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Troy Rondinone: The Asylum's Hold on the American Imagination

Johns Hopkins University Press

Now, on this Halloween edition of Midday, a conversation about a trope that has long been part of movies and pop culture.  We’re talking about the scary psychiatric asylum.

Tom is joined by  Dr. Troy Rondinone, who has researched and written about what that trope has meant for the stigmatization of mental illness. 

Rondinone is a historian and a professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. And he is the author of a new book called Nightmare Factories: The Asylum in the American Imagination.

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