The Shrink Next Door Investigative, Wondery

Hosted By: Joe Nocera
Produced By: Wondery

Veteran journalist Joe Nocera’s neighbor in the Hamptons was a therapist named Ike. Ike counted celebrities and Manhattan elites as his patients. He’d host star-studded parties at his eccentric vacation house. But one summer, Joe discovered that Ike was gone and everything he’d thought he’d known about his neighbor — and the house next door — was wrong. From Wondery, the company behind Dirty John and Dr. Death, and Bloomberg, The Shrink Next Door is a story about power, control and turning to the wrong person for help for three decades.

The Shrink Next Door Podcast Host:

Joe Nocera is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering business. He has written business columns for Esquire, GQ and the New York Times, and is the former editorial director of Fortune.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Intriguing Psychology: Listeners are fascinated by the deep dive into the human mind and the exploration of psychological manipulation, leaving them contemplating the intricacies of human behavior long after the episode ends.
  • Thought-Provoking Themes: The podcast explores themes of trust, boundaries, and the ethical responsibilities of professionals, prompting listeners to reflect on their own relationships and the potential for manipulation in various spheres of life.
  • Balanced Narrative: The Shrink Next Door presents a balanced approach, allowing listeners to form their own judgments and interpretations of the events while maintaining a sense of objectivity throughout.
  • Conversational Tone: Joe Nocera’s conversational style of hosting creates an intimate connection with the listeners, making them feel like they are part of the unfolding story.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Pacing and Length: Some listeners feel that the podcast’s pacing can be slow at times, with episodes occasionally delving into excessive detail, leading to a sense of dragging or a loss of momentum. They believe that tighter editing or shorter episodes could have improved the overall listening experience.
  • Limited Focus: While the podcast offers a captivating exploration of the specific case at hand, a few listeners have expressed a desire for a broader examination of the broader implications and ethical considerations in the field of therapy. They feel that a wider perspective would have enriched the discussions and fostered a more comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.
  • Limited Expert Commentary: Some critics have mentioned a desire for more input from mental health professionals or experts in the field to provide additional context and analysis. They believe that incorporating expert perspectives could have added depth and enhanced the credibility of the podcast.

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