38 episodes

Mind of State is a podcast where politics and psychology meet. Each episode features lively commentary on current events, policymakers, and the body politic, and how we have arrived at this moment, as observed through both a political and psychological lens. We explore how "mind" impacts "state" — and vice versa. Tune in, as co-hosts Betty Teng and Jonathan Kopp engage in nuanced conversation with experts from the worlds of politics and psychology as well as others from related fields who have studied the complex dynamics between individual/group psychology and political processes. Mind of State is produced by co-founders Betty Teng, Jonathan Kopp and Thomas Singer, together with Alletta Cooper and Jenny Woodward.
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    • 4.8 • 149 Ratings

Mind of State is a podcast where politics and psychology meet. Each episode features lively commentary on current events, policymakers, and the body politic, and how we have arrived at this moment, as observed through both a political and psychological lens. We explore how "mind" impacts "state" — and vice versa. Tune in, as co-hosts Betty Teng and Jonathan Kopp engage in nuanced conversation with experts from the worlds of politics and psychology as well as others from related fields who have studied the complex dynamics between individual/group psychology and political processes. Mind of State is produced by co-founders Betty Teng, Jonathan Kopp and Thomas Singer, together with Alletta Cooper and Jenny Woodward.
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    It's a Wrap

    It's a Wrap

    In this season finale of Mind of State, hosts Jonathan Kopp and Betty Teng, along with their co-founder, Tom Singer, look back at season 2 as a time of extraordinary intensity, when the country wrestled with its demons and angels. The months leading up to and after the 2020 election were so filled with emotion, rancor, and conflict that digesting this season’s themes, through-lines, and takeaways might be the work of generations. This wrap-up episode begins that process by providing some much needed room to think.
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    • 45 min
    Our Collective Trauma

    Our Collective Trauma

    We typically think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as afflicting an individual who has experienced a terrifying event, such as combat, sexual assault or the death of a child. In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Judith Herman, whose three-stage trauma recovery model has guided therapists for over twenty years. Tune in, as we explore with Dr. Herman the concepts of collective PTSD and intergenerational trauma — be it from a pandemic or the legacy of slavery — and how we can take steps to recover as a society.
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    • 38 min
    Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America REVISITED

    Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America REVISITED

    [Replay of Episode 1 (09/02/2020), with new introduction]  What underlying preoccupations – or “cultural complexes” – shape our country’s politics and collective psyche? On this premiere episode of season 2, we welcome Mind of State co-founder, Dr. Thomas Singer, who is also the editor of Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America and one of the authors of the NY Times bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. Tune in, as we learn about cultural complexes and explore some of the key concepts influencing this second season of Mind of State.
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    • 40 min
    Living Unarmed

    Living Unarmed

    What’s the lesson plan for first day back in class after a school shooting? Our guest, Megan Doney, is an English professor at New River Community College in Virginia, where she lived through the nightmare scenario students and teachers across America try to prepare for with active shooter drills. In honor of National Gun Violence Survivors Week, Megan shares her personal story from that day and how she has processed the trauma since then. Doing so, she reflects on the personal and political impact of violent events, like the January 6th siege on the US Capitol, which has traumatized an entire branch of government.
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    • 45 min
    Restoring Faith In Democracy REVISITED

    Restoring Faith In Democracy REVISITED

    [Replay of Episode 9 (11/25/2020), with new introduction] Long after the news outlets called the election for Biden, Trump still refuses to concede his loss. This reminds us that our democracy relies on not only the rule of law, but also a shared set of beliefs about how we choose to govern ourselves. Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University, joins Mind of State to discuss his prescription for bolstering our collective faith in the ongoing experiment of the American democracy.
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    • 35 min
    When Myth Becomes History

    When Myth Becomes History

    Is the freedom not to wear a mask what America’s Founders had in mind with the phrase, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?" Is Donald Trump a modern day mad King George III? Join us in a discussion with British psychoanalyst and mythologist Jules Cashford, who discusses the dangers of conflating myth with history and what happens when leaders begin to believe they are bigger than the mere mortals that they actually are.
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 Ratings

Tdixon508 ,

Great content for everyone!

I really enjoyed the perspective on the 7 cultural complexes. Really good stuff! Keep up the great work 👍🏾

mandilz ,

Smart, relatable and educational

Thank you so much. I loved this podcast! I just listened to the episode about health and wealth. Such fascinating information about the economy and the intersection of that with health. In the midst of a global pandemic, we do need to make a choice about which one we care about more and whether or not we are able to sacrifice some wealth for the health of all.

marksantangelo ,

One of the smartest things around!

Mind of State is one-stop shopping for anyone who wants to understand how and why things are the way they are right now. It’s smart and challenging, and at its base is optimistic in the best way. Politics, psychology, journalism, economic theory, and a whole lot more. Betty and Jonathan are great guides, and you’ll never close an episode without having learned many valuable things, and without having been challenged in the best way.

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