May 25, 2021

Dan Mathews: Prostitutes, PETA, and A Schizophrenic Success Story

Dan Mathews, Writer and long-time activist with the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), openly celebrates his late mother, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dan regales the audience with tales about his mother’s ability to form lasting and meaningful relationships, in spite of her challenges. Through their discussion of Dan’s mom, Mayim & Dan reexamine the modern conception of psychotic disorders, unpacking the artistic, religious, and social contexts of illness.

Theme Song Written, Produced, and Performed by Ed Robertson. Mixed by Kenny Luong.
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Dan Mathews

Senior VP | PETA

Mayim Bialik


Jonathan Cohen




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Guest References

Check Out Books by Dan Mathews
In this episode we heavily reference his book 'Like Crazy.' Give it a look if you haven't had the chance yet, and see what else Dan has written...
Meet PETA’s Leadership
Learn more about Dan's involvement as Senior Vice President of Campaigns with People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)...
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