02 March 2009

Lessons in Psychiatry-- Airs March 9

How do we care for the mentally ill? And do we ever really know what it is they need? We devote a half hour to exploring those questions and hearing stories about the trials and triumphs of mental health treatment.
First, "Inside the Glore:" A visit to one of America's most bizarre museums, the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, MO. This documentary, from producer Michael Paul Mason, is a vivid look into the history of psychiatric treatment. And after all the restraint cages and tranquilizer chairs and other disturbing contraptions, the question remains: have we really come so far, or is mental illness still an illusive world that we'll never quite know what to do with?
Next, "The Education of Sarah Brodie:" Sarah is an art therapist who wants to help Adele Lerner cope with living in a nursing home. But ultimately, it is Adele who teaches Sarah about making connections and putting up boundaries. The piece is from producers Jessica Brando and Neil Sandell.

Tune in on March 9 at 7 pm, 90.3 fm Minneapolis and 106.7 fm St. Paul, or stream online at kfai.org.

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