Gamers. A violent, unpredictable, antisocial bunch... or not so much. Derek (from Sometimes Geek and Rolling Misadventures) joined me to talk about th...View Details

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People are only locked away in psychiatric facilities for good reason... right? Right??Maybe not. I'm joined this time by Jenni and Shelby from Wives'...View Details

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Podcasters are just one big, happy, cheerful, supportive family... right?Well... no. Mostly, but like any big family, there are always a few particula...View Details

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So you've found yourself on death row. You're guilty, both factually so and legally convicted. You're just waiting on your date, and you'll be done. B...View Details

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Well, lookit that. 100,000 downloads?? And at least some of those must be on purpose... right? Right. As I watched the downloads accumulate, I started...View Details

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April 17, 1975 - October 20, 1992 A life ended. Uncountable others changed. This episode has murder, obsession, borderline personality disorder, a tru...View Details

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Attention, class. Please be seated. Actually, I don't care whether you're sitting down, but please do prepare yourselves for my effort at cramming an ...View Details

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There are certain things we don't talk about in polite society: Religion. Politics. Bodily functions. Alcoholism.Suicide. Let's ignore politeness and ...View Details

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In case my efforts at staying on topic, kind of, on Episode 37 were just not your cup of tea, fear not! Emily joined me for a remix on the ADHD/anxiet...View Details

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One bad night. One series of bad decisions. One wrong turn. And suddenly you're in prison, for decades. What's that like? What do you miss about the o...View Details

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So you're in a cult... or are you? How do you know? When do you know it's time to get out, and how on earth do you do that, anyway? I don't have the a...View Details

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What makes a murderer? Who would possibly sign up to fight for a different country in a war with no personal significance? Just how immature is your h...View Details

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Some of the strongest, smartest, amazingest people I know are women with a history of addiction, two of whom I've never met in person, all of whom stu...View Details

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"I don't want to seem pushy... but you're wrong."One might imagine that two female podcasters, one in the crime/psychology genre and the other a horro...View Details

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Recently, I was joined by Jason Eric Ross, psychotherapist, actor and writer, to answer the age-old question:What happens when two psychologists come ...View Details

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If you haven't already checked out our shared episode on Chris' excellent show, Killer Jobs, please head over there and listen to that, first. It's no...View Details

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A quick-and-dirty sort of episode, to give you an update on the case that we talked about on Episode 32... Scott Reeder from Suspect Convictions calle...View Details

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This episode is different for me, in several ways.   For one, it has not one, but two disclaimers. The first is done by Allyson from Dumb and Busted,...View Details

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How do you know the difference between fear and anxiety? ...between specific and generalized anxiety? ...between distractibility and ADHD? ...between ...View Details

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Some tattoos have more meaning than others.   Don't believe this middle-aged soccer mom? Listen to Mark Bullen, who is about to release a book about ...View Details

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AA is considered by many to be the ideal treatment approach for alcoholism, of all types, and really for substance abuse, in all forms.   If you've p...View Details

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There are facts all around us, all the time. Things that happened. Things that exist. Things that are missing.And then there are the stories we tell a...View Details

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The first part of my conversation with Scott Reeder (Suspect Convictions) remains focused and topical. The second part tends to ...stray... a bit, but...View Details

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What's the difference between obsession and determination? I think maybe it's research and journalism.    I got the chance to sit down with Scott Re...View Details

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Hard on the heels of an episode about stalking, I bring you... another episode about stalking.  

 

But never fear, this one taps into a very di...View Details

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Sometimes we laugh at the things that hurt the most. And sometimes we laugh at the impressive stupidity of the things that hurt the most.   Sometimes...View Details

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I was so lucky, recently, to be able to go on a two-week adventure around the British Isles with my husband and two older kids.   I was extra-lucky t...View Details

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This is a hodgepodge of silliness, weirdness and outright giddiness, captured one morning midway through our family vacation. We talk about the ways j...View Details

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Most of the time, we can rely on the people around us -- family, friends, coworkers -- to help remind us what "normal" mostly looks like. But what abo...View Details

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I'm heading out on a family vacation, but first, a few things... 

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What can you do when a faraway friend is struggling? What about when your kid defines Jesus for you? How about when you're not 100% certain that your ...View Details

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Sometimes the most structured and predictable situations can suddenly go unpredictably off-script, in the very best ways. Laura and I started off thi...View Details

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Is it really that important to acknowledge the humanity of those who break the law, as well as those who are broken?   Yes. Yes, it is.   Listen in ...View Details

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Podcasters are an interesting bunch, especially those in the true crime world. I think we're often seen as cynical, sarcastic, potentially intrusive, ...View Details

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Every once in a while, if you're very lucky, you'll form a friendship with someone who is smart and self-aware and vulnerable.And if you're not that l...View Details

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Who gets to decide when you have a problem? Sometimes you know, and sometimes you're clueless. Sometimes you're aware, and sometimes you're in denial....View Details

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What does it mean to waste something? You have to value it first, then discard it, I think. But who decides, and how?   This becomes less cerebral an...View Details

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My dear friend and role model, Sharna, came on the show to show us how it should be done. Results include musings on credentials, clarifications on t...View Details

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018a — You matter.

Some thoughts, after the apparent suicide of Kate Spade.   I can't do much, in a practial sense. But I can do this. Please listen.

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Before I started this podcast, I would not have been able to guess that a relatively early episode would not just touch upon, but be based entirely up...View Details

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Where is the line between hobby and craft... and obsession? I think most podcasts start out as little hobbies, and then they can grow, sometimes witho...View Details

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Anxiety is what happens when your nerves give the finger to your sense of logic.   Somehow that felt profound to me, during the editing process. I do...View Details

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Another crossover! Courtney used the first half of the conversation, so if you haven't already, go check out The Cult of Domesticity podcast. I'll wai...View Details

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I know, I just released an episode, AND I have one planned for Tuesday, so once again it's feast or famine with me. Ah well.   This is what happens w...View Details

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She's baaaack...    Emily joined me again, this time to stay a bit less bizarre and discuss a mysterious double disappearance in the Panamanian rain...View Details

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In my first episode, I was fortunate enough to share the story of a close friend, as well as that of another domestic violence survivor, in an effort ...View Details

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How does a psychologist cope with a Really Bad Day? Well, apparently, today, I coped by tossing together another episode, with the inadvertant help o...View Details

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And now we get down to it. This is what makes me happy: talking, occasionally inappropriately, about Mean People Doing Bad Things. Playing with the sp...View Details

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Nothing is sacred -- not the simplicity of a Hallmark card or the complexity of someone's Lucky Shirt for his Favorite Team -- when two scholars are a...View Details

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I've been meaning to ask my mom for a long time, why does she keep finding jobs that would depress the sheer hell out of me, or send me over the ever-...View Details

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