Polyamory in the News!
. . . by Alan M.

December 15, 2016

Poly community leaders on NPR talk show

Update after the show: Bob and especially Robyn did great; Karen Ruskin was a lot more subdued than in the past and wasn't on for long (and was effectively refuted by Robyn); and the last portion of the show featured a very articulate poly couple in Connecticut who are in an open quad, representing us well. Honestly, the whole thing was more on the bland side than I expected. I guess that's good. Listen to it here (41 minutes).

But they didn't take any callers!! Shucks, I was hoping for a chance. Thanks to everyone who tried to call.


(Original post:)

Heads up, listeners and callers! Robyn Trask of Loving More, and longtime poly author/counsellor/speaker Bob McGarey, will be on the Colin McEnroe Show, a big deal on a leading NPR radio station, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Pacific) today, Thursday Dec. 15, 2016. The show will also bring on the poly-hostile TV therapist Karen Ruskin to challenge Robyn. It runs for one hour.

WNPR is the flagship National Public Radio station in Connecticut. Its programs are sometimes syndicated to other stations nationwide.

Listen live online. The call-in number is 860-275-7266. Email: colin@wnpr.org. Twitter: @wnprcolin.

Karen Ruskin makes a special point of saying poly households are always terrible for children. If you were or are being raised in a poly family, your call would be especially good. In the past Ruskin has seemed scared of being refuted on-air, and rumor has it that she would not come onto this show if Robyn's own daughter, now in her late teens, would be on.

Two reasons for other folks to call: To increase the chance of informed, sympathetic callers getting on the air, and to show the station that there's a lot of interest. When a show considers whether to revisit a topic or invite guests back, a lot depends on whether the phones lit up the first time.

Update: Ruskin bills herself as "Dr." Karen Ruskin, but is this for real? See the first comment below. Don't ask me, this professional question of "doctors" is beyond my pay grade.

Muddying the waters is the fact that there is, coincidentally, another Dr. Karen B. Ruskin from her school (Nova Southeastern University), who went on to get an actual Doctorate in Education (from Northern Illinois University). A quick search for "Dr. Karen B. Ruskin" is likely to land on the wrong one. (Our Ruskin is "Karen S. Ruskin" on her Massachusetts license to practice marriage and family therapy, but she later changed the middle name that she uses to Bailes, her maiden name, initial B.) Can someone who knows more than I do about the use of "doctor" sort this out?




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting enough Ruskin appears to be a fake doctor (no surprise), with a "degree" from a university that doesn't even give out graduate degrees. Here's some talk of possible ethics violations she might be in violation of.


December 15, 2016 2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the section of Ruskin's book in which she expresses her bias against polyamory:

Dr. Karen's Marriage Manual, pp 42-45:

December 15, 2016 3:21 AM  
Anonymous carrie h said...

Won't be listening to this at all. NPR is bringing on a shady character as the mental health professional. One look at her opinions on politics and her plethora of conservative speaking engagements tells me this is just another Dr. Laura type of "professional," veiwing her opinions through her own bias, rather than what is good for the individual. Nope. No different than any other person without a doctoral degree who eschews differences conflicting with their own beliefs for no other reason than a difference in perspective. *yawn*

December 15, 2016 9:54 AM  
Anonymous carrie h said...

The degree and license listed on the website are searchable by web. The person publishing the website under her name, author of the book mentioned above, and holder of licence 1283 from Massachusetts are one in the same: NPI 1396953592 Dr. Karen S. Ruskin, Marriage Counselor in Sharon, Massachusetts.

December 15, 2016 10:06 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

But what exactly is her doctorate, and from where? Can you find that out?

December 15, 2016 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Ally said...

She doesn't list any doctorate degree on her LinkedIn profile, which you would think she would if she had one. She lists a master's and a bachelor's. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-karen-ruskin-a0766914

December 15, 2016 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The use of the title "doctor" is completely unregulated. Typically it means someone who has a degree that includes the word "doctor” and the person insists on the title. Various degree holders look askance at holders of other degrees insisting on the title, so you hear "real doctor" used.

The use of "doctor" because someone is a licensed caregiver despite lacking a "doctoral" degree is pretty spurious.

December 15, 2016 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, her website states: "Karen Ruskin, PsyD., LMFT. This mental health professional holds her Doctorate in Psychology, Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, and Bachelor’s in Psychology."

Not sure how highly a PsyD is considered. My PhD psychologist poly partner says it depends on the school.

December 15, 2016 11:45 AM  
Blogger Euphrates said...

Listening right now, and they really didn't give her much time. It's mostly been Robin and their poly guests from Connecticut. Unfortunately I have been trying to call in and the lines are all tied up, probably because both Robin and Karen called in. *sighs* Still, an actually fairly decent interview!

December 15, 2016 1:57 PM  

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