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Listen: Clinicians Have a 'Duty to Warn' the World About Donald Trump's Mental Health Problems

On the Chauncey DeVega Show podcast: ethical questions after hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

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The Chauncey DeVega Show is the official podcast of politics writer Chauncey DeVega. The weekly show features a relaxed and free-form conversation with artists, authors, musicians, researchers, academics, journalists, activists, actors and directors. 

Psychoanalyst Lance Dodes is the guest on this week's episode. Dodes is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (retired). He is a signatory to a letter that was published in the New York Times warning the public about the dangers posed by Donald Trump's mental health. He has contributed a chapter on Trump and sociopathy in the forthcoming book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

Dodes and Chauncey DeVega discuss how clinicians have a "duty to warn" the American people (and the world) about Donald Trump's mental health problems. Dodes shares his belief that Trump is a sociopath and a megalomaniac, not unlike other tyrants we have seen throughout history. DeVega ponders ethical questions about the hurricanes striking Texas, Florida and the Caribbean and shares some troubling news about how current American politics have inspired the new Star Trek series "Discovery."

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon. His essays can also be found at He also hosts a weekly podcast, The Chauncey DeVega Show. Chauncey can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

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