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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Anxiety

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In this hour, we look at anxiety and mental illness, the globalization of the American psyche. Patricia Pearson is the author of A Brief History of Anxiety...Yours and Mine. She tells Anne Strainchamps why she thinks Americans are so anxious.

Next, Ethan Watters has just written a book called Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche. He argues that American versions of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders are spreading around the world. He tells Steve Paulson that American has a big influence on how people perceive mental illness.

Then, Tufts Medical School psychiatrist Daniel Carlat believes psychiatry is in crisis. He tells Steve Paulson about his book Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry – A Doctor's Revelations about a Profession in Crisis.

Finally, Brian Kane teaches Music Theory at Yale, and is fascinated by the role that sound plays in Franz Kafka's fiction. He tells Jim Fleming about a presentation he gave last year at Columbia. It was all about "acousmatic sound." [Broadcast Date: June 22, 2011]

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