Collective Indifference? How Society Responds To Tragedy

Collective Indifference? How Society Responds To Tragedy

Kojo explores our collective response to the Navy Yard shootings and how we process grief amid repeated mass tragedies.

The violent rampage by alleged gunman Aaron Alexis at Washington D.C.'s Navy Yard on Monday marked the fifth mass shooting since the 2012 killing spree in Newtown, Conn. But as news of mass killings becomes more commonplace, experts say a collective numbness creeps in. Kojo explores our response to the Navy Yard shootings and how we process grief in person, in public, and on social media, amid repeated mass tragedies.

Guests

Petula Dvorak

Columnist, The Washington Post

Drew Permut

Psychologist; author of "Inside Your Therapist’s Mind: How a Psychotherapist Thinks and Why it Works."

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Map Of U.S. Mass Shootings

The Navy Yard shooting is the fifth mass shooting in the United States this year. Details of the additional cases from 2013 are included in the Mother Jones map below. See the full data set and analysis of the findings.

Hover over the dots or use the search tool in the top-left corner of the map to go to a specific location. (Zoom in to see the Aurora shooting, located close to other massacres in Colorado, and to see other proximate shootings in Milwaukee, Seattle, and elsewhere.)

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