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Ignorance Was Bliss

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Mental Health
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Sometimes the only difference between us and them... is who gets a key. Almost anything can seem normal. Are you sure you really want to know?

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Sometimes the only difference between us and them... is who gets a key. Almost anything can seem normal. Are you sure you really want to know?

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Good conversations

By Citrus Sunshine - Sep 20 2019
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The conversations are always interesting and often helpful in understanding people and even myself.

Great Show

By Danielle Groulx - Feb 01 2019
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I love hearing a different perspective on things from an educated source.

iTunes Ratings

125 Ratings
Average Ratings
105
7
1
7
5

Good conversations

By Citrus Sunshine - Sep 20 2019
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The conversations are always interesting and often helpful in understanding people and even myself.

Great Show

By Danielle Groulx - Feb 01 2019
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I love hearing a different perspective on things from an educated source.

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Ignorance Was Bliss

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Sometimes the only difference between us and them... is who gets a key. Almost anything can seem normal. Are you sure you really want to know?

Rank #1: 064 -- Embrace the Weird -- History of Salem with Mike Brown

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When people hear that I live in Salem, they immediately think of Halloween. And most of them don't seem to understand why that sits a little uneasy with me.

I'm joined by one of my favorite storytellers ever, Mike Brown of the Pleasing Terrors podcast, who can help me make sense of why... 

Disclaimer: MAUL podcast
Promos: Nighttime and Play Comics
Sponsor: Bath By Bex (15% off with code CBDkate)

Oct 31 2018

2hr 7mins

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Rank #2: 088 -- Uncontrolled Darkness -- Schizoaffective Disorder -- with Sinead from Mens Rea

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Nobody wants a serious and persistent mental illness. Seriously, nobody. But if forced to choose, there are reasonably acceptable ones, and then there is that one really, really bad one. The worst: Schizoaffective Disorder. 

Sinead, from the Mens Rea podcast, returns to parse out the possibilities of what that’s like. 

Disclaimer: Mariticide 
Promos: Mysteries and Urban Legends and Voice of the Victim 
Sponsors: Sudio Sweden (code IWB for 15% off) and Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off) 
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast

Jan 04 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: 073 -- Distracting Your Brain -- Panic Disorder -- with Gerald from AnxZenity

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I've covered anxiety a few times already. I really, really wish that was enough... but it's not. Because there are too many stories, and perspectives, and experiences. 

So we keep talking, because sometimes it's all we can do.

This time, I'm joined by Gerald, from the AnxZenity podcast, who talks about a next-level sort of anxiety: panic disorder. It's hard and scary and his story is important. Listen.

Disclaimer: Tyler, from Minds of Madness
Promos: Eye for an Eye and Western Standard Time
Sponsor: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)Merch: Teepublic

Nov 26 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #4: 002 -- Safe at Home -- Half and Susanne Zantop

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Sometimes, you're in your home. The doors are locked. You're careful about who you let in... and yet tragedy finds you anyway. A huge and grateful shout-out to Dick from the True Crime Brewery podcast for his patience and feedback about this case. Promos from the Mens Rea and Asian Madness podcasts... thanks for trusting me with your voices! This episode derived significant information from the 2003 book "Judgment Ridge," by Mitchell Zuckoff and Dick Lehr. I might have reached different conclusions about the boys, but I fully admire the depth of their research and thought. Other sources include the Boston Globe, the New Hampshire Union Leader and WMUR.  Thank you for listening. Please send feedback my way, through your podcatcher of choice, on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram at IWBpodcast, or by email at IWBpodcast@gmail.com.

Mar 01 2018

50mins

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Rank #5: 161 -- Getting Off Was Bliss -- Sloppy Seconds -- Ed Gein

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Letting lawyers and a psychologist do their thing means not one, but TWO cases. And shots. Several shots. But still. Ed Gein.

Hosts: Jessa and Nick, Getting Off Podcast
Disclaimer: Tanya
Promos: Just the Tipsters and August 2019 Sunshine Summit
Network: Himalaya (presented by Heather, Sunshine & PowerCuts)
Facebook group: The Asylum
Sponsor: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast
Music: DFA by OnlyMeith
Artwork: Tosha Crow

Jul 30 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #6: 067 -- Worst Checklist Ever -- Peewee Gaskins with Red

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Are you part of my screwed-up tribe? Here's a quick test: If you knew you had a family connection to a serial killer, would you be thrilled or appalled?

If you answered "thrilled," we are tribe. We can be terrible people together.

Listen in when I talk to Red (of the Conversations with Paycheck and Red podcast) about his particular family connection, the story of a truly awful serial killer, books (especially this one: https://www.amazon.com/Final-Truth-Autobiography-Serial-Killer/dp/0963242202), and so on.

Disclaimer: Justin, from Obscura
Shoutouts: INFAMINDS, Lustmordia, Curiosity Kills, Nature vs Narcissism
Promos: Small Town Mentality and Whispered True Stories
Sponsor: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)
Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/ignorance-was-bliss?ref_id=7266

Nov 09 2018

52mins

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Rank #7: 162 -- I Just Want to Feel Better -- mock crisis evaluation

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People arrive in the emergency room in a variety of ways, for a variety of reasons. And sometimes, it's personal.
Guest: Anna
Disclaimer: Melissa, Just the Tip-sters
Promos: Fab Figmentals and Forgotten News
Network: Himalaya (presented by Heather, Sunshine & PowerCuts)
Facebook group: The Asylum
Sponsor: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast
Music: DFA by OnlyMeith
Artwork:Anna

Aug 02 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #8: 111 -- Still Surrounded by Trees -- stalking -- with Dani from Incongruity Media

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Lately, I've talked a lot about stalking. This episode is no exception.

Dani, from Incongruity Media (yeah, that one) joined me to share her personal story. I share more of my own, though it can be hard to hear my part because of garbled audio -- I hate this but can't fix it.

Disclaimer: Crista, from The Dark Divide
Promos: FriGay the 13th and The Haunted Ride
Facebook group: bit.ly/iwbasylum
Sponsors: Sudio Sweden (code IWB for 15% off) and Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off) 
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast

Mar 06 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #9: 045 -- Giving Your Virginity to Your Father -- leaving a cult

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So you're in a cult... or are you? How do you know? When do you know it's time to get out, and how on earth do you do that, anyway? 

I don't have the answers to really any of these questions, but I found someone who knows what it's like firsthand...   

Disclaimer: Roseanne from Killafornia Dreaming 
Promos: The Outlines and the Old Still Radio Show 
Sponsor: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off at checkout)

Sep 12 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #10: 171 -- The Stories We Tell -- mythology and psychology -- with Lindsey from Fab Figmentals

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When is a story just a story, and when is it a reflection of our psychological and sociological roots?

Guest: Lindsey, Fab Figmentals

Disclaimer: Alix, Pomegranates and Pitchforks
Promos: Fresh Hell and Ghost Town
Artwork: La Nic Suibhne

Network: Himalaya (presented by Heather, Sunshine & PowerCuts)
Facebook group: The Asylum
Sponsor: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast
Music: DFA by OnlyMeith

Sep 11 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #11: 150 -- Organic Dustbunnies -- Lifeworld 001 --Belle Gibson -- with Derek from Rolling Misadventures

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There are lots of weapons in the world... including the internet.
Guest: Derek, Rolling Misadventures
Disclaimer: Allyson, Dumb and Busted
Promos: ParentQuest and Live Show

LIVE SHOW TICKETS ON SALE NOW -- July 12, 2019: iwbpodcast.com/live-show
Network: Himalaya (presented by Heather, Sunshine & PowerCuts)
Facebook group: The Asylum
Sponsors: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast
Music: DFA by OnlyMeith
Artwork: Emily -- UnapologeticArtist

Jun 29 2019

56mins

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Rank #12: 154 -- No Place Like Home -- ex-pat life, podcasting and family -- with Steph Fuccio

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Podcasting, ex-pat life and family all have one thing in common: language.

Guest: Steph Fuccio, https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/
Disclaimer: Nicki T, Strictly Homicide
Promos: Live show and Sunshine Summit August 2019

LIVE SHOW TICKETS ON SALE NOW -- July 12, 2019: iwbpodcast.com/live-show
True Crime Podcast Festival: tcpf2019.com
Network: Himalaya (presented by Heather, Sunshine & PowerCuts)
Facebook group: The Asylum
Sponsors: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast
Music: DFA by OnlyMeith
Artwork: Emily -- UnapologeticArtist

Jul 09 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #13: 106 -- The Ouroboros of Sucking -- diagnosis in adulthood -- with Megan from Oh No Lit Class

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The process of obtaining a diagnosis of mental disorder in adulthood isn't easy. Especially because you have to get there, first.

Disclaimer: Nicki, Strictly Homicide
Promos: Varmints and Mirths & Monsters
Facebook group: bit.ly/iwbasylum
Sponsors: Sudio Sweden (code IWB for 15% off) and Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off) 
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast

Feb 23 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #14: 056 -- Getting Out -- mock crisis evals with Jessa and Nick from Getting Off

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The rules and laws aren't necessarily consistent from state to state. We know this. But neither are the ways we handle emergency health care, including mental health crisis. 

Go listen to Episode 136 of Getting Off, for a discussion of how even the simplest distinctions can get real complicated, real quick, when you throw two lawyers and a psychologist together. 

Then come back here to listen to a few examples of the kinds of crisis evaluations that might happen in a jail. 

Disclaimer: Bonnie from Writing About Crime
Promos: Bloody Murder and Something's Not Right
Sponsor: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)

Oct 18 2018

1hr 34mins

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Rank #15: 173 -- Born with your Walls Down -- borderline personality disorder, friendships and being a decent human being -- with Alysa Lucas

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Borderline Personality Disorder gets a bad rap. Friendship is underrated. So what happens when the two are combined?

Guest: Alysa, Best Forevers and Fatal-i-teas
My episode on Best Forevers ....... and our panel with Nothing Rhymes With Murder

Disclaimer: Justin Troing, LifeWorld
Promos: Under the Shroud and Magus Elgar
Artwork: Minna, True Crime Finland

Network: Himalaya (presented by Heather, Sunshine & PowerCuts)
Facebook group: The Asylum
Sponsor: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast
Music: DFA by OnlyMeith

Sep 14 2019

1hr 48mins

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Rank #16: 035 -- A Multi-Substance Kind of Girl -- Alcoholism and the Pitfalls of AA

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AA is considered by many to be the ideal treatment approach for alcoholism, of all types, and really for substance abuse, in all forms.   

If you've put up with me for this long, you may not be shocked to learn that I don't believe there are many catch-alls in the world. Whether it's treatment methodology, blanket statements, or mindsets. Or pants.   

I was #blessed to be joined by Kim (from People Are Wild) and Karla* (from Go Postal), for a very honest, vulnerable and genuine conversation about what it means to experience alcoholism, as a woman, and what it means to try to pursue help.   

This is the first time I have deliberately covered the same topic more than once, and yet there is sadly little overlap between Episode 22 and this one. There's just too much to say, and too many ways to say it.  

So hang in there. It's a lot.   

*I don't identify Karla's podcast in the show, because I remembered to get permission to get her name, but forgot to ask about the show. She has given me the thumbs-up. Just so's you know.

Promos by Trace Evidence and Seeing Red. Sponsored by Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off).

Aug 13 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #17: 078 -- Satanic Panic -- with Phil Rood

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If life is all a game... who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? *Are* there good/bad guys?

I still don't have an answer, but I'm joined by Phil Rood (Brokebot Mountain podcast) in an effort to figure it out. 

Tipper Gore's 1980s and the Satanic influences within them were not the enemy. Maybe.

Shoutout: Paul from Varmints
Disclaimer: IsabellePromos: Sometimes Geek and The Rise of King Asilas
Sponsors: Sudio (code IWB for 15% off) and Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off)
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch

Dec 07 2018

1hr 40mins

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Rank #18: 121 -- Next Level -- Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme -- with The Evidence Locker

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Sonya and Noel, from The Evidence Locker, joined me to talk about one of New Zealand's claims to true crime fame. 

I fangirled. I fangirled hard.

Disclaimer: Tyler, Minds of Madness
Promos: Status Pending and Our True Crime Podcast
Network: Himalaya
Facebook group: The Asylum 
Sponsors: Bath By Bex (code CBDkate for 15% off) 
Merch: bit.ly/iwbpodcastmerch
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast

Mar 31 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #19: 034 -- The Stories We Tell -- with Steven Pacheco

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There are facts all around us, all the time. Things that happened. Things that exist. Things that are missing.

And then there are the stories we tell about those facts, the way we connect different facts in order to tell a story

.And if you're very lucky, you can meet someone who is willing and able to discuss this phenomenon, in depth, in a fun and engaging way.

This was my fact: I got to speak with Steven Pacheco, of Trace Evidence. 
Here is yours: you can listen to him, off-script, and hear that he's a thoughtful, great guy even when he's not playing one on his own show.

Promos from Murderish and Asian Madness. 
Sponsored, as always, by Bath By Bex (CBDkate for 15% off).

Aug 11 2018

2hr 30mins

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Rank #20: 003 -- Cocktail PTO McDonalds Party -- Schizophrenia

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What does it mean to actually have schizophrenia? Not just, what might it mean or what does it look like, but what does it feel like?

Enormous sloppy THANK YOU to my supporters on Patreon!! I had absolutely no expectations that anything would come of setting up a page, so I'm already blown away. Options for stickers, a master key, and other perks at the IWB Asylum available at http://www.patreon.com/IWBpodcast

Promos from the Blood on the Rocks and Spoop Hour podcasts. Gratitude just for listening. So much gratitude.

Mar 08 2018

43mins

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