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Semitism and sexism And the estate of Joan B C krok whose bequest serves as an enduring investment in the future of public radio and seeks to help NPR produce programming that meets the highest standards of public service in journalism and cultural expression It's morning edition from NPR news I'm Steve inskeep And I'm Sarah mccammon We're bringing you stories this week from Joplin Missouri This is a city just a few hundred miles west of parts of Kentucky that were leveled by tornadoes this month It's a community that knows firsthand what kind of impact that devastation can have A decade ago one of the strongest tornadoes in U.S. history destroyed a third of Joplin Frank Morris of Casey has this report on a mental health program that was established there to help residents cope An enormous tornado with winds topping 200 miles an hour turned Joplin Missouri into a case study on building failure I remember after the tornado we had one home just a few blocks from here that was actually sitting in the middle of the road upside down Brian wickland is Joplin's chief building official He says new homes going up here now use more steel to secure roofs to walls and walls to foundations following national standards established after the Joplin tornado And it's not just houses that are better prepared The tornado forced officials like Joplin's emergency management director Keith stammer to think big If I had walked into a disaster planning committee meeting with a scenario in my back pocket that basically wiped out a third of Joplin and caused this to not be able to help ourselves from the get go I'd been laughed out of the meeting Not now that is in our planning So planners like stammer are now gaming out bigger and more complex disasters He says that the tornado also forced a cultural change in the way that first responders deal with post traumatic stress Stanford says the old model was to just suck it up But all of a sudden when all of you or many of you are having psychological problems emotional problems this you become much more empathetic You become much more sympathetic And that goes for average citizens too Doug walker is a clinical psychologist from New Orleans who travels the world helping community struck by disaster When he got to Joplin he found residents reluctant to talk about their feelings When you ask someone how are you doing I'm fine I'm good You know Joe Smith needs you down the way What kind of list of 5 things to check on Work relationships play sleep and consumption food drugs and alcohol He says a Joplin focus group hit on a simple question that opens up informal therapy How's your 5 And a lightbulb went off in my head and I'm like you just managed to put together a peer on peer support that really has never been done before Here on peer support that walker says he's used to get disaster victims talking from Florida to Fukushima But of all the good ideas following the tornado Vicky measley executive director at Ozark center a group of mental health clinics and Joplin says one stands out like a light at the end of a tunnel The best thing that happened to us is when the school superintendent said we're going back to school in August The superintendent was CJ Hough and the goalie set was a tough one Half the schools were severely damaged And many of the teachers students homeless hust timeline less than three months to get the district back on its feet That was a walking heart attack I gained about gosh 60 pounds I think I'm a stress eater and we all have our coping mechanisms and mine was ice cream and lots of coffee lots of coffee Lots of ice cream CJ huff got school started on time by building classrooms and abandoned big box stores He was a local hero all over national news But he says that a few months later exhausted distraught citizens began fighting him at every turn One of the things I learned is that when emotion and logic collide emotion wins every time It didn't matter what we brought whether it was data or subject matter experts It didn't matter Huff was demonized by some residents He says he considered suicide and was eventually driven out of the job The commissar says he wasn't alone Several years after the tornado you started to see major change in leadership positions She says that includes the city manager at a hospital president Now Hough is a disaster consultant and he says that every single one of his colleagues are former public officials ousted after a disaster All of them We call it the exclusive club that nobody wants to belong to Huff says disillusionment follows every disaster As recovery timetables push back Ashley mickel thought who was Joplin schoolboard president when the tornado hit Sees it as a cautionary tale So Kentucky listen up Don't do that Just know that your leaders today are making the very best decisions that they can The job is recovery is gone pretty well The tornado killed a 161 people and destroyed 8000 structures But the city is managed to grow since And there's little doubt that Joplin probably the rest of the country is better prepared for the next one From here I knew some Frank Morris in Joplin Missouri About 3500 years ago a pharaoh died a mano tep was wrapped tightly in perfect linens and mummified And nobody knew what was under those linens That is until now This mummy is very special It's the only mummy that has never been unwrapped in modern times Doctor sahar shalim is a radiologist at Cairo university in part of the Egyptian mummy project Doctor selene put the pharaoh's mummy through a CT scanner to find out just what he looked like without having to unwrap all that delicate cloth There were 30 amulets in between the wrapping and also insight And also the king was wearing a wonderful belt made of 34 gold beads But the real surprise was his teeth I looked at the teeth of the other kings and queens Most of them they had dead teeth but it was amazing that the avant of the king had nice maybe he had a good hygiene Doctor saleem says these ancient remains offer some insights for our own time They are like a time capsule We can know their health condition The teeth hygiene the ancient diseases that they had These are all important for our modern understanding of the natural history of diseases Our modern understanding of civilization Which for doctor Salim is.

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