The InForm:Podcast seeks to be an informal and informative way to talk about the intersection of Social Work (or social justice if you prefer), Psychoanalysis, and Critical Theory.


June 27, 2023 93 mins

In today's episode of the InForm: Podcast Neil covers chapter two of the book Psychoanalytic Politics by Sherry Turkle with Chris & Jason from the Regretable Century... I recorded this a long time ago. Sorry it took me so damn long to put it up. 

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On this episode of InForm: Podcast, Neil talks with Nathan Gorelick about psychoanalysis, psychedelics, psychosis, delusions, science, & mysticism.

The result is a long, hopefully informative conversation.

Nathan is Term Assistant Professor of English at Barnard College in New York. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and he has completed the six-year cycle of th...

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I drop the F-bomb in this episode, and we talk about sex. There is an explicit tag for a reason!

In this episode of the InForm Podcast, I talk with Jared Elwart about how reading science fiction makes him think about psychoanalysis and how thinking about psychoanalysis influences how he reads Science Fiction.

We discuss two books and one film.  

  1. The book The Left Hand of Darkness by ...
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On this episode of the InForm: Podcast I talk with psychoanalyst Michael McAndrews who practices out in Colorado. Michael's practice is unique for several reasons. The first is that he provides psychoanalysis to people who normally would not have the ability to afford mental health services. The second is that he provides services to people who have lost a baby, child, or pregnancy.

The conversation was very inf...

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In this episode of Inform: Podcast

I interview Why Theory's Ryan Engley about psychoanalysis in the classroom. (Tod McGowan, the other half of Why theory was interviewed about this same topic on an earlier episode of InForm.) 

Our conversation ranges all over the place, but one of the consistent themes is the idea of sustaining the analysand's/student's desire/curiosity.

Some of our references include: 

  • Lacan's...
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In today's episode of the InForm: Podcast Neil covers chapter one of the book Psychoanalytic Politics by Sherry Turkle with Chris & Jason from the Regretable Century... And lots of other stuff too. We recorded the episode late at night, and we were all tired. I hope you all enjoy the result. 

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December 21, 2021 90 mins

InForm Podcast: 052

The episode you're about to listen to is a conversation with Peter Rollins, a thinker, writer, podcaster, and community organizer who works at the intersections of psychoanalysis, theology, and philosophy.

Before getting started I'd like to say the following: Getting to do this was something that was very exciting for me because I've been reading Pete's books, listening to his podcast, and watching his Yo...

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Psychoanalytic Politics (by Sherry Turkle) w/ The Regrettable Century | Pt. 1 

In this episode, Neil, Jason, & Chris discuss the introduction to the text. 

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Silly intro 0:00 - 1:00 

  • We decided that Jared will do The Psychoanalysis of Everyday Life

The Psychoanalysis of Everyday Life 1:00 - 20:45

Main segment 20:45 - 56:05 

  • How psychoanalytic thinking a...
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This episode of the InForm: Podcast was a free-wheeling conversation, which lasted a little over an hour, between Neil and Duke Novak. 

In the conversation, we discuss the work of Psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and the impact that has had on how Duke and Neil Think about their own work with children and teens.

Some of the ideas that we talk about in the episodes are:

  • Deprivation and institutions in group homes.
  • The holdi...
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In this Episode of InForm Neil interviews Winnie about her experience starting psychoanalysis. The hope here is that this interview will be interesting and useful to others who might be considering starting an analysis.


  • We want to make psychoanalysis available to more people, even though it is not for everyone.   
  • Helping people who are your friends enter into analysis when you're an analyst.  


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In this episode of the InForm Podcast, Neil & Jared explore why people enjoy hating Freud so much. Our arguments are that the education system does a horrible job of presenting Freud's work, an abundance of myths about Freud, Anti-Semitism, and the friend/enemy distinction. We sort of wandering all over the place talking about a few reasons we believe people dislike Freud so much, but we still have a lot mor...

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Psychoanalytic superstar Todd McGowan makes his second appearance on the InForm: Podcast. In this episode (after Neil makes an error), we talk about psychoanalysis in the classroom. 

Longer Show Notes: 

At the top of the show, you hear Neil realizing he has forgotten to hit record after we have all been talking for 25 min. But after that, you can hear Neil, Jared, and Todd discuss: 

  • How Todd started to get int...
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In this episode of InForm: Podcast Neil & Jared ramble a lot (seriously, it's a lot). When they don't ramble they talk about if it is possible to do psychoanalysis with people who are too accepting of psychoanalysis. 

  • Some blah, blah, blah 0:00 - 0:07 
  • Intro 0:07 - 2:42
  • Psychoanalysis of Everyday Life 2:42 - 17:05
    • Music & psychoanalysis 
    • The unconscious as an apature 
  • Main segment 17:15 - 1:06:18 
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Below are links to the things we mentioned in the announcements section of the podcast. 

The Psychoanalysis of Everyday Life (Jared)

  • We talk about signs v. signifiers 

Main Segment: Does Psychoanalysis Need to be Marginal (Neil & Jared) 

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On this episode of InForm: Podcast Neil & Jared get into a specific question: Does psychoanalysis need to be marginal?


  • The Psychoanalysis of Everday Life -- Neil talks about getting rid of stuff, and how streaming services make things less desirable. 
  • Main segment -- We start to talk about the idea that psychoanalysis may need to be marginal. We base this off of Freud's idea that if people acce...
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November 25, 2020 70 mins

In this episode, Neil & Jared try a new format for the show:

(1) The psychoanalysis of everyday life -- Jared talks about "accidentally" leaving something at work.
(2) Clinicians v. Analysts -- We continue our discussion of the difference between clinicians (psychotherapist) and analysts (psychoanalysis).
(3) Various sundry things -- The film Inside Llewyn Davis

a) The Six Paradigms...

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On this episode of InForm:Podcast we talk with Dr. Leon Brenner about his forthcoming book The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language, which is part of the Palgrave Lacan Series edited by Calum Neil and Derek Hook.

Dr. Leon Brenner is a research fellow at the University of Potsdam and lecturer at the International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin. He is a training analyst, studying member of the APPI and a ...

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September 25, 2020 87 mins


On this episode of InForm:Podcast Neil & Jared sit down and talk with Ryan Engley from the Why Theory Podcast about ordinary psychosis and the classroom as a psychoanalytic space. 


  • T.R. Johnson's book "The Other Side of Pedagogy" (Amazon
  • Some info on Ordinary Psychosis (Text 1, Text 2, Text 3, Text 4, Text 5
  • Bruce Fink's book "A Clinical Introduction to Lacanain Psychoanalysis: Theory & ...
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September 8, 2020 60 mins

On this episode, Neil & Jared talk about the similarity & difference between clinicians (i.e. licensed mental health people) and psychoanalysts.


  • Clinicians
  • Analysts
  • Psychoanalytic Politics by Sherry Turkle 
  • American's desire to make an analysis understandable 
  • To understand analysis is to misunderstand it
  • To resist analysis is to understand it
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