Episode 78: Word of the Week: Gaslighting

From MSNBC to Fox News, the word "gaslighting" is everywhere these days. But where does it come from and what does it mean? This time in our Word of the Week series, we dig into the ubiquitous term: its roots in a 1944 Hollywood thriller, how it has come to be used today, and whether it's still a useful word. We speak with linguist Rachel Steindel Burdin and psychotherapist Robin Stern. We'll also hear from comedian Judy Gold and TikTok star Miriam Anzovin.

This episode includes music by Alicia Jo Rabins (www.aliciajo.com).

Released May 31, 2022
  • Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (via crystalkalyana.wordpress.com)

  • Rachel Steindel Burdin. Photo courtesy of Rachel Steindel Burdin.

  • Robin Stern (via medium.com)

  • Talmudic TikTok sensation Miriam Anzovin. Photo courtesy of Miriam Anzovin. 

  • Judy Gold performing in her 2006 one-woman show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

  • Gaslight movie still - Charles Boyer kissing Ingrid Bergman's hand
  • Rachel Steindel Burdin headshot
  • Robin Stern Headshot
  • Miriam Anzovin posing with ring light.
  • Judy Gold


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 78: Word of the Week: Gaslighting." (Viewed on April 13, 2024) <http://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-78-word-week-gaslighting>.