Safe Space is a show about subjects that are hard to talk about–a respectful forum for courageous conversations about difficult subjects in order to reduce stigma, provide education, offer hope and access to resources. It is a space for the in depth discussion of matters that touch hearts and yet feel risky to share; subjects that deserve, but rarely get, thoughtful consideration.
The topics on Safe Space often deal with the guests’ courage to accept difference in themselves, especially when they feel afraid or ashamed about that difference. Shame is a painful psychological and emotional experience, but it is also a cultural and political force. All acts of courage inspire others to take risks, to express themselves, to be themselves. Such acts have political force to stand up to silencing, to create change.
Each show attempts to name and acknowledge difficult feelings, and to honor those who have found their own way of putting them into perspective. Listening to Safe Space will introduce you to many who are daring to speak about what is true for them as they find a way to turn their deepest wounds or hidden struggles into a gift for others. Giving voice to the unspeakable is ultimately an act of generosity and courage that makes our world more hospitable and welcoming to the parts of each of us that feel vulnerable.
The mission of Safe Space Radio is to inspire courageous conversations, break down the barriers that divide us, and create compassionate communities.
Anne is a Board certified psychiatrist in Portland, Maine. She trained at Harvard Medical School, and served on the faculty at Harvard, teaching at Cambridge Hospital, before moving to Maine. Her interest in creating space for open conversation about difficult subjects began in her teens when she noticed that very few adults seemed to be talking about intimate or difficult subjects. While at Harvard, she taught classes on Death and Dying, Human Sexuality, Psychiatric Interviewing, Psychotherapy and Cultural Competence. The one thing these classes all have in common is that they address subjects that people avoid talking about. She approaches these tender subjects respectfully, in a way that gives acknowledgment and recognition to feelings and fears that have been carried in silence.
Anne is also initiating a study on pediatric medical trauma, looking at the long term impact of urological procedures that are done on young girls. This is another not-discussed subject that can have long-lasting impact particularly if the fear and pain of the procedures are not named and acknowledged. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact her at email@example.com.
Gabe Grabin is the producer of Safe Space Radio. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. His radio pieces have aired on Maine Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, WMPG, and WLRN Miami.
Maggie Murphy is the Program Coordinator and researcher for Safe Space Radio. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently pursuing her MSW at Smith College. Maggie is a Fulbright scholar whose research in Argentina focused on how radio storytelling can be used to mobilize social change.
Our thanks go out to WMPG for believing in the show from the beginning. Also to broadcaster Neil Mckenty for his wise counsel and detailed feedback on most of our early shows. Thanks too to Jim Russell, the Program Doctor, for his clarity and guidance.