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The Boston Bombings: Our Hearts, Our Homeland


Explosions, loss of life, lockdowns, and a manhunt–the story of the Boston Bombings has a nation on edge and transfixed by daily developments in the investigation of this unprecedented act of terrorism.

At a time when authorities are creating timelines and sifting through evidence, citizens are asked to stay strong. But how can that be done when everyone feels so vulnerable?

Psychologist Dan Gottlieb explores a sense of vulnerability that stretches beyond Boston as he discusses ways to transcend this national trauma.

Dan will be joined by psychiatrist Steve Berkowitz, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery.

They take questions and comments from a live studio audience.

Audience member Nick Claxton (second from the left in the photo below) shares his experiences running the 2013 Boston Marathon in a personal essay »


  • Dr. Dan Gottlieb (left) sits with live studio audience
    Dr. Dan Gottlieb (left) sits with live studio audience.


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  • http://www.songsbydishong.com Laura Dishong

    Hello Dr. Gottlieb,
    I enjoy your show and listen to it often. I wanted to comment on today’s topic. I realize that the Tsarnaev brothers were immigrants and Muslim. But for most of their lives they were raised *here*. Adam Lanza too was raised *here*. Timothy McVeigh was raised *here*. The Columbine shooters were raised *here*. ALL of these killers were raised here, and they all have something in common- they were/are all young men. Now I’m not saying that men are evil- please don’t misunderstand me! I’m questioning what is happening to our young men. Who or what is telling them that it’s OK to kill innocent people? Why are they becoming so desinsitized? Young women are not doing this. It is young men. As a mother and a teacher, I am so alarmed at this trend. We as a society need to do something to teach our young men that they need to live with compassion and empathy. They are not getting these vital lessons. Maybe a grass-roots movement needs to be started- something that can help to change this disturbing trend. Thank you for reading this and letting me share this idea with you! Sincerely, Laura Dishong

  • Paul Simons

    I’m listening to the podcast now, to augment what I heard of this program on the radio. I’m surprised at how little I heard concerning the actual victims of the Boston bombings. Yes I want to feel safe, we all want to feel safe, but our needs and feelings in this instance should take a back seat to concern for the needs and feelings of those torn apart by those particularly fiendish bombs. Going forward the emphasis in my opinion must be to expose and discredit the ideology, and those formulating it, that motivates boys to learn how to make those bombs and to want to use them.




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