Couched podcast


Dr. Billie Pivnick & Dr. Romy Reading, Produced by Hangar Studios, NYC

Couched is a podcast series that lets you in on what leading cultural influencers and psychoanalysts are thinking about society today. We will feature conversations with artists, scientists, and change-makers about our current political climate, social justice, and our struggles to find sanity in an increasingly uncertain world.

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13 Episodes

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    What’s Repaired in Reparations: A Conversation Among Psychoanalytic and Social Activists


    Join us for this vital conversation featuring psychologists, scholars, and community activists working to further efforts toward reparations in both the United States and South Africa. Our guests, clinical psychologist, author, and community activist, Dr. Medria Connolly; Professor of Historical Trauma Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, author, and current Fellow at Harvard University, Dr. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela; psychoanalyst, author, and social activist, Dr. Lynne Layton; and clinical psychologist, author, and community activist, Dr. Bryan Nichols discuss how reparations includes both psychological and social engagement in order to help communities begin to heal from mass trauma.The discussion was recorded live at the 2021 Spring Meeting of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Remembering Winnicott: A Graphic Memoirist and a Psychoanalyst Discuss Creativity in Writing and Psychotherapy


    Join us for this inspiring conversation with Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow and award-winning graphic novelist Alison Bechdel and esteemed psychologist, psychoanalyst, and writer, Dr. Ken Corbett, as they discuss their personal reflections on the work of renowned British psychoanalyst, Donald W. Winnicott. Our guests consider how co-creating meaning can help us feel vitality in living and as we face death. Through personal reflection and playful interaction they share with us the lived experience of creative work. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Facing Fossil Fuels' Effects: Psychoanalysts and Climate Activists Confront the Climate Crisis


    Listen in on this eye-opening conversation with internationally renowned author and climate activist, Bill McKibben, and esteemed psychologist, psychoanalyst, and scholar, Dr. Donna Orange, as they discuss the urgency of awakening to the realities of climate change. Our guests wrestle with the stark uncertainties of our planet’s future and encourage us to bravely face the shocking effects of climate change on our way of life. While bringing to light sobering realities, they also offer a sense of hope, purpose, and next steps. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Moving Conversations: What Can Psychoanalysts and Choreographers Learn from One Another?


    Listen in on this enlivening conversation with internationally renowned choreographer, Bill T. Jones, and esteemed psychoanalyst, Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies, and Dean of Humanities at Rutgers University, Dr. Michelle Stephens, as they discuss the role of the social world in their work. Our guests tackle a range of topics related to race, trauma, and the pandemic while shedding light on how they navigate the tension between respect for “the canon” while invoking the political. In the process they offer passionate insights into our experience as humans.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Braving the U.S. Election


    Listen in on this conversation with renowned psychohistorian, Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, and esteemed psychoanalyst/political commentator, Dr. Andrew Samuels, as they discuss the upcoming U.S. election. Our guests tackle a range of topics related to the current political storms. They call attention to the ways that human psychology and passion inform and intersect with the political. Their insights provide steady ground for turbulent times. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    What’s Systemic about Racism?


    Listen in on this enlightening conversation with internationally-renowned philosopher and professor, Dr. Judith Butler and esteemed critical social theorist/psychoanalyst, Dr. Patricia Clough as they discuss systemic racism. Our guests offer a clear and understandable explanation of what differentiates systemic racism from individual prejudice. They also call attention to the ways that COVID has disproportionately impacted people of color and placed a powerful demand on us to begin a process of mourning. This episode is sure to raise listeners’ awareness and understanding of this pressing issue. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Border Crisis: A Psychoanalyst and Filmmaker Confront Family Separation


    Listen in to the inspiring conversation with psychologist/psychoanalyst, Dr. Spyros Orfanos, and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ellen Goosenberg Kent. Our guests explore the intersections of their work with refugees, asylum seekers, and those enduring family separation. Both take you into the heart of their encounters with this difficult issue. This episode is sure to evoke empathy and desire for action in the face of brutal injustice. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Adolescents Falling: What Grownups Don't See


    Listen in to our continuing conversation with psychologist/psychoanalyst, Dr. Ken Corbett, andaward-winning literary fiction writer, Susan Choi. Our guests take us behind the scenes of thestories told in their recent books. Through spirited discussion they expand our perspectives onthe ways in which adults can and do fail adolescents in their attempts to navigate thecomplexities of sexuality, race, gender, and aggression. This episode is sure to evoke timelyreflections about the politics of identity and psychological struggle. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Adolescent Outsider Stories


    Esteemed psychologist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Ken Corbett, and award-winning literary fiction writer, Susan Choi, in an exploration of each other’s work, discuss how feeling like an outsider in adolescence can deeply affect choice. Through their writing, they illuminate how the struggle to repair a damaged sense of self can go terribly awry and lead to acts of betrayal, trauma, and violence. The guests bring compassion and insight to the turbulence of teenage life and to the desire to belong. We invite you to listen in and discover novel ways of seeing yourself and others. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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