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Safe Space Radio is the show about subjects we’d struggle with less if we could talk about them more. We combine storytelling with empathy and expertise to foster courage in navigating challenging conversations and combating shame and stigma. Our new miniseries is Can We Talk?

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Climate Courage

October 2nd, 2020


“What if global warming isn’t only a crisis. What if it’s our best chance to build a better world?” Naomi Klein

Reports of wildfires, hurricanes, and extinctions are frightening, yet we rarely hear people talking about …

Saying Goodbye

October 2nd, 2020


“Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.” George Eliot

This hour-long show is about the mental health benefits and challenges of saying a good goodbye at the end of life. Through stories, we …

Profiles in Mental Health and Courage

October 2nd, 2020



Courage is the choice to act even when we feel afraid. It forces us to confront fear, shame, and stigma—and to feel our own strength. This hour-long show is about how accessing our own courage also supports our mental …

Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism

May 20th, 2019


Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start. This hour-long program is about talking to white kids about …


May 13th, 2019


This episode is about loneliness: what it is, why so many of us feel it, and the surprising toll loneliness takes on our physical and mental health. …

Asking For Help

May 6th, 2019



This hour-long program is about asking for help: why it’s so hard to admit when we need something from another person, and the surprising …


May 1st, 2019


We all make mistakes. Knowing how to mend our relationships is vital to the mental health of our families and communities. This episode is an …

Yoga For Trauma with Matthew Sanford

December 26th, 2016


Matthew Sanford is a yoga teacher focused on trauma recovery. Matthew was paralyzed from the chest down at age 13 in a car accident that killed his father and sister. As a teen, he was encouraged to “overcome the …

Talking To Kids About Sex & Sexuality with Layne Gregory

December 19th, 2016


Social worker Layne Gregory shares strategies for navigating the subject of sex and sexuality that she used with her own kids and gives 6 basic principles that are important for kids to understand.

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Advocating for a Child with Autism with Ellen Jennings

December 12th, 2016


Ellen Jennings’ son is living with high-functioning autism. She talks with Anne about the long and difficult path to his diagnosis, and about the …

Prisoners and Hospice with Bobby Payzant

December 5th, 2016


This episode revisits Safe Space Radio’s 2014 interview with Bobby Payzant, an inmate at the Maine State Prison. He discusses the crime for which he …

Stigma and Teen Pregnancy with Meredith Hall

November 28th, 2016


This episode revisits Anne’s 2012 conversation with Meredith Hall about her pregnancy at age 16. Meredith remembers being shunned by her family and …

Breaking the Silence with Carl Russell

November 21st, 2016


Episcopal priest Carl Russell talks about the childhood sexual abuse he experienced at the hands of his family’s own priest. He remembers the catalyst on his own path to healing: a radio story about sexual abuse in the …

Navigating Postpartum Depression with Leah Deragon

November 14th, 2016


Doula and birth educator Leah Deragon of Birth Roots talks about her struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety. She discusses the many …

Mental Illness and Stigma with Glenn Close

November 7th, 2016

This episode of Safe Space Radio features Glenn Close talking about her relationship with her sister Jessie, who is bipolar, and how they are working …

Loving Across the Political Divide with Sheila Heen

October 31st, 2016


Sheila Heen is on faculty at the Harvard Negotiation Project. She discusses how she and her husband—who have opposing political beliefs—navigate …

Still Here: Caregiving and Dementia

October 24th, 2016


This hour-long special is about the unspoken challenges of caring for a family member with dementia. The show explores the experience of ambiguous loss, where the person is both here and not here at the same time.

Navigating Grief with Poetry with Catharine Murray

October 24th, 2016


Poet Catharine Murray describes how writing helped her heal from unspeakable loss—the death of her 6 year old son. She shares three poems that …

Male Sexual Violence and Rape Culture with Daryl Fort

October 17th, 2016


Safe Space Radio speaks with violence prevention educator Daryl Fort. He explains how our culture teaches men that they are superior and women that …

Adoption and Return with Sandy White Hawk

October 10th, 2016


Sandy White Hawk is Sicangu Lakota and a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe who was separated as a child from her family and heritage when she was …

Dropping the Front with Neil McKenty

October 3rd, 2016


A conversation with Canadian broadcaster Neil McKenty about his struggles with depression and alcohol. He describes his depression as the result of a …

Out-Takes: The Unheard Stories of LBGTQ Teens

September 28th, 2016


This show is about the courage of teenagers who come out at a time in life when it is hardest to be different. So many of the legal and social changes in this country that support LGBTQ civil rights are happening …

Living with Schizophrenia with Elyn Saks

September 26th, 2016


Elyn Saks is a law professor and MacArthur fellow who lives with schizophrenia. We discuss how she came to the difficult understanding that she had …

Shame Between Doctors and Patients with Aaron Lazare

September 19th, 2016


Psychiatrist Aaron Lazare talks about the impact of shame and humiliation, and how to repair the damage they cause. He also discusses how shame can complicate the relationship between doctors and patients, and what can …

Recovering and Surviving with Meosha Thomas

June 13th, 2016


Navy veteran Meosha Thomas talks about the injuries she suffered in Iraq when her convoy hit an IED, and how she lost and regained her desire to live …

Soldier or Mother? with Meosha Thomas

June 6th, 2016


Meosha Thomas talks about the trauma of a helicopter crash that killed a close friend, and the PTSD symptoms that followed after she returned home. …

Care and Community for Women Veterans with LaRhonda Harris

May 30th, 2016


LaRhonda Harris, of the Maine Department of Veterans’ Affairs, talks about changes that have been made in the last decade so that women feel safer and more comfortable coming to the VA for health care. She also talks …

No Longer Invisible with Kate Weber

May 23rd, 2016


This episode is part two of an interview with Kate Weber. In this episode, she discusses the years since her discharge from the army, including her …

Reporting and Retaliation with Kate Weber

May 16th, 2016


Kate Weber was raped by a fellow soldier within her first weeks of deployment overseas in 1993. She discusses the helplessness and isolation she felt …

Military Sexual Trauma and the VA with Kathy Russin

May 9th, 2016

Kathy Russin is the Military Sexual Trauma Program Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Maine. In this episode she talks about the prevalence of Military Sexual Trauma among veterans, and explains that …

Being Believed with Ruth Moore

May 2nd, 2016


Ruth Moore is the namesake of the Ruth Moore Act, a piece of pending legislation which would remove some of the current barriers to treatment and …

Alone in the Azores with Ruth Moore

April 25th, 2016


In this episode of Safe Space Radio, Ruth Moore talks about being sexually assaulted by her commanding officer in the Navy, after which she was …

The Scars of Silence with Nubar Alexanian

April 17th, 2016


This episode features Armenian-American photographer and filmmaker Nubar Alexanian. He discusses making a film with his daughter about their journey to their ancestors’ homeland, the site of the Armenian genocide which …

Recovering Ourselves through Dreams with Don Kalsched

April 11th, 2016


Jungian analyst Don Kalsched helps people work through trauma by exploring the feelings of the characters in their dreams. He explains that because these characters represent the ways our minds have compartmentalized …

Taking the Fight to Depression with LJ

March 28th, 2016


This episode of Safe Space Radio features LJ, who has been dealing with Depression for most of his life. He describes living with Depression as a …

Mental Health at the Coffee Shop with Mary Allen Lindemann

March 21st, 2016

Mary Allen Lindemann is co-founder of Coffee By Design in Portland, Maine. She remembers how one coffee shop worked to become a safe place for those with mental illness. Mary Allen is trained in de-escalatation, and she …

Coping with Depression at Work with Clare Miller

March 14th, 2016


Clare Miller is the director of the American Psychiatric Association’s Partnership for Workplace Mental Health. She works with employers to help them do everything they can to identify and treat depression among their …

Talking about Depression at Work with Lisa

March 7th, 2016


On this episode of Safe Space Radio Anne talks with Lisa, who shares two dramatically different stories of telling co-workers about her depression. …

Hiding Depression at Work with Susie Melnick

February 29th, 2016


Therapist and former orchestra conductor Susie Melnick talks about how depression has affected her work in both professions. She remembers living through her first episode of major depression, one that she struggled …

Supporting Employee Mental Health with Geoff Smith

February 22nd, 2016


Geoff Smith heads L.L. Bean’s Employee Assistance Program, or EAP. He talks about what an EAP can do to destigmatize depression within a company, and why it’s in every employer’s best interest to identify and help …

Leaving Iraq with Sara

February 8th, 2016


Sara is an Iraqi citizen who fled to the U.S. after her brother’s work for the American forces in Baghdad put her family in danger. She talks about the opaque process of applying to leave, and her complicated feelings …

Women in Wartime with Cynthia Enloe

January 25th, 2016


Feminist scholar Cynthia Enloe discusses about how women are affected by war and militarization. Her work focuses on sexual violence—and its …

Somali Community in Maine with Catherine Bestemen

December 22nd, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Catherine Bestemen, Francis F. and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. She is the …

The Roots of Crisis with Catherine Bestemen

December 14th, 2015


This is the second episode of Safe Space Radio to feature Catherine Bestemen, Francis F. and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby …

Navigating the Asylum Process with Phil Mantis

December 7th, 2015

Lawyer Phil Mantis works for the Immigrant Legal Assistance Program, or ILAP, in Portland, Maine. ILAP provides free legal help to people seeking asylum in the United States. Phil explains the difference between a …

The Challenge of Seeking Asylum with Alice B

November 30th, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Alice B, an asylum-seeker from Burundi who now lives in Portland, Maine. She talks about her work to …

Leaving Syria with Anna

November 23rd, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Anna, who escaped Syria while 8 months pregnant in 2013 and now lives in Maine. She talks about trading the daily threat of bombings and kidnappings for a life of uncertainty as …

Somali Women in Maine with Fatuma Hussein

November 9th, 2015

Safe Space Radio talks with Fatuma Hussein of United Somali Women of Maine. She describes the challenges of resettlement for refugees fleeing war in their native countries, which she experienced herself as a teenager. …

Non-Native Allies

October 19th, 2015

This episode highlights the Maine-Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Safe Space Radio speaks with non-native allies who are working on how to best respond to the needs that the TRC brought to light, and why …

The Education of a Child Welfare Worker with Penthea Burns

October 5th, 2015


Safe Space Radio talks with Penthea Burns, co-director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, about her background in child welfare and the difficulty of deciding …

Sovereignty with Jamie Bisonette Lewey

September 29th, 2015


This episode features Jamie Bissonette Lewey of the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission (MITSC). She explains her views on Tribal-State politics, …

Adoption and Identity with George

September 24th, 2015


George’s biological parents are Passamaquoddy, but he was adopted at birth and raised by white parents in southern Maine. George describes how it …

The View From the Shore (Part 2) with gkisedtanamoogk

September 14th, 2015

This episode features part 2 of Anne’s conversation with gkisedtanamoogk, one of the five commissioners of the Maine State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In this conversation he talks more about the …

The View From the Shore (Part 1) with gkisedtanamoogk

September 7th, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features gkisedtanamoogk, one of the five commissioners of the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He shares his reflections on the process now that …

Tribes and Government with Donna Loring

September 1st, 2015


An interview with former tribal state representative Donna Loring, who is also a former police chief, an author, and a radio host. She talks with …

Child Welfare and Native Families with Shawn Yardley

June 1st, 2015

This episode of Safe Space Radio features Department of Health and Human Services worker Shawn Yardley. He talks about the Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission, why children are removed from native …

Making Schools Safe for LGBTQ Teens with Elizabeth Saewyc

May 25th, 2015


Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc is a researcher who studies the impact of stigma on adolescents. Her research has demonstrated that when schools are made safer …

Hidden Emotions

May 18th, 2015

This episode concludes Safe Space Radio’s series on loneliness, guilt, humiliation, and jealousy with a story that combines all four. We also revisit an earlier interview with Dr. Aaron Lazare about shame and …

Childhood Humiliation

May 11th, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio looks at the ways children are humiliated in school, both intentionally and inadvertently, and how it can …

Sudden Humiliation

May 4th, 2015


Humiliation: that moment when you feel like dirt in someone else’s eyes, which is often so hard to bear that we bury it without ever really putting it to rest. This week Safe Space Radio features two stories from people …

Working with Jealousy

April 27th, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features two stories from people who have experienced jealousy in their professional lives—from the kind of jealousy that makes you feel inferior, to the kind that makes you want to …

Guilt When You Hurt Someone

April 20th, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features two stories about common types of guilt, often an emotion that nobody wants to admit to. One story is from …

Guilt When a Parent Dies

April 13th, 2015


Part of Safe Space Radio’s series on hidden feelings, this episode features two stories about guilt we might feel when we believe we didn’t do enough at the end of a parent’s life. We hear from people who were troubled …

The Bite of Conscience with Herant Katchadourian

April 6th, 2015


In this episode, Safe Space Radio interviews Stanford professor of psychiatry and human biology Herant Katchadourian, author of the book Guilt: The …

The Persistence of Guilt

March 30th, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features stories from two people who carried guilt for decades before finally deciding to confess.

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Loneliness and Your Brain with Amy Banks

March 23rd, 2015


How hard is it to feel lonely when everyone around you seems to be part of a happy couple? Safe Space Radio talks to psychiatrist Amy Banks to find …

Intergenerational Loneliness with David

March 16th, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features David talking about how he came to understand the origins of a persistent and puzzling loneliness that he’d felt since childhood.

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Disrupting the Vicious Cycle with Sandy White Hawk

March 2nd, 2015


Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Sandy White Hawk discusses the ways in which centuries of removing native children from their families have created a pattern of trauma and corresponding struggle …

Intergenerational Trauma with Sandy White Hawk

February 22nd, 2015


In Safe Space Radio’s second conversation with Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconcilitation Commissioner Sandy White Hawk, she talks about intergenerational trauma and helping white people better grasp what it means to lose …

Being Out Adopted with Sandy White Hawk

February 16th, 2015


Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Sandy White Hawk talks about being taken for adoption by a white missionary family who believed they were saving her from the poverty of the reservation. She …

The Work of Healing with Esther Anne and Stephanie Bailey

February 5th, 2015


Maine Wabanaki REACH staff members Esther Anne and Stephanie Bailey discuss the experience of giving statements to the Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the hopes they had about what may come of it, …

Breaking the Silence with Maria Girouard, Esther Anne, and Stephanie Bailey

February 2nd, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Maria Girouard, Esther Anne, and Stephanie Bailey of Maine Wabanaki REACH. They discuss the process of …

Wabanaki History in Maine with Maria Girouard and Esther Anne

January 26th, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Maria Girouard and Esther Anne of Maine Wabanaki REACH. They discuss the history of federal and state …

Race and White Mistakes

January 5th, 2015


This episode of Safe Space Radio features multiple stories of relationships between Black and white people, exploring race in personal relationships …

Waking Up White (Part 2) with Debby Irving

December 29th, 2014


Racial justice educator Debby Irving discusses the interpersonal dynamics of racism—especially in friendships, in “white spaces” like schools and …

Waking Up White (Part 1) with Debby Irving

December 22nd, 2014


Debby Irving is a racial justice educator and author of the book Waking Up White. She talks about the way her world was shaken when she began understanding the extent to which her whiteness has been crucial to her …

The System of Racism (Part 2) with Paul Marcus

December 15th, 2014


Anti-racism educator Paul Marcus talks about how the history of discrimination by government, banking, business, education, and housing institutions …

The System of Racism (Part 1) with Paul Marcus

December 8th, 2014


Anti-racism educator Paul Marcus discusses how, by studying history, he came to understand racism as a system, and how this understanding shapes his …

White People On Race with Shelly Tochluk

December 1st, 2014


Shelly Tochluk is author of the book Witnessing Whiteness. We talk about how she decided that the most important thing she could do to combat racism …

Unpacking White Privilege (Part 2) with Peggy McIntosh

November 24th, 2014


In the second episode of Safe Space Radio featuring Peggy McIntosh, she talks about the five phases of understanding white privilege, and how white people can use their unearned advantage to work against the system …

Unpacking White Privilege (Part 1) with Peggy McIntosh

November 17th, 2014


Peggy McIntosh is author of the groundbreaking essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” published in 1988. She talks about how encounters with the sexism of well-meaning men helped her see that she too …

Race and Place (Part 2) with Natasha Wilson

November 10th, 2014


Anthropologist and social work student Natasha Wilson talks about being a black woman in mostly-white schools and workplaces. She remembers feeling …

Race and Place (Part 1) with Natasha Wilson

November 5th, 2014


Natasha Wilson moved to Maine in 2012 following the tragic death of two of her brothers. She talks about how her experience of racism has been shaped …

Angst, Introversion, and Apps with Peter Hallward, Reeve Lindbergh, and Rob McGinley

October 13th, 2014


Peter Hallward is a professor of philosophy at Kingston University. He discusses the connection between anxiety and existentialism. Then author and book reviewer Reeve Lindbergh discusses Susan Cain’s take on …

Childhood Phobia with Maiya

October 8th, 2014


Ten-year-old Maiya takes us into the world of childhood phobias, describing what it was like to live with overwhelming anxiety about sickness, and …

Living with OCD with Monica

September 29th, 2014


Musician and educator Monica talks about how the intense insomnia that began in her 40′s led her to a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Raising a Child with Anxiety with Valery

September 22nd, 2014

Therapist and mother Valery discusses how she grew to understand her daughter’s difficulty with social situations as the result of severe social …

OCD, Panic, and Llamas with Paula Matlins

September 15th, 2014


Paula Matlins talks about her daily struggle with OCD and panic, and how she is able to operate in the world through rules, medication, perseverance, …

Obsessive Confession with Rob

September 8th, 2014


In this episode of Safe Space Radio, psychotherapist Rob talks about his own anxiety, which makes him feel an insatiable need to confess things to those around him, and which can also lead to debilitating panic attacks. …

Anxiety in Photos with John William Keedy

September 1st, 2014

Photographer John William Keedy has exhibited his work under the title It’s Hardly Noticeable, depicting different aspects of anxiety via images. John talks about the personal experiences that inform these photos, and …

Parenting on the Spectrum

June 2nd, 2014


This episode of Safe Space Radio features multiple stories from the lives of parents of children on the autism spectrum.

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Autism from a Father’s Perspective with Nathan Poore

May 26th, 2014


Nathan Poore talks about how the experience of raising his 11-year-old son, who is on the autism spectrum, has defied his expectations again and …

Creating Connection with a Child with Autism with Susan Levin

May 12th, 2014


This episode of Safe Space Radio features a conversation with Susan Levin about her son Ben, who is now 11. She tells the story of discovering his autism, and talks about the ways she blamed herself for his …

Parenting a Child with Autism with Ellen Jennings

May 5th, 2014


Ellen Jennings is the mother of a 19-year-old son with autism. She talks about the winding path that brought them to that diagnosis, about coping …

Asperger Syndrome and Relationships with David Finch

April 28th, 2014


David Finch is author of The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband. In this episode of Safe Space Radio, he discusses how learning he has …

Helping Children with Autism to Succeed with Temple Grandin

April 21st, 2014


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Temple Grandin as she vividly describes the various sensory ways that autistic people like herself experience the world differently from the neurotypical majority. She also …

Stories from LGBTQ Teens

April 7th, 2014


This episode of Safe Space Radio features multiple stories from young people about how they came out to themselves and others.

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Poetry and Coming Out (Part 2) with Richard Blanco

March 31st, 2014


In Part 2 of his conversation with Safe Space Radio, poet Richard Blanco talks and reads poems about how he navigates the homophobia in his family and in the world.  

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Poetry and Coming Out (Part 1) with Richard Blanco

March 24th, 2014


In Part 1 of his conversation with Safe Space Radio, poet Richard Blanco talks about the challenge of knowing he was gay in an unsupportive family.  

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Parents and Teachers as Allies with Sue and Abby

March 17th, 2014


Sue, a mother of a transgender teen, and Abby, a teacher who advises her school’s Gay-Straight-Trans Alliance, talk about what they’ve learned about …

Getting Beyond Bullying with Kyle

March 10th, 2014


16-year-old Kyle talks about how he went from being bullied in middle school to becoming the face of the Gay-Straight-Trans Alliance in his high …

Transitioning with Aiden

March 3rd, 2014


Transgender teen Aiden talks about how he entered high school as a girl, gradually came to understand that he had always been a boy, and how he made …

Speaking Up with Sianna

February 24th, 2014


This episode of Safe Space Radio features a conversation with lesbian high schooler Sianna about how she has taken a stand against homophobia in …

On Being Outed with Samantha

February 17th, 2014


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Samantha, who was outed as a lesbian to her parents by a teacher at her school. She remembers the turmoil …

On Being Gender-Neutral with AJ

February 10th, 2014


This episode features a conversation with high school junior AJ, who identifies as gender-neutral. AJ discusses the challenges of not identifying as …

Prison Perspectives with Robin Feuer Miller

February 3rd, 2014


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Dostoevsky scholar Dr. Robin Feuer Miller. She discusses how Crime and Punishment is relevant to the …

Keeping Incarceration a Secret with Sonia

January 27th, 2014


This episode features a conversation with psychotherapist Sonia about her experience of arrest and imprisonment for possession of firearms and explosives as an anti-Vietnam War activist. In order to get professional …

Restorative Justice with T. Richard Snyder

January 20th, 2014


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Dr. T. Richard Snyder on the work of restorative justice. This approach brings together the victim, the offender and the community of people affected by a crime in order to find …

Prisoners Providing Hospice Care (Part 2) with Bobby Payzant

January 13th, 2014


Bobby Payzant is a hospice volunteer and inmate at the Maine State Prison. In this interview, Bobby talks more about the deep remorse he feels for …

Prisoners Providing Hospice Care (Part 1) with Kandyce Powell and Bobby Payzant

January 6th, 2014


This episode features two conversations with people involved in the hospice program within the state prison in Warren, Maine. First we speak with the …

Defending the Accused with Michael Lepie

January 2nd, 2014


This episode of Safe Space Radio features a conversation with public defender Michael Lepie about his work with indigent clients, and why he considers criminal defense to be a civil rights issue. He discusses how he …

Imprisonment and Life Transformation (Part 2) with Mike

January 1st, 2014


Part 2 of Mike’s conversation with Safe Space Radio about the seven years he spent in federal prison. Mike talks about his experiences participating in a group inside the prison called the Jericho Circle which he …

Imprisonment and Life Transformation (Part 1) with Mike

December 16th, 2013


This episode features Mike, who spent seven years in a federal prison on a drug conviction. He talks about the circumstances which led to his arrest, including an abusive upbringing and a chemical dependency which began …

On the Experience of Arrest and Imprisonment with Liz

December 9th, 2013


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Liz, who spoke with us only three days after her release from prison. She discusses her shame at being arrested, and the experience of exposure and intrusion from a public …

Helping Former Prisoners Tell Their Stories with Lani Peterson

December 2nd, 2013


Lani Peterson, of the Public Voice Project, talks about her work with formerly incarcerated men and women to help them tell their stories in a way that helps them to make peace with their past and move forward in their …

Your Untold Stories of Dementia

November 25th, 2013


This episode of Safe Space Radio features multiple stories of dementia from you, our listeners. This collection of ten stories reflects the wide …

Life in the Early Stages with Bill Verrill

November 11th, 2013


Bill Verrill, a former banker, now suffers from early Alzheimer’s disease. Bill describes his deep trust in his wife Shirley’s ability to take care …

Sibling Conflicts Around Caregiving with Carol Bradley Bursack

November 4th, 2013


An interview with elder-caregiving expert Carol Bradley Bursack about sibling conflict in the care of a parent with Dementia. Carol reports that most …

Frontotemporal Dementia: Complications and Genetics with Melynda

October 28th, 2013


This episode features Melynda, whose husband has frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Unlike Alzheimer’s, FTD is not first characterized by problems with memory, but by poor judgment and inappropriate behavior. Melynda’s …

Caring for a Spouse with Clare Hallward

October 21st, 2013


In this episode of Safe Space Radio our host Anne Hallward talks to her mother, Clare Hallward, about her husband John’s diagnosis with dementia, which lasted for 16 years before his death. Anne and Clare remember some …

Connecting with People with Dementia with Steven Sabat

October 14th, 2013


In this episode of Safe Space Radio, neuropsychologist Steven Sabat discusses how he’s been able to find ways of communicating with people with …

Dementia and Family Secrets with Nancy Sowell

October 7th, 2013


Therapist Nancy Sowell remembers the family secrets that came out as she was caring for her grandmother with dementia, and how the curious distance and even hostility she had always felt from this side of the family …

Living With a Parent With Dementia with Liz Havu

September 30th, 2013


A conversation with Liz Havu about the experience of caring for her mother, who has both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. She talks about …

Self-preservation for Dementia Caregivers with Frances Randolph

September 23rd, 2013


Frances Randolph’s husband had early-onset Alzheimer’s. In this conversation, she remembers the outgoing man she married and how dementia changed him …

Difficult Parents and Dementia with Julia Jarvis

September 16th, 2013


Julia Jarvis remembers how her relationship with her difficult father has evolved both before and after he got dementia. Julia talks about her …

Dementia in a Holocaust Survivor with Marushka Glissen

September 9th, 2013


Psychotherapist Marushka Glissen talks about her mother, a survivor of Auschwitz who now has dementia. Marushka describes how her mother’s experiences complicated her relationships with her own children and husband, and …

Dementia as Ambiguous Loss with Pauline Boss

September 2nd, 2013


Dr. Pauline Boss discusses the experience of ambiguous loss. Dementia often creates a situation in which a person’s body is present, but the mind is …

Abuse Survivors as Caregivers with Julie Colpitts

May 27th, 2013


Julie Colpitts is the Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. In this episode of Safe Space Radio, she discusses how …

Recovery Through Music with Michael Skinner

May 20th, 2013


Songwriter Michael Skinner used music as a way to heal from the abuse he suffered as a child. Michael talks about his adult experiences with PTSD, …

Beyond Survival with Rachel Grant

May 13th, 2013


In this episode of Safe Space Radio, Rachel Grant talks about the sexual abuse she suffered as a ten-year-old and the work she has done to counteract …

Emotional Abuse in Violent Homes with Brie Masselli

April 29th, 2013


Child advocate Brie Masselli discusses her own experience growing up in a home with domestic violence. Brie tells the story of running to school to …

Child Abuse and Physical Health 25 Years Later with Vincent Felitti

April 15th, 2013


Dr. Vincent Felitti talks about his groundbreaking research to show that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s, like abuse, neglect and severe family dysfunction) are correlated not only with mental illness and …

Child Abuse and Physical Health with Vincent Felitti

April 1st, 2013


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Dr. Vincent Felitti talking about his groundbreaking work discovering the high prevalence of child sexual abuse among those who are obese. In his clinic, 55% of patients coming …

Restraints in Mental Hospitals with Bob Stains

March 18th, 2013


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Bob Stains of the Public Conversations Project. He talks about the use of restraints on patients in mental hospitals and discusses facilitating a series of conversations in …

Talking to the Enemy with Laura Chasin

March 11th, 2013


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Laura Chasin, the founder of the Public Conversations Project, talking about her work facilitating a dialogue between leaders of the pro-life and pro-choice movements in Boston …

Fostering Difficult Conversations with Tim Wilson

March 4th, 2013


Tim Wilson is a senior advisor to Seeds of Peace, an organization that brings youth from war-torn countries together for dialogue and mediation at a camp in Maine each summer. Tim describes the way that trust, respect, …

Somalis in the Maine Workforce with Hussein Ahmed

February 18th, 2013

This episode of Safe Space Radio features Hussein Ahmed, a business owner in Lewiston, Maine. He describes his journey from Somalia, the ten years he spent in refugee camps in Kenya, and the challenges of finding work …

High School Friendships with Maria Padian

February 13th, 2013

Maria Padian is author of Out of Nowhere, about friendships between Somali and Franco-Catholic high school students in Maine. Maria talks about her …

Talking about Difference with Mohammed Dini

February 6th, 2013

Mohammed Dini is Executive Director of the African Diaspora Institute, founder of Portland Forward, and former candidate for state representative. Mohammed talks about his experience moving to Maine at age 13 and …

Restorative Yoga for Mental Health with bo Forbes

January 30th, 2013

This episode of Safe Space Radio features psychologist, yoga teacher and author bo Forbes talking about how restorative yoga and breathing exercises …

Yoga for Returning Vets with Richard Miller

January 23rd, 2013

Richard Miller is a yoga teacher, researcher, and author who has adapted yoga nidra—or deep relaxation practices—for use with vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard describes studies done by the Department of …

Using Yoga to Create Safe Space with Deb Cook

January 16th, 2013

Yoga teacher Deb Cook discusses how a daily practice of yoga can build a sense of safety inside. Deb describes how turning the attention inward on a …

Yoga for Survivors with Deirdre Fay

January 2nd, 2013

Yoga teacher and therapist Deirdre Fay talks about her experience of discovering her own trauma history through yoga, which softened her defenses to the point that her body began to relive previously forgotten memories …

Yoga for Trauma Survivors with Dave Emerson

December 19th, 2012

This episode with Safe Space Radio features yoga teacher and author Dave Emerson, who co-wrote Overcoming Trauma through Yoga about the development of “trauma-sensitive yoga.” Dave discusses how trauma is held in the …

Yoga Therapy with Michael Lee

December 12th, 2012

This episode of Safe Space Radio features the founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Michael Lee, talking about how yoga therapy can help people to …

Yoga for Depression with Amy Weintraub

December 5th, 2012

Yoga teacher and author Amy Weintraub talks about her own experience of depression and how yoga helped her with depression on all …

Loving a Brother with Schizophrenia with Isa Mattei

November 14th, 2012

This episode of Safe Space Radio features therapist Isa Mattei talking about her relationship with her brother, Artie, who had schizophrenia. She describes her mother’s fierce determination not to have Artie …

Parenting Life-Threatening Depression with Rachel

October 31st, 2012

This episode of Safe Space Radio features Rachel talking about her son’s severe depression and multiple suicide attempts. Rachel names the sense of …

Commitment to a Mentally-Ill Parent with Jeneen Interlandi

October 24th, 2012

Harvard Nieman Fellow Jeneen Interlandi talks about her father’s bi-polar disorder. She describes the painful and extraordinary measures her family …

Self-Care and Intergenerational Mental Illness with Beth Erlichman

October 17th, 2012

This Safe Space Radio episode features personal trainer Beth Erlichman, whose mother and daughter both live with mental illness. Beth describes how her experiences growing up with her mother transformed the way she …

Parenting a Son with Schizophrenia with Rosemary Radford Ruether

October 10th, 2012

Theologian and academic Rosemary Radford Ruether talks with Safe Space Radio about her son David’s schizophrenia and the challenges her family has …

Having a Child with Schizophrenia with Cheryl Ramsay

September 26th, 2012

Safe Space Radio interviews Cheryl Ramsay about her two sons, one with schizophrenia who is in treatment and one with an undiagnosed mental illness and addiction who avoids the mental health system. Cheryl describes the …

On Having a Mother with Bi-Polar Disorder with Valerie Gamache

September 19th, 2012

Safe Space Radio interviews family educator Valerie Gamache about her relationship with her mother who had bi-polar disorder.  Valerie describes the …

Having a Brother with Schizophrenia with Alicia Barnes

September 12th, 2012

Alicia Barnes talks about her brother, Josh Barnes, who had schizophrenia. Alicia describes Josh’s fears that he had brought mental illness on himself, and how medication impacted his creativity and sense of purpose in …

Bi-Polar Disorder in the Family with Liz Brenner

September 5th, 2012

Social worker and trainer Liz Brenner talks about the challenges of having a father with major mental illness. Liz describes his suicide attempt when she was 20, and how living with the fear of losing him was a form of …

Aging with Neil McKenty

May 30th, 2012


Neil McKenty is a broadcast, author, and former Jesuit priest. He talks about how his expectations about aging have matched up with his experiences …

Pediatric Medical Trauma with Nancy Kassam-Adams

May 19th, 2012

This episode of Safe Space Radio features psychologist and researcher Dr. Nancy Kassam-Adams. She talks about children’s medical experiences as a …

Childrens’ Fear of the Doctor with Chris Nee

May 16th, 2012

This episode features Emmy Award-winning television writer and executive producer, Chris Nee, talking about her show, Doc McStuffins. Chris wrote the show in order to help her own son, Theo, who suffers from severe …

PTSD in the Intensive Care Unit with Nancy Andrews

May 2nd, 2012

Safe Space Radio interviews film-maker Nancy Andrews about her experience as a patient in the surgical ICU. Upon her release from the hospital, Nancy noticed that she kept having “weird experiences,” which her doctor …

Violence and Shame with Jim Gilligan

April 25th, 2012

Safe Space Radio interviews psychiatrist Dr. Jim Gilligan, a former mental health director for the prison system in Massachusetts and the author of …

How Health Care Providers Can Prevent Domestic Violence with Cathy Plourde

April 18th, 2012

Safe Space Radio interviews playwright Cathy Plourde, Founder of Add Verb productions. Her play, Major Medical Breakthrough, was written to inspire health care providers to screen their patients for domestic …

Speaking Up to Sexism and Violence (Part 2) with Daryl Fort

April 11th, 2012

This episode of Safe Space Radio features Part 2 of Anne’s conversation with Daryl Fort, about ways in which we are all bystanders to social …

Speaking Up to Sexism and Violence (Part 1) with Daryl Fort

April 4th, 2012

This episode of Safe Space Radio features Part 1 of Anne’s conversation with educator Daryl Fort about the many levels of messages about women’s inferiority to the justification of mistreatment. He describes the ways …

Childhood Domestic Violence with Paul LePage

March 29th, 2012

This episode features Maine Governor Paul LePage talking about growing up in a home with domestic violence. Governor LePage describes the moment when …

Reducing Interpersonal Violence with Drew Wing

March 21st, 2012

Drew Wing is Executive Director of Boys To Men, an organization devoted to reducing interpersonal violence by fostering the healthy development of …

The Psychology of Abusive Men with Lundy Bancroft

March 14th, 2012

Lundy Bancroft is the former co-leader of Emerge, the first batterers treatment program in the United States, and the author of Why Does He Do That: …

A Culture of Domestic Violence with Julia Colpitts

March 7th, 2012

Julia Colpitts is Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. Julia affirms that Maine has reached a tipping point, and she …

Sibling Relationships with Susan McHale

February 29th, 2012

Researcher Susan McHale discusses the impact of gender and culture on how siblings view each other, and how this might vary across cultures. Susan …

Parenting Siblings with Adele Faber

February 22nd, 2012


Parenting expert Adele Faber is co-author of the best-selling Siblings Without Rivalry and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen.  Adele speaks about the importance of listening to and validating kids feelings, especially …

Sibling Abuse with Vernon Wiehe

February 15th, 2012

This episode of Safe Space Radio features author and professor Dr. Vernon Wiehe. He talks about sibling abuse and how it differs from sibling rivalry in a pattern of frequent victimization of one sibling at the hands of …

Sibling Ambivalence with Laurie Kramer

February 1st, 2012

Laurie Kramer is a researcher and directs the More Fun with Sisters and Brothers program, which supports kids ages 4-8 getting along with their …

Adult Sibling Strife with Jeanne Safer

January 25th, 2012

This episode features an interview with psychotherapist and author Dr. Jeanne Safer, who works on chronic sibling tension and non-communication. Jeanne describes the phenomenon of “sibspeak,” where no real communication …

Being a Gay Father with Frank

January 11th, 2012

Frank is the father of two boys, and he is also a gay man. In this interview, Frank talks about always wanting children and how he and his husband have taken steps to protect their children from homophobia and find …

Step-Families and Step-Parenting with Patricia Papernow

January 4th, 2012

Psychologist and author Dr. Patricia Papernow talks about the challenges of step-family living, including insider/outsider dynamics and the …

Interracial Adoption with Catherine Anderson

December 14th, 2011

Catherine Anderson is a white public school teacher and writer. In this episode of Safe Space Radio she talks about adopting her son Sam, who is …

International Adoption with Deb Gallagher

December 7th, 2011

Deb Gallagher created her family through “the messy miracle of international adoption.” Deb talks about the homophobia she encountered as a lesbian seeking to adopt a child both domestically and internationally, and the …

Giving Up a Child For Adoption with Marilyn Bronzi

November 30th, 2011

This episode features clinical social worker and birth mother Marilyn Bronzi, who had a child “out of wedlock” in 1966. She remembers the shame of her choice and how she’s made peace with it in different ways over the …

Donor-Assisted Reproduction with Diane Ehrensaft

November 23rd, 2011


Psychologist, researcher and author Diane Ehrensaft talks about the psychological experience of parenting children conceived through the assistance …

Adoption and Parenting with Joyce Maguire Pavao

November 16th, 2011

This episode of Safe Space Radio features author, adoptee and clinician Joyce Maguire Pavao as she talks about parenting an adopted child. Joyce describes the changing demographics of adopted children, and how adopted …

Single Child Families with Susan Newman

November 9th, 2011

Social psychologist and author Susan Newman talks about the stereotypes of and misinformation about only children. Studies show that only children do …

Telling Secrets with Evan Imber-Black

October 19th, 2011

Family therapist and author Evan Imber-Black talks about how to tell a family secret thoughtfully and well. She tells stories from her work about the …

Holocaust Survivor Testimonies with Lawrence L. Langer

October 12th, 2011

This episode of Safe Space Radio features Professor Lawrence L. Langer discussing his book Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory. Professor …

Illness Stories with Art Frank

October 5th, 2011

Author Art Frank describes his own experience with an early heart attack and later cancer. He describes the way the medical world can be oblivious to the patient’s needs and subjective experience, and the importance of …

Secrets, Confiding, and Health with Jamie Pennebaker

September 28th, 2011


This episode features an interview with author and social psychologist Jamie Pennebaker about his research into the benefits of confiding painful …

Telling Difficult Stories with Laura Simms

September 21st, 2011

Storyteller Laura Simms worked as a narrative therapist in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She talks about the power of stories to remind us of what …

Healing on the Blank Page with Diane Morrow

September 14th, 2011

Dr. Diane Morrow describes the ways that writing helped her cope with her mother’s severe depression, and how writing can be healing as a process or ritual in itself. For Diane, writing fiction can be create enough …

Parenting and Cancer with Susan Conley

September 7th, 2011

Susan Conley is author of The Foremost Good Fortune and co-founder of The Telling Room in Portland, Maine. In this interview she talks about coping with breast cancer in China while parenting two young boys, and how …

Living with Schizophrenia with Elyn Saks

June 8th, 2011

This episode of Safe Space Radio features law professor and Macarthur Fellow Elyn Saks talking about her experience of living with Schizophrenia. …

On Being a Psychiatrist with David Moltz

June 1st, 2011

David Moltz is a psychiatrist in Portland, ME. In this episode, David talked about his reasons for going into psychiatry and the things he finds most …

Bi-Polar Disorder and Addiction with Christiane Wells

May 25th, 2011


Writer Christiane Wells talks with Safe Space Radio about her experience living with bi-polar disorder and addiction. Chris spent a decade in and out …

Stigma and Being Bipolar with Deb McCarthy

May 18th, 2011

An interview with Deb McCarthy, the author of the blog Living in Stigma. Deb describes her experience of feeling written-off by the mental health …

From Bipolar Disorder to Bipolar In Order with Tom Wootton

May 11th, 2011

This episode of Safe Space Radio features author and trainer Tom Wootton on his transition from “Bipolar Disorder to Bipolar In Order.” Tom describes …

Medicating Mental Illness with Robert Whitaker

May 4th, 2011

This episode of Safe Space Radio features award-winning journalist Robert Whitaker on how some psychotropic medications may worsen the long term outcomes of people with severe mental illness. Since the advent of …

Transition and Sexual Reassignment Surgery with Jean Vermette

April 27th, 2011

Jean Vermette talks about recognizing that she was female, and taking the risk to share it with the people she loved. She ultimately chose to undergo …

Gender Role Non-Conformity with Frank Brooks

April 20th, 2011

Frank Brooks is a doctor of clinical social work who studies gender role non-conformity, particularly the link between gender role non-conformity in …

TransParenting, or Parenting Trans Kids with Sandy Lovell

April 13th, 2011

Sexuality educator and mother Sandy Lovell talks about parenting her trans son. As a feminist mother she celebrated his early gender non-conformism, but it never occurred to her that he might be trans. Sandy named …

Genderqueer with Liam Bechen

April 6th, 2011

Social worker Liam Bechen talks with Safe Space Radio about his identity as a genderfluid trans man. Liam describes the daily challenge of coping with people’s responses to his visible inbetween-ness. He describes …

Thinking Through Lesbian and Trans Community with Jen Hodsdon

March 30th, 2011

Social worker, writer, and queer activist Jen Hodsdon talks about the relationship between the lesbian community and the trans community. Jen speaks about how delicate the relationship can be between two oppressed and …

Trans Couples with Helen Boyd

March 23rd, 2011

Author and gender studies professor Helen Boyd is married to a trans woman. She remembers her early courtship with a man who “occasionally …

Camp for Transgender and Gender-Variant Youth

March 16th, 2011


This episode of Safe Space Radio features the founder and president of the first camp for trans youth. Nick describes many challenges that trans …

Transgender 101 with Alex Roan

March 9th, 2011

Alex Roan is the director of the Maine Transgender Network. Alex defines the terms transgender, transsexual, and cross-dresser, clarifying the difference between sex, gender, gender expression and sexual orientation. He …

Male to Female Transition with Lisa Bunker

March 2nd, 2011

This episode of Safe Space Radio features radio program director Lisa Bunker talking about her experience of becoming aware that she identified as a woman. Lisa describes feeling like a failure at trying to be a man, …

Trauma, Fear and Denial with Jessica Stern

February 16th, 2011

Research professor Jessica Stern is an expert in the connection between trauma and terrorism. In this interview she talks about her experience …

Tantra and Sexual Healing with Betta de Boer van der Kolk

February 9th, 2011

This interview features body psychotherapist Betta de Boer van der Kolk about Tantra as a way to heal from sexual abuse. Betta describes Tantra as an …

Aftermath of Sexual Violence with Susan Brison

February 2nd, 2011


Philosophy professor Susan Brison survived a sexual assault and attempted murder. She describes the transition from needing to tell the story, to …

Sexual Healing after Sexual Abuse with Wendy Maltz

January 5th, 2011

This interview is with couples therapist and certified sex therapist Wendy Maltz about the impact of sexual abuse on sexuality, and ways to reclaim pleasure, safety and intimacy. She reports that taking a vacation from …

Trauma and the Brain with Bessel van der Kolk

December 22nd, 2010

An interview with psychiatrist and trauma researcher Bessel van der Kolk about the impact of trauma on the brain. Bessel outlines the way in which …

Trauma and the Body with Pat Ogden

December 15th, 2010

An interview with Dr. Pat Ogden about working with the body in healing from trauma. Pat uses several clinical examples to describe how she works with the body to help people re-engage the physical defenses that got …

Trauma, Attachment and The Body with Deirdre Fay

December 8th, 2010

An interview with psychotherapist Deirdre Fay about the deep relational disruption that is a hallmark of trauma. Deirdre recounts how, as an adult …

Group Therapy for Trauma Survivors with Judy Herman

December 1st, 2010

Judy Harmon is a psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School professor. She talks about how group therapy for trauma can reduce shame and support …

Trauma and Dissociation with Janina Fisher

November 24th, 2010

An interview with psychologist Janina Fisher about dissociation in the face of trauma. Janina describes “structural dissociation” as the process …

Trauma and EMDR Therapy with Celia Grand

November 17th, 2010

Therapist Celia Grand is an EMDR facilitator and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy trainer with trauma survivors and their partners. Celia blends her expertise in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) …

The Ingredients of Recovery with Mary Auslander

November 10th, 2010

This episode of Safe Space Radio features therapist, advocate and trauma survivor, Mary Auslander. She discusses the nature of trauma, the ingredients of recovery and what a person can realistically hope for as they …

Food Addiction and Spiritual Hunger with Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

November 3rd, 2010

This episode features Episcopal priest Margaret Bullitt-Jonas talking about her experience of food addiction. She discusses living with feelings of …

Self-Compassion and Weight Loss with Jean Fain

October 27th, 2010

Jean Fain is a psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorders and chronic dieting. Her book is The Self-Compassion Diet.

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The Relational Dynamics of Feeding Your Child with Ellyn Satter

October 20th, 2010


This episode of Safe Space Radio features nutritionist and family therapist Ellyn Satter talking about the feeding relationship between parent and child. Ellyn describes what she calls “Division of Responsibility,” …

Understanding Anorexia and Eating Disorders with Lori Galperin

October 13th, 2010


An interview with therapist Lori Galperin about how to have a non-judgmental relationship to an eating disorder. Lori describes the many roles that …

The Inner Feelings of Bulimia with Julia Jarvis

September 29th, 2010


Julia Jarvis talks about her struggle with bulimia and her recovery. Julia describes her profound experience with feeling she was bad, and keeping a …

Mindfulness and Compulsive Eating with Alice Rosen

September 22nd, 2010


This interview is with therapist Alice Rosen about compulsive eating. Alice describes her own struggle with food, and of experiencing satisfaction …

Self-Worth and Food with Toni Herbine-Blank

September 15th, 2010

An interview with therapist and trainer Toni Herbine-Blank about her own struggle with food and body image. Toni outlines the process by which she was able to listen to herself, and get clear that inner beliefs about …

The Care of Eating Disorders with Patrice Lockhart

September 8th, 2010


Dr. Patrice Lockhart describes her work at the New England Eating Disorders Center at Mercy Hospital. She emphasizes how she tries to help her patients distance their sense of self from the eating disorder, she also …

Privacy and Shame with Janna Smith

June 23rd, 2010


Janna Smith is an author and social worker. In this episode of Safe Space Radio, she discusses the relationship between privacy and shame. She describes her own struggle over how much to reveal about her father Bernard …

Shame and Resilience with Brene Brown

June 9th, 2010


Brene Brown is the author of Daring Greatly and chair of the graduate college of social work at the University of Houston. In this episode of Safe …

Shame & Humiliation with Aaron Lazare

June 2nd, 2010


An interview with psychiatrist Aaron Lazare about his work with humiliation and apology. Aaron says that you know you’ve been humiliated when you …

Suicide, Depression, and Zen Meditation with Cheri Huber

May 26th, 2010


Zen teacher Cheri Huber became a student of Zen after her suicide attempt. She describes how Zen led her to awareness of her own self-destructive patterns and allowed her to break from the ruthless voice of …

Suicide Among Gay Youth with Charles Robbins

May 5th, 2010


Charles Robbins is CEO of the Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to preventing suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer …

The Suicide of a Close Friend with Mary Clare

April 28th, 2010


Therapist Mary Clare talks about the anxiety, depression and suicide of a close friend. Mary Clare describes how difficult it was to stay close to …

The Suicide of a Child with Patricia Ellen

April 21st, 2010

Patricia Ellen’s son killed himself when he was fourteen. Patricia describes the process of trying to understand what led up to it, and the signs …

The Legacy of Suicide with David Treadway

April 14th, 2010

Family therapist David Treadway talks about his mother’s suicide, which happened when David was 20.

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The Legacy of a Mother’s Suicide with Nancy Rappaport

April 7th, 2010

Child psychiatrist Dr. Nancy Rappaport discusses her mother’s suicide, which happened when Nancy was four. Nancy undertakes a detective-like 18 year journey to discover who her mother was, and to understand what she was …

Hospice Chaplaincy with Ellie Mercer

March 31st, 2010


An interview with hospice chaplain Ellie Mercer about caring for patients at the end of life. She describes her own childhood in a Christian Science family where illness and death were not talked about, or even treated …

The Impact of Cancer on Families with David Treadway

March 24th, 2010


Family therapist David Treadway talks about his struggle with advanced lymphoma. He and his wife and two grown sons wrote a book together, Home Before Dark, about their experiences of dealing with his illness and the …

Cancer and the Tri for a Cure with Julie Marchese

March 10th, 2010

Julie Marchese is the founder of the Tri-for-a Cure, the all women’s triathlon to raise money for women’s cancer. She describes her experiences …

Surviving Cancer with Humor with Cathy Kidman

March 3rd, 2010


An interview with Cathy Kidman about her diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer. Cathy tells the story of how she became a stand up comedian …

Living with Multiple Sclerosis with Pam Mullins

February 24th, 2010


Pam Mullins talks about living with Multiple Sclerosis. Pam describes the long period of uncertainty until she was definitively diagnosed, and how …

Surviving Breast Cancer with Sheila Cassidy

February 17th, 2010


Sheila Cassidy ran a support group for women with breast cancer, and was then diagnosed with breast cancer herself. She talks about the fear of dying and the ways that emotional support makes a difference.

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Working with Bereaved Children with Joanne Anning

February 10th, 2010


An interview with Joanne Anning about working with bereaved children in England. She describes the incredible resilience of children going through loss and the importance of including children in processes around death, …

Dream Work with Chris Beach

February 3rd, 2010


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Chris Beach discussing the nuts and bolts of remembering and working with your dreams. Chris describes the …

Nightmares and Recurring Dreams with Jeanne Safer

January 27th, 2010


Jeanne Safer, Ph.D talks about nightmares and recurring dreams. Jeanne describes the 40 year long relationship she has with a recurring, intensely anxiety-provoking dream. She talks about how disturbing dreams can be a …

Dreams and Grief

January 20th, 2010


Professional Counselor Laura M talks about dreams and grieving. Laura tells the story of the death of her brother Roger and two powerful dreams that …

Creating a Relationship with Dreams with Bob Childs

January 13th, 2010


Psychologist Bob Childs talks about developing a relationship with your dreams. Bob describes a pivotal dream and how it shaped his understanding of …

Sexual Medicine for Men with Irwin Goldstein

December 16th, 2009

An interview with Dr. Irwin Goldstein about sexual health including premature ejaculation, bicycle injuries, and erectile dysfunction.

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Pornography with Gina Rourke and Daryl Fort

December 9th, 2009


An interview with Gina Rourke and Daryl Fort about Pornography. Gina and Daryl talk about finding a sex-positive, pro-feminist relationship to …

Sexual Fantasy with Michael Bader

December 2nd, 2009


An interview with Michael Bader, Ph.D about sexual fantasies. Michael suggests that our sexual fantasies work by offering a solution to any guilt and …

Working with Sex Offenders with Deb Dana

November 18th, 2009


Deb Dana is a social worker who works with sex offenders. She talks about what factors contribute to multiple offenses and offers tremendous hope for …

Sex After Prostate Surgery with Susan Ramsey

November 11th, 2009


Pelvic floor physical therapist Susan Ramsey talks about effective ways to prevent and treat erectile dysfunction and incontinence after …

Sexual Gridlock with Ron Feintech

November 11th, 2009

Sex therapist Ron Feintech talks about what he calls “sexual gridlock,” how intimacy can change in long-term relationships, and offers tips for fostering intimacy and risk-taking.

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People of Size with Rebecca Weinstein

October 28th, 2009


Rebecca Weinstein is founder of In this interview she discusses the experience of being a large person in today’s culture. Rebecca …

Celibacy and Failure with Neil McKenty

October 21st, 2009


Neil McKenty talks with Safe Space about his experience with celibacy as a Jesuit Priest. Neil says that priests in training were not talked to or helped in coping with the demands of celibacy. Ultimately he was unable …

The Limits of Therapy with Jeanne Safer

October 14th, 2009

Psychotherapist Dr. Jeanne Safer about her experience struggling with her own wounds that did not heal in therapy. She discusses the impact this had on her sense of self as a therapist.

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Divorce with Richard Schwartz

September 30th, 2009


Richard Schwartz is the developer of Internal Family Systems Therapy. He talks about his decision to get divorced and the process of healing that …

Not Quitting Smoking with Roger Amory

September 23rd, 2009


Documentary filmmaker Roger Amory talks to Safe Space Radio about his inability to quit smoking. Roger talks about feeling like a failure, especially when comparing himself to friends who have quit. He also describes …

The Legacy of Divorce with Mona Barbera

September 16th, 2009


Couples therapist and workshop leader Dr. Mona Barbera talks to Safe Space Radio about the legacy of divorce. Mona talks about her feelings of confusion and failure after her divorce, her continuing desire to have …

Failure and Performance Anxiety with Sinead Rushe

September 9th, 2009

Actor Sinead Rushe talks about performance anxiety and feelings of failure. Sinead describes how deeply her confidence in her own creative instincts was shaken when a play that she had written got a bad review and …

Choosing Not to Have Children with Jeanne Safer

September 2nd, 2009


Dr. Jeanne Safer discusses her decision not to have children. Jeanne describes the intense internal and external pressure she felt to have kids, and the sense that choosing not to meant she was somehow deficient in her …

Parenting Wounds with Kathryn Black

August 26th, 2009


Kathryn Black is author of Mothering Without a Map: Finding the Good Mother Within. Kathryn talks about her own experience with feeling …

Childbirth and Self-Judgment with Martha Tole

August 19th, 2009


Medical assistant and doula Martha Tole talks about bad mother anxiety and childbirth. Martha affirms that bad mother anxiety can begin before birth …

Attachment Parenting and Anxiety with Kathryn Landon-Malone

August 12th, 2009


Kathryn Landon-Malone is a pediatric nurse practitioner and early childhood psychologist. She talks with Safe Space Radio about attachment parenting …

Intergenerational Mothering Struggles with Raye Tibbetts

August 5th, 2009


Raye Tibbetts is author of The Bad Mother Chronicles and a new blog called Good Enough. In this episode she speaks about intergenerational patterns …

Balancing Mothering and Medicine with Amy Gottlieb

July 22nd, 2009

Women’s health doctor Amy Gottlieb describes her bad mother anxiety due to her absences from her child necessitated by her training. She talks about …

Mothering as Hero’s Journey with Nicole Chaison

July 15th, 2009


Nicole Chaison is author of The Passion of the Hausfrau about the experience of motherhood as a form of the mythic hero’s journey. She speaks about …

Bad Mother Anxiety with Ayelet Waldman

July 8th, 2009


Writer Ayelet Waldman is author of Bad Mother. In this episode of Safe Space Radio, Ayelet talks about the differences between her and her mother’s …

Homophobia in Schools with Betsy Parsons

July 1st, 2009


Educator Betsy Parsons talks about her decision to come out as a teacher in the public school system in Portland, Maine. She talks about the impact …

Marriage Equality with Darlene Huntress

June 24th, 2009


Darlene Huntress works for Equality Maine on the impact of denying marriage to same sex couples. Darlene talks about the impact on LGBTQ children …

Lesbian Parenting with Jen Hodsden

June 17th, 2009


Jen Hodsden and her 11 year old daughter Soleil talk about the impact of homophobia on their lives, especially on their relationships with friends, …

Coming Out, Homophobia, and Psychiatry with Marshall Forstein

June 10th, 2009


Psychiatrist Dr. Marshall Forstein talks about his own coming out, the impact of homophobic jokes, and the experience of legal marriage in Massachusetts.

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Marriage Equality and the Church with Myke Johnson

June 3rd, 2009


Reverand Myke Johnson talks from a religious perspective about affirming the sacredness of gay and lesbian people and celebrating their right to marry.

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Underage Drinking with Jo Morrissey

May 27th, 2009


An interview with Jo Morrissey, program director of 21 Reasons. Jo describes common myths that keep parents from being effective at preventing their …

Substance Abuse Prevention in Schools with Ronnie Katz

May 20th, 2009

Ronnie Katz is the director of substance abuse prevention for the city of Portland. Ronnie describes her own story of getting into recovery and how …

Youthanasia with Dennis Embry

May 13th, 2009


This interview with Safe Space Radio features child psychologist and researcher Dennis Embry on “Youthanasia,” his name for the policies and …

Alcoholism in Families with Louise Zubrod

May 6th, 2009


An interview with Dr. Louise Zubrod on the impact of alcoholism on familes. Dr. Zubrod describes the impact of alcoholism on her own family, …

Hormones and Sexuality with Bethany Hays

April 29th, 2009


Gynecologist Dr. Bethany Hays talks to Safe Space Radio about how estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and oxytocin affect sexuality. She puts the …

The Impact of Sexual Assault with Julia Chafets

April 22nd, 2009


Julia Chafets is an education coordinator with Sexual Assault Response Services. She talks to Safe Space Radio about the short and long term impact …

Sex Therapy with Stephanie Abate

April 15th, 2009


Sex therapist Stephanie Abate talks about how sex therapy can help couples develop a pleasurable sex life. She describes the qualities essential for good sex, including safety, communication, body positivity, and the …

Masturbation with Gina Rourke

April 8th, 2009


Gina is the owner of Nomia, a sensuality boutique and resource center in Portland, Maine. She gives a historical overview of the Puritan origins of American shame about pleasure and the body, and how women can better …

Women’s Desire with Gina Ogden

April 1st, 2009


Interview with Sex Therapist Gina Ogden about how desire is often falsely limited to sexual intercourse, and how desire for sexual connection occurs on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. She says that …

Cultural Messages about Sex with Gina Ogden

March 25th, 2009

Sex therapist Gina Ogden talks about messages in the culture for young women and girls about sexuality. Gina describes how teenagers must integrate …

Vulvar Pain with Susan Ramsey

March 18th, 2009


Susan Ramsey talks about physical therapy for pelvic pain, especially burning or itching vulvar pain. Susan describes exercises to strengthen and …

Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Strength with Susan Ramsey

March 11th, 2009


Susan Ramsey is the owner of Holistic Physical Therapy Services. In this episode of Safe Space Radio, Susan describes who is at risk for leakage and …

Post-Menopausal Sexuality with Judith Black

March 4th, 2009

In this episode of Safe Space Radio, storyteller Judith Black hilariously describes her own experience with menopause and her painful realization …

The Fear of Not Being Good with Mike Elkin

February 11th, 2009


Psychotherapist Mike Elkin suggests that many of us experience a fear of not being good as powerful threat. He describes how this fear plays itself …

Anticipatory Dementia with John Zeisel

February 4th, 2009

Designer and sociologist John Zeisel talks about his work designing residences that optimize brain functioning and relational presence for people …

Homelessness with Mair Honan

January 28th, 2009


Street minister Pastor Mair Honan talks about her work with the homeless in Portland, Maine. She shares some of the inner struggles she has to confront in herself to do this work.

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Fear of Being a Bad Parent with MC

January 21st, 2009

An anonymous interview with MC about the many ways she can blame herself for difficulties in parenting.

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Vision Quest and Fear with Anne Yeomans

January 14th, 2009


Therapist Anne Yeomans talks about going on a vision quest, a four night journey into the wilderness alone without food. Anne describes her encounters with fear and how her sense of connection to the stars and love ones …

Losing a Child with Katie Murray

August 26th, 2008


Katie Murray talks to Safe Space Radio about losing her 6 year old son Chan to Leukemia. Katie describes her struggle to fight against despair, and …

Surviving Domestic Violence with Sherry Edwards

August 19th, 2008


Sherry Edwards is a community response coordinator at Maine’s York County Domestic Violence Project, Caring Unlimited. She talks about her own …

Talking to Kids about Adoption with Robert Childs

August 12th, 2008


Psychologist Dr. Robert Childs specializes in the difficulties and shame that adoptees face in talking to their adoptive families about their …

Premature Delivery with Julia Jarvis

August 5th, 2008

An interview with the Reverend Julia Jarvis on her experiences delivering one and a half pound baby girls at 26 weeks gestation. She discusses her …

Torture with Sheila Cassidy

July 29th, 2008


This episode of Safe Space Radio features Dr. Sheila Cassidy talking about her experience of being tortured in Chile under Pinochet. She describes …

Depression and Alcoholism with Neil McKenty

July 22nd, 2008


Author and radio talk show host Neil McKenty describes his struggle with depression, suicidality and alcoholism. He describes how taking the risk to …

Talking About Dying with Loring Conant

July 15th, 2008


Hospice doctor Loring Conant describes his personal and professional experiences broaching the subject of someone’s impending death.  He reflects on his own experience with dying family members and the forces that make …

Addiction and Shame with Mike Elkin

July 8th, 2008


This episode of Safe Space Radio features family therapist Mike Elkin talking about how the feeling of something being wrong with you can set you up to seek relief in an addiction.

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