from Western Mass RLC Newsletter, January, 2020
Lots of people love to read, but not everyone can… at least not all of the time. Expecting everyone to be able to read books or articles ignores a number of barriers: Some of us have a hard time slowing our minds down long enough to focus on written words. Some of us don’t see well or at all with our eyes, or haven’t have access to the same level of education and reading experience. Some of us have been impacted by psychiatric drugs or health conditions that make it difficult to focus for extended periods of time. And, still others of us spend a lot of time in moving vehicles, or in other environments where it’s difficult to settle in with a good book. Fortunately, there are now a growing number of podcasts that not only make information available in a different format, but also expand access for those of us who want to be the givers of that information, too!
Below are just a handful of the spots where you can find podcasts relevant to emotional distress, systemic oppression, and trying to make the world a better place. (Click on the names of the podcasts to check them out!)
Madness Radio: Join host, Will Hall, and a variety of guests speaking on hearing voices, suicide, spirituality, and many other topics.
Suicide N’ Stuff: Join hosts Jess Stohlman-Rainey and Desa’Rae L. Stage for this podcast exploring emotional distress and suicide.
Mad Chat: Join host, Sandy Allen, for an exploration of madness and pop-culture.
MIA Radio: Join the Mad in America team for explorations of a variety of issues from psychiatric drug withdrawal to the need for revolution, and more.
Healing Justice:Join the Healing Justice team for over 100 different episodes looking at social change, social justice, and changing the world.
Speaking of Racism: Join the Speaking of Racism team for a variety of episodes looking at inclusion practices, the importance of black leadership in anti-racism work, and more!
Drugs N’ Stuff: Join the Drug Policy Alliance team for a podcast on harm reduction, the war on drugs, mass incarceration and more!
The Peter Breggin Hour: Join psychiatrist Peter Breggin for a look at the psychiatric industry, prescription drugs, and more.
Bespoken Bones: Join host Pavini Murray for a variety of episodes looking at the intersection of sex, magick, science, and trauma healing.
Have a podcast you’d like to see us share? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
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