#1309 Facing Our Existential Dread Head On (Trump and Climate Anxiety)

Air Date: 10–1-2019

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Today we take an unflinching look at two of the major sources of anxiety in modern life, Donald Trump and the climate crisis, and some of what we can do to find a degree of calm.

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Ch. 1: Why We Are Drawn to Charismatic Authoritarians with Sheldon Solomon - Hidden Brain with Shankar Vedantam - Air Date 9-16-19

Sheldon Solomon discusses why humans are so prone to following leaders to trigger their fear response.

Ch. 2: Dr. Bandy Lee Warns Trumps Mental Health Is A Real National Emergency - The Chauncey DeVega Show - Air Date 2-22-19

Dr. Bandy Lee warns that Trumps mental health is a threat to world peace, and discusses that sick societies produce sick leaders.

Ch. 3: Climate Anxiety in the Trump Era with Renee Lertzman - Warm Regards with Eric Holthaus - Air Date 11-19-16

Renee Lertzman, who works to understand the psychology of how we deal with environmental issues. Her words are especially useful in this time of shared anxiety and concern and uncertainty.

Ch. 4: Is Trump A Disease with Dr. Bandy Lee - Trumpcast with Virginia Heffernan - Air Date 7-10-19

Virginia Heffernan talks to Dr. Bandy Lee, psychiatrist at Yale University, for a deep, compelling new take on the long debate about Trump’s mental fitness.

Ch. 5: From Stigma to Oppression - Off-Kilter with Rebecca Vallas - Air Date 5-31-19

Mental Illness is very common in the US, from burnout to anxiety to depression to suicide, and our systems don't support proper care.

Ch. 6: Are You Feeling Climate Grief? - Eaarth Feels with Rose and Christine - Air Date 8-23-19

Rose and Christine discuss the climate crisis and the strain our mental health is under - and the possibilities.

Ch. 7: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump with Allen Frances - Inquiring Minds with Indre Viskontas and Kishore Hari - Air Date 10-17-17

We talk to renowned psychiatrist Allen Frances about his latest book Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump.


Ch. 10: Experience with 9/11 and learning about Islam - Heather from Texas

Ch. 11: Home run race relation example - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 12: 9/11 and Columbine - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 13: Millennial depression - Corey from New Jersey


Ch. 14: Final comments on a big announcement regarding steps being taken toward maintaining good mental health

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Eventual Victory - Codebreaker
  • Midday - Pecan Grove
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Waterbourne - Algea Fields
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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