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The Oil Spill's Psychology

Social scientists will tell you that every disaster -- natural or man-made -- takes a mental toll on those living through it. More than two months into the Gulf oil spill, we look at the psychological impact of this catastrophe, including how it’s different for those who have oil on their shores and those who are still watching, waiting and hoping. And we talk about media coverage of the spill and whether we’re all tired of hearing about it.

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Charles FigleyDr. Charles FigleyDistinguished Professor of Disaster Mental Health and Director of the Traumatology Institute at Tulane University
Curtis BrainardCurtis BrainardWriter for Columbia Journalism Review
Janet McGuireJanet McGuireDisaster Communications Officer for Florida’s West Coast Region of the American Red Cross
Tom RosenstielTom RosenstielDirector of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism
Dr. Kathleen Regan FigleyPresident and Founder of the Figley Institute



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