Archive for June 2020

What do we know about schizophrenia? What do we know about the lived experience of those who suffer from it? Should we treat them as sick weak people, or as people with their own abilities and ways of viewing the world? We have a very special guest on this episode, David Israel Cohen, a schizophrenic who break down with Gil Kidron the movie A Beautiful Mind (2001) with Russel Crowe, depicting the life of schizophrenic math legend, Nobel Laureate John Nash, the Father of Game Theory.

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Disney movies have a surprising number of characters who are coming out of some sort of lockdown, after going through voluntary or, more often, involuntary social isolation. In this episode, therapist Noga Ariel Galor and Gil Kidron explore the different kinds of exit strategies and challenges, as depicted in movies such as Frozen, Tangled, Moana, The Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Up, The Little Mermaid, Mulan and more. What are the difficulties, the pitfalls, the opportunities, and straight-up dangers?

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We re-tell the story of 20th century Paris through four movies from different time periods that represent the evolution of the French capital in the 20th century. Moulin Rouge (1998) takes us back to the bohemian wave of 1900 (La Belle Epoque); Midnight in Paris (2012) hearkens back to the Roaring Twenties (Les Annes Folles) when post-WWI Paris was a Mecca for artists from around the world; we then leap over WWII and the fall from grace as the US ascended to dominance, to get to Amelie (1997), a French fascist movie masquerading as a rom-com, and we end with the hit drama La Haine (1995) and its intense portrayal of the downtrodden minorities that live around The City of Light but were never part of its story. Does Paris live up to its hype? Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos disagree.

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Police brutality has been on display in the United States since George Floyd's murder became an international story, but the problem with policing is, unfortunately, a global phenomenon. In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos explore five movies (three Americans, one French and one Israeli) to better understand what kind of system has been put in place that produces the same result, over and over again in so many places. The movies are: Do The Right Thing (1989), La Haine (1995), Crash (2004), Ajami (2009) and Fruitvale Station (2013).

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The Corona pandemic seems to be on its way out of our lives, at least for now, so it's a good opportunity to go over the mistakes, bungled models and government policies that turned the global effort against the virus to be less than stellar. Dr Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron again to break down the scientific angles of the virus.

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