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A personal look at chronic fatigue syndrome with local musician Hal Walker

Musician Hal Walker, who is living with ME/CFS
Musician Hal Walker, who is living with ME/CFS

Today we'll be talking about the roughly two million Americans who suffer from a poorly understood, often debilitating illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Actually it's full name is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, generally abbreviated as ME/CFS.

This hour, we'll begin by meeting a local musician who's been documenting his struggle with ME/CFS for years through social media…

And while his story may sound rare, health experts predict that more people will have to deal with chronic fatigue syndrome in coming years, because it's one of the most common symptoms being reported by the roughly 20 million Americans, with long-COVID.

Then to end the hour today, we'll revisit my conversation with Raymond Schuck, a local author who's examining Don McLean's classic "American Pie" - the classic song which turns 50 this year. And is a fourth of July staple.

- Linda Tannenbaum, Founder & CEO/President, Open Medicine Foundation
- Jeff St. Clair, Midday Host, Ideastream Public Media
- Hal Walker, Musician
- Raymond Schuck Jr., Author, "Do You Believe In Rock and Roll: Essays On Don McLean's 'American Pie'"

Drew Maziasz is a coordinating producer for the "Sound of Ideas" and also serves as the show’s technical producer.