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February 2012 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Feb 24, 2012
  • Katherine van Wormer, Ph.D. and Charletta Sudduth, Ph.D. on The HELP, Racism & The Maid Narratives: African American Domestic Workers & The Jim Crow Laws and Jennifer Walsh, Ph.D. on Cultural Wars- The Democrats & The Republicans
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  • Dr. van Wormer is active in the civil rights and peace movements in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and later, in Northern Ireland. Katherine van Wormer continues to work for peace. For two and a half years she worked as an alcoholism counselor in Washington State and Ohio, and for two years served as program director at Vangseter, a treatment center north of Hamar, Norway. Her academic work has been mostly in the area of women in prison and alcoholism treatment. Dr. van Wormer is the author of fourteen books and one of the co-authors of the upcoming book, The Maid Narratives.

    Charletta Sudduth, Ph.D.is an adjunct professor of racial and ethnic studies for the social work department at the University of Northern Iowa. She is also a early childhood consultant in the Waterloo-Iowa school system. Dr. Sudduth is one of the co-authors of the upcoming book, The Maid Narratives.

    Dr. Walsh is a professor of political science. Her areas of teaching emphasis include American government and U.S. political institutions, including Congress, the presidency, the federal judiciary, constitutional law, and state and local politics. Her primary research interests include crime policy, such as the Three Strikes sentencing movement, prosecutorial decision-making, and the implementation of public policy at all levels of government. Walsh's research on California's controversial Three Strikes law has been widely disseminated in the scholarly community and among state lawmakers.
  • Pub Date: Feb 17, 2012
  • Pulitzer Prize Winner, John Hughes on Iranian Nuclear Threat & Syrian Violence and Victoria Costello on Mental Illness and Your Family Genetics
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  • John Hughes is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former editor of the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently a professor of international communications at Brigham Young University and writes a nationally syndicated column for the Monitor. Hughes served for six years as Africa correspondent and six years as Far East correspondent before becoming the Monitor's editor. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Indonesia and the Overseas Press Club Award for his investigation of the international narcotics traffic. During the Reagan administration he was associate director of the United States Information Agency, director of the Voice of America, and assistant secretary of state for public affairs and department spokesman. He later chaired presidential and congressional commissions on international government broadcasting.

    Victoria's family memoir titled A Lethal Inheritance, A Mother Uncovers the Science Behind Three Generations of Mental Illness. Victoria has written regular blog posts for PsychologyToday.com, PsychCentral.com, Mamapedia.com, TweenParent.com, Yahoo Health & Wellness News. She is a frequent public speaker on behalf of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco to corporate and community audiences. In her Emmy award winning television career, Victoria Costello specialized in digesting and translating technical and scientific materials into more colloquial terms. She won her 1995 Emmy for writing and producing a Disney TV special she co-produced with National Audubon Society called "This Island Earth," a look at the human health implications of endangered species. She produced a television documentary "Who Will Protect the Family" for PBS with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frances Fitzgerald. Costello created film and print media on family planning programs and women's maternal health in Africa and Central America for The United Nations Population Program's Face to Face Campaign.
  • Pub Date: Feb 03, 2012
  • Karen Dill, Ph.D. on Media Violence, Misogyny, & Racism and Joseph Burgo, Ph.D. on Celebrity Fantasy, Narcissism, & Reality
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  • Karen Dill is a social psychologist who publishes in the field of media psychology, studying video games, interactive media, magazines and music with an emphasis on gender and racial stereotyping and aggression. She is the author of How Fantasy Becomes Reality: Seeing Through Media Influence. Dill gave expert testimony before Congress on media violence in 2000 and on misogyny in rap music lyrics in 2007. She co-authored a statement on interactive media violence, which lead to the APA's Resolution on Violence in Video Games and Interactive Media. Perhaps her most memorable "honor" was having a car named after her in Grand Theft Auto IV - the "Karin Dilettante" is a playful spoof named in homage of the often controversial relationship between the gaming industry and violence researchers.

    Joseph Burgo, Ph.D. has practiced psychotherapy for more than 30 years, holding licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist. As an instructor, he has taught graduate students in psychology and supervised their training in community counseling centers. He is also a graduate psychoanalyst and has served as a board member, officer and instructor at a component society of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He spent 13 years in individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. In addition to this website, he also writes a blog entitled Movies and Mental Health, hosted by the popular website PsychCentral.