Commonwealth Club of California Podcast
About This Show
The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum. As a non-partisan forum, The Club brings to the public airwaves diverse viewpoints on important topics. The Club's weekly radio broadcast - the oldest in the U.S., dating back to 1924 - is carried across the nation on public radio stations and is now podcasting. Our website archive features audio of our recent programs, as well as selected speeches from our long and distinguished history. This podcast feed is usually updated twice a week and is always un-edited.
Most Recent Episode
A Neurologist's Insightful and Compassionate Look into the Misunderstood World of Psychosomatic Disorders
6 days ago
It's happened to all of us: our cheeks flush red when we say the wrong thing, or our hearts skip a beat when a certain someone walks by. But few of us realize how much more dramatic and extreme our bodies' reactions to emotions can be. Many people who see their doctors have medically unexplained symptoms, and in the vast majority of these cases, a psychosomatic cause is suspected. And yet the diagnosis of a psychosomatic disorder can make a patient feel dismissed as a hypochondriac, a faker or just plain crazy.
In Is It All in Your Head?, neurologist Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan takes us on a journey through the world of psychosomatic illness, where we meet patients such as Rachel, a promising young dancer now housebound by chronic fatigue syndrome, and Mary, whose memory loss may be her mind's way of protecting her from remembering her husband's abuse. O'Sullivan reveals the hidden stresses behind their mysterious symptoms, approaching a sensitive topic with patience and understanding. She addresses the taboos surrounding psychosomatic disorders, teaching us that "it's all in your head" doesn't mean that something isn't real, as the body is often the stand-in for the mind when the latter doesn't possess the tools to put words to its sorrow. She encourages us to look with compassion at the ways in which our brains act out, and to question our failure to credit the intimate connection between mind and body.
Rated 5 out of
I miss California!
I have been listening to the Commonwealth Club on and off for many years. Now that I have Stitcher, I can store them in "Listen Later" and have a feast. Always intellectually stimulating. Wonderful guests and great questions from the audience.
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 5 out of
Informative and Thought-Provoking
My top 3 from this year: George Shultz: Achieving a Better Future for the U.S. and the World (7/23/13), Sir Ken Robinson: Revolutionizing You (6/19/13) and Jeremy Scahill’s War on War (5/9/13)
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 4 out of
Love to listen to the knowledgeable comments and views about interesting topics. Thought-provoking! Keep yourself informed and open to ideas.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 5 out of
One of life's highlights
Date published: 2013-11-27