BONUS EPISODE: Real-Life Wonder Woman: Clarice Kestenbaum, M.D.

Feb 04, 2018, 07:15 PM

We're still in hibernation mode and getting ready for Season 2. But halfway to spring, we are bringing out a very special bonus episode, just in time for Imbolc, the festival of newborns and the future! 

This is the podcast's first interview. Dr. Clarice Kestenbaum was recently introduced to the country as David Letterman's psychiatrist; she was featured at the Kennedy Center ceremony when he was given the Mark Twain Prize in American Humor. But I know Dr. Kestenbaum as Glinda the Good, her nickname as training director in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University. She held that position for more than 30 years, and it is now named after her. She is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia and the co-founder of CARING, a non-profit organization that brings together arts and mental health for school children in New York City and around the world.   

We talk about fairy tales and myths, Freud and anti-Semitism, growing up in LA in the 1940s, and Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo movement. She brings her inimical wit and wisdom to all these topics and gives us thoughts to live by.