8 episodes

Dr. Steven Reisner shares his perspectives on current events, society and politics through the lens of his extensive career as a psychoanalyst, activist, and educator.

Madness: the Podcast. Steven Reisner

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 284 Ratings

Dr. Steven Reisner shares his perspectives on current events, society and politics through the lens of his extensive career as a psychoanalyst, activist, and educator.

    Election emergency: Can we pull America out of its death spiral?

    Election emergency: Can we pull America out of its death spiral?

    America is in the midst of an emergency – an emergency which threatens our bodies, threatens our social fabric, and threatens our very souls. How we come out of this emergency, over the next days and weeks and months, will determine what kind of people we are and what kind of country this is. Simply put, whether America will be a force for evil or a force for good in the world.

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    • 25 min
    In Praise of Shame

    In Praise of Shame

    When Donald Trump steals our democracy, will Americans fight to save it? In Episode 7, Dr. Steven Reisner argues that if America is to be saved—if America is worth saving—Americans must reconnect with the emotion that psychoanalysts (and biblical prophets) believe is necessary for social change: shame


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    • 38 min
    The Masque of the Black Death (Racism in the Time of Trump)

    The Masque of the Black Death (Racism in the Time of Trump)

    In 1842, Edgar Allen Poe wrote the Masque of the Red Death, a prescient short story about a country devastated by plague. “No pestilence,” Poe wrote, “had ever been so fatal or so hideous.” But the Prince of the land ignored the epidemic. He holed up in his castle and held a masked ball, insisting the revelers dress in grotesque fashion, as if daring the contagion to threaten their immortality.
    Psychoanalysis could barely do better in describing the madness of America’s current fear of death, manifested in the response to our dual plagues of COVID and racism.

    In episode 6 of Madness: the Podcast, Steven Reisner finds Black Americans taking to the streets to stand up to both: the Coronavirus that disproportionately affects their community and to institutionalized white supremacy that makes COVID so much more deadly. What will white people do now with our fears?


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    • 33 min
    Mourn and Mobilize: Radical psychoanalysis confronts the climate emergency

    Mourn and Mobilize: Radical psychoanalysis confronts the climate emergency

    Climate trauma – is it the result of the climate catastrophe or a consequence of our inability to really imagine such a catastrophe, even when it is taking place all around us? Dr Steven Reisner takes a deep dive into the psychology and history of trauma to show how the best way to cope with tragedy is with eyes and heart wide open.


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    • 28 min
    Paranoia: Is it good for the Jews?

    Paranoia: Is it good for the Jews?

    Paranoia - is it a mental disorder or a political strategy? Dr Steven Reisner exposes the underlying connection between our Trumpian culture of paranoia and the eruption of antisemitic violence by mentally ill assailants on the streets of New York.


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    • 31 min
    Don’t wake up: Psychoanalyzing The American Dream

    Don’t wake up: Psychoanalyzing The American Dream

    A mega mall in New Jersey, a pile of shoes and toothbrushes in the Arizona desert, and an array of immigrant witnesses at the impeachment hearings. In 2020, these are the artefacts of The American Dream. In Episode 3 of Madness, Steven Reisner sounds a psychoanalytic alarm to wake us from the dream that keeps America sleeping.


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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
284 Ratings

284 Ratings

Wise-Orphan ,

Intelligent compassionate

And thoughtful. I wish Stephen could do more sessions but I know he’s busy and I am grateful for each episode. After listening I feel sane again. His voice of reason and thoughtfulness is balm.

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The Age of Humanism

It is time to start a movement for the happiness of humanity. It is time to base all of our decisions on ending human suffering. It is time to implement the ideals of humanism in society.

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Capitalism in America

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