August 2008

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 4 August/ Friday 8 August

A Learning Society
The Overseas Chinese Association prepares for Adult Learners Week
Over the next weeks, Learning Works will feature regular interviews and information about Adult Learners’ Week in SA, to be held 1 – 8 September. This week, Learning Works producer Tony Ryan hears about planning by the Overseas Chinese Association in Adelaide for Adult Learners’ Week. We also hear about an innovative program to assist people to become taxi-drivers. For further information about Adult Learners Week events in South Australia, go to the What’s On in South Australia section of the national Adult Learners’ Week website -

Health, Wellbeing and Relationships
The positive side of Psychology
If someone goes to see a psychologist, it is usually assumed that something is wrong. But psychology has a very positive side as well. In fact, the field of positive psychology is the study of what it is that enables individuals and communities to thrive – and indeed find happiness. In this extended interview from the Learning Works archives, Tony Ryan speaks with Adult Educator Julia Gane about the role of positive psychology in our lives.

Arts, Literature and Music
A Good Read – with Sarah Knight

Sarah Knight from the Salisbury Library Service has chosen to review Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman goes behind the Veil, by Deborah Rodriguez and published in 2007 by Random House. Deborah's life has led to her making the decision to join a volunteer service being deployed to Afghanistan around 2001.  Deborah's marriage had broken down and she was looking for a way to make a significant contribution to the lives of those in need. After joining a humanitarian volunteer organization and leaving the USA bound for Afghanistan, she was soon immersed in a completely different culture. The Kabul Beauty School not only changed the lives of the women of Post-Taliban Afghanistan, but also the life of Deborah Rodriguez herself.

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