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"Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century" received a special award from the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust! Co-chairs of the CBC are Representatives Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Anthony Brown (D-MD), and Veterans Braintrust founder and intrepid and tireless director is Ron E. Armstead! The award was presented on Capitol Hill on September 13, 2019.

JUST OUT AS AN AUDIOBOOK! When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans.

I recorded it, and the great Rock Grant did the editing. Please help spread the word to people who might want it in audiobook form. For the new audiobook -- and the e-book version -- of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, so please try this one...and notice that FOR NOW, the audiobook is free for the first people who place orders! That is the policy of the company that handles it.

New PBS broadcasts of "Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century" coming up in SD, GA, NC, and SC:

These will be on Sunday, January 19:
--At 1:00 p.m. MST on KBHE in Rapid City
--At 2:00 p.m. CST on KCSD, KDSD, KESD, KPSD, KTSD, KUSD, KQSD, & KZSD in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Brookings, Eagle Butte, Pierre, Vermillion, Minot-Bismarck, Lowry, Rapid City, & Martin

These are in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia on Thursday, January 30, at 7:00 a.m. EST:
--WNSC in Charlotte, NC, & Rock Hill, SC
--WNEH, WNTV, WRET in Greenville/Spartanburg & Greenwood, SC
--WRLK in Columbia, SC
--WRJA in Columbia & Sumter, SC
--WJWJ in Savannah, GA, & Beaufort, SC
--WITV in Charleston, SC
--WHMC in Myrtle Beach & Conway, SC
--WJPM in Myrtle Beach & Florence, SC
--WEBA in Augusta, GA, & Allendale, SC

After May 1, watch for broadcasts on PBS stations of awardwinning film about Isaac Pope, which Counterpunch called "moving" and "powerful." Dates, times, and stations will be posted on Screenings page of and on the Facebook page called "Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century."

Published as an e-book is When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, which was first published by MIT Press and won three top national awards for nonfiction. Happily, at my request, the publisher of the e-book, Open Road, is charging the lowered price of just $8.99.
Comments and endorsements from veterans and nonveterans and lots of information about it are at The book gave rise to the nonprofit Listen to a Veteran Project
The book can be ordered at any of the following:

New article, "Moral Anguish Is Not a Mental Illness," just up on Volunteers for America website.

The Truth About Trump and Psychiatric Diagnosis: The Lightbulb Has to Want to Change is my new post.


NO ONE on either side of this debate has written about the crucial points I note in the essay. Also available in Blog section of this Authors Guild website.

Simple, lovely ideas for Memorial Day, which is focused on those who served and who have died, include:

  1. Learn more about what they may have experienced by listening to a veteran from any era (combat or noncombat, woman or man) who will speak with you this weekend or soon. 
  2. Make a tax-deductible donation -- ANY amount, since none is too small, and all are important and appreciated -- to our documentary about a remarkable, unsung hero called "Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century." You can see its trailer and other info and can donate by going to And please LIKE the page. #WhoIsIsaacPope?
  3. Organize a screening of the multi-awardwinning film, "Is Anybody Listening?" by contacting us at…

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New essay on Blog page here.


Please read it and post, tweet, forward. Thank you.

Paula J. Caplan is a clinical and research psychologist, author of books and plays, playwright, actor, director, and activist.

David Rolls' and my interview is about my play, SHADES, and so much more! 

Loved this interviewer's questions about my playwriting! 



“…thoroughly entertaining… Careening from gut-wrenching seriousness to vaudeville-style antics… ingenious interchange of a dramatic play with comic sketches and musical numbers gives both satiric and somber force.”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review

“Bold, vibrant, funny, and disturbing…leaps to life…a richly provocative theatrical experience, entertaining, enlightening and profoundly disturbing all at once.”
New Bedford Standard-Times

“Penetrating drama”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review

“The play truly shines. All of these characters carry with them hidden insecurities, wants, needs, and inner demons that emotionally bubble under the surface from the very start, while at the same time keeping the charm and sense of humor that we all share only with our closest loved ones. Exudes family love and harmony in the midst of tragedy and pain.”
Life in LA

“fully formed…skillfully constructed play unfolds compellingly, its low-key suspense piquing our interest as we grow curious about what the characters are withholding from us — much as in life off-stage…. Caplan has a knack for particularizing that documentary vividness.”
Providence Phoenix

“Riveting… poignant and touching…a pulsating inner life.”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review

“…the night’s most riveting drama…. a whirlwind of anxiety, camararderie, and tragedy, an astonishingly complete emotional roller coaster for such a short production.”

AWARDS for When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans (MIT Press)

  • Groundbreaking Book of the Month, Independent Publishers' IPPY Awards
  • Best Psychology book of 2011, Association of American Publishers' PROSE Awards
  • Silver Medal for Psychology/Mental Health category, 2011, Independent Publishers

OTHER WEBSITES: (includes interviews, articles)



Paula Joan Caplan supports some things in the mental health system, but she has also raised questions about some problems in that system; as a result of the latter, some people have mistakenly concluded that she is a member or supporter of the Church of Scientology and/or its "Citizens Commission on Human Rights," but nothing could be further from the truth. She has made substantial efforts to persuade all groups that mischaracterize her work or that in various ways imply erroneously and misleadingly that she is one of their affiliates or supporters to cease and desist from doing so. Her work about mental health has been done as an independent practitioner and social and political activist.