IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH

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IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH explores health and social justice through the most pressing issues of our time—like gun violence, the opioid overdose crisis, and youth and mental health.

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH examines how societal pathologies manifest in the stories of peoples’ lives and their health. Our host Dr. Celine Gounder has a unique perspective: a mix of high-level storytelling skills, a deep understanding of science to diagnose problems and evaluate solutions, and the gift of knowing how to explain that science to others. The health issues hitting the headlines are symptoms of a much deeper existential malaise.

We’ll release 1-3 seasons per year, each of which will consist of about 12 episodes. Each episode will be about 20-25 minutes long and will include interviews with up to four people in addition to the host’s narration. Archival tape will also be used when relevant.

Here are some of the stories we’ve explored to date:

SEASON 3 / EPISODE 1 – AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP
In the 1990s, Dr. Mark Rosenberg and former Congressman Jay Dickey (R-AR) were “arch enemies.” Rosenberg headed the group doing gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dickey wrote the amendment blocking the CDC from doing research on guns and helped get Rosenberg fired. But over time, the “curly-haired, liberal, Jewish kid” and the “lifelong NRA member” became good friends. Science helped them bridge the gap, and together they proposed a way forward: a way to balance gun safety and gun rights.

SEASON 3 / EPISODE 4 – GUN CULTURE 2.0
David Yamane grew up in “a blue bubble outside the San Francisco Bay Area.” The “blue bubble” followed him closely until he moved to North Carolina for a job at Wake Forest University. He saw a wooden structure in a field. He asked his girlfriend (now wife) if it was a tree house. She laughed. It was a deer stand. To David, this was a wake-up call. He started to notice that in his community in North Carolina, guns were everywhere. He realized he’d been afraid of guns. And that’s when David decided he needed to study the sociology of guns… not just guns gone wrong.

SEASON 3 / EPISODE 10 – THIS NONVIOLENT STUFF’LL GET YOU KILLED: ARMED SELF-DEFENSE & THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Charles E. Cobb was a civil rights activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s. Charles didn’t grow up with guns. When Charles traveled south to Mississippi to help other blacks register to vote, he didn’t carry a gun, but came to be thankful for those around him who did. Many of the local NAACP leaders were vets of World War I and II. They’d been transformed by their experiences outside the Jim Crow south, and they weren’t afraid to carry guns for protection. But can you engage in non-violent protest and still be armed?

SEASON 2 / EPISODE 4 – IS THERE FENTANYL IN MY DRUGS?
Drug overdose deaths are on the rise, in large part because of fentanyl. Tino Fuentes is a former heroin user and dealer. He thinks we can save lives not by locking people up, but rather by teaching them how to test their drugs for fentanyl.

SEASON 2 / EPISODE 10 – WHAT COMES AFTER YOU SURVIVE AN OVERDOSE?
Jonathan Goyer’s father and brother died from heroin overdoses. Jonathan was also addicted to heroin, but when he overdosed, he got lucky. Someone gave him naloxone and kept him alive for a little while longer. Many people who’ve overdosed are likely to overdose again, and eventually, die. Does naloxone enable drug use? Is it a bridge to somewhere or nowhere? Jonathan says that what saved his life is what came after naloxone.

SEASON 2 / EPISODE 12 – CAN WE SUE OUR WAY OUT OF THE OPIOID CRISIS?
Hundreds of cities, counties, tribes, and almost every state in the country have sued Big Pharma for its role in fueling the opioid overdose crisis. Joe Rice, one of the lawyers involved in these suits—and also one of the central figures in the Big Tobacco settlement—says there’s only so much lawsuits can achieve even when you win. Joe says the Big Tobacco settlement was a big missed opportunity.

SEASON 1 / EPISODE 2 – SWITCH OR DIE: WHY TRANS TEENS ARE AT SUCH HIGH RISK FOR SUICIDE
Why are LGBTQ youth at such high risk of depression, anxiety and suicide? And what can be done about it?
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IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH explores health and social justice through the most pressing issues of our time—like gun violence, the opioid overdose crisis, and youth and mental health.

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH examines how societal pathologies manifest in the stories of peoples’ lives and their health. Our host Dr. Celine Gounder has a unique perspective: a mix of high-level storytelling skills, a deep understanding of science to diagnose problems and evaluate solutions, and the gift of knowing how to explain that science to others. The health issues hitting the headlines are symptoms of a much deeper existential malaise.

We’ll release 1-3 seasons per year, each of which will consist of about 12 episodes. Each episode will be about 20-25 minutes long and will include interviews with up to four people in addition to the host’s narration. Archival tape will also be used when relevant.

Here are some of the stories we’ve explored to date:

SEASON 3 / EPISODE 1 – AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP
In the 1990s, Dr. Mark Rosenberg and former Congressman Jay Dickey (R-AR) were “arch enemies.” Rosenberg headed the group doing gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dickey wrote the amendment blocking the CDC from doing research on guns and helped get Rosenberg fired. But over time, the “curly-haired, liberal, Jewish kid” and the “lifelong NRA member” became good friends. Science helped them bridge the gap, and together they proposed a way forward: a way to balance gun safety and gun rights.

SEASON 3 / EPISODE 4 – GUN CULTURE 2.0
David Yamane grew up in “a blue bubble outside the San Francisco Bay Area.” The “blue bubble” followed him closely until he moved to North Carolina for a job at Wake Forest University. He saw a wooden structure in a field. He asked his girlfriend (now wife) if it was a tree house. She laughed. It was a deer stand. To David, this was a wake-up call. He started to notice that in his community in North Carolina, guns were everywhere. He realized he’d been afraid of guns. And that’s when David decided he needed to study the sociology of guns… not just guns gone wrong.

SEASON 3 / EPISODE 10 – THIS NONVIOLENT STUFF’LL GET YOU KILLED: ARMED SELF-DEFENSE & THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Charles E. Cobb was a civil rights activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s. Charles didn’t grow up with guns. When Charles traveled south to Mississippi to help other blacks register to vote, he didn’t carry a gun, but came to be thankful for those around him who did. Many of the local NAACP leaders were vets of World War I and II. They’d been transformed by their experiences outside the Jim Crow south, and they weren’t afraid to carry guns for protection. But can you engage in non-violent protest and still be armed?

SEASON 2 / EPISODE 4 – IS THERE FENTANYL IN MY DRUGS?
Drug overdose deaths are on the rise, in large part because of fentanyl. Tino Fuentes is a former heroin user and dealer. He thinks we can save lives not by locking people up, but rather by teaching them how to test their drugs for fentanyl.

SEASON 2 / EPISODE 10 – WHAT COMES AFTER YOU SURVIVE AN OVERDOSE?
Jonathan Goyer’s father and brother died from heroin overdoses. Jonathan was also addicted to heroin, but when he overdosed, he got lucky. Someone gave him naloxone and kept him alive for a little while longer. Many people who’ve overdosed are likely to overdose again, and eventually, die. Does naloxone enable drug use? Is it a bridge to somewhere or nowhere? Jonathan says that what saved his life is what came after naloxone.

SEASON 2 / EPISODE 12 – CAN WE SUE OUR WAY OUT OF THE OPIOID CRISIS?
Hundreds of cities, counties, tribes, and almost every state in the country have sued Big Pharma for its role in fueling the opioid overdose crisis. Joe Rice, one of the lawyers involved in these suits—and also one of the central figures in the Big Tobacco settlement—says there’s only so much lawsuits can achieve even when you win. Joe says the Big Tobacco settlement was a big missed opportunity.

SEASON 1 / EPISODE 2 – SWITCH OR DIE: WHY TRANS TEENS ARE AT SUCH HIGH RISK FOR SUICIDE
Why are LGBTQ youth at such high risk of depression, anxiety and suicide? And what can be done about it?

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Fans
$10 or more per month

You'll get a thank you from us on Twitter!

Friends
$100 or more per month

You'll get thank you from us on Twitter and a shout in the credits at the end of an episode!

Benefactor
$500 or more per month

You'll get thank you from us on Twitter and a shout in the credits at the end of each episode so long as you remain a benefactor!

Sponsors
$5,000 or more per month

You'll get a "brought to you buy" credit at the top of the show so long as you remain a sponsor, a hand-written thank you note, and a thank you from us on Twitter!