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Why Criminals Behave the Way They Do (click on title to listen to program, please)

Date:1968-11-19
Length: 59:11 minutes:seconds
Del Shields, (Host) ; James Brussel , (Guest)
Dr. James A. Brussel (1905-1982) was a psychiatrist, criminologist, and assistant commissioner in the State Department of Mental Hygiene for New York City. He was involved in the cases of George Metesky, the ''Mad Bomber,'' and Albert H. DeSalvo, the ''Boston Strangler.'' He interviewed the suspects and testified at their trials. In these cases, he engaged in offender or criminal profiling. Offender profiling dates back to 1888 and the spree of Jack the Ripper, and efforts continue to improve the practice. One caller talks about his conviction and time in prison for crimes he did not commit. A woman wants to know what to do with misbehaving children. A man wants to know whether criminality is the result of nature or nurture; Brussel had no definitive answer. Brussel has sometimes been called "the Sherlock Holmes of the couch." He also wrote eight books, including "Casebook of a Crime Psychiatrist." Brussel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and its medical school, maintained a private practice in Manhattan for nearly 50 years, and served in the Army Medical Corps in World War II and the Korean War.
Topics: Crime; Criminal justice; Psychology; Radio programs
ID: NC0126

The Homosexual Problem (click on title to listen to program, please)

Date:1969-05-16
Length: 59:09 minutes:seconds
Bill Richards, (Host) ; Charles Socarides, (Guest)
Charles W. Socarides (1922-2005) was an American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, physician, educator, and author. He focused much of his career on the study of homosexuality, which he believed was an illness accompanied by severe anxiety and depression, that could be treated by psychotherapy. Socarides speaks of "overt, obligatory homosexuality" which he said affected 2.5 to 4 million American men, and probably a similar number of American women. He said male homosexuality typically develops in the first 18-36 months of life, during the "separation / individualization phase" - caused by a controlling mother who prevents her son from separating from her, and a weak or rejecting father who fails to serve as a role model for his son or support his efforts to escape from the mother. In response to a caller questions, he said homosexuals are a persecuted minority, suffering an illness and having no choice. He said he had cured homosexuals, but that homosexuals need to be treated only if they are unhappy with their condition; if they are happy, they have no need for treatment. A caller asked about two male poets in New York City having a sexual relationship; Socarides said there is nothing wrong with that -- it is a way for them to deal with their anxieties and seems to be successful. He didn't believe in gay marriage, but thought legal prohibitions to gay couples should be removed. Asked about concerns over a roommate situation, on gay and one straight, Socarides said there was little chance the gay roommate would try to assert his preferences on the straight roommate. One of Socarides's sons, Richard, is gay, was a policy consultant on LGBT issues for President Bill Clinton, and has been a commentator on CNN and a columnist at the New Yorker. He says his father never tried to cure him.
Topics: Civil rights; Gay rights; Homosexuality; Psychology; Radio programs
ID: NC0128