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BONUS | "Undoing Drugs" with Maia Szalavitz (author of "Unbroken Brain")

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Release Date: 08/17/2021

Episode 78: Dr. Stanton Peele - How Addiction Psychology Was Transformed Forever show art Episode 78: Dr. Stanton Peele - How Addiction Psychology Was Transformed Forever

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In this interview, Stanton Peele discusses his memoir, "A Scientific Life on the Edge: My Lonely Quest to Change How We See Addiction." More importantly, Peele recounts his life story, both in this interview and in his memoir. Beginning with his General Theory of Addiction that he put forth in his 1975 book "Love and Addiction", followed by a discussion of his career as an outsider in mainstream addiction psychology -- an outsider whose knowledge, views, and contributions can never be ignored.  He goes on to explain how he managed to maintain an influential career in psychology and remain...

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Episode 77: There is no Episode 77: There is no "Opioid Crisis" -- Shaun Shelly (part II)

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Today's guest is Shaun Shelly -- back for a second conversation. We discuss the so-called "Opioid Crisis", why that concept needs to be re-framed, and how we can go about doing so. **More about Shaun: Shaun is dedicated to the understanding of drug use, the rights of people who use drugs, and effective drug policy. He is the Policy, Advocacy and Human Rights Manager for TB/HIV Care in South Africa. Shaun has developed the annual SA Drug Policy Week, he sits on the Department of Health and Central Drug Authority advisory groups, and he holds affiliations at the Universities of Cape Town and...

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BONUS | BONUS | "Undoing Drugs" with Maia Szalavitz (author of "Unbroken Brain")

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Zach Rhoads speaks with Maia Szalavitz about her new book, "Undoing Drugs", which traces the history of Harm Reduction from the movement's genesis to the way it affects mainstream thoughts, beliefs, policies, and behavior.

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Episode 76: Dr. Erec Smith on Diversity, Anti-Racism, Critical Race Theory, and EMPOWERMENT show art Episode 76: Dr. Erec Smith on Diversity, Anti-Racism, Critical Race Theory, and EMPOWERMENT

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Dr. Erec Smith is a professor of rhetoric and composition at York College and former Chair of the York YWCA Racial and Social Justice Committee. Today, he and I talk about racism in America, and what he believes are the best ways to make this country a fair, diverse, and thriving one. Smith appreciates much of the sentiment behind Critical Race Theory (CRT) and anti-racism curriculum, but believes these movements (and their rhetoric)-- as they have been mainstreamed-- are headed in the wrong direction. He offers a new idea about how we might make progress, which he calls the Empowerment Model....

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BONUS EPISODE: The Horror of Reform Schools -- Todd Nilssen's BONUS EPISODE: The Horror of Reform Schools -- Todd Nilssen's "The Last Stop" Documentary

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Todd is a documentary film maker and his most recent film, "The Last Stop" is today's conversation topic. The Last Stop is a film about the Élan School, which was a controversial school / treatment facility for so-called juvenile delinquents which existed in the deep woods of Maine. That’s ExisTED, past-tense, because the Élan school was closed down in 2011 due to allegations of abuse which dated back to its opening in 1970. (This is a rebroadcast from an episode I recorded in 2019)

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Episode 75: Desh Amila | Radical U.S. Politics and the Sri Lankan Civil War show art Episode 75: Desh Amila | Radical U.S. Politics and the Sri Lankan Civil War

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Welcome to episode 75! Today's guest is Desh Amila. Desh is the founder of "This Is 42"-- a platform for highly regarded educators and content creators such as Coleman Hughes, Michael Shermer, Sam Harris, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and more. He is also the producer of the films "Islam and the Future of Tolerance" (Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz), and more recently, "Better Left Unsaid" which you can find here: Today we talk about Desh's life journey: Living through civil war in Sri Lanka, moving to Australia (not knowing more than a few key phrases in English); eventually graduating from Melbourne's...

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BONUS EPISODE | Maia Szalavitz -- Addiction and Harm Reducion show art BONUS EPISODE | Maia Szalavitz -- Addiction and Harm Reducion

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This episode originally aired as an episode of the "LPP PODCAST" which you can find here:   Today's guest is Maia Szalavitz, who co-wrote (With Bruce Perry) "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog" and the NYT best-seller, "Unbroken Brain" Her forthcoming book is, "Undoing Drugs" - - - - - - - - - -  Check out previous episodes of the LPP Podcast at the Life Process Program web site  

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Episode 74: Curt Jaimungal | Better Left Unsaid Documentary show art Episode 74: Curt Jaimungal | Better Left Unsaid Documentary

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Curt Jaimngal is the co-creator (with Desh Amila) of the documentary film, "Better Left Unsaid". The film shines a light salient cultural issues that are difficult to discuss in a balanced way (at least publicly): namely, the radical arms of both left and right wing politics. "Better Left Unsaid" explores leftist social justice theory and how it turned into censorship and orthodoxly, as well as right-wing nationalism racism and violence. In the film, Jaimungal explores history and discusses what has happened, previously, when these cultural frameworks have been left unchecked and were allowed...

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Episode 73: Shaun Shelly | ou're WRONG About Drugs and Addiction -- Here's Why show art Episode 73: Shaun Shelly | ou're WRONG About Drugs and Addiction -- Here's Why

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Today’s guest is Shaun Shelly (see bio below). Shaun is a drug policy educator (to say the least) from South Africa. We discussed a range of topics, including (but not limited to): Drug use The war on drugs Mental health Societal deficits and potential solutions Logical fallacies and cognitive biases First-principles thinking/problem-solving in psychology Therapy and motivational interviewing Education Humanism And many more topics. FOLLOW SHAUN Arcicles / Blogs / Other Podcasts MORE ABOUT SHAUN SHELLY Shaun is dedicated to the understanding of drug use, the rights of people who use...

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BONUS EPISODE: Aaron Burroughs | Turning Church Gospel Into Funk and Chasing The Artist's Dream show art BONUS EPISODE: Aaron Burroughs | Turning Church Gospel Into Funk and Chasing The Artist's Dream

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Aaron Burroughs grew up singing gospel music for a black church in Ann Arbor Michigan.  He moved to Verrmont as an adult and started a band (an entire style of music) inspired by his gospel roots as well as his love and admiration for musicians like Prince, Whitney Houston, Parliament and more. Or, you might say he started an entirely new genre of music.  You see, Burroughs took the familiar-to-some preacher-esque energy and aesthetic, and turned it into dance-worthy funk, soul and party music.  He was a major influence in Vermont, where he started his group, "Funkwagon", and...

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