.Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Pesach Lichtenberg, the former Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the director of a closed psychiatric hospital ward for 25 years before being fired for implementing ideas that violated mainstream psychiatric principles. He went on to become the founder and professional director of Soteria Israel, a non-profit organization that provides a home-like, non-coercive alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for recovery from acute psychosis and other extreme states. This model is on the verge of becoming the new mainstream model of acute psychiatric care in Israel.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Ken Hammond, a professor of East Asian and global history at NMSU since 1994, who lived in Beijing from 1982 to 1987 prior to completing his PhD at Harvard in 1994. He subsequently joined the history faculty of NMSU, specializing in East Asian history, particularly 16th century China. From 2007 to 2015 he was co-director of the Confucius Institute at NMSU. Long interested in human rights and protest movements, he was a leader in the Students for a Democratic Society at Kent State University from 1967 to 1970. Today’s interview will focus on the historical context for recent events in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Stuart Kelter interviews Michele Nishiguchi, a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Merced, she runs the Nishiguchi Symbiosis Lab, specializing in the study of the association and interaction between the tiny Bobtail squid and a light emitting bacteria called Vibrio fischeri, which are relevant to the evolution of both beneficial and detrimental bacteria in humans. Before her recent move to UC Merced she was for 21 years a professor at NMSU, where she was recognized for her outstanding contributions by receiving numerous awards, including the designation of Regents Professor in 2015.
Stuart Kelter interviews Robert W. Derlet, MD, Professor Emeritus at the medical school of the University of California, Davis, former Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Davis Medical Center, candidate for congress in 2016, and author of the book, Corporatizing American Health Care, published earlier this year. Today’s interview is the second in a series about the corporatization of American Health Care.
Stuart Kelter interviews Isabelle Mansuy, a professor in neuroepigenetics in the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich and the Department of Health Science and Technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. Specializing in neuroepigenetics and molecular psychiatry, Dr. Mansuy is doing cutting edge research, using mice, to separate nature from nurture in how the effects of trauma, environmental stress, and even diet can be biologically passed down to subsequent generations, but not irreversibly.
Stuart Kelter interviews Bruce Berger, MD, who taught for 30 years in the medical school of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Specializing in nephrology, his career encompassed teaching, medical research, and patient care at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, where he was also the director of the renal ward for 13 years. His experiences have provided him with a first hand, physician’s perspective of the corporatization that has transformed the American healthcare system over the last few decades, which is the focus of today’s interview.
Stuart Kelter interviews Ron Hoffman, who in 2003 became the founder of an organization in Falmouth, Massachusetts called Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS.org), which has helped well over 1000 families with Lou Gehrig’s disease on both practical and spiritual levels, above all by being deeply present. His memoir, Sacred Bullet, published in 2014, reveals in powerful and personal terms, how his own healing is woven into his work. Ron has worked with individuals, families and healthcare professionals across the United States, inviting conversations around the choices and possibilities that arise for those living with a terminal illness. He has been relentless in his determination to change the systems that hinder rather than help the dying, with profound implications for how healthcare systems in general desperately need to be humanized.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Melanie Mitchell (https://melaniemitchell.me/), Davis Professor of Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute, a non-profit institution that aims to understand systems in which many agents interact and adapt to one another and their environments, often giving rise to surprising emergent properties or behaviors. Melanie is also a professor of Computer Science (currently on leave) at Portland State University. Her current research focuses on conceptual abstraction, analogy-making, and visual recognition in artificial intelligence systems. She is the author or editor of six books and numerous scholarly papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and complex systems. Her book Complexity: A Guided Tour, won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award and was named by Amazon.com as one of the ten best science books of 2009. Her latest book is Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, which is the topic for today’s interview.
Stuart Kelter interviews David Olds, a professor at the Pediatrics-Prevention Research Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has devoted his long and distinguished career to the developing and testing of very early interventions in family and child functioning, starting prenatally and continuing through toddler age. After devoting decades to high quality, random assignment, longitudinal, comparison studies – showing the approach yielded dramatic benefits – Dr. Olds went on to win grant after grant, to implement what came to be called the Nurse-Family-Partnership program, now in 40 states and 8 foreign countries, today serving close to 40,000 families in the U.S. and 18,000 families abroad. The program has shown positive, substantial, long-term effects in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, school failure, injuries, depression, anxiety and anti-social behavior in children. Research from Nurse-Family-Partnership program (https://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/) have served as the primary evidentiary foundation for a $2.3B federal investment in evidence-based home visiting.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Jay Joseph, a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Joseph challenges the empirical evidence behind the mainstream view that mental illness is genetically based, and argues instead that the real causes include oppression, trauma, abuse, and psychologically unhealthy aspects of the social and political environment. He is the author of four books, most recently The Trouble with Twin Studies: A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2015), and Schizophrenia and Genetics: The End of an Illusion (2017). He is a contributor to the Mad in America website, and the creator of https://thegeneillusion.blogspot.com/.
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