Inside the TV studios at Temple University’s Annenberg Hall, three cameras zoomed in and out on talk show host Lisa Bien during a taping of “Bouncing Back.”
Created by Bien, the show zeroes in on sensitive topics – sexual assault, suicide, eating disorders, transgender issues, stress – that young adults endure, sometimes silently.
With her thick red hair skimming her shoulders, Bien listened attentively to Mark Moore, who described himself as a “skinny, pimply, slow-learning kid,” whose self-esteem all but disappeared after years of being bullied in grade school.
During the show to be broadcast later this month, he recalled how he hardened his body and healed his mind after discovering martial arts in his teens. He now mentors kids at his studio, Underground Martial Arts and Fitness Center, in his hometown of Sewell, Gloucester County.
“It might have ended differently for me,” said Moore, now 37, referring to family history that includes drug abuse, depression and suicide.