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Does Mental Illness Go Hand-In-Hand With Good Leadership?

Does Mental Illness Go Hand-In-Hand With Good Leadership?
Nassir GhaemiThe economy is floundering, Washington seems crippled by partisan bickering, and President Obama’s approval ratings are sinking to new lows. Still though, the seemingly unflappable Obama remains calm, cool and collected. Could it be that our president is too sane? A new book argues that leaders with mental illness – particularly mania or depression – are often better in times of turmoil, and that sanity can actually be a hindrance to effective crisis management. Nassir Ghaemi is the author of First Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness. He is also a professor of psychiatry at Tufts University and the director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center. 
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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