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 […]


Episode 25: Salt Water

Intravenous or IV fluids are a ubiquitous treatment in medicine, and one of the most cost-effective treatments that we have, costing less than a cup of coffee in the developing world. But it wasn’t always this way. In this episode, called Salt Water, we go back to the second great […]


Episode 24: W56.22xA (The Making of A Disease)

What makes a disease? And who gets to decide? Producer Cam Steele brings us a story that spans migrating uteruses in ancient Egypt, a disease that makes slaves want to run away in the antebellum south, and the accidental discovery of an erection pill while trying to treat heart disease. […]