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Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health explores 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, featuring survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

Hosted by Will Hall, Madness Radio launched in 2005 on Valley Free Radio and aired more than 150 shows since then. We're heard on KBOO in Oregon, syndicated on other stations through Pacifica, and podcasting on iTunes and Google Play. Check our About page.

Madness Radio Producer is Nina Packebush. Thanks to past Producers Leah Harris and Jeremy Lanzman.

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Peter Stastny: Dissident Psychiatrist

First Aired 04-11-2007 | 3 comments | Add comment
Peter Stastny

Psychiatrist Peter Stastny talks about his decades-long work as an anti-psychiatrist psychiatrist, problems with the hospital system and medications, and the international movement to create alternatives.

Peter is one of the main organizers of INTAR, the International Network of Treatment Alternatives for Recovery.

International Network Towards Alternatives and Recovery – INTAR

First Aired 03-21-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment

INTAR — the International Network Towards Alternatives and Recovery — had a 2005 gathering of people from around the world working on ways to help people with schizophrenia, bipolar and other diagnoses without the medical model. This hour-long show interviews 13 participants.

Restorative Justice w/ Rockdove Collective

First Aired 03-14-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
Rockdove Collective

Danielle, who works with a New York City policy NGO and is part of the activist Rockdove Collective, discusses the international Restorative Justice movement, creating effective mediation and community dialog as alternatives to the punitive prison-industrial complex criminal justice system. Danielle specifically focuses on using Restorative Justice for violent and serious crimes.

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Michael Perlin: International Mental Health Rights

First Aired 02-14-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment

Leading legal scholar Michael Perlin discusses psychiatric rights around the world and the political uses of forced treatment, at the 2006 NARPA conference.

Police Violence: Jim Chasse, Portland Oregon

First Aired 02-07-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment

Portland Oregon police were exonerated after they beat and killed without provocation or cause Jim Chasse, a man labeled with schizophrenia.

Zyprexa Memos Scandal: Update

First Aired 01-17-2007 | 2 comments | Add comment

Zyprexa manufacturer Eli-Lilly covered up criminal conduct and drug risks, leaked documents show, and is using a court gag order to keep survivor activists, including Freedom Center organizer Will Hall, quiet.

Kalle Lasn: Adbusters Founder

First Aired 12-15-2006 | No Comments Yet | Add comment

Culture jammer and anti-consumerist publisher of Adbusters magazine Kalle Lasn talks about the mental environment, brands, organizing for change and how toxic culture causes emotional distress.

Sex Work w/ Caty Simon and Maryse

First Aired 12-06-2006 | 8 comments | Add comment
sex workers

Sex workers Caty Simon and Maryse discuss social standards of normal and acceptable sexuality and how it affects mental wellbeing, from the point of view of sex workers rights.

Voyce Hendrix: Inside Soteria House

First Aired 12-06-2006 | 11 comments | Add comment
Voyce Hendrix

Inside Soteria House with Voyce Hendrix, original clinical director who worked closely with Loren Mosher. Soteria House was a non-medication, non-diagnostic label and voluntary residence treating severe psychotic breakdown. Recovery rates were much higher in this humane and egalitarian atmosphere — but the project was shut down because it challenged the pharmaceutical company pro-medication interests.

Voyce discusses how Soteria was different than mainstream facilities and describes the healing results it had.

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Poet Shaman Eddie Bartok-Baratta / Samana

First Aired 11-09-2006 | 6 comments | Add comment
Eddie Bartok-Baratta

Visionary writer, musician, and sculptor Eddie Bartok-Baratta performs his powerful poetry, plays flute, and discusses his amazing life, trauma and violence, and his creativity.

Julie Spooner: Urban Shamanism

First Aired 10-18-2006 | No Comments Yet | Add comment

Urban Shamanism with Julie Spooner, licensed psychologist from Brooklyn New York. Julie discusses a spiritual healing approach to madness and psychosis, including journeying through visionary states into alternate dimensions and interacting with illness and imbalance in their energetic and mystical forms.

Are people labeled ‘psychotic’ journeying to other dimensions like shamans do, but without realizing it? How can people learn to control these experiences as gifts rather than curses?

Julie can be reached at (718) 773-3338.

Robert Whitaker: Violence and Madness

First Aired 10-11-2006 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
Whitaker: Mad in America

Violence and Madness with Robert Whitaker, Pulitzer-nominated author of “Mad In America,” discussing the role of psychiatric drugs in causing violence, the history of coercive psychiatric treatments, and responses to the recent murder of prominent psychiatrist Wayne Fenton by his patient.

Bruce Levine: “Commonsense Rebellion”

First Aired 10-04-2006 | 1 comment | Add comment
Bruce Levine

Commonsense Rebellion with Bruce Levine, dissident psychologist and author of Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations, and a World Gone Crazy, discusses the social forces that drive people to depression, anxiety, and mental breakdown, and how community and caring are the way to a healthier self and world.

Ruta Mazelis: Cutting Edge Self Injury

First Aired 09-27-2006 | 2 comments | Add comment
Ruta Mazelis

Self-injury and cutting with Ruta Mazelis, psychiatric abuse survivor and editor for 17+ years of the acclaimed newsletter “The Cutting Edge”. Cutting, burning, head banging and other self-harm are discussed from the point of view of people doing them — as coping mechanisms that need compassion and understanding, not the force and judgment of mainstream psychiatry.

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