Note: This episode originally aired on November 27, 2015.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Esmé Weijun Wang is a writer who gradually became convinced that she was dead. She was experiencing a very rare condition known as Cotard’s Delusion. No matter how many times someone tried to present evidence of her own existence, Esmé did not believe them.
Produced by Daniel Gross. Mixing and original score by Bob Carlson
Esmé Weijun Wang is an award-winning author and advocate. She studied creative writing and psychology at Yale and Stanford, and received her MFA from the top-tier Creative Writing program at the University of Michigan. She’s the other of two books,
Dr. Hans Debruyne is a psychiatrist from Ghent in Belgium. He has treated patients with Cotard’s Delusion, and has written extensively about the condition.
Photo by Esmé Weijun Wang
Photos that Esmé Wang associates with her Cotard’s Delusion
Photos by Esmé Weijun Wang
Today Moran Cerf is a scientist, studying the way the human brain creates and processes ideas and thoughts. But back in his home country of Israel, Moran was a hacker. He was the good kind of hacker, breaking into computer systems with permission to test their security. One time his company was doing work for the Israeli government, hacking into the social services database. To demonstrate how easily the data could be altered, one of his colleagues changed Moran’s status from ALIVE to DEAD. As far as the government was concerned he was now deceased, and there was no way to change it back.
Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience and business at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern University. He’s been hacker, furniture-designer, pilot, radio host, and filmmaker. Currently he’s the Alfred P. Sloan professor at the American Film Institute, and is a multiple-time Moth GrandSlam storytelling champion.
Courtesy of Moran Cerf
Greg Jones suffered from PTSD after a tour of duty in combat. Also his life was not going the way he hoped, his daughter was living hours away and he felt terrible being so far apart from her. With his emotional state hitting rock bottom, Greg decided to kill himself. The pills were spread out before him, a soda was in his hand…. and that’s when help appeared in a very unlikely way.
Greg David Jones is an actor, comedian, and writer who has appeared on television and commercials. His one-man show is called Lucky .
Courtesy Greg Jones
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