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⁠#130 [PART 2]: Masculinity and the revolutionary power of men's groups (ft. William Dawley)⁠

March 22nd, 2023


The conversation continues covering why men's support groups work, reason vs. persuasion, the power of listening, why organized religion isn't going anywhere anytime soon, Credentialism vs. Egalitarianism and how the …

#130: Masculinity and the revolutionary power of men's groups (ft. William Dawley)

March 16th, 2023


Returning guest William Dawley (#113: Immortality and Cyborg Anthropology) joins us to discuss his work around issues of Masculinity/Machismo and the …

#129: Beyond Rehab & The Twelve Steps (ft. Bob and V)

March 8th, 2023


Our guests talk about their experiences outside of mainstream recovery programs. The discussion covers personal stories and topics such as the opioid crisis, pain management, the morality of pleasure, the need for …

#128: The reality of claiming disability benefits (ft. Michael Stretton)

March 1st, 2023


Michael Stretton, a Social Security Disability Claimant Representative, provides a highly detailed description of the labyrinthine process of claiming disability benefits in the USA.

A general audience might find this …

#127: The False Promise of Psychedelic Utopia (ft. Neşe Devenot & Brian Pace)

February 22nd, 2023


Our guests discuss their fascinating paper 'Right-Wing Psychedelia' and why psychedelic substances have been mistakenly considered a substance that …

#126: The war on the NHS (ft. Dr Dan Goyal)

February 15th, 2023


Our guest Dr Dan Goyal outlines what the deliberate under funding of the NHS has done to working conditions, the relentless stress nurses face, the impact of covid and the false economics of private health care.

We also …

#125 [PART 2]: Prison and reentry (ft. Joshua Bryant and Jeremy Williams)

February 8th, 2023


“Prison walls don’t separate the good people from the bad people”

In this second part of the conversation we cover Covid and the other health issues …

#125: Prison and reentry (ft. Joshua Bryant and Jeremy Williams)

February 1st, 2023


We take a deep dive into the world of prison life and the challenging transition back into society, with Joshua Bryant and Jeremy Williams.

We …

#124: Who is more mentally ill, Bundy or Bezos? (ft. Joel Stern)

January 25th, 2023


Joel Stern, a well-read acquaintance of Harriet's, brings some perspectives and critiques of the psych field - though by his own admission he has no professional background in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy etc - he …

#123: Catalyst Co-Operative Healing (ft. Marina Rodríguez)

January 18th, 2023


Max makes a welcome return to discuss the fine details of running Catalyst Co-Operative Healing, with Marina Kantarovich Rodríguez.

Whilst this episode is aimed more towards other therapists - rather than a general …

#122: A 2022 recap, 'ChatCBT', loneliness, isolation and being overwhelmed

January 11th, 2023


As we approach the end of 2022 we decided to briefly discuss some of the notable episodes & guests we've been lucky enough to talk with, we also chat about the rise of remote mental health treatment and the latest …

#121: What is school for? (ft. Dr Naomi Fisher)

January 4th, 2023


“We are socialized to believe that schooling is synonymous with education, and that if you don't conform the problem is you".

Today we are joined by …

#120: Scorched Earth - Beyond the digital age to a post capitalist world (ft. Jonathan Crary)

December 28th, 2022


"This polemic dismantles the presumption that social media could be an  instrument of radical change and contends that the networks and platforms of …

#119: Fully Automated Corporate Capitalism - why 'cashless' is a trap (ft. Brett Scott)

December 21st, 2022


Who benefits from a cashless society and who gets left behind? We talk with economic anthropologist and former financial broker Brett Scott about his …

#118: How Cultures Create Emotions (ft. Batja Mesquita)

December 14th, 2022


We may think of emotions as universal responses, felt inside, but acclaimed psychologist Batja Mesquita argues that emotions are not innate, but …

#117: 'The Memeing of Mark Fisher' and Creative Resistance (ft. Mike Watson)

December 7th, 2022


Ikoi and Liam chat with author Mike Watson about the late great Mark Fisher, the addictive pace of the internet, slow meme movements and the need for reflection, spirituality, mortality, Qanon and Pizzagate, a fair …

#116: Are Cities Bad for Mental Health? (ft. Andrew J. Steir)

November 30th, 2022


Psychotherapist Dr Harriet Fraad and Addiction & Substance Use Disorder Counselor, Ikoi Hiroe talk to an Environmental Neuroscientist about how cities make people LESS depressed, urban scaling theory, pace of life, …

#115: Psychiatric Drugs - The truth about how they work and how to come off them (ft. Dr Joanna Moncrieff)

November 23rd, 2022


"This book is a wake-up call to the potential damage we are doing to ourselves by relying on chemical cures for human distress. Its clear, concise …

#114: Public Hostage Public Ransom (ft. William Bronston)

November 15th, 2022


Psychotherapist Dr. Harriet Fraad is joined by activist physician William Bronston MD to discuss his astonishing book 'Public Hostage Public Ransom: …

#113: Immortality and Cyborg Anthropology (ft. William Dawley and Fartein Nilsen)

November 9th, 2022


Anthropologists William Dawley and Fartein Nilsen join us to discuss their work on a fascinating project ‘Technoscientific Immortality: A study of …

#112: Diagnosis as a Weapon

November 1st, 2022


“When people rebel you can call them crazy”.

Psychotherapist Dr. Harriet Fraad discusses an article sent to us by a patron entitled: HYSTERIA, WITCHES, AND THE WANDERING UTERUS: A BRIEF HISTORY OR, WHY I TEACH “THE …

#111: Why Aren't There More Black Socialists? (ft. T1J)

October 26th, 2022


YouTuber T1J joins Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe to discuss racism, class, the DSA, Jay-Z, Cornel West, socialist history, 'staying in your lane', organizing that replicates the …

#110: Is gambling natural? (ft. Rebecca Cassidy)

October 19th, 2022


Anthropologist Professor Rebecca Cassidy, author of 'Vicious Games: Capitalism and Gambling', chats with Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe:

#109: A nation of bootlickers

October 12th, 2022


The Queen is dead... and who cares? The Monarchy are a potent symbol of unjust hierarchical power, yet the English (and many across the world) are in …

#108: Therapist Worker Cooperative: Phoenix Mental Health

October 5th, 2022


Max is joined by Jeff and Eric, 2 of 7 worker-owners of a therapist worker cooperative in Minneapolis, Minnesota called Phoenix Mental Health. In …

#107: The Manosphere (ft. F.D.Signifier)

September 28th, 2022


Does the Manosphere care about men? We chat with F.D.Signifier about his string of popular video essays: 'Dissecting the Manosphere', 'Connecting the …

#106: Borderline Personality Disorder (ft. Bethany Morris)

September 21st, 2022


Why do women who display the same behaviors as men get diagnosed with BPD at a 3:1 ratio? What behaviors are allowed by which gender?

In this episode Dr. Morris discuss with Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance …

#105: Escape Fantasies of Tech Billionaires (ft. Douglas Rushkoff)

September 14th, 2022


"The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind". We are joined by the author of the new book 'Survival of the Richest' and host of the Team Human podcast Douglas Rushkoff, who MIT declared as one of the top ten most …

#104: The Chemical Imbalance Myth?

September 7th, 2022


"The recent publication... reviewed decades of research, the chemical imbalance myth was shown to have no support in scientific evidence. The theory of a chemical imbalance is a myth, and has always been a myth."

#103: Life after a Cult (ft. Alisa Mahjoub)

September 1st, 2022


Born into the Unification Church (aka The Moonies), Alisa talks with Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe, about …

#102: [PART 2] The problems with Applied Behavior Analysis

August 25th, 2022



Applied Behavior Analysis:

Evidence of increased PTSD symptoms in autistics exposed to applied behavior analysis:

#102: The problems with Applied Behavior Analysis

August 24th, 2022


ABA is controversial, with evidence of PTSD symptoms in Autistic children exposed to it. Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe are joined by a practitioner of Applied Behavior Analysis, …

#101: Abortions make people happy (ft. Jenny Brown)

August 17th, 2022


Author of 'Without Apology - The Abortion Struggle Now' Jenny Brown joins Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe to …

#100: It IS just in your head! It's all your fault!

August 10th, 2022


One Hundred Episodes! To celebrate Liam challenges Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe to answer the question: when IS it just in your head? When is it NOT Capitalism?

The episode …

#99: Mental Health and Neoliberal Capitalism (ft. Anna Zeira)

August 3rd, 2022


Max is back! (Or at least for this one episode, hopefully more in future).

Max talks with Anna Zeira regarding her paper 'Mental Health Challenges …

#98: A Beginner’s Guide to Trauma Responses

July 27th, 2022


Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe discuss the healthline article, 'The Beginner’s Guide to Trauma Responses' and how fight, flight, freeze & fawn not only effect the individual, …

#97: Homelessness in the USA (ft. Jason Myles)

July 20th, 2022


Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe talk with host of This is Revolution podcast Jason Myles about his …

#96: Transference - what it is, how it works and why

July 13th, 2022


"Transference is a phenomenon in  which one seems to direct feelings or desires related to an important  figure in one’s life—such as a parent—toward …

#95: A psychotherapists analysis of the USA

July 6th, 2022


Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe discuss the desperate mental health situation in the USA, personal responsibility, 'bad choices', Nationalism and what being an American actually …

#94: The state of public education (ft. C. Derek Varn)

June 29th, 2022


Public school teacher, poet and host of the CDerickVarnVlog talks to Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe …

#93: Games and tools for social justice (ft. Brian Van Slyke / TESA Collective)

June 24th, 2022


TESA Collective (Toolbox for Education and Social Action) is a worker-owned co-op that designs games and tools for social justice organizations. TESA …

#92: Community Land Trust, Dishgamu Humboldt (ft. David Cobb)

June 8th, 2022


Returning guest David Cobb chats with Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe about Dishgamu Humboldt, a first-of-its …

#91: Abortion, Fascism and God

June 1st, 2022


Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe discuss the provisional ruling that could lead to abortion being outlawed in …

#90: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane (ft. Emily Guendelsberger)

May 25th, 2022


Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad talks with Emily Guendelsberger, author of 'On the Clock'.

"Across three jobs, and in three different parts of the …

#89: Troubled Teen Industry (ft. EJ)

May 18th, 2022


The Troubled Teen Industry (TTI) is big business in the USA but how do they operate? Do they work? Co-host Ikoi Hiroe offers a broad overview and then talks with EJ about their first hand experiences and the impact it …

#88: Debunking the myth of progress (ft. Rodrigo Aguilera)

May 11th, 2022


"Despite the doom and gloom of financial crises, global terrorism, climate collapse, and the rise of the far-right, a number of leading intellectuals …

#87: Hypnotherapy - Does it work?

May 4th, 2022


What's the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy? How does Hypnotherapy work, if at all? Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist Harriet Fraad answers listeners questions alongside Ikoi Hiroe, a Substance Abuse …

#86: The Gamification of Relationships (ft. Alfie Bown)

April 27th, 2022


We chat to returning guest Alfie Bown about his new book 'Dream Lovers: The Gamification of Relationships'. We discuss and uncover how Technology, …

#85: Psychedelic & Relational Therapy (ft. James Barnes)

April 21st, 2022


Psychotherapist James Barnes, author of the opinion piece 'Current Psychedelic Therapies Use Flawed Models of the Mind' joins Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe to discuss how …

#84: Diagnosis, disease and labels - does any of it help?

April 14th, 2022


Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad presents various problems with the concept of disease encapsulated by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.  However …

#83: Block, Delete, Move On (ft. lalalaletmeexplain)

April 6th, 2022


A qualified social worker and dating & relationships educator, lalalaletmeexplain has spent her career working in the public and voluntary sector …

#82: Academia & Exploitation

March 30th, 2022


Ruthless competition, sexual harassment, crushing student debt, parental pressure, loneliness & working class exclusion ... the pursuit of knowledge meets the reality of a Neo-liberal education in the 21st century.

#81: Addiction and Recovery (ft. Carl Erik Fisher)

March 23rd, 2022


Substance abuse councilor Ikoi Hiroe talks to Carl Erik Fisher, addiction psychiatrist and author of 'The Urge: Our history of addiction'.

Carl draws …

#80: Being working class in a middle class world (ft. Cynthia Cruz)

March 16th, 2022


Cynthia Cruz, author of 'The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class' joins Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse …

#79: Can Indigenous thinking save the world? (ft. Tyson Yunkaporta)

March 7th, 2022


Psychotherapist Harriet Fraad and Substance Abuse Councillor Ikoi Hiroe have a broad ranging discussion with Tyson Yunkaporta, author of 'Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World'.

“Tyson Yunkaporta belongs …

#78: Justice For Workers (ft. Susan Rosenthal)

February 28th, 2022


We welcome back Susan to discuss her life and work, specifically with Justice For Workers:

'The movement for decent work is growing. Workers  in unstable, low-wage and precarious jobs are demanding justice. The …

#77: Overcoming Paranoid Schizophrenia (ft. Tracey Higgins)

February 21st, 2022


We talk to Tracey Higgins about Paranoid Schizophrenia and her book 'The Girl on the Bridge: A Memoir', which chronicles her survival of severe childhood abuse and achieving a complete recovery without medication.

#76: The Disordered States of America

February 14th, 2022


Harriet and Ikoi take a look at the social conditions of the USA with a diagnostic angle.

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#75: Power Fantasies, Videogames and Ideology (ft. Jon Bailes)

February 6th, 2022


We chat with Jon Bailes author of  'Ideology and the Virtual City', a book exploring modern society and the critical value of popular culture.

He …

#74: Marx at home

January 31st, 2022


Harriet examines how and why we might want to use Marxist analysis in our personal lives.

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#73: Does Capitalism Make Us Crazy? (ft. Susan Rosenthal)

January 24th, 2022


We talk with physician and (now retired) trauma-informed psychotherapist Susan Rosenthal about how the label of 'mental illness' is unique to …

#72: A new co-host for INJIYH (ft. Ikoi Hiroe)

January 17th, 2022


A broad ranging discussion covering care worker conditions, dying for your boss, profit in healthcare, abusive healthcare professionals, mental health stigmatization, male suicide, why it can suck to be a boy, …

#71: Does Identity Politics breed Victimhood or Revolution?

January 10th, 2022


Harriet takes a dive into the different ideas and history surrounding Identity Politics.

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#70: Videogames & programmable desire! (ft. Dr Alfie Bown)

December 29th, 2021


We speak to Dr Alfie Bown about the role videogames play in our mental health and our lives. Are they a modern day opiate for the masses or are they …

#69: Waking Up After a Decade of Bad Medicine (ft. Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson)

December 20th, 2021


Max & Harriet speak to Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson about her book 'Psychiatrized: Waking Up After a Decade of Bad Medicine'.

"When a trusted …

#68: Psychoanalysis & Revolution (ft. Ian Parker)

December 11th, 2021


Max, Harriet and Liam talk with one of two authors about a new book 'Psychoanalysis & Revolution', exploring the different 'psy' disciplines and …

#67: Happiness... USA vs the world

December 4th, 2021


Harriet examines 'The World Happiness Report 2021'  and why America, one of the richest countries in the world, is ranked 19th. What are the other countries doing right?

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#66: Striketober

November 27th, 2021


Harriet takes a deep dive into the events of Striketober and the hope it offers. Harriet & Liam also discuss the issues raised in the Medium article 'Why Are Americans and Conservatives So Afraid of Socialism?'.

#65: Activist Burnout (ft. Max & Max)

November 21st, 2021


Do you ever take on so much activist work that you become physically or  emotionally sick? Begin to hate everyone around you for not 'throwing  down' into the cause as much as you? Notice yourself becoming more and …

#64: Indigenous Mental Health, Suicide & Resistance (ft. Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos)

November 15th, 2021


Max and Liam interview Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, professor of psychology at University of Toronto to talk about indigenous resistance, critical …

#63: Cooperation Humboldt, Solidarity Economics & Mental Health (ft. David Cobb)

November 11th, 2021


David Cobb (he/him) is a "people's lawyer" who has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and been …

#62 Liberation Health Model (w/ Carissa Roberts)

October 31st, 2021


Carissa Roberts emailed us and volunteered her own life experiences for a case conceptualization episode using the liberation health model. In this …

#061: Black Trauma Treatment Planning (w/ Jason Myles & Pascal Robert)

October 18th, 2021


Jason Myles & Pascal Roberts, from the THIS IS REVOLUTION podcast join us to talk about black trauma from a political economy and Marxist …

#60: Emotional Labor (interview w/ Harriet)

October 11th, 2021


Max interviews Harriet about an article she wrote in 2008 ago called Toiling In The Field Of Emotion, published in Class Struggle on the Home Front. He asks her: what is emotional labor? How does the concept fit into …

#059: Eviction PTSD (Do You Meet Criteria?)

October 4th, 2021


In this ep we talk about evictions and the trauma they cause, with some emphasis near the end on data showing that race better predicts eviction rates than income. Max shares his own eviction story and educates …

#058: America's wretched history and getting "unstuck" (w/ Bob Hennelly)

September 27th, 2021


We interview award-winning investigative journalist Bob Hennelly about his new book "Stuck Nation: Can the United States Change Course on Our History of Choosing Profits Over People?" Learn more about Bob here:

#057: Domestic violence & intergenerational trauma (Liberation Health Case Conceptualization #1)

September 20th, 2021


Some listeners suggested we do some case conceptualizations so we decided to use the liberation health model to conceptualize two past cases we had. We plan to try doing something like this once per month or so. …

#056: Violence & Conflict Literacy (ft. Bob Hall)

September 13th, 2021


In this episode we learn from Bob Hall about the concept of "conflict literacy" and how it relates to addressing different forms of interpersonal …

#055: Is Mindfulness A Capitalist Spirituality? (w/ Dr. Ron Purser)

September 6th, 2021


Ron Purser, Ph.D., author of McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality, joins us for this episode. We ask him how …

#054: Why Are Millennials "The Therapy Generation"? (ft. Jennifer Silva)

August 30th, 2021


In this episode we interview Prof. Jennifer Silva, author of Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty. Silva interviewed 100 …

#053: Aging Under Capitalism

August 23rd, 2021


Piggybagging off of last week's episode on death, Harriet and Max focus on aging. What's it like to grow older in a capitalist society that devalues …

#052: Death, Marxism & Supernaturalism

August 16th, 2021


Max shares about the recent passing of his estranged father and about some very odd and possibly supernatural experiences surrounding it, as well as …

#051: Cruel Optimism

August 3rd, 2021


Harriet explains what is cruel about a form of optimism that people internalize which says everything will be fine if they just work hard and follow …

#050: The Power Threat Meaning Framework (w/ Dr. Lucy Johnstone)

July 26th, 2021


Clinical psychologist Dr. Lucy Johnstone, one of the lead authors of the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF), joins this episode to talk about the …

#049: Britney Was Made A Slave 4 U (#FreeBritney)

July 19th, 2021


Harriet opens with a deep dive into the #FreeBritney conservatorship abuse phenomenon and how Britney Spears was basically turned into a slave to make her family, as well as legal and medical establishment …

#048: Politically Polarized Families

July 12th, 2021


A listener emailed us about how politically polarized their family was, and how painful this was for everyone to experience. Harriet and Max comment …

#047: A Critique Of #TikTokTherapy

July 5th, 2021


In this solocast episode, Max offers some critiques of the depoliticized and McDonaldized way #mentalhealth is discussed on social media. When he saw …

#046: Middle and Upper Class Guilt

June 28th, 2021


Do you ever feel guilty or ashamed for having climbed or been born into a more "middle class" or "upper class" position on the socioeconomic ladder? Harriet and Max call this phenomenon "class guilt," and define it …

#045: Identity wrap-up

June 21st, 2021


Harriet and Max "wrap up" on identity politics so they can move on to other topics.,

#044: Does Validation Cause Narcissism? (ft. Angie Speaks)

June 7th, 2021


Youtuber and podcaster Angie Speaks joins us to talk about what inspired her recent video "How Validation Ruined Your Life: Narcissism and Social Justice."  In this episode we discuss (and debate) whether there is value …

#043: Suicide vs. Fighting For Worlds Worth Living In (w/ Prof. Jennifer White)

May 31st, 2021


This week we talk to Jennifer White, one of the founders of the Critical Suicidology Network. White is a professor in the School of Child and Youth …

#042: Boss vs. Worker Psychology (ft. Tedwood Strong & Jen Garcia)

May 24th, 2021


Two union organizers from Atlanta, Georgia join us to explore questions about the psychology of bosses versus workers in the context of union …

#041: What is capitalism and why should you care? (ft. Richard Wolff)

May 17th, 2021


Marxian economist Richard Wolff joins us for this episode to help us define our terms. What do we mean when we use words like capitalism, socialism, …

#040: Identity Politics & Mental Health (w/ Asad Haider)

May 10th, 2021


For this episode we invited Asad Haider on to talk about identity politics and mental health. Haider wrote a book called Mistaken Identity in 2018, …

#39: Occupational Therapy vs. Capitalism

May 3rd, 2021


Max interviews Occupational Therapist Maria Dong to talk about the many ways our for-profit healthcare system negatively impacts healthcare workers and patient outcomes. Maria can be reached at @mariadongwrites on …

#038: Will Biden's "Caring Economy" Infrastructure Plan Empower Women?

April 18th, 2021


Harriet reviews Biden's ambitious infrastructure and jobs plan and the inclusion of various aspects of the "caring economy," including investment into childcare, healthcare, eldercare, etc. Such jobs are overwhelmingly …

#037: What's Wrong With Mainsteam Psychology? w/ Bethany Morris

April 17th, 2021


Bethany Morris joins us to talk about critical and community psychology, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and borderline personality disorder. Dr. Morris is …

#036: Childcare 4 All (w/ Sarah R and Mo from DSA)

April 5th, 2021


Sarah and Mo join Max to talk about the many reasons why a universal childcare program in the U.S. would be good for the mental health of children, …

#035: The economy is crumbling - how does that make us feel?

March 29th, 2021


In this episode, Harriet gives a broad "macro" zoom out view of what's going on in America right now economically and politically. Next, she zooms in …

#034: Abolish ICE To Treat Immigrant PTSD? (ft. Randy Capps)

March 22nd, 2021


We reached out to Migration Policy Institute (MPI) to discuss their research on immigration enforcement and Latino adolescent mental health, …

#033: We're All Addicts (w/ Kevin Gallagher)

March 15th, 2021


Fellow mental health counselor Kevin Gallagher joins us to talk about the history of addiction in America, its causes, and cures. Kevin shares  what he learned first-hand about America's broken approaches to addiction …

#032: Cultural Anthropologist Roy Grinker On Capitalism, Brain Science vs Supernaturalism, and The Neurodiversity Movement

March 8th, 2021


In this episode we interview Roy Grinker, cultural anthropologist and author of Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness. …

[Listener response] Clarifying our stance on psych meds

March 6th, 2021


A listener shared with us that they felt that in episode #030 it sounded like we were shaming people who take psych meds. We wanted to clarify our stance with this brief response for anyone who has felt shamed when we …

#032: Is The PMC Delusional? (w/ Catherine Liu)

March 1st, 2021


Max interviews author of the polemical book Virtue Hoarders, Catherine Liu, about the ways the so-called Professional-Managerial Class (PMC) uses …

#031: Do Women Have Better Sex In Socialist & Communist Countries? (ft. Kristen Ghodsee)

February 22nd, 2021


Kristen Ghodsee joins us to talk about sex and sexuality across the varied socialist experiments that took place for most of the 20th century in Eastern Europe. She acknowledges the well-known atrocities (purges, …

#30: Are DSM-5 Mental Disorders A Construct Of Capitalism?

February 15th, 2021


In this episode, we take a deeper dive into the origins and psychological and international implications of the existence and widespread use of the …

#029: Too Poor To Eat And Losing Your Mind From Hunger (ft. Tati Cosper)

February 5th, 2021


Tati Cosper contacted us to raise awareness about the connections between hunger, poverty and mental health in America - so we did an episode on it with her! Why are people malnourished in the richest country on Earth? …

Marxist Mindfulness 1: Sensing The Scalp And Contemplating Shampoo

January 29th, 2021


Max has been wanting to explore this for a while and Harriet gave him permission to do this as a solo episode - but it's not really an episode. It's …

#028: Were the Capitol Hill Riots caused by white supremacy, neoliberalism, or digital influence operations?

January 27th, 2021


In this episode, Harriet and Max offer different interpretations of the Capitol Hill riots and what caused them from both a personal psychological …

#027: The LGBT Working Class vs. Rainbow Capitalism (w/ Eric Pierce)

January 20th, 2021


We spoke to one of our supporters and comrades, fellow mental health and social worker Eric Piece about the intersections of LGBT issues and capitalism. Eric identifies as a gay man and just as strongly as a union …

#026: Healing ourselves by fighting gentrification and slumification... and can we abolish rent completely? (ft. tenant organizer Talia Smith)

January 14th, 2021


Millions of tenants are at risk of being thrown out onto the street this year due to the covid-19 eviction moratoria being lifted federally and throughout different states and regions. The mental health field is …

(Crossover Episode) Social Medicine On Air: "Mental Health, Individualism, and the Economy"

January 4th, 2021


Here is a crossover episode we did with the hosts of Social Medicine On Air, a podcast very similar to our own but run by two physicians. Listen to the original episode here and be sure to check out their other …

#025: Climate Anxiety (w/ Ecological Engineer Sam Francis)

December 23rd, 2020


Ecological Engineering Phd student Sam Francis joins us for this episode to talk about climate anxiety: the very real and "not just in your head" …

#024: Decommodify All Parts Of The Economy Related To Human Need

December 15th, 2020


Harriet proposes in this episode that for Americans to have good mental health, we have to decommodify all parts of the economy related to human need so that people don't feel depressed or anxious about things which all …

#023: Unionized Therapists Fighting For Client Care And Workers Rights

November 27th, 2020


Harriet and Max interview two therapists who also act as "shop stewards" with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) - Jackie Schalit LMFT …

#022: Worker Cooperative Led By Mental Health Workers! (Tell Your Therapist To Join The Movement)

November 24th, 2020


"We are a cooperatively-run mental health practice located in Bushwick, Brooklyn" - from the Alliance Psychological Services website which also reads …

Harming Relationships With Your Politics (Patron Q/A)

November 15th, 2020


We try to answer Patron questions as often as we can. In this recording, we answer Jake's question about how to avoid harming relationships with your …

#021: Can Joe Biden Improve Our Mental Health?

November 13th, 2020


Will a Joe Biden presidency be better for our collective mental health? Harriet thinks having a neoliberal president is better than a fascist …

#020: Will Biden build me 2.6 single family homes? (ft. Justin Roczniak AKA "donoteat01")

November 3rd, 2020


In this episode we interview leftist civil engineer Justin Roczniak (aka "donoteat01" on YouTube) to better understand the history of single family homes, suburbs, the real estate industry, and try to figure out better …

#019: Abolish The Family? (full episode)

October 21st, 2020


Harriet describes the invention  of the nuclear family as part of the transition from European feudalism to capitalism, with attention to the function of the patriarch as the familial feudal lord, and children as …

#018: Interviewing Sex Worker Gemma Paradise and Feminist Studies Scholar Dr. Heather Berg

October 5th, 2020


Thanks to helpfully critical feedback we received on our W.A.P. episode, we were lucky to make contact with guests Gemma Paradise and Dr. Heather …

#017: Three communist psychotherapists walk into a church (ft. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn)

September 29th, 2020


In this episode we interview Christian minister and anti-capitalist psychotherapist Bruce Rogers-Vaughn, whose deep and calming voice happens to be an FDA approved anti-anxiety medicine.  One of Bruce's students emailed …

Answering Patron Questions

September 15th, 2020


We answer four questions from our Patreon community

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#016: Therapists React To W.A.P. By Cardi B (SHOCKING!)

September 4th, 2020


(Note from the future: thanks to helpfully critical feedback we received for this  episode, we recorded a follow up one with sex worker Gemma …

#015: Immigrating from Africa, Black Lives Matter, and Woke Capitalism (a chat with Russel Ndip)

August 24th, 2020


Harriet and Max interview one of their listeners for this episode and cover a wide variety of topics from immigration to gender and cross-cultural …

#014: Suicide

August 17th, 2020


USA National Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Max does a solo episode on the topic of suicide (Harriet will be back next week!). Topics he …

#013: How To Form A Tenant's Union

August 7th, 2020


In this solo episode, Max explains how to form a tenant's union, from inside his car. He gives an overview of what the benefits are of tenants …

#012: Interview with Social Worker co-creator of the Liberation Health Model: Dawn Belkin Martinez

August 1st, 2020


Harriet and Max interview Dawn Belkin Martinez about the Liberation Health Model, which she and other social workers developed 20 years ago to move …

#011: Sex, Love, and Intimacy Under Neoliberalism

July 25th, 2020


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In this episode, Max and Harriet talk about how neoliberalism paved the …

#010: Can Labor Organizing Treat Depression? ft. Rachel Mendelson

July 18th, 2020


Harriet and Max chat with biomolecular engineering grad student Rachel Mendelson about her experience participating in the historic Cost Of Living …

#009: Mental Health In Rural America ft. Pete Bourgelais

July 10th, 2020


Harriet and Max talk with Pete Bourgelais about mental health in rural America, with emphasis on Maine because that's where Pete is from (and is running for office to push for a Green New Deal, support for local organic …

#008: Corona Emotions

July 7th, 2020


In this solo episode, Harriet talks about the many ways people are being impacted emotionally by the current pandemic. Men in particular having a …

#007: How The Plantation Class Invented Race To Divide Us, Why MLK Supported Multi-Racial Unionism, and Dr. Luke Wood's Black Minds Matter Project

June 27th, 2020


In this episode we cover both "macro" and "micro" points of discussion about race and racism. Harriet starts off with explaining how capitalism has always required a set of social divisions to pit workers against each …

#006: Our backgrounds, BPD, diet and mental health, Gloria Steinem is a cop, and the Liberation Health Model!

June 21st, 2020


Sorry for the long gap between episodes! We respond to some fanmail and Anchor messages covering topics such as: how we developed our views based on our backgrounds; thoughts on borderline personality disorder; …

#005: Mental Health Awareness Month & The Nonprofit Industrial Complex

May 31st, 2020


Max and Harriet lay out their critique of #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth by first speaking on its origins - a big pharma funded nonprofit called Mental Health America, beginning in 1949 - then explain how the rise of the …

#004: A Tale of Four Depressions

May 23rd, 2020


In the first half of this episode, Harriet lays out a thesis on four depressions in the United States. 1) Depression of wages and employment in the late 1970s caused by outsourcing and automation of mainly male jobs, …

#003: Does meditating, doing yoga, and practicing self-care make the world better?

May 18th, 2020


[Disclaimer: Harriet and Max are pro-meditation, pro-yoga, and pro- self-care! And want listeners to think about these practices within a broader …

#002: Covid-19, Mental Health, and The Return Of The Strike! (May Day Edition)

May 2nd, 2020


Recorded on May 1, International Worker's Day, mental health counselors Harriet and Max talk about the many ways covid-19 is impacting our collective …

#001: It's Not Just In Your Head

April 16th, 2020


Max and Harriet introduce themselves, how they met and why they're  starting the podcast with hopes of reaching other mental health  practitioners, consumers of mental health services, and whoever else  will listen. …

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