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Congress Preps For August Recess, Animal-Assisted Therapy, And Nancy Pearl

Katy Sewall
07/30/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Preparing For The August Recess: The August congressional recess is about to start. What's left on the agenda? We'll find out what lose ends are being tied up, which are being left undone, and we'll get the latest on the tax–cut debate with Jill Jackson from CBS News.

District 10 Shorts — Dick Muri: Candidate Dick Muri takes us to a important place of his choosing that symbolizes a significant issue in District 10.

Nathan Englander Talks About What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: The title of Nathan Englander's short–story collection, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank," is a hat tip to Raymond Carver's classic "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." Englander joined us earlier this year to explain the allusion. He also reads a selection his new book.

On the Job: Animal–Assisted Therapy: To see the world and the workplace in a different way, we're visiting with people who hold interesting jobs. Today we visit psychotherapist Gillian Marrah at her Blackbird Pond Retreat on Whidbey Island. Gillian uses dogs and horses to help people get to know themselves and overcome their issues. What can you learn about yourself from a horse? More than you expect.

If you would like to contact Gillian Marrah, you can reach her at Facebook (see link at the bottom of this page) or call 360.678.1520.

Nancy Pearl's Short Reviews: Nancy Pearl joins us with a quick book recommendation. Today she reviews "Catherine The Great" by Robert Massie.


Jill Jackson is a Capitol Hill producer for CBS News.

Nathan Englander is author of "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges" and "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank."

Gillian Marrah is a psychotherapist in private practice since 1980. She uses canine– and equine–assisted therapy in her work.

Nancy Pearl is the author of "Book Lust," "More Book Lust," "Book Crush," and "Book Lust To Go." She is a regular commentator on KUOW and NPR's Morning Edition.

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