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street sell-off. plus, one senator brushes off the president's reversal on same-sex marriage saying his views "couldn't get any gayer." also, look at this. a soccer match in turkey turns violent as riots erupt after the game. and it's mother's day. we'll where i you messages from our troops overseas. it is sunday, may 13th. good morning, everyone. happy mother's day. i'm randy kay. we start with your money this morning. on the line with several factors weighing heavy on our economy. overseas in greece newly elected leaders are meeting right now to try to put together a coalition government. that new government was supposed to bring them out of the financial ruin and has sent shock waves through our own economy. you see, banks bet big on greece's recovery, and the failure is being passed on to you. if greece can't come to a consensus, there could be new elections and more of a strain on the world economy. the problems in greece had a big
effect on our stock market pushing the dow to its worst week all year. add to that the $2 billion investment mistake by jp morgan chase. their stock alone dropped by 10% this week. help may be on the way. the much anticipated facebook ipo is coming this week. that could pump some life into investors and into the market. maybe california should invest in facebook. the governor is warning that big spending cuts may be on the way very soon. that's because the state's budget deficit has ballooned to $16 billion. it's nearly doubled the estimates from just a couple of months ago. now, as i said, greek leaders are meeting right now to try to solve the gridlock over a coalition government. really, how is that affecting the u.s. economy? joining me now from athens, greece, michael, professor of economics at the -- why is greece so important to united states economy? >> it's not just -- the problem
for the united states is the euro zone picture, and the euro zone is an important financial partner. this is important for the u.s. >> greece has had a ripple effect, and now we're seeing the protest marches in spain. are these all connected? >> well, they are connected in the sense that spain face the similar problems. so they are important in the sense that greece is pretty special for what they can salvage. >> could the greek failures have an impact possibly even on the presidential election here in the u.s.? >> well, it may because developments in greece may create a situation that will affect the performance of the united states economy, and that, of course, may have an impact on
the election, and the main challenge that would happen is that a greek debt default -- which would create a new possibly lower credit crunch, and the main risk for the united states economy is that we may have a new financial crisis. this time coming from the european area, the united states. >> and the dow, as we mentioned, had its worst week of 2012. what do you think? is that a sign of things to come, possibly, or just a hiccup? >> i think that this is not a hiccup. it's not necessarily a guarantee, but i think that it reflects the nervousness of the markets. the united states financial markets is the biggest in the world, so what happens to the
united states and global markets. >> michael, thank you for your time this morning. appreciate it. >> mitt romney hit all the high notes in his commencement peach at liberty university. the speech was seen for a way for romney to reach out to christian conservatives while speaking at the largest evangelical school in the nation. he didn't disappoint with comments on same-sex marriage. >> culture, what you believe, what you value, how you live matters. now, as fundamental as these principles rshgs they may become topics of democratic debate from time to time so it is today with the enduring institution of marriage. marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. rick santorum has some
advice for his one-time rival mitt romney. grab on to the same-sex marriage issue and ride it all the way to the white house. >> you see, this is a very potent weapon, if you will, for governor romney if he is willing to step up and take advantage of a president who is very much out of touch with the values of america and hopefully governor romney will continue to stand tall for his position on this issue and understanding how detrimental it would be for society for it to have this changed. >> then there's this from kentucky senator ron paul. he was speaking to a group of republicans in iowa where same-sex marriages are legal. >> the president recently weighed in on marriage, and he said his views were evolving on marriage. call me cynical, but i wasn't sure that his views on marriage could get any gayer.
>> cnn's calls to ran paul's office haven't been returned, and he is the son of presidential candidate ron paul. >> you just knew the folks at saturday night live couldn't let the issues go without teaing their shots. here's think take on the vice president's role in getting the ball rolling. >> joe, what's wrong? >> what's wrong? are you serious? do you really not get it? >> does this have something to do with the whole gay marriage thing? >> doy! it's not fair, okay? i was the first one who said it should be legal, but now you're the one getting all the credit. >> that's not true. >> oh -- oh -- oh, yeah, really? why are you all dressed up? >> i'm going a gala with lady gaga and elton john. >> oh. see?
that should be me. vice presidents never get to go anywhere. >> remember, it was biden who went on television one week ago to say that he was comfortable with same-sex marriage. the president said biden got a little over his skis on that one, jumping the gun on the president's own revelation later m week. imagine riots on the field after the super bowl. well, that's pretty much what happened in istanbul. fans stormed the field, lit flares, and battled with police after the home team lost the turkish soccer championship. then it all spilled on to the streets where fans took out their frustrations on store windows, cars, and even more so on police. this is what people around mexico city are seeing right now. take a look here. a volcano blasted to life about 50 miles south of the city. it sent ash a few miles into the air and fired glowing rocks about a half a mile. luckily, no one lives that close to the volcano, so there was no danger, but some incredible pictures there. well, if you didn't know it
already, it is mother's day. i hope you knew that, or you might disappoint mom just a little bit, but people will spend around $18 billion on mother's day this year. that's an average of $152 a person. you just got that $2 card or a $10 bunch of flowers, well, you're apparently missing the mark. sorry to tell you. all right. here's a rundown of some stories we're working on for you. musical wake-up calls have been a long tradition for nasa, but some astronauts have taken on that duty themselves. details coming up. plus, service dogs are helping war veterans recover from severe post traumatic stress disorder. we'll introduce you to one man who says his dog saved his life. and time magazine's new cover of a mom breast feeding her 3-year-old son has sparked outrage in america. so why is it getting eye rolls from moms abroad? finally, today is mother's day, as we said, and working mother.com has posted its ten picks for most powerful moms in 2012. we'll show you who they are. you're watching cmn weekend early start.
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has many wondering, will the african-american christian community continue to support the first black president? sandra endo talked with a pastor who isn't so sure. >> give us the insight and the revelation. >> reporter: pastor ralph martino leads a prayer for president obama. >> same-sex related marriages can become one. it contradicts scripture. >> reporter: he says the president's recent declaration of support for same-sex marriage is troubling. >> we're concerned, definitely disappointed. genesis chapter number 2, versus 21. >> reporter: he reads the bible passage describing marriage between a man and a woman, a strongly held belief among christians. as faithful as the african-american community has been to the first african-american president, this issue is creating some tension. >> there will be some that will absolutely turn against him, and because, again, we hear it happening as we speak. >> reporter: reverend martino and many of his 800 congregants
aren't rushing to denounce their support for obama. >> we're here to pray for him and to help him understand you have the support of those that are willing to pray for you, with you, you need god to counsel. >> reporter: those we spoke with are giving the president a pass. >> i don't necessarily agree with the marriage issue, but it won't stop me from supporting him. >> i agree with him. when you have co-workers, they are friends, it's hard -- you get married. you tell them they can't get married. >> reporter: many african-american worshippers may forgive the president for his position come november. >> all of us go astray. we've all sinned and come short of the glory of god. >> reporter: sandra endo, cnn, washington. 96% of african-americans voted for mr. obama. believe it or not, astronauts have a little time for fun while they're in sfas. place guitar, piano, flut, even performing duets. we'll play more of nasa's greatest hits.
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nasa has achieved so much after the last five decades. we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first american in orbit this year, and we watched nasa's shuttle program come to an end, but this december we'll be celebrating another anniversary. 40 years since the last man walked on the moon. his name is gene sernon, and he
did it with style. ♪ i was rolling on a -- one day in a merry, merry month of november ♪ >> no. may. >> i recently spoke with him and astronaut mark kelli. i asked him with his experience and a little something he left behind on the moon's surface that's still there today. >> my file says -- as i looked over my shoulder, i knew i wasn't coming back this way again. i knew somebody would and will, but i wondered what was the meaning of it all. what did it mean to the future? i'm not sure yet i know the significance of human kind leaving this planet and calling another, if you'll allow me to call a planet another planet or body in this universure own. it's an incredible thought even when i think about it. it really happened. yes, it did. what does it mean to the future of our kids? hopefully we can take advantage of that and have it be truly
meaningful to inspire them to do things beyond that, go back to the moon, go to mars. become doctors and engineers and teachers. that's what we need in this country. >> just a side note here. i'm not sure if you are a fan of the tv show "modern family." there was an episode where they said gene you carved your dar's initials in the moon before you left. can you set your record straight? >> yes, my daughter's initials are in the moon. how long will they be there? how long will the flag be there? forever. however long forever is. >> he may have been the first to perform in space, but he wasn't the rast. i asked reynolds wolf to compile nasa's greatest hits. sfoo many of them are former fighter pilots, and many of them were test pilots. when they get up there in the weightless environment and they're eating freeze-dried food. i don't know. maybe they want to rip a few cords. take a look and a listen to this. ♪
>> may sound tinny, but he is jamming out on the piano. that's aboard the international space station earlier this year. ♪ ♪ got those space station blues ♪ ♪ don't know what i'm going to do ♪ ♪ just got a call on the phone ♪ they say we ain't going home >> you know, whennure in space, have you to make the most of your space because things are kind of cramped. well, ron was playing the blues on his guitar in this cargo area back in 2008. he was in discovery's flight to the international space station, and he had to strum a few tunes. ♪
>> okay. so the hair is everywhere in a weightless environment, but it's also a great thing to hear. katie on the flute. she performed a duet with jeffrey. with and without gravity sounds the same. >> that's pretty bresive. >> it is very impressive. also a tip to the cap of our friends up north, our canadians. canadian ahs naught chris hatfield did record an entire album on space in december on his guitar. it should be pretty interesting. don't know if he -- >> i know you were pretty impressed that gene certainan left his daughter's initial on the moon. wow. >> as a dad, i could never top that for my daughter. it is. very, very endearing. back in space, you're never going to have wind or rein. it's going to stay there forever. like the footprints on the moon will be there possibly thousands of millions of years from now. >> we asked him how long? >> he said as long as the flag is there. really interesting.
reynolds, thank you. an 89-year-old put on his cap and gown to finally get his college degree. he started working on his degree before the attack on pearl harbor. hear why he decided to finally finish it. plus, this iraq war veteran could barely leave the house because of his struggle with ptsd. then met a dog that he says saved his life. hritis pain. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18. people taking maois or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta. taking it with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners may increase bleeding risk. severe liver problems, some fatal, were reported. signs include abdominal pain
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his degree and get his diploma to inspire his grandkids. >> he said guess what i'm doing on may 12th i said what are you doing, grandpa charlie? he said i'm graduating from college. >> they thought it was good. i said the reason i'm doing it so it would get them all enthuse and my grandchildren would get theirs too. >> he is looking pretty good in that cap and gown. ball is the oldest person ever to graduate from arkansas tech. he studied public relations. now to texas where an 18-year-old is accused of trying to rob a police station. police say heath emmanuel demanded money from a dispatcher and told her he had a gun. he really just had a towel covering his hand, and he swears it all was a joke. >> i had my hand just like this. i said i'm just playing. >> it's not a joking matter. you know, when you tell someone you have a gun and you're acting nervous and you have your hands with a towel, what is a person to think? >> who jokes about robbing a
police station? he faces several charges including robbery. four people and a poodle were rescued in san terrific after her paddle boat was caught in a rip current and swept out to sea. rescuers say the only one wearing a life vest was that little guy right there. the poodle. no one was hurt, but firefighters gave them a stern warning about boater safety. well, this next story is sure to warm your heart. a military vet was depressed, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and drowning his problems with alcohol. that was until a very special dog saved his life. i spoke recently with jeff mitchell. he went to war in iraq in 2003, and four years later he was forced to leave the army after being diagnosed with ptsd, but his life changed when the group paws for people helped match him with a tst service dog named tazzy. >> when i first got out of the military, i was, you know, in complete and total isolation. i didn't go anywhere.
i didn't do anything. i was struggling with pretty severe depression, drinking a lot. you know, she has -- she's just opened the doors for me to be able to do things that normal people would take for granted. >> i mean, she's even giving you the courage to come here today, right? >> i wouldn't be here without her. that's for sure. >> you were diagnosed with ptsd. how bad was it? >> it was -- it was -- it was bad. >> nothing else was helping you? >> nothing helped. you know, i've been in different forms of treatment since 2006, been on, i think, the most medication i was on at one time was 13 different anti-psychotics, anti-depressants.
you know, working with these dogs, wufrt things that it's done is just given me the option to do things and go out to dinner, go to the grocery store when i wanted to. >> she's whining for attention from you, i think. i'm not sure if our viewers at home can hear you, but she's whining a little bit. arthur, tell me about what your organization does? it's paws for people and also paws for vets as well. >> and it's paws for prisons. it's a unique program. we train dogs. this particular animal is ferrell afghan dog. after jeff went through his first dog, wasn't quite ready to work with, tazzy came to him. >> how did they kikt? >> when tazzy came back from afghanistan, tazzy lived through the same kind of situations and stress that jeff lived through. we thought we would give it a shot, and they trained each other. it's really amazing. and bonded with each other. >> jeff, did you notice anything
for tazzy? did she have a doggy ptsd as well? >> she definitely did. she struggled the first couple of years that she was in the states. it was very difficult to find the match in the prisons for her as far as the training goes. i was -- i got a phone call asking if i would foster her for a couple of weeks, and just decided, you know, over those couple of weeks that i wanted to keep her. >> jeff, your family, of course, they say that you've come a long way in the year that you've had tazzy. have you seen changes in yourself? >> it's -- you know, if i look at a difference from yesterday to today, no, there's really not a difference. but i look at myself today compared to two years ago, three years ago, four years ago, yes, there is a pretty dramatic difference. >> jeff, so nice to see you're
doing well, and thank you for coming in and bringing tazzy to us as well. appreciate it. and jeff mitchell is not alone. ptsd and brain injuries are a pervasive problem. an estimated 400,000 war vets still struggle with it. a health crisis facing one state. we'll tell you where officials are trying to combat a whooping cough epidemic. [ thunk ] sweet! [ male announcer ] the solid thunk of the door on the jetta. thanks, mister! [ meow ] [ male announcer ] another example of volkswagen quality. that's the power of german engineering. right now lease the 2012 jetta for $159 a month. and i thought "i can't do this, it's just too hard." then there was a moment. when i decided to find a way to keep going.
i'm randy kay. it is half past the hour. so think of greece as the first domino. economic failures there led to trouble for banks and economies across europe. it also reached here in the u.s. american banks bet big on greece's recovery, but it just isn't happening. add to that new trouble with the greek government grown into turmoil after elections last week. senior international correspondent matthew chance is joining us from athens. plain to us, if you will, why they can't get a government in place there. >> well, they can't get a government because they had elections over a week ago, and no single party got a majority, and they've been trying for the past week to forge some kind of coalition to have a majority in the parliament, but because the political parties are so divided at what direction greece should take, should it accept more austerity measures, or should it do a u-turn and try to follow a different path. no agreement has been forthcoming, and so it's meant that all of the parties have
failed to form a coalition. they're in talks with the president at the country right now to try and bang some heads together and to try and hammer some kind of agreement, but that's not looking likely, and the most likely scenario now is the country will have to go back to elections in a few weeks from now to, again, ask the electorate and the voters to try and choose a party and a direction for the country. it is absolute political deadlock and chaos here, randy. >> matthew, how is all of that then impacting the european economy and the world economy? >> well, much will depend on what comes out of it. you know, what we're talking about here, randy, is the possibility of greece crashing out of the euro zone, the single european currency. that's unchartered territory. if that happens, it won't just -- it may not be greece that fails only. it may be the entire euro zone project, and that is important. particularly for other parts and particularly for the united states. even though the u.s., for instance, isn't that heavily invested in greek assets, it is
heavily invested in other european assets and other european banks, and so if greece fails, the whole of europe could fail, and that will have, you know, massive consequences around the world, including in the u.s. >> yeah. you know, we talk a lot, of course, about the unemployment rate here in the u.s. it's at just over 8%. how bad is it for the people there in greece? >> you know, this is the other thing about greece's tragedy here. the recovery is not just about finances for banks and the u.s. and in europe. it's about human costs that this economic crisis is having on the people of greece. unemployment in this country generally, nationally is running at nearly 22%. if you look at the demographic of 16 to 25-year-olds, it's closer to 53%. i mean, it is an absolutely astonishingly high rate. the economic crisis, the austerity measures have had a massive impact on people's standards of living here. >> matthew chance for us. matthew, thank you very much. so grab some coffee. here are the headlines that you
may have missed overnight. boston university held a vigil for three of their students killed in new zealand. the students were studying abroad and decided to go on a sightseeing trip to see where the lord of the rings trilogy was filmed. police say their band drafted every drifted to the side of the road and rolled when a driver tried to overcorrect. three were killed instantly. five others injured. a massive manhunt near los angeles where officials are looking for a missing fbi agent. the man right there steven i'veans is believed to be armed and suicidal. police do not think ivans a danger to anyone but himself, but they are urging the public not to approach him. he was last seen at his home on friday. wildfires are raging across north-central arizona forcing some evacuations this morning. 23 homes were evacuated already and the red cross has set up a shelter at a local middle school. officials with the national forest service say the fire has burned for more than 2,000 acres. the state of washington is
being hit hard with a highly infectious respiratory disease. whooping cough. according to the "new york times", state officials have declared the disease an epidemic and public health officials are reporting over 1,200 cases. mitt romney is trying to find common ground between himself and a conservative christian voting block he needs to win the white house. the likely republican presidential nominee addressed the graduating class at liberty university, the nation's largest evangelical school. the appearance sparked controversy because of some concerns about his mormon faith, but romney used the speech to highlight similarities between himself and the crowd, including his thoughts on marriage. >> culture, what you believe, what you value, how you live matters. now, as fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debate from time to time, so it is today
with the enduring institution of marriage. marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. [ applause ] >> romney's former opponent, rick saar tore up, is urging the governor to use the issue in the election. he said it could be a very potent weapon. >> ran paul, son of ron paul, is weighing in on the issue blasting president obama's stance on the issue of same-sex marriage and how the president said he arrived at the decision. >> the president, you know, recently weighed in on marriage, and, you know, he said his views were evolving on marriage. call me cynical, but i wasn't sure that his views on marriage could get any gayer. >> paul was speaking at an annual event sponsored by iowa's
faith and freedom coalition. we want to know what you think about senator ran paul's remarks about president obama's support of same-sex marriage. they were pretty strong remarks there. tweet me at randy kay cnn. let me know what you think, and we'll read your opinions on the air a little later on in the show. a florida daughter gives her sick mother a very special mother's day gift. a kidney to save her life. we'll have more on this amazing story. >> i'm a third wing air wing afghanistan. i would like to wish my stepmother yvette a happy mother's day. can't wait to see you guys. sorry. sore knee.
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some things are impossible. >> did you make the dinner reservation? >> we're in good shape. thumbs up here. if you don't see me next weekend -- >> exactly. she'll be calling me. hey. >> absolutely. >> well, i'm glad. speaking of mother's day, this is a really special story. the nicest gift that you could ever give your mother, well, take a look at this. all right? the south floridian truly made her mother happy. she actually -- she can put us all to shame because the 27-year-old gave her mother a kidney after she was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that damages different parts of the body. just listen to this for a second. >> we're here today. my daughter gave me the gift of life, and she's in my debt forever. >> after my mom has given me the most wonderful life. i have never had to want for anything. >> isn't that incredible? i mean, there's no cure for lupus. the transplant surgery was a success, obviously, and doctors believe that her health will continue to improve.
they'll be connected, reynolds, forever. >> it's a beautiful story. i mean, it truly is. her mother gave her life and everything for her, and now she's doing something that could possibly save her life. looks all of us look bad that gave their mom flowers and crocheted oven mitts. >> the coolest discovery of the week. this is definitely it. i'm going to lot you handle this, because i know you are going to geek out on me. >> i adore this story. this is incredible. it is amazing in the dz either with very little moisture and wind things can last for a long time, including this world war ii fighter. this is actually a p-40 kitty hawk that was actually shot down. it was not shot down. it actually ran out of gas and landed in the desert and was found recently. the records show the plane in the sahara desert on june 28, 1942. it was actually by the royal air force. it was flown by then. it was create in buffalo, new york. it's an american design. it's a beautiful aircraft. because it is still impact, it
still had bullets in the chambers and still had machine guns and there wasn't even a single pane of glass cracked. they think the fighter pilot actually walked out of the aircraft unscathed, but they never found him. odds are in the sahara desert, you have no water and the intense heat, temperatures going up to 120 disease, probably didn't last that long. >> it's amazing they just found that out there. >> in relatively perfect condition. >> wow. that's pretty cool. have you that your family, right? >> granddad was a b-25 fighter pilot, yes, in the south pacific. >> explains the geek out. >> there are reasons for being a geek. >> all right. thank you. >> you bet. from the frontlines to the unemployment lines, veterans face special challenges after leaving the war zone, but there is hope and help on the way.
a promise to help. that's what veterans are getting from the federal government, but it's tough out there. how tough? well, take a look at some of these numbers that we want to share with you this morning. the overall unemployment rate is 8.1%. for all veterans it's 7.1%, which is a good trend, but now look at the number of veterans that served in iraq and afghanistan. it is 9.2%. that number is actually going down, thanks to some of those government efforts. joining me now is randy solayman, ledge laifsh associate for iraq and afghanistan veterans of america. good morning, ramsey. let's talk about this. it's so important to get these men and women jobs after serving our country. i mean, what seems to be the biggest challenge for these veterans returning home from the war? >> good morning. happy mother's day. some of the challenges -- there's not one big overriding challenge. it's more of a series of small
challenges for a lot of people. one of the things credentialing and licensing for veterans not being able to translate the military skills, education, and training that they receive into the civilian world. for instance, if you are driving an 18-wheeler in iraq and afghanistan and on the roads back home in the u.s. is a military member, that does not automatically translate into being able to receive a commercial driver's license and do the same job in the civilian world. >> yeah. so that's one big thing. >> what about the stigmatization regarding ptsd. is that a problem? we hear so much about. are employers concerned about hiring veterans? >> that is a problem. we hear that anecdotally. there's no hard figure on it, but a lot of people think that every veteran comes back and has ptsd and some of the recent events in the news sort of enforce that -- reinforce that
perception, but it's worthwhile noting that the estimate is that fewer than 20% of returning veterans have some form of ptsd or probable ptsd, so while that is certainly an issue that's large m veterans community and needs to be addressed, it's also not something that every veteran has. >> uh-huh. you mentioned how the skills might not translate. just a moment ago. do you think that enough is being done to give veterans the opportunity to get more training and better job training? >> well, there are laws. for instance, we helped pass a credential and licensing study involved in it. there was a pilot program. there is some legislation trying to get the federal government to give credentialing and licensing for skills that translate and are under the power of the federal government. mostly maritime and aviation.
there are things. veterans are able to take advantage of the post-9/11 gi bill, which is the nation's best career-ready education training program, but we do see that that is under fire with some of the issues that are for profit schools as well. >> in terms of add vase for vets looking for work. i know you have good advice. the first thing is being proactive, network, and get support from others as well. why does this work, do you think? >> well, like the old addible goes, it's not necessarily what you know. it's who you know. while you're certainly going to have to prove that you can do a job, knowing those people who are out there and the decision makers and the hiring authorities and people who will have leads on jobs is important, and people can get connected. they can join a vso. go to www.iava.org and get connected with us. we have several smart job fairs going on around the country in conjunction with the chamber of commerce that have employers who are coming, who are ready to
hire. getting linked into those sorts of resources is extremely important for veterans. >> well, i'm a big fan of the iava. once again, randy, thank you very much. i'm going to send out on my twitter page at randy kay.cnn, i'll put the link to the iava.org. >> thank you, randy. >> be sure to tune in tonight for a special look at citizen soldiers struggling to serve their country and family during an election year. j.r. martinez nar ates voters in america. vets wanted. tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern. ever read a bool book or meets someone so brutally honest that you are traun do them? i'll talk to a celebrated author whose book i couldn't put down.
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i had the opportunity to speak with celebrated author augustan burrows about his untraditional self-help book. it's called this is how. he gives advice about overcoming just about anything from shyness, fatness, to alcoholism and suicide. here is just some of our conversation. >> i'm just really excited by the opportunity to sort of share what i have learned through, you know, surviving so many things from so young with people. i mean, the number one question probably that i get asked when i'm away on tour is how did you survive, you know, and then it's fill in what. alcoholism or neglect or whatever. what have you. i wanted to answer that question. you know? because i didn't have -- i wasn't -- i didn't have parents.
my parents were sort of dysfunctional and out of the picture, and i didn't have adults in my life to help me solve my own issues, i had to solve them myself. you know, those tools i think are going to be useful for other people when they want to solve their own problems. >> you give advice really for just about anything. i read the book in one day. exactly. you give advice for shyness, fatness aring molestation, grief, alcoholism. your tone in the book, i found -- i wasn't sure if it was -- it's very sincere, but it's also a big snarky. >> i'm like emphatic. i want people to really understand, you know, what i'm saying. i want people to get to the truth. you may think you know the truth. you may think, but, you know what, knock a little harder with your hammer, because you've got to get through what you believe is true into the deeper truth. >> so interesting, though, because you don't have -- you're not a therapist, but the book is so empowering. one of the chapters that really struck me was the one how to end your life, where you actually go back and you -- from the moment
when you were weighing pros and cons on whether you should commit suicide as a boy. what you found is you didn't want to kill yourself. you wanted to end your life. >> yes. >> talk to me about the difference there. >> you know, i was so deeply unhappy with my life, and i didn't see any option for when i got out of this childhood, so i have to kill myself. but when i thought about it deeper, deeper, i realized that's not going to have the affect i want. first of all, i'm not going to be around to enjoy the punishment that this inflikts on those that i love, you know? which is part of it. mostly i'm not going to have that peace and relief. i'm going to be -- suicide, the act of suicide, doesn't release you. it adds a new layer of sort of horror, you know, or discomfort or struggle to the depression you already have. i realized it's not that i want to kill myself. it's that i want to end my life. i want to literally step outside of it completely. i did. i changed my name when i was 18. i moved across the country from, you know, boston to california,
and i mean, i didn't outrun my past, but i did feel, wow, i am starting over. >> you have had, as you mentioned, a little bit there, but one of the most difficult and dysfunctional childhoods ever. you were abandoned by your mother. you moved in with her therapist. you were raped as a child. you were then a caretaker for your suicidal mother. you were abused by your father. looking back as an adult and for anyone who might be watching today, how did you get through it? what would be your survival mechanism that you turn to ma maybe somebody else could use? >> it's really important to not feel sorry for yourself, to be a victim. even if you have been victimized, you can't be a victim and wait for someone to make amends or someone to, you know, pick you up and help you. you have to take responsibility. you need to have a really profound understanding of the pact that this is your life. you are the author of your
entire life. that gave me optimism. i mean, i thought even though today and yesterday, the day before had been awful, tomorrow could be completely different. i mean, if today was so much worse than i imaged, tomorrow could be so much better than i ever hoped. >> if you could leave our viewers with one piece of advice today, of all your advice in this fantastic book, what would you leave them with? >> you know the true answer. you know it somewhere. i feel it like a sensation in my chest, and always, always, always follow that. >> i bet you've had some incredible raeks of people coming up to you and asking your advice. >> they do about school homework. i have a fourth grade education. i'm probably not the person to ask. how do you study? i say throw the books away and go to a movie. i'm good on some issues. the big stuff. >> i hope the kids weren't listening to that at home. >> yeah. >> thank you so much. it was great to have you on. oot book, once again, is this is
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