THE ARKHAM SESSIONS, by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the observation and clinical analysis of the characters in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

This week, we get feisty as we discuss Victor Fries' return in "Deep Freeze." It's revealed that Nora's alive and a theme park creator believes he has the technology to bring her back. But it comes for a price. Drea believes Nora is a symbol, but Brian believes Nora is...Nora! Who's right? And how should Victor be handling his grief? Find out now!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 6:23pm PDT
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This week, we learn a lot about the similarities between Robin and Alfred, particularly their love of comedy. We also get to know the failed comedian, Smilin' Shecky Rimshot *badum bum*, AKA The Joker! What drives The Joker's need to be seen as the funniest man in Gotham City? Find out in "Make 'Em Laugh!"

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 5:12pm PDT
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Fueled by bitterness and disillusionment about Gotham's legal system, Lyle Bolton becomes the menacing, hyper-masculine enforcer "Lock Up." In our consideration of Lock Up's abusive treatment of Arkham's patients, we explain the similarities and differences between Lock Up and real-life participants in the classic psychology study, The Stanford Prison Experiment (1971). We also discuss Interactionism as a potential explanation for Lock Up's behavior. Listen now for our complete analysis!
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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 6:12pm PDT
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One of the most requested episodes has finally arrived! When Harley is deemed "sane" and capable of going back into the public, she's determined to do what she can to keep herself out of trouble. But she's Harley, so you know that's going to be difficult. Still, we see progress in her and an unusually warm side to Batman, as well. Plus, we answer a listener's question about hybristophilia. What's that? Find out now!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 5:59pm PDT
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Harvey Dent is given the chance to rid himself of "Two-Face," once and for all, but someone else isn't happy about that idea. This episode tests Harvey's diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder and the limits of Bruce's friendship with Dick Grayson.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 12:01pm PDT
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It's another case of an infamous Gotham Rogue going straight... Or is he? Could the Riddler ever really go straight before he got the chance to defeat the Batman in a game of wits? And how realistic is his success at convincing the authorities that he's turned over a new leaf? You may be surprised. Plus some interesting thoughts about the Bat himself.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 4:23pm PDT
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What can 50 years of hard labor do to the mind? And who's the real villain? Ra's al Ghul? An unknown accomplice named Arkady Duvall? Or the bounty hunter, Jonah Hex? Revelations and psychological assessments are made in this special episode!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm PDT
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In this very important episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the role that Alfred plays in Batman's life, "truth serums" and torture in the context of the treatment of wartime detainees.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 2:52pm PDT
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Over Valentine's Day weekend, we held our second live San Diego Comic Fest panel and had a great conversation about the podcast and the psychology of Batman, his allies and the Rogues Gallery.

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She's a doll. She's a baby. She's ...homicidal? Baby Doll was a child actor who was afflicted with the congenital disease called Systemic Hypoplasia, a condition that stunted her growth and caused her to appear 5 years old forever and her developmental and identity mismatch created a significant amount of psychological conflict for her. In this episode, we discuss the complexity of Mary's condition: the psychic disequilibrium she experiences when her authentic self isn't recognized by others, the impact her physiology had on her social development, and the possibility that Batman seems to be the one person who relates to her.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 1:45pm PDT
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