Episode Twenty-Six – On Chronic Illness, Deaf Culture And Skepticism – Interview With Joey Haban
This week I’m interviewing Joey Haban of the blog Newly Nerfed. Newly Nerfed is a blog about chronic illness and disability, science and skepticism, and geekery of all kinds, that you can find at http://newly-nerfed.net.
She describes herself on her site as ‘a 36-year-old geeky gal living in Los Angeles, with a husband (a videogame technical director) and two unemployed Burmese cats, Zen — the one with the game controller — and Satori.’ She has a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, and finished the coursework for her master’s in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Prior to becoming disabled, she was a sign language interpreter in the college setting, and later taught English grammar and writing to underprepared deaf college students. She is also a staff writer for AbleGamers and a member of Grassroots Skeptics.
Some of the topics we discuss are inspired by an excellent and thought-provoking blog-post called ‘Bitten And Shy‘, which investigates how people may have a good reason, although not an excuse, to reject medical science. Joey shares some insights from her time as an interpreter of American Sign Language (ASL) and views on skepticism. You can follow her on Twitter at ZenMonkey and join her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newly-Nerfed/260287547080
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