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"Eavesdrop" on musicians, authors, researchers, artists and other experts as they talk about the creative process. A new podcast will be posted every two months, so be sure to visit frequently! (View our featured guest and/or presenter biographies.)

After the podcast, tune in to hear all of the contest finalists in the Radio section of the Media Room, create a playlist on Facing Us Radio, or purchase a digital album so you can listen anywhere.

Drawing Strength

How a cartoonist and visual journalist finds solace and strength creating an illustrated book to share his personal story

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At the end of the podcast interview, continue listening as Scott Nychay reads excerpts from his book. To view a selection of his book's powerful illustrations, please visit www.nychay.com/author.

Writing Towards Wellness with Memoir

How writing a memoir can be an empowering step toward self-knowledge and wellness.

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A college-level creative writing and composition instructor, Paula Lambert discusses how writing a memoir - a narrative about a specific experience in your life - can be an empowering step toward self-knowledge and wellness. Putting a challenging or difficult experience on paper gives us back some control over the negative or painful emotions we have about it. As an example, Paula shares excerpts from her own memoir, "Fruit of My Wound," which she wrote as a way to understand two very dark episodes in her life.

Please Note: If you feel that this podcast could be a possible trigger for you, please speak about your concerns with your mental health professional before listening. The memoir excerpts shared in part of this podcast are very raw and, at times, stark reflections on the writer's two overdose attempts. Her writing led her to a healing understanding of those times in her life and reflects the authentic, uncensored darkness experienced by those living with severe depression.

Comedy Rx

How Stand-Up Comedy Helps Individuals Stand Up for Themselves

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Click on Entertainment in the "Look" section of the Media Room to see video clips of author, counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer and some of his students' comedic debuts at the DBSA 2008 National Conference.

Music Can Soothe the Soul

An Interview with the Facing Us 2008 Music Contest Winners

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After the podcast, tune in to hear all of the contest finalists in the Radio section of the Media Room, create a playlist on Facing Us Radio, or purchase a digital album so you can listen anywhere.

Tip batman

there's no doubt that bipolarity is a burden, one we often don't want to bear. but there ARE other ways of looking at it. i decided the other day that sometimes (only sometimes), having bipolar disorder is sort of like having superpowers. now, i'm not talking about superman here. no building leaping. no outrunning bullets. but at my best, i'm a little quicker. a little smarter. more passionate. creative. there's a real presence there. a deep strength. my wife says i'd be batman if given the choice. the dark knight. i think she's right. batman, at his roots, is just a man. a man constantly struggling for balance. and like him, we all have our bad days and dark nights. we get lost in our own caverns, in our own grief. but there are other days. days when we're not just good, but great. amazing. better. there are superpower days. so, for me, as hard as this all may be sometimes, i cherish those days when i get to feel like batman.