This week was filled with sad stories – from the death of Paddy Kraska, the Susie Madrak’s story of her friend’s suicide, to the slaughter of dolphins continuing at Taiji Cove to the realization that the 85 wealthiest people in the world hold more wealth than the 3.5 billion people who make up the less fortunate half of the world’s population and more.

If you’re wondering who those hoarding the most wealth around the world are, just take a look at Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires. Just think of all the good that could be done if those wealthiest people on the planet would each give back half of the money they’re stockpiling. It’s not as if they’d be able to spend it all during their lives. They could really eradicate poverty and, in turn, probably wipe out war too.

Now I know money can’t buy happiness, but it sure is easier to be happy when you’re not wondering where the money to pay the rent/mortgage is coming from or how to keep the heat on in the winter, or keep your kids from being hungry.

So, when I was pitched an interview with the author of The Power of Chakras: Unlock Your 7 Energy Centers for Healing, Happiness, and TransformationI figured I should take advantage of it.  Dr. Susan Shumsky joined in today, talked about the power of yoga, mediation and the chakras (although I still don’t understand how to access them). I will, however, attend a yoga class this weekend, and attempt meditation. Stay tuned…

Yesterday was the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade, and it seems that the Republicans Regressive Party is working harder than ever to take us back to the days when women were getting backroom abortions with dirty coat hangers. Amy Simon of She’s History gave us some perspective of what things were like before the 1973 SCOTUS ruling.

And finally, Thursday is my Friday (no show Fridays), so Julianna Forlano joined in from Absurdity Today to kick off the weekend with some laughs.

It’s a big week next week. Congressman Alan Grayson will join us Monday morning. Tuesday brings the State of the Union address. And on Wednesday, I’ll talk with Jesse Myerson, whose Rolling Stone piece, “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For,” is required reading (and shouldn’t be limited to millennials!)