Of Men in White Coats

Meet Santa’s best defender Katie Best! Uncertified brain mechanic Jennie Josephson shares her tips, and Mr. Christmas now and forever, Matt Flanagan tells his story “Of Men In White Coats, A Christmas That Almost Wasn’t”


Show Notes:

Form: The 3fer: Three people, three stories, one theme.

Theme: Even More Holiday Stories!


Our opening and closing music is a selection from “Unlocked Door” used by permission of Alex Cook. Thank you Alex!

If you want to hear the complete songs, check out Alex Cook’s bandcamp page and his website Stonebalancer

The following songs from The Free Music Archive also appeared in this episode under a Creative Commons License:

“Old Toy Trains” by Jordan Gladstone (feat. Bros. DeVries)

“Christmas Night” by Will Heikoop

Storytellers: Katie Best, Jennie Josephson & Matthew “Christmas” Flangan

Part One: “Santa’s Staunchest Defender” by Katie Best

Part Two:  “Falling…” by Jennie Josephson

Part Three:  “Of Men In White Coats: A Christmas That Didn’t Feel Like Christmas” by Matthew C. Flanagan

Behind the story: Well obviously we were all a little nervous about this one, Matt most of all, but in the end we just wanted to be useful. Here are links to the books I mentioned

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

Marbles by Ellen Forney

Take Charge of Bipolar by  Julie A. Fast and John Preston, PsyD

and of course

Bipolar: A Love Story by Matthew Flanagan and Jennie Josephson, coming soon.


Thanks to our brand new patrons for their support!

Story MVP:  Ellie Goldman! Starting Story Lineup: Alex Erickson, Mike Huller Kevin Bellanca Sarah Stein Greenberg Brian Foulds James Kregar Preston Monroe Linda Thompson Patrick Kohn Nick Batos Tony Glass Eshaan Mathur Andy Baumel Kody Georgeson Benjamin White Trystan Lambkin Mike McLaughlin Christopher Wright Tony Nolen Tom Gehrke Shane English SargD Tim Magnuson Dawn Banks Philip D Deborah Abel Josh Harrow Trevor Griswold Richard Gunther Melanie Knopf Jason Beck Rory Simpson Elizabeth Murray Teresa Ozoa Cory Louise Anders Lund Mike Escutia Terry Cook John H Maloney Patrick Wolfe Chimaera Jeffrey Zylks Sunny G. (Sunbun) Storybackers: Alan Rueshann Brantley Les Gebhardt Melissa MovieLeagueMike Scott Wilhelm Richard J. Stroffolino Robert Van Kalker Robert Russell James Casalino Sam Cornn thatCharlieDude Jeremy Fischer Riff Riffles Scott Martin Micah Cutler Brian Bender Alex Laznik Einar Jeremy Clark Allen Roth James Thatcher No Reward Daily Tech News Show Bradley Kibota Rick Hood Peter Chow Butch Vail Jake Pusey Earl Merrifield Bryan Spencer

3 Replies to “Of Men in White Coats”

  1. Thank you so much for this episode. Although I no longer work in the field, my background was in psychology, and this was such a wonderful description of the struggles of depression and related conditions. Extra props for the inclusion of some resources at the end. I was truly moved by this one. (The other two stories were good too, but it was Matt’s that prompted me to actual action!)

    1. Thank you sTim! It mean so much that you found this episode truthful and interesting. It was a hard one to share, but the overwhemingly positive response has given us the confidence to share more as the time goes on.

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