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Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health brings you personal experiences of 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, and features survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

Hosted by Will Hall, a survivor of schizophrenia diagnosis, Madness Radio was launched in 2005 on Valley Free Radio in Massachusetts and aired more than 125 shows since then. Today we're also heard regularly on KBOO in Portland Oregon and other stations, and syndicated through Pacifica. Our podcast can be found on iTunes. Check our About page to learn more.

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Madness Radio: Buddhist Meditation and Schizophrenia Ed Knight

First Aired 5-28-2008

Recovery leader and survivor Ed Knight talks about Zen, Insight, and Christian meditation and "schizophrenia," including discrimination against people with psychiatric labels at meditation retreats, the link between spiritual awakening and madness, and living beyond "managing symptoms.", and

Madness Radio: Wounded States of Consciousness Bogna Szymkiewicz

First Aired 5-21-2008

Warsaw Poland psychologist Bogna Szymkiewicz discusses "wounded states of consciousness," what the mind and body do when trauma is activated, as well as how trauma affects our relationships and what we can do to recover.

Madness Radio: Black Mental Health UK Philip Morgan

First Aired 5-14-2008

Blacks in the UK are much more likely than white people to be locked up, put on drugs, and mistreated in the mental health system. Social scientist Philip Morgan of London's Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Organization (THACMHO) discusses the legacy of slavery, survivor-run advocacy for system change, and an innovative project reclaiming Black identity through historical research.

Madness Radio: Genetic Predispositions? Jay Joseph

First Aired 5-7-2008

Clinical psychologist Jay Joseph details medical science's 30-year failed quest to find any link between genetics and diagnoses of mental disorders, and debunks widely held beliefs in the psychiatric profession, including the idea of 'genetic predispositions' for mental illness. Jay is the author of The Missing Gene: Psychiatry, Heredity, and the Fruitless Search for Genes and The Gene Illusion: Genetic Research in Psychiatry and Psychology Under the Microscope.

Madness Radio: Psych Diagnosis Bias Paula Caplan

First Aired 4-30-2008

Harvard University faculty Paula Caplan, author of They Say You're Crazy: How The World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal and editor of Bias In Psychiatric Diagnosis. Paula was on one of the writing committees for the DSM and offers an insightful perspective on the politics behind psychiatric pseudo-science. She discusses mental disorder labeling, including bipolar and post-trauma stress disorder, from a feminist perspective.

Madness Radio: Process Oriented Counseling with Joe Goodbread

First Aired 4-23-2008

Counselor and researcher Joe Goodbread discusses his more than 25 years experience working with madness and extreme states using Process Oriented Psychology, an innovative approach based in the work of Carl Jung and developed by Arnold Mindell. Joe describes listening to the meaning in experience, helping people unfold their states, taoism, dreams, rank differences, and working with the body. Joe is a senior faculty at the Process Work Institute and author of The Dreambody Toolkit and Radical Intercourse.,

Madness Radio: Psychologist and Survivor Author Ronald Bassman

First Aired 14-16-2008

Internationally known advocate, psychiatric abuse survivor organizer, and clinical psychologist Ronald Bassman discusses and reads from his new book, A Fight To Be: A Psychologist's Experience From Both Sides of the Locked Door. Ron was diagnosed "paranoid schizophrenic" and left in back wards as a "chronic case," but has gone on to become a leader in the recovery movement and an inspiring teacher and therapist.

Madness Radio: Forced Drugging and Treatment with Journalist Phillip Dawdy

First Aired 4-10-2008

Award-winning journalist Philip Dawdy, formerly a writer with the Seattle Weekly newspaper, discusses how forced psychiatric treatment and drugging are ineffective responses to violent crime and the so-called "dangerous mentally ill." Philip is the writer of the excellent blog about Big Pharma profiteering and mental health policy

Madness Radio: Queer Writer and Educator Jessica Max Stein

First Aired 4-3-2008

Queer writer, educator, and Icarus Project organizer Jessica Max Stein talks about homophobia, mental health, and our broken educational system. She recently won an award from Poets & Writers magazine, and had a poem published in the Sun magazine. She reads from her 'zines Mad Love and Long Walk Back To Myself. Check out

Madness Radio: Environmental Insanity w/ Author Derrick Jensen

First Aired 3-26-2008

Visionary writer and thought-provoking environmentalist Derrick Jensen talks about the human-caused ecological collapse of the natural world, family trauma, technological brainwashing, indigenous societies, Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing, and the importance of rage in an undeniably insane world.

Madness Radio: Comfortably Numb Author Charles Barber

First Aired 3-19-2008

Author Charles Barber talks about his new book Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation, a history of the rise of psychiatric drug marketing from 'mother's little helper' to today's 200 million plus anti-depressant prescriptions.

Madness Radio: South Africa Activism Moosa Salie

First Aired 3-12-2008

Capetown South Africa survivor activist Moosa Salie talks about mental health organizing in Africa and beyond, and work to establish the Ubuntu Center for alternative support. Check out Moosa's blog and the World Network of Uses and Survivors of Psychiatry at

Madness Radio: Survivor Songwriter Vara Adams

First Aired 1-30-2008

Vara Adams survived forced hospitalization, drugging, and multiple electroshocks as a teen in Melbourne Australia. She went on to become a heavy metal-influenced songwriter about her experiences as part of the healing process. Show includes several of Vara's songs.

Madness Radio: Rights Organizing Celia Brown

First Aired 1-23-2008

Psychiatric abuse survivor and human rights activist Celia Brown discusses working for change in the mental health system, including her ownn experiences and creating 'supported decision-making' for people in distress. Celia is President of Mindfreedom International and a board member of the National Association of Rights Advocacy and Protection.

Madness Radio: Sexual Abuse: Searching for Angela Shelton

First Aired 12-26-2007

Angela Shelton is an award-winning Hollywood actress and filmmaker, who traveled across the US meeting other women named Angela Shelton and discovering how widespread sexual abuse is in our society. She discusses her film Searching for Angela Shelton and her work helping people heal from trauma.

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