These podcasts are driven by our passion for improving the public dialogue about health care. You’ll hear from leading physicians, researchers, and journalists. But you’ll also hear patient stories, some of them talking about how they were harmed by misleading media messages.
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1 6/29/2018

Podcast: The language of cancer

The language of cancer has become part of our vernacular.
It not only reveals our values and beliefs, but also has considerable impact — ranging from the power to inform and inspire, to the potential to misinform and cause harm.

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2 5/31/2018

Podcast: The new & (un)improved doctor-patient relationship

The doctor-patient relationship is a key determinant of the quality of our health care. But this relationship is changing quickly, and may actually be endangered. What does that mean for patients and providers? And what can we do about it?

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1 4/27/2018

Podcast: Gut Punch – Marketing Microbiome Hype

Our microbiome. We’re told it may hold the key to better understanding and treating a host of diseases. But the supporting research isn’t even close to that point. Nonetheless, the media continues to hype the microbiome and that has consequences.

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3/19/2018

Podcast: Doctors who blog

This podcast is about physicians who blog …

Why they do it, what they’ve taken away from the experience, and what they see as the role blogging plays in the medical information landscape.

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2/19/2018

Podcast: Timothy Caulfield – fighting Goop and cheating death

Timothy Caulfield, the author of “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?” shares his thoughts on the battle of science vs. hype, public trust in science, the importance of social media in health care journalism, the art of communicating health care information, and — of course — the role of celebrity in pseudoscience.

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1/30/2018

Podcast: The promise of precision medicine

In the past half year the FDA approved the first three gene therapies for use in the US.

This comes less than 18 years after the announcement that the human genome had been fully sequenced. It was a milestone wrapped in a promise; a promise that became known as “precision medicine.” But has that promise become reality?

In this podcast we turn to five leaders in their respective fields who’ve been intimately involved with this emerging technology. We ask them them to not only contrast what precision medicine is and may become, but also to help us clarify what holds promise and what’s just hype.


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12/22/2017

Podcast: The top 10 quotes of 2017

In this podcast — our 13th of the year (and 38th episode since we started producing them in the summer of 2015) — we take a look back at some memorable conversations from the past year.

We spoke with quite a mix of inspirational individuals, covered a wide range of fascinating topics, and thought we’d share with you what we considered to be some of the most compelling quotes.

So here you go … The Top 10 Quotes of 2017

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4 11/13/2017

Podcast: Victor Montori – Mayo Clinic MD calls for patient revolution

Having a conversation with Victor Montori you can almost feel your hair blow back.

Montori is a Mayo Clinic diabetes physician who believes our medical industrial complex has forgotten how to care, and a revolution is called for. But what kind of revolution?

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10/26/2017

Podcast: Conflicts of interest at World Conference of Science Journalists

Today marks the opening of the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco.

Over 1,300 people will be in attendance, and that’s a big number.

But there’s an even bigger number that may not get as much attention but really should: The conference is receiving $400,000 from biomedical giant, Johnson & Johnson, and another $200,000 from various companies such as Bayer, Sanofi, 23andMe, and AstraZeneca.

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10/10/2017

Podcast: Allen Frances, MD – A psychiatrist’s take on the DSM, Pharma, and Donald Trump

Is President Donald Trump mentally ill?

Do we really need over 500 psychiatric diagnoses?

What do the changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or ‘DSM’ for short) over the past 60+ years say about psychiatry? The influence of industry? Us?

This conversation with renowned psychiatrist, Allen Frances MD — although just over 10 minutes long — touches on all of the above and much more. Trust me, he’s not shy.

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