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Authentic conversations about Tourette Syndrome, produced by an insider who isn't interested in the ol' one-dimensional take on what it's like to have TS. On each episode, host Ben Brown talks with a fellow Touretter about his or her history, tics, social interactions and daily management of Tourette's -- whether by masking it, owning it, medicating it, or something altogether different. It's engaging, funny, heavy, real. Get ready to meet people who blow away the standard portrayal.

Authentic conversations about Tourette Syndrome, produced by an insider who isn't interested in the ol' one-dimensional take on what it's like to have TS. On each episode, host Ben Brown talks with a fellow Touretter about his or her history, tics, social interactions and daily management of Tourette's -- whether by masking it, owning it, medicating it, or something altogether different. It's engaging, funny, heavy, real. Get ready to meet people who blow away the standard portrayal.

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Authentic conversations about Tourette Syndrome, produced by an insider who isn't interested in the ol' one-dimensional take on what it's like to have TS. On each episode, host Ben Brown talks with a fellow Touretter about his or her history, tics, social interactions and daily management of Tourette's -- whether by masking it, owning it, medicating it, or something altogether different. It's engaging, funny, heavy, real. Get ready to meet people who blow away the standard portrayal.

Language:

English


Episodes

Special Episode - The Old Guard - Talking with the Late Steve Bachner

12/21/2021
The Tourette community lost a hero Dec. 15, someone I named on the very first episode (Season 1, Episode 0) of Tourette's Podcast. Steve Bachner was my first frame of reference for TS. Seeing him on an episode of 20/20 in the late 1980s was my first time seeing someone else with the disorder, and there he was, Steve, being followed by John Stossel and cameras, in a shopping mall, Steve ticcing to the fullest. I remember being a little kid guffawing at people's reactions to Steve, with a...

Duration:01:11:56

S7 - Episode 16 - A Much Needed Nexus

10/24/2021
The Season 7 finale episode. Our guest is Tourette scientist Dr. Flint Espil, who talks with us about the latest Tourette treatments and questions before saying something we weren't expecting. In a great way. Thanks so much to Gogo, Maddie, Johnelle, Tamara, Davide, Dan, Amelie, Winter, Jack, Mark, Sophia, Shamus, Saddiq, Christine, Harper, Flint, the other Sophia, the Tourette Association of America, Geeks Rising and so many other people who've been on or closely involved with the podcast....

Duration:01:13:08

S7 - Episode 15 - When We Connect the Most (with Harper Starling)

10/10/2021
Taking risks is ... risky. Might fail, right? You don't just suddenly decide to move from, say, the midwest to Los Angeles to try and turn your talents into a rewarding career. And, lord have mercy, having something like Tourette Syndrome and comorbids like anxiety doesn't help, does it? For pop singer Harper Starling, it did. This is, in fact, her story. She uprooted, made a long trek to L.A., where she knew no one, and, as we speak, is now preparing for a three week tour of England. Harper...

Duration:00:57:43

Reviewing S7 Episode 14 - Women and Tourette

9/25/2021
Keeping last week's episode - our analysis with tourette scientist Dr. Christine Conelea on some of the recent talk about young women and their symptoms -- in focus, this week is a referral to a response video from Tics n Tatts on YouTube. Kass, who runs the channel, adds great points. Tons left to explore with this question: has the Tourette science and treatment world gotten it wrong when it comes to Tourette and other neurological observations in women? Tourettes in Females Part 1:...

Duration:00:03:04

S7 - Episode 14 - Science Episode: Revisiting the TikTok Thing, Sex Differences

9/19/2021
Recall our episode a while back with the authors of scientific report examining why doctors were seeing reported swells of young women over the course of the pandemic with Tourette-looking symptoms, and how social media like TikTok -- by way of the tic-heavy videos posted by influential Tourette personalities -- might be a player. We're revisiting that on this episode, but from a different angle. What else might be going on? Are we getting it wrong when it comes to what Tourette looks like...

Duration:01:03:34

S7 - Episode 13 - X-Rays

8/29/2021
Saddiq is a radiography student and fitness Instagrammer/TikTok-er whose energy-spending workouts serve a role for his Tourette, discussed here in addition to late diagnosis, coprolalia, creativity and the stress of travel. https://www.instagram.com/saddiqhead/ Support the show https://www.patreon.com/tourettespodcast Tourette's Podcast is made possible by the Tourette Association of America, tourette.org. Support! You can give Tourette’s Podcast individual support at...

Duration:00:52:43

S7 - Episode 12 - Listener Mail

8/22/2021
A different kind of episode this week -- all listener questions, including some day-of zingers. Should we make this an occasional thing? An all-listener-questions episode? Contact. TAA's YouTube page Ask the Expert: Tourette and COVID-19 Vaccine Support the show https://www.patreon.com/tourettespodcast Tourette's Podcast is made possible by the Tourette Association of America, tourette.org. Support! You can give Tourette’s Podcast individual support at...

Duration:00:34:06

S7 - Episode 11 - Hit a Seven

8/8/2021
Seamus Evans, an ambassador for the Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia, is a standup comedian, television and radio personality, and keynote speaker working in his experience with Tourette and the boundaries it seemed to set for him -- which he essentially laughed right past. Not that it was overnight-easy. Not that he didn't have the challenges and self-doubt and depression and everything else on the TS dinner menu. He brought all of that along and today shares what he figured out...

Duration:01:25:59

Production Catastrophe - S7E11 Preview

8/4/2021
A small preview of the good times awaiting you on Episode 11 of Season 7, out this weekend. It'll be a good one; we're checking back in with Australia. Eyes peeled!

Duration:00:00:17

S7 - Replay - Exorcism (and Other Bogus Solutions)

8/1/2021
This is a replay of an episode from 2019 that speaks pretty well to the emails we get asking for discussion of alternative "remedies" -- and why the podcast doesn't (or does so with heavy heaps of caution). Here's the writeup that accompanied the original airing: For Episode 10 of Season 3, we've called a doctor. (Yes, one with TS.) Clay Jones, M.D., is a pediatrician with a frequent byline on the widely read Science-Based Medicine (SBM) blog and is co-host of The Prism Podcast, which...

Duration:00:56:19

S7 - Episode 10 - Tourrhetoric

7/25/2021
Tourette. Rhetoric. Tourrhetoric. We're talking on this episode with Sophia Maier, a Touretter who takes extra care and study when it comes to the shapes and tones and incisions we create with our words. This isn't just a "words matter" dialogue -- it's about really caring for the language people use and why, so loaded with implications for empathy, public policy and, maybe most importantly, reflections WITHIN individual communities to allow for criticism and growth. In focus here are...

Duration:01:14:16

S7 - Episode 9 - Exoplanets

7/18/2021
Astrophysicist Mark Giovinazzi is on the show -- a guest we're meeting almost at random. Mark, an exoplanet-hunter, sees the chaos of Tourette and the universe working nicely together. Plus: that vocal-tic feeling; and Ben has an wonderful panic attack at work. https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/ Tourette's Podcast is made possible by the Tourette Association of America, tourette.org. Support! You can give Tourette’s Podcast individual support at...

Duration:01:03:02

S7 - Episode 8 - There Is Another

7/10/2021
Fourteen-year-old Jack Kearney, an active Touretter whose name you might've heard around the community, brings an important point -- when it comes to community, don't forget yourself. When Tourette became a focus at his school, with visiting ambassadors spreading peer education, Jack made sure to share his own story, style and perspective -- a solid move to improve peers' contextual connection. It includes a really comfortable openness for Jack and even a time when he bailed a fellow...

Duration:01:13:19

S7 - Episode 7 - Two Cards

6/26/2021
What an episode. Winter Tashlin is a name you might know from the Twittersphere and acceptance messaging. But hearing him speak is something else. From his accent, you’ll quite understandably assume he’s British. Many of his fellow Americans do. This -- along with his creativity, queerness, self-acceptance and other central elements -- all interact with his Tourette Syndrome. He also has the airport story none of you want to experience and a real neckbreaker of a tic (really, literally) in...

Duration:01:44:05

S7 - Episode 6 - You Can't Overdose on Music

6/21/2021
Getting it done in a rural area with little to no support for Tourette Syndrome is just one of the vitals we hit with our guest this week, Amelie, a 15-year-old who lives in a small village in Ireland and depends on herself to not only live with her TS but educate peers as well -- something she's done a solid job with. Great takes from a seriously thoughtful teenage ambassador here. Plus: A difficult self-observation project. And a listener tries to keep it together despite real...

Duration:01:15:07

S7 - Episode 5 - Ticbait (With Comedian Dan Zerin)

6/13/2021
Dan Zerin is here! The Iceland-based comedian and podcast host welcomes room for lighter-side talk about Tourette et al. He in fact was part of an award-winning comedy stage show about Tourette Syndrome, "My Voices Have Tourettes," which ran weekly to sold out rooms -- for years. Since the pandemic hit, it's been a podcast you'll want to bookmark if you haven't already. Somewhat in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut's compassion-through-levity, this episode hits the real stuff and gets...

Duration:01:24:37

BONUS: The Real Life of Oliver Sacks

6/8/2021
Bonus episode! If you're new to Tourette Syndrome, it's fair if you haven't heard the name Oliver Sacks before. But he's one of the most acclaimed figures in all of neuroscience -- arguably in all of medicine, and his humanization of disorders including Tourette had incalculable benefit. In May, Ben got to interview people closely involved with Sacks and the new documentary about his life, "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life." On this bonus episode we have film director Ric Burns; Oliver Sacks...

Duration:01:04:19

S7 - Episode 4 - Is TikTok Giving People Tourette Syndrome? (Science Episode!)

6/5/2021
Let's crack into a mystery. Scientists began to notice it as the pandemic revised our lives -- young people, almost all of them women, started showing up to the doctor in surprising numbers with what looked like Tourette Syndrome. Out of nowhere. No such prior symptoms. The common denominator? They'd all been watching Tourette content on the social media video-making-and-sharing app TikTok. Is the TS stuff on TikTok somehow bringing out some dormant, previously undocumented tic disorder in...

Duration:01:04:17

S7 - Episode 3 - Three Days Ago (with Jhonelle)

5/29/2021
What better way to celebrate Tourette Awareness Month (May 15-June 15) than to open up about having the disorder? For the first time, ever, we mean (to whom it applies). Just a few days before this episode's conversation took place, our guest, 26-year-old Jhonelle, spoke up for the first time publicly about her life with Tourette Syndrome. To classmates, everyone. Which came with self-questioning. Would people treat her differently? Would they doubt her? Take her seriously? Plus: A parent...

Duration:01:12:52

S7 - Episode 3 - Three Days Ago

5/29/2021
What better way to celebrate Tourette Awareness Month (May 15-June 15) than to open up about having the disorder? For the first time, ever, we mean (to whom it applies). Just a few days before this episode's conversation took place, our guest, 26-year-old Jhonelle, spoke up for the first time publicly about her life with Tourette Syndrome. To classmates, everyone. Which came with self-questioning. Would people treat her differently? Would they doubt her? Take her seriously? Plus: A parent of...

Duration:01:16:21