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 and DOOM PATROL.
The Arkham Sessions, Episode 18 "Beware the Gray Ghost"

In a very realistic take on hero worship, this episode introduces us to Batman's idol: The Gray Ghost and shows us that even Batman can be an avid fan of a fictional character, down to his collection of costumes, memorabilia, and toys. But there's more to his fanboy adoration of this T.V. idol-- we discuss how the Gray Ghost represents justice and hope, and how he helped instill Bruce's moral beliefs (sound familiar?). Most of all, the Gray Ghost allows Bruce to honor the memory of his deceased father. Listen here for the full analysis!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 8:10am PDT

The Arkham Sessions, Episode 17 "See No Evil"

A father with a criminal history and a restraining order against him returns to Gotham City after serving jail time. He begins sneaking into his daughter's room at night and devises a plan to kidnap her without his ex-wife knowing. His strategy? An invisibility suit. Of course, Batman will do everything he can to protect the young girl. In this psychologically-rich episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the mental health of children of incarcerated parents, explain how anonymity can facilitate antisocial behavior, and assert that Batman would make a great father.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 8:58am PDT

The Arkham Sessions, Episode 16 "The Cat and the Claw, Part 2"

In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we delve deeper into Bruce Wayne's struggle with his alter identity as Batman, how he deals with emotional vulnerability, his hunger for romantic connections, and rejection.


Bruce Wayne has finally met his match in the lovely Selina Kyle, AKA Catwoman! But has Batman? In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, Dr. Letamendi discusses Bruce's rigidity when wearing the cowl and we even get to talk a little about the psychology of cosplay!


Mr. Freeze is perhaps one of the most fascinating villains in the Batman Universe. He is detached, inexpressive, and like his name implies, cold. And yet, Mr. Freeze is inexplicably lifelike and relatable. "Heart of Ice" is arguably one of the most influential stories from Batman: The Animated Series because of this well-written origin story. After of the sudden, devastating loss of his wife, Nora, scientist Victor Fries transforms into Mr. Freeze, a vengeful killer, willing to harm anyone who steps in his way. But there is more to this tragic story. Under the subzero suit is a person burdened with unrelenting pain and sorrow. In this episode, we discuss the difficulty of dealing with loss and letting go, and explain how being "frozen in grief" is a very real thing. 

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 8:16am PDT

In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, Batman's down for the count, but the Junior Detectives, Sherman and Roberta, have this battle with the Penguin covered. Dr. Letamendi discusses the effects of bullying and even blows our minds with her REAL thoughts about this episode of Batman: The Animated Series.


Our old friend, Rupert Thorne, is back and this time, he's terrorizing Gotham's presiding mob boss, Arnold Stromwell. Unfortunately, Stromwell's got some inner demons doing more damage than Thorne ever could. And we check 'em all out on this episode of The Arkham Sessions!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:38am PDT

The epic origin of Two-Face continues with part two! It's been six months since we last saw the former District Attorney disfigured by a horrible blast and now, he's become one of the city's biggest crime bosses. But is he past the point of no return? Batman doesn't think so. And we're not sure either! Find out on this week's episode of The Arkham Sessions!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:15am PDT

What can cause a virtuous citizen to transform into a destructive villain? It's the first time we analyze Two-Face, one of Gotham City's most interesting baddies! The amazing two-part episode of Batman: The Animated Series portrays one of the most memorable origin stories. On this week's show, we tackle Part 1 and discuss issues of multiple personalities, bipolar disorder, and hypnotherapy. It's the ultimate story of good vs. evil, moral vs. corrupt, loyalty vs. betrayal!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:18am PDT

Gotham's most dangerous villain is back--this time, with something to prove!  We deconstruct yet another episode of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES which features The Joker! This portrayal of the "psychotic clown" shows both his callous, destructive side as well as his jovial, charming nature. In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we talk about the Joker's most likely mental health condition, discuss the personality trait known as "risk-taking," and question why clowns freak us the bat out!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 12:35pm PDT