Mind of State

Mind of State is a podcast where politics and psychology meet. Each episode features lively commentary on current events, policymakers, and the body politic, and how we have arrived at this moment, as observed through both a political and psychological lens. We explore how "mind" impacts "state" — and vice versa. Tune in, as co-hosts Betty Teng and Jonathan Kopp engage in nuanced conversation with experts from the worlds of politics and psychology as well as others from related fields who have studied the complex dynamics between individual/group psychology and political processes. Mind of State is produced by co-founders Betty Teng, Jonathan Kopp and Thomas Singer, together with Alletta Cooper and Jenny Woodward.

Betty Teng

Betty P. Teng, LMSW, MFA, is a psychoanalyst and trauma therapist who has worked with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and childhood molestation at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Victims Services Program in Manhattan. She is one of the authors of the New York Times bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. Ms. Teng has spoken and written on trauma and its impacts for conferences and media outlets, such as Slate and Vox. She currently sees patients in private practice and at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City.

Jonathan Kopp

Jonathan Kopp is a communications strategist specializing in issue and positioning campaigns for candidates, causes, companies and countries. Jonathan is a Managing Director at the Glover Park Group. He was a member of the Obama for America 2008 National Media Team, the Opposition Research & Rapid Response Team of the 1992 Clinton/Gore “War Room,” and the Clinton Administration White House staff.