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THE ARKHAM SESSIONS, by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a podcast dedicated to the observation and clinical analysis of the characters in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

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THE ARKHAM SESSIONS, by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a podcast dedicated to the observation and clinical analysis of the characters in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

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By quickineedanixkname - Apr 12 2019
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My 2 fav things physiology and Batman

Interesting

By Angkattel - Jul 18 2017
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A great listen. I fear the day when they run out of Batman TAS material to analyze.

iTunes Ratings

150 Ratings
Average Ratings
137
7
2
1
3

Hio

By quickineedanixkname - Apr 12 2019
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My 2 fav things physiology and Batman

Interesting

By Angkattel - Jul 18 2017
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A great listen. I fear the day when they run out of Batman TAS material to analyze.
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The Arkham Sessions

Latest release on Jan 10, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 133 "Batman: Hush"

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There's a sinister new presence in Gotham. He has a grudge and... he appears to know Batman's alter ego. But how? It's a mystery that must be solved, before Bruce Wayne's world comes crashing down. It's the animated adaptation of one of the most popular Batman stories ever told and we're analyzing it--and the original book--on this episode!

Oct 01 2019

1hr 46mins

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Rank #2: Episode 88 "The Killing Joke"

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This one's a doozy and one we've all been waiting for. Love it or hate it, The Killing Joke is one of the most influential and consequential books ever written about Batman and his arch-nemesis, The Joker. The animated adaptation is equally controversial, for some of the same reasons, as well as some different reasons altogether; including a passionate relationship between Batman and his protege, Batgirl. Dr. Andrea Letamendi discusses this story, its characters and what we can learn about having "one bad day" in this very special episode!

Aug 05 2016

1hr 37mins

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Rank #3: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 27 "Mad as a Hatter"

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How far would you go to earn the affection of someone you love? Send them a roomful of gifts? Surprise them at their doorstep? Advance the science of neurotechnology to a whole new level by developing mind-controlling head accessories? In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we explore the delusions and dangers of obsessive, unrequited love as only personified by the Mad Hatter.

The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of Stalking In ‘Batman: Mad As A Hatter’
by Dr. Andrea Letamendi July 15, 2014 8:00 PM

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How far would you go to earn the affection of someone you love? Send them a roomful of gifts? Surprise them at their doorstep? Advance the science of neurotechnology to a whole new level by developing mind-controlling head accessories?

Read More: Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of Stalking In 'Batman' | http://comicsalliance.com/the-arkham-sessions-psychology-stalking-batman-animated-series-mad-hatter/?trackback=tsmclip

Jul 17 2014

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Rank #4: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 33 "Robin's Reckoning, Part 1"

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On this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we take a look at just how similar the Batman and Robin are, psychologically speaking. It's the highly-acclaimed, Emmy-winning episode of Batman: The Animated Series, "Robin's Reckoning, Part 1," in which we investigate the death of Robin's family and how he ultimately joined forces with Batman. How's he coping now? Take a listen to find out!

This week, we discuss the highly acclaimed, Emmy-winning episode of Batman: The Animated Series, “Robin’s Reckoning.” We cover Part 1, in which we’re shown Robin’s origin story. We discover who killed Robin’s family and how he joined forces with Batman.Read More: How Psychologically Similar Are Batman And Robin? | http://comicsalliance.com/arkham-sessions-robins-reckoning-part-one-psychology-trauma/?trackback=tsmclip

Aug 28 2014

44mins

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Rank #5: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 72 "Harlequinade"

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It's another amazing Harley-centric episode! But, as always, it comes with its own controversy surrounding Harley's unhealthy relationship with the Joker. Our analysis focuses not just on the cycle of violence in their relationship, previously mentioned in "Harley & Ivy," but also Harley's costume as a big part of her identity, Batman's own ability to to think like the Joker, and more! Plus, we experiment with live questions via Periscope!

Oct 27 2015

1hr 4mins

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Rank #6: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 29 "Eternal Youth"

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In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we delve deeper into Poison Ivy's psychology by exploring her predilection for plants and her fanatic, destructive level of devotion to protect them.

Aug 08 2014

1hr 3mins

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Rank #7: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 30 "Perchance to Dream"

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In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the fascinating neuroscience of dreams and the growing research supporting our ability to control our own actions within them!

In our analysis, we discuss the fascinating neuroscience of dreams and the growing research supporting our ability to control our actions in dreams. Furthermore, by raising the scenario of being “plugged into a dream machine,” this episode dares us to contemplate the importance of an existence in which we have free will, motivation, and actual contact with an unfiltered reality. Before The MatrixThe Nexus, and Inception, there was Batman: The Animated Series.Read More: The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology & Science Of Dreaming | http://comicsalliance.com/the-arkham-sessions-the-psychology-science-of-dreaming-in-batman-perchance-to-dream/?trackback=tsmclip

Aug 15 2014

1hr 19mins

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Rank #8: Episode 114 "The Arkham Video Games, Pt. 1"

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You asked for it! In the first of our two-part fourth anniversary celebration, we explore Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum; including some of the games' clinical treatments and therapeutic approaches, and we break down the palpable, intense relationship between Batman and the Joker. We also offer our own reactions to the portrayals of mental health in this video game popular video game franchise. Though highly entertaining, beautifully designed and rich with psychological representations, the Arkham  video game series remains a problematic cornerstone in our pop culture because of its disservice to the mental health field. Find out why.

Feb 02 2018

1hr 35mins

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Rank #9: Episode 121 "Mad Love"

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It's the episode many have been waiting for! "Mad Love" introduces us to the origin of Harley Quinn, formerly known as Harleen Quinzel. And Drea has a TON to say about this tale, so buckle up and settle in for this extra-long, extra-special eagerly anticipated episode of The Arkham Sessions!

Sep 08 2018

1hr 54mins

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Rank #10: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 74 "Batman Returns"

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It's our second anniversary and we're celebrating with a look at Tim Burton's sequel to 1989's blockbuster, Batman. In this episode we're introduced to the villains Penguin and Max Shreck and anti-heroine Catwoman. The underdogs rise to the top and make for some perfect psychological analysis!

Dec 17 2015

1hr 25mins

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Rank #11: Episode 127 "BTAS Wrap-Up"

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It's the end of an era. Now that we've seen all of Batman: The Animated Series, including The Adventures of Batman & Robin and The New Batman Adventures, we're answering the questions you've submitted and revisiting some of our favorite rogues, heroes and moments from the show. We'll also tell you where the podcast is going next!

Mar 09 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #12: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 76 "Bane"

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It's our first look at one of the most iconic villains in Batman history, Bane. He's the man who broke the Bat in the comics. Will he get the chance to repeat in the animated series? Find out if Killer Croc has made progress with social skills and how Bane uses his special purpose!

Jan 23 2016

51mins

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Rank #13: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 57 "Harley and Ivy"

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Why do we stay with people who hurt us? Why are so-called "toxic" relationships sometimes the hardest ones to leave? And what can we do when those relationships become too dangerous for our psychological or physical well-being? In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we spend some time reviewing one of the most psychologically relevant episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, "Harley and Ivy."

May 26 2015

1hr 28mins

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Rank #14: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 23 "Fear of Victory"

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The menacing, sadistic villain Scarecrow escapes from Arkham Asylum and targets all of Gotham's star athletes. But Scarecrow's fear-inducing crimes are actually not the highlight of this episode. Rather, it's the sudden onset of Robin's panic attacks, his struggle to overcome his fears and Batman's surprising expertise in anxiety treatment that take center ring in this satifying episode!

Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.

Read More: The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology Of 'Fear Of Victory' | http://comicsalliance.com/arkham-sessions-fear-of-victory-podcast/?trackback=tsmclip

Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.

Read More: The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology Of 'Fear Of Victory' | http://comicsalliance.com/arkham-sessions-fear-of-victory-podcast/?trackback=tsmclip

Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.

Read More: The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology Of 'Fear Of Victory' | http://comicsalliance.com/arkham-sessions-fear-of-victory-podcast/?trackback=tsmclip

Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.

Read More: The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology Of 'Fear Of Victory' | http://comicsalliance.com/arkham-sessions-fear-of-victory-podcast/?trackback=tsmclip

Jun 20 2014

47mins

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Rank #15: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 68 "Trial"

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The Batman is put on trial by the Rogues Gallery. His charge: the very creation of the Rogues themselves! And his defense attorney is none other that Janet Van Dorn, the prosecutor that believes Batman should be imprisoned with the lot of them! Does her opinion change during his defense? And would it, if she really had to defend Batman in a court of law? Dr. Andrea Letamendi will tell you why or why not in "Trial!"

Sep 25 2015

51mins

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Rank #16: Episode 91 "Live: The Psychology of Harley Quinn with Jimmy Palmiotti"

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Arguably, she's a character who's become so popular that she's overcome her attachment to Gotham City and Batman lore. Join us, as we discuss Harley Quinn's origin, her popularity, her desire to be paired with others, that controversial relationship with the Joker and much more. Live from Long Beach Comic Con, it's our analysis of Harley Quinn with writer Jimmy Palmiotti!

Sep 29 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #17: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 25 "The Clock King"

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It's about time! The Arkham Sessions returns to the analysis of Batman: The Animated Series with a classic favorite, "The Clock King." The title villain is a seemingly harmless, time-obsessed efficiency expert who learns the unfortunate lession that one small change in his schedule can turn him into a vengeful killer. The show delves into the traits and states of people who are obsessive-compulsive and has us asking if rigidity and extreme order can actually cause more harm than good.

The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of O.C.D. In ‘Batman: The Clock King’
by Dr. Andrea Letamendi July 1, 2014 9:56 PM

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It’s about time! The Arkham Sessions returns to the analysis of every episode of Batman: The Animated Series with a classic favorite, “The Clock King.” The title villain is a seemingly harmless, time-obsessed efficiency expert who learns the unfortunate lesson that one small change in his schedule can turn him into a vengeful killer. Of course, Batman won’t let him get away with demolishing trains, overriding the city’s traffic controls, and strapping Gotham’s mayor to the top of the clock tower. With some insight from the episode’s writer, the show delves into the traits and states of people who are obsessive-compulsive. The psychologically satisfying episode has us asking if rigidity and extreme order can actually cause more harm than good.

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The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of O.C.D. In ‘Batman: The Clock King’
by Dr. Andrea Letamendi July 1, 2014 9:56 PM

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It’s about time! The Arkham Sessions returns to the analysis of every episode of Batman: The Animated Series with a classic favorite, “The Clock King.” The title villain is a seemingly harmless, time-obsessed efficiency expert who learns the unfortunate lesson that one small change in his schedule can turn him into a vengeful killer. Of course, Batman won’t let him get away with demolishing trains, overriding the city’s traffic controls, and strapping Gotham’s mayor to the top of the clock tower. With some insight from the episode’s writer, the show delves into the traits and states of people who are obsessive-compulsive. The psychologically satisfying episode has us asking if rigidity and extreme order can actually cause more harm than good.

Read More: Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of O.C.D. In The Clock King | http://comicsalliance.com/the-arkham-sessions-the-psychology-of-o-c-d-in-batman-the-clock-king/?trackback=tsmclip

Jul 03 2014

37mins

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Rank #18: The Arkham Sessions, Episode 20 "Feat of Clay"

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You know the story. You start with an attractive, successful actor who finds a "supplement" that helps his career. The "miracle pharmaceutical" happens to have a permanent, insidious side effect. And horrifically, our friend turns into the monstrous villain CLAYFACE and tries to destroy Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the components of substance abuse disorders, vulnerability to addictions, and how traumatic experiences lead people to "self-medicate."

May 06 2014

39mins

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Rank #19: Episode 100 "The Lego Batman Movie"

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The show takes a momentary detour to celebrate our 100th episode by deconstructing the latest Batman film, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017). In this episode, we highlight some of the most compelling psychological themes present in the movie, including Batman's isolationism, his emotional dependency on The Joker, and his reluctance to connect with his newly adopted son, Robin (Dick Grayson). Overall, the film offers us so many essential and universal lessons in emotional growth, including what happens when we "protect" ourselves by being alone.  The film also normalizes and opens dialogue about the different ways we deal with personal loss and trauma. It's hard to believe it's "just a kid's LEGO movie."

Mar 23 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #20: Episode 3 "Nothing to Fear"

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What are phobias? How are they treated? And what is Batman really afraid of? (OK, that one is fairly obvious, we admit). The Arkham Sessions explores the theme of fear and anxiety through the mischief of another classic Gotham City villain, The Scarecrow, from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

Jan 24 2014

36mins

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