Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords joins Jesse Thorn to talk about his new movie People Places Things and why he’s still trying to make it on TV in his home country, New Zealand. Plus writer Jonathan Ames stops by to discuss his new TV show, Blunt Talk, starring Sir Patrick Stewart. Show notes
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Jack El-Hai is the author of "The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and his Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness." It traces the life of Dr. Walter Freeman (pictured above), who popularized the lobotomy. The technique was innovative in its time, but Freeman continued performing it long after more effective pharmaceutical treatments were available. Nonetheless, Freeman was an innovator in treating the physical causes of mental illness.