This is the story behind how the American Psychiatric Association changed their definition of sexual deviance and declassified homosexuality as a mental illness. In the first act, we are introduced to Dr. John P. Spiegel and learn about the evolution of thought on the issue. In the second act, we learn the story of the activists involved in this process.
All in all, this is one of my favorite This American Life (TAL) episodes. It is everything that a TAL episode should be: informative and interesting, while telling a story that might not be told otherwise. Stories like this are the reason I give money to public radio and why over half a million people download the new TAL episode each week.
I definitely recommend this episode.
This is one of the most compelling episodes of TAL ever. If you think gays are "an abomination," you probably won't like it. But you should listen to it anyway.
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