Trauma and Healing

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Friday, July 02, 2010

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We’re replaying some of our favorite interviews of the past few months. First, psychologist Susan Clancy talks about her book The Trauma Myth, which has stirred up quite a firestorm because of her complex take on sexual abuse. Then, Paula Butturini discusses the challenges her marriage faced after her husband was shot and nearly killed by sniper fire while he was reporting in Romania. Then, John Banville discusses his new novel The Infinities, about the lives of the Greek Gods. Plus, journalist Jeff Biggers discusses the environmental—and human—costs of strip mining.

Susan Clancy on the Trauma Myth

Psychologist Dr. Susan Clancy reports on years of research and argues that it’s not sexual abuse itself that causes trauma but rather the narrative that is imposed on the abuse experience. In her controversial new book The Trauma Myth: The Truth about the Sexual Abuse of Children—and Its Aftermath she explains that survivors are often victimized not only by their abusers but also by the industry dedicated to helping them.

The Trauma Myth

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Love, Food, and Healing in Italy

Paula Butturini talks about the healing powers of sharing of food around the family table. After her husband John was shot and nearly killed by sniper fire while reporting on an uprising in Romania, the recovery process was complicated and difficult. She writes about it in Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy .


John Banville's The Infinities

Novelist John Banville talks about latest book, The Infinities. It tells the story of a family that gathers together as the patriarch is dying. But the family is not alone—they’re joined by some mischievous immortals: Zeus, Pan, and Hermes.


Reckoning at Eagle Creek

Cultural historian Jeff Biggers gives an account of how strip-mining has destroyed his family’s nearly 200-year-old hillside homestead in southern Illinois. In Reckoning at Eagle Creek, he chronicles the legacy of coal outside of Appalachia.


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