• 02:00

    Talk with Tenney: Electroshock: Informed Consent and Litigation Strategies

    in Current Events

    Debra Schwartzkopff, a shock survivor who successfully settled a psychiatric malpractice suit out of court will discuss her efforts which can be found on the ECT Justice! website at www.ectjustice.com. 
    There is also a wealth of information and resources about electroshock.  From www.ECTJustice.com:

    "Our goal is to gather information from other ECT survivors with the purpose of improving standards in the consent process if this form of treatment is to continue. It is also to provide resources and information around the use of ECT."

    This conversation will focus on potential legal actions people who have survived electroshock may take and we will continue to discuss concerns about informed consent for electroshock.

    Electroshock is torture. Electroshock is a crime against humanity.

    Call in to discuss informed consent, electroshock, and potential legal actions that you can take! 9-11 PM Eastern (267)521-0167

  • 01:59

    MadU with hosts Sarah Knutson and Lauren Tenney

    in Current Events

    This week on Mad U: Mad About U!  This show is about you -  What are your favorite classics in the mad movement? What are the 'must reads' for this show? What are the hot topics to address?  What authors and movement leaders should 'everyone' know about?  How should we go about the show?  What's the best way to engage the material and create a lively discussion?  How would you like to participate?  What's the best way to learn from others?  To share what you know?

    Electroshock - Guest appearance by George Ebert who will talk about the upcoming protest on May 16 and read some of his writings.  

    Bonus current events topic: Why pilots crash planes.  Bring your lived experience and what you've read about the crash.  We'll pull from our pot of  'mad wisdom' and make sense of it together.

    Some authors/ topics for future shows:  Leonard Frank/; Linda Andre (Electroshock); Robert Whitaker (Anatomy of An Epidemic), Redefining Mental Illness (TM Luhrman), Understanding Psychosis & Schizophrenia, Hearing Voices Movement, Intentional Peer Support (Shery Mead), Recovery Values (Shery Mead/ Mary Ellen Copeland) Defining Peer Roles (Western Mass RLC); Declaration of Principles (Tenth Annual Conference); Ron Bassman (being psychiatrized); Tina Minkowitz (ending force and coercion), Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Pat Deegan (Spirit Breaking); Focault (Madness & Civilization); Goffman (Total Institutions), Thomas Szasz (Psychiatric Slavery/ Therapeutic State); William Miller (Rediscovering Fire/ empathy vs. coercion); Insane Manifesto;
    Mad In America (articles and blogs); Radical Psychiatry Manifesto

  • 01:16

    America's elderly: drugging, shock treatments and other abuses in the system

    in Family

    Join us as Bruce Wiseman,  U.S. President of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, talks with us this evening about the hidden abuse of America's elderly as they fall prey to a system used to exploit, experiment and abuse them.  Drugging with psychotropic drugs, chemical restraints and electroshock await those who do not submit voluntarily to forced isolation, and the theft of their assets.  The elderly are also used for experimentation with vaccines, drugs and untested therapies.  This could happen to your mom, your dad or ......you. 

    Bruce Wiseman

    Bruce Wiseman is the U.S. President of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. He has testified before bodies of both houses of the United States Congress, as well as state legislative and judicial bodies in Colorado, Arkansas, New Jersey, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Florida.  He has also testified before the Food and Drug Administration; the President's Commission on Mental Health; the President's Commission to Reform Special Education; and the National Institute of Mental Health’s Consensus Conference on ADHD. He has made more than 800 radio and television appearances including CNN, Fox National News, NBC's Dateline and The Montel Williams show, and has been quoted in print media across the country, including The New York Times. He has a Master’s Degree, Summa Cum Laude, in American History from the California State University at San Jose, and is the former Chairman of the Department of History of John F. Kennedy University.  Mr. Wiseman is the author of the compelling book, Psychiatry: The Ultimate Betrayal and for five years hosted the acclaimed, nationally syndicated radio show, Take America Back.

  • 01:03

    Forced Electroshock & FDA: MindFreedom Radio

    in Psychology

    Hear survivors of forced OUTPATIENT electroshock. Elizabeth Ellis, 67, is court ordered to report for involuntary electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) over her wishes. Joining her is Ray Sandford who won his own campaign against forced electroshock. Also hear from electroshock survivors Dorothy Dundas and Loretta Wilson who testified at last month's hearing by FDA about whether to finally start regulating the ECT device after 70 years of use in the USA. Joined by psychologist John Breeding who also testified, hear about their victory: The FDA panel voted to require testing of the ECT device. Special host: Celia Brown, MFI board president, along with YOUR live calls.

  • 01:57

    Talk with Tenney: A Conversation with Kathie Cascio

    in Current Events

    Kathie Cascio, a survivor of the psychiatric industry and human rights activist is passionate about the Movement.  Kathie has been involved with WE THE PEOPLE In Remembrance of Esmin Green who was murdered-by-neglect at Kings County Hospital Center Psychiatric Emergency Room, June 19, 2008; psychOUT: A Conference for Organizing Resistnace Against Psychiatry; Bastille Day demonstrations and vigils to speak out agains psychiatric oppression and celebrate the human spirit. 

    Kathie is a survivor of elctroshock, and is totally against the use of ECT, shock, and all forms of forced treatment.  Join us to talk about how our movement can thrive, end the use of electroshock and all forced psychiatry.

  • 01:30

    The Rainbow Asylum : Episode 55 | Felony Douchebaggery

    in Pop Culture

    Faint sounds coming from the Sound Gimp's closet as the Nurse wonders whether her bra needs to match her panties for a day in court. Always the fashion star, Miss Furr steps in looking vivacious to induct the latest Concrete Carpet as the Lab menacingly tinkers with a new electroshock device.

    Please like our Facebook page, The Rainbow Asylum!!

  • Talk with Tenney

    in Current Events

    Jim Gottstein grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.  After graduating from West Anchorage High School in 1971, he attended the University of Oregon and graduated with honors (BS, Finance) in 1974.  From there he attended Harvard Law School graduating in 1978 with a J.D. degree.  Mr. Gottstein's career has evolved from emphasizing business matters and public land law, with mental health representation and advocacy as an adjunct, to increasing emphasis on mental health advocacy and representation.

    Since late 2002, Mr. Gottstein has devoted the bulk of his time pro bono to the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) whose mission is to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock across the United States. Starting, in 2004, Jim has made addressing the alarming and horrific increase in the psychiatric drugging of children and youth a high priority.

    For more information on Jim's work please see www.psychrights.org

  • 01:24

    Author, Andy Behrman: Electroboy (Bipolar & Mental Illness)

    in Self Help

    For years Andy hid his raging mania under a larger-than-life personality. He sought a high wherever he could find one, and changed jobs as some people change outfits -- filmmaker, art dealer, hustler; whatever made him feel like a cartoon character, invincible and bright. Electroboy is about living life at breakneck speed. Andy hopped on flights from New York to Tokyo and Paris at a moment's notice, spent $25,000 without a bit of thought on a huge shopping spree and stayed awake nights exploring the underworld of nightlife in Manhattan or whatever city he happened to be visiting, in search of the perfect high. But when Andy turned to art forgery, he found himself the subject of a scandal lapped up by the New York media, then in jail, then under house arrest. And for once he didn't have a ready escape hatch from his unraveling life.  Andy was misdiagnosed by more than eight doctors and even when he was finally diagnosed with this chronic illness, he was treated unsuccessfully with any regimen of medication. Ingesting handfuls of antidepressants and tranquilizers, he felt his mind lose traction. With no hope of his condition stabilizing, he turned to the last resort: electroshock therapy also known as electroconvulsive therapy (or ECT). Andy underwent nineteen electroshock treatments over the course of about a year and a half.  Electroboy is currently being made into a major motion picture. Not only is Andy working on a sequel to Electroboy, but he is also writing a self-help book for sufferers of depression and bipolar disorder. Please visit his official website for full bio and more information: http://www.electroboy.com

    Andy joins us to discuss his book, his future projects, his own story and take callers who live with bipolar and depression.  Feel free to call in even if it's anonymous.

  • 01:38

    Electroshock Survivors on Next Mad Pride Radio Hour

    in Psychology

    Special guests will be electroshock survivors Leonard Roy Frank, Mary Maddock, Loretta Wilson and Ray Sandford. Electroshock, also known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) runs electricity through the brain, and it's on the increase. The US government is having a hearing this month about whether to regulate the procedure. Our guests are the cutting edge of changing the mental health system, winning human rights in psychiatry, creating a range of more humane alternatives in mental health care. Host is psychiatric survivor David Oaks, who is director of MindFreedom. Special 90 minute show!

  • 02:01

    Talk with Tenney: A Conversation with Dr. Bonnie Burstow

    in Current Events

    On June 26, 2014 from 8 - 10 PM Eastern, tune in to the Talk with Tenney show for a lively conversation shining light on psychiatry and efforts to resist against it, in Canada and across the world. Dr. Bonnie Burstow's work over the years on exposing the abuse and torture people -- particularly women --have endured at the hands of psychiatry is expansive, and dates back decades. Her work on exposing electroshock as a crime against humanity needs attention. You can call in (267) 521 - 0167 to discuss the fight against psychiatry, the battle in academia, being silenced and obstructed, and strategic activism. Different efforts Dr. Burstow has been involved in including Psychiatry Disrupted, Psychiatry Interrogated, and Psychiatry and the Business of Madness will be at hand.

    Dr. Bonnie Burstow is a faculty member at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto and a very long time antipsychiatry activist (approximately 35 years) .  She is also a feminist therapist, a prison abolitionist, a left wing anarchist, and a prolific author. Examples of organizations and events which she has chaired over the years include: the Ontario Coalition Against Electroshock, Resistance Against Psychiatry, Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault, and the first PsychOut Conference.  Examples of her publications are  Radical Feminist Therapy: Working in the Context of Violence, Shrink Resistant (co-edited with Don Weitz); A Rose By Any Other Name: Naming and the Battle Against Psychiatry (in Mad Matters) and the much anticipated, soon to be released anthology of which she is first editor, Psychiatry Disrupted.  (McGill/Queen's University Press).


  • 01:57

    Talk with Tenney: Open Lines Your Call

    in Current Events

    What do you want to talk about?  You don't have to be mad to call in . . . But, it helps! (267)521-0167

    Blackballed? Shunned? Not credible? Deemed mad, insane, or worse? Stories from what it was like in the early days of this civil rights movement? The 60s, 70s, 80s? Alternatives you are involved with? Good books you have read? Legislation you are working for or against? Involuntary Outpatient Commitment?  What do you want to talk about? The Human Rights Movement? Torture, Abuse, Psychiatric Genocide? Pharmaceutical Industries? Veterans? Children? Elders? Electroshock? Drugs? Freedoms? Spirituality? Love? Relationships? The show is as good as you help make it! 

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