What Shakespeare Can Teach Us About PTSD [Things That Go Boom]

Pixabay: Alf-Marty. Free for commercial use; no attribution requiredShakespeare, war, PTSD and healing. This was a brilliant podcast episode that completely grabbed me.  Host Laicie Heeley talks with Stephan Wolfert, an army Vet, about his program, De-cruit, which helps veterans heal through Shakespeare and science.

Wolfert unexpectedly attended a performance of Shakespeare’s Richard III in Montana, where the words broke through to him in a way he’d never experienced. It was so profound he had a catharsis and was sobbing in the theater.

Out of this, he redirected his life to study drama and created Shakespeare workshops for vets.  For veterans—trained to operate within the military structure—reconnecting in civilian life often proves hard. But Shakespeare’s words speak to war, human connection and a multitude of emotions and deceits, all relevant topics in the military and in life.

Wolfert’s passion for the subject, and his personal experience of the healing power of Shakespeare’s words, made me grateful for his unique vision and reignited an interest in seeing Shakespeare.

This is an excellent podcast. I love the broad diversity of podcast topics; I love learning about the amazing things people are doing. And because it’s a podcast, we get to hear voices expressing passion, frustration and hope, in an incredibly intimate way.

Things that Go Boom is a “podcast about the ins, outs, and whathaveyous of what keeps us safe.”

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10 thoughts on “What Shakespeare Can Teach Us About PTSD [Things That Go Boom]

    1. Do you guys listen to podcasts while traveling about? I love the new ideas they expose me to. I know some folks prefer books-on-tape and others prefer music or simply silence. Love our options.


  1. Podcasts are wonderful, but I’ve been negligent about downloading any lately. I don’t spend so much time in my car anymore. This sounds excellent, though. Thanks for making me aware of it. I rarely read book reviews, but I like how you do these short summaries of interesting podcasts.

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    1. Driving is definitely the easiest time for me to listen to podcasts. But I don’t drive as much as I used to either, so I’ve had to find other times. I wash dishes by hand; that’s a time I’ll listen. And on walks. Which means I miss some of nature.

      I love hearing peoples’ voices. It’s different than reading a book or article. And when the stories are interesting and well told and cover a topic I’m not familiar with, it sweeps me away.

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    1. If you listen, I’ll be curious what you think.

      There’s so many interesting topics out there. If you enjoy hearing audio stories and tales, I find they’re such a great way of learning new things.

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