Episode 27: The First Opiate Epidemic

The United States is in the midst of an epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths due to opiate painkillers. Its causes are varied, but there’s no question that physicians share a large part of the blame. Little discussed is that this is actually the second time this has happened. Almost […]


Summer Shorts #2 – Corrupted Blood

  In 2005, a mysterious plague called Corrupted Blood hit the online denizens of World of Warcraft, ripping through cities and decimating player characters. After the smoke cleared, it became clear that this virtual plague shared many characteristics with real-world diseases and almost immediately attracted the attention of researchers. In […]


Episode 26: The God Squad

The invention of dialysis — essentially artificial kidneys for people with kidney failure — revolutionized medicine. It also started a debate about medical rationing and ethics that rages to this day. Producer Cam Steele brings us a story about the God Squad, the group of lay people and doctors tasked […]


Summer Shorts #1 – The Eclipse

The eclipse is coming! Get out your eclipse glasses (or your camera obscura, if you didn’t prepare like me), and enjoy a review of the medical literature on eclipses with our guest Dr. Avi O’Glasser in our first summer short. Beyond solar retinopathy (a very good reason to not look […]