healing practice. Also featured: John Adam (Old Dominion University) is the author of a new book called X and the City, an entertaining romp through the urban landscape using mathematical modeling as a way to understand how cities work. John uses math to explain aspects of urban life from population growth to something called “taxi cab geometry.”

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