Comic-Con is this week in San Diego, the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world. Tens of thousands of self-identified "geeks" will gather with like-minded fans to talk about and even dress like their favorite characters from movies, video games, comics and more. Why? Well, our guests today say it may be therapeutic. They are psychologists and geeks themselves who are headed to Comic-Con to present a panel on "Geek Therapy: How Superheroes Empower All of Us." While some geeks may be bullied or feel marginalized because of their passions, our guests are using 'geek culture' in a positive and affirming way to connect with their clients - whether through science-fiction, fantasy, video games, comics or technology. One of our guests has written a comic book featuring a superhero who has Asperger's. We'll talk about the prevalence of geek culture, the psychology behind superheroes, the therapeutic value of comics, the merit of playing video games and more, when pop culture and psychology collide. We geek out, when Charlotte Talks.

Every so often, increasingly it seems, we hear about the grisly, gruesome crimes of a maniac. We flip on the news to learn that someone else has snapped on a school campus or at a shopping mall. This time it was at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and 6 adults were killed by a young man wielding a semi-automatic rifle. Sadly, this is only the latest example – from the Aurora Theater shooting in July to the Sikh Temple in August and the Tucson shooting last year – there are too many in recent memory. We watch the news in horror and wonder why. Can we ever really understand why or how someone could take so many innocent lives? We’'ll attempt to find out and peek into the mind of a madman. We'’ll also take a look at ourselves. What does it mean when this news receives days and weeks of coverage? When the shooter’'s face is plastered everywhere? We examine that and more, when Charlotte Talks.

Overcoming Hoarding

Sep 29, 2005

(9/29/05) Americans have a lot of junk. They buy stuff without giving much thought about where to store any of it. But for some people, the urge to shop and stockpile is overwhelming and can lead to the psychological condition known as hoarding. In this report, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin reflects on one local woman's struggle to stop hoarding.