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This edition: Mental Illness: Lifting the Stigma

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 3, 2012.

First aired: December 5, 2012.

Independent journalist Madiha Tahir believes that the press coverage around drones has been diverted to the issues of legality and secrecy instead of morality. She has reported extensively from Pakistan, talked with drone survivors and is co-editor of the new essay collection “Dispatches from Pakistan. “ Spencer Ackerman is concerned about the next generation of drone warfare. A senior writer at Wired, he writes the Danger Room vertical on national security at He recently penned a story with this title paraphrasing the Pentagon: “A Human Will Always Decide When a Robot Kills You!“ Spencer joins us via Skype from Washington D.C.

Next, mental illness. Is a bi-polar character like Carrie on Homeland a sign that the stigma is lifting? Joining us via Skype Dr. Bernice Pescosolidos, distinguished professor of sociology at Indiana University. She’s also chair of the advisory council for a new nonprofit, “Bring Change 2 Mind,” which actress, Glenn Close, co-founded to help end the stigma around mental illness. In studio, Deniece Chi David: parent-advocate from the New York city chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and, Catie Lazarus, comedian and writer.

Then, putting the ‘park’ back in Park Avenue. Joining us to discuss, SHoP Architects’ partner Vishaan Chakrabarti and SHoP principal Chris Sharples. You may have heard of shop in the news lately… they were also behind Brooklyn's Barclay's Arena.

Finally, a teen whose good idea led to a more beautiful St. Louis. Now local artists have painted trash dumpsters in a hundred different ways, and because they are trucked around the city all the time, it’s like there’s an ongoing traveling art show. This all happened because teenager Jacob Schmidt was taking out the trash one day. He joins us via Skype from St. Louis to tell us his story.

Guest List

Spencer Ackerman Senior Writer, Wired

Vishaan Chakrabarti Principal, SHoP Architects

Deniece Chi David Advocate and Trainer, National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro)

Catie Lazarus Writer and Comedian, Host,

Ph.D. Bernice Pescosolido Distinguished Professor, Sociology, Indiana University, Director, Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research

Jacob Schmidt Senior, Metro Academic & Classical High School, St. Louis MO

Christopher Sharples Principal, SHoP Architects

Madiha R. Tahir Independent Journalist,, Co-editor, Dispatches from Pakistan