“Madness” the podcast dissects current events, society and politics through the lens of Dr. Steven Reisner, a psychoanalyst, activist, and educator. 

It has featured Steven’s takes on the constitutional crisis in Great Britain, the effects of lying in politics and democracy, the American Dream, and more.

Steven Reisner, PhD is a psychoanalyst and political activist in New York. He is a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Advisor on Psychology and Ethics for Physicians for Human Rights and past President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He was a leader in the successful movement to prohibit psychologists from their central role in abusive CIA and military interrogation and detention processes. As a result of these efforts, psychologists were removed from detention operations at Guantanamo Bay in January 2016.

Dr. Reisner has been a consultant on issues of trauma, torture, political violence, disaster and resilience in the face of catastrophic events for the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the International Organization for Migrations and other international humanitarian and mental health organizations, and has consulted in Haiti, Kosovo, Kurdistan, East Africa, and for the French Ministry of Health.

Dr. Reisner has published in the New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post and in various academic journals. He has been interviewed on NPR, Al Jazeera, CBC, BBC, and has been a frequent guest on Democracy Now and Huffington Post Live!

Dr Reisner has been on the faculty of the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, the International Trauma Studies Program at New York University, the NYU Medical School, the Psychoanalytic Association of New York, and the Women’s Therapy Center Institute. In an earlier career, Dr. Reisner was an Obie-award winning director and actor. More recently he was a co-producer of Michael Moore’s documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9.


Our Team

The Madness team is brought to you by:
Steven J. Reisner – Host
Ted Strauss – Producer
Dae Courtney – Audio Editor
Julie Levy – Publicist