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In Argentina: World's First Radio Show Broadcast from a Mental Hospital

Idealist

This isn’t your typical psychiatric ward. In the middle of its courtyard stands a small building full of recording equipment where patients gear up to take the mic each Saturday. This is Radio La Colifata.

In this podcast, listen to staff and patients—or colifatos, as they like to be called—about how it all began, why it’s lasted almost two decades, and why this innovative form of public therapy has spawned 40 similar radio stations all over the world.

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