Healing Trauma

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March 31, 2018

As terrible as it sounds, most of us will go through something traumatic at some point in our lives. The experience can be deeply isolating and crushing, but it doesn't have to be. Today, researchers are discovering new ways to help people recover. This hour, we explore how to cope with and learn from trauma.

This episode is an updated re-airing of a program that originally ran on July 5, 2015.

Man alone in a tunnel

David Morris spent three years reporting in Iraq before an improvised explosive device forced him to return home. The attack haunted him, and kicked off a bout with PTSD that would take years to recover from. 

In the shadows, reflecting on violence.

In 2011, Mac McClelland was reporting on reconstruction in Haiti when she witnessed another woman's traumatic flashback. Just seeing the horror in that woman's face was enough to traumatize Mac.

reflecting on a bus

Journalist Jim Rendon tells producer Rehman Tungekar that resilence in the face of trauma is actually quite common.

Touching glass in a rainstorm

Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is studying the healing power of helping people with post traumatic stress disorder focus less on telling their stories, and more on how their stories feel — how they sound, look, or smell.

"Stories I Tell Myself" book cover

Juan Thompson was 41 when his father committed suicide. But for him, the grieving process had an extra layer of complication, because his dad was the acclaimed writer and gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson.

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Show Details 📻
July 05, 2015
September 09, 2017
March 31, 2018

David Morris

Writer and Former Marine Infantry Officer

Mac McClelland


Jim Rendon


Bessel van der Kolk

Stress and Trauma Expert

Juan Thompson

Last modified: 
March 30, 2018