Tag Archives: Dr. Joseph H. Baskin

Jailhouse Psychiatry During Covid-19. The Story of Coffeeland

Cuyahoga County Jail

As the concerned amongst us continue to practice self-isolation there are those who deliberately thumb their nose at directives to go about our lives safely – then, there are those who have no choice – they are incarcerated. Worse still, many suffer from mental illness. Dr. Joseph Baskin, staff psychiatrist with MetroHealth in Cleveland and an assistant professor with Case Western Reserve University works as psychiatrist at the Cuyahoga County Jail. His work under relatively normal times means doing his best to advocate both for the individual and society at large; not interfering with justice, but providing insight and support when possible. Dr. Baskin explains treating mental illness is the last safety net. Many of his patients don’t have insight, they don’t think they are mentally ill and a judge is a final authority they will understand. He compassionately treats antisocial personality, high rates of trauma and ADHD. In his work, he tasked with managing behavior. With Covid-19 in full effect, the doctor’s work is made all the more stressful and, he has to continually be aware of and monitor his own well-being. Dr. Baskin shares his thoughts and gives critical insights to his work with people who are unable to willingly self-isolate.

What do you know about coffee? A wonderful new book will change how you look at – or taste coffee again. Augustine Sedgewick takes us on an extraordinary adventure of discovery, revealing details and history, even the most ardent coffee lover will be surprised by. In Coffeeland – One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug the learned Augustine Sedgewick has brilliantly chronicled the most consequential revolution by telling the global history of one family. His book is both innovative and factual as he effortlessly untangles the routes that carried coffee from the slopes of El Salvador to the shelves of US supermarkets. Augustine exposes a realm of ruthless entrepreneurs, hardworking laborers, laboratory chemists, and guerrilla fighters. Plus, he is a wonderful and enthusiastic guest. 

Show #369

The Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show 2018

      

      

      

        

      

    

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when we reach out to a selection of guests who have made important contributions to our show and request they select three books and one non-book gift for The Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show. This year our guests are,  Miriam Seidel’s, fantasy-fiction writer who caught our attention with her debut novel, The Speed Of Clouds, where she delved into the lives of sci-fi fans and their passion for imagined worlds. Long-time contributor to the program and noted creative director, Robert Newman returns with his gift choices. We asked psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Joseph H. Baskin to contribute his suggestions for holiday gifts. Best-selling author, commentator, screenwriter, cultural observer, and friend of the show, Mark Haskell Smith gives his well-considered input. A new singer-songwriter from London, Arlo Parks with the brilliant debut single, Cola, joins in and for the first time, Life Elsewhere host, Norman B shares his thoughts on gifts. Above, are all of the books selected by our smart, clever, talented guests. Can you unravel which guest selected which three books? It’s a lot harder than you may think. And, who selected for their non-book gift a potted bonsai tree? All will be revealed on our next edition, make sure you don’t miss it. All the broadcast, streaming and Podcast options are listed below. Happy Holidays!

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Show #304

Two Experts On Two Important Topics

 

 

Your Medical Data & The Dark Web.

In a recent article for Global Research, Dr. Binoy Kampmark warns of nefarious use of our medical data on the dark web. He writes, Patient profiles can be built, with credentials mustered for reasons of impersonation to obtain health services.  Medical equipment and drugs can be duly purchased, and claims with insurers lodged.  That prospect is somewhat bleaker than one whose credit card details have been pinched; the bank, at the very least, might be able to put a halt on transactions with immediate effect.” Dr. Binoy joins the program to explain and he also gives his take on the banning of Alex Jones from social media. Dr. Binoy Kampmark lectures at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere, Global Research and Counterpunch.

Suicide in the age of Trump.

There can be no doubt, Mr. Trump and his administration have been splendid fodder for caricaturists, satirists, and of course, comedians…especially late-night talk show hosts. Yet, as the months have passed the tenor has changed. The jaunty, chuckle-a-minute rimshot-punctuated comedy has given way to a darker tone. Late-night talk show hosts are giving serious commentaries. Meanwhile, over on cable news, the countless vignettes of pundits blabber endlessly about doom and gloom. As for social media, no matter what side of the imaginary aisle you prefer, it’s one rant after another. Good news has never been as popular as a headline of tragedy and mayhem, but in today’s world, good news is someone else’s bad news. Is all this dour information blasted 24/7 taken its toll on us? Are we reacting more despondently? Is suicide more prevalent in the age of Trump? To discuss this concern, we welcome to the program, Dr. Joseph H. Baskin,  staff psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also the author of fiction, details here.

Also in the show, new music from m1nk. A name that may not roll off the tongue immediately or be too familiar. We think m1nk (pronounced ‘em one en kay’) deserve your attention with their new single, The Far Side. Barry Smith (aka The Inconsistent Jukebox) from Wakefield in the UK and Erika Bach (aka Lola Demo) from Ithaca, Greece are m1nk. Their music could be described as dark, gothic and sexually charged, about lust, disappointment and dangerous encounters. The new video for their single may help you understand a little more about m1nk. Plus, excellent new music continues to come our way from Melbourne, Australia. Stellar producer, Christopher Port is a fine example, his Everything In Quotes “Light” EP has been on repeat play at Life Elsewhere tower in the last couple of weeks. This is a perfect example of a new wave of producers using samples to full effect.

The Podcast is available at NPR One & iTunes

Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3
Sundays 10.00am ET at WNRM The Root
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network
Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On-Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Sundays 11.00am ET at WNRM The Root
Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on IRN
Cornucopia Radio airs Life Elsewhere Music throughout each week

You can hear all the volumes over at Mixcloud

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