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Only Human

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Only Human is a podcast about making the most of our health, whether we’re training for a marathon, overcoming an illness, or trying not to go broke paying for healthcare. Hosted by Mary Harris, Only Human is a show where we’re not afraid to have unc...Show More
Your Brain On Sound

20:59 | Dec 1st, 2015

When Rose was growing up, she knew something wasn't quite right about how she heard the world. But every time she got a hearing test at the audiologist's office, she aced them. It took her years to figure out what was happening — until she met Profes...Show More
The Birth of Climate Change Denial

38:47 | May 17th, 2017

Starting with the 1925 Scopes Trial to climate change, we look at how even well-established science can remain controversial.
Join Us on 'The Stakes'

29:54 | Apr 25th

The team that brought you Only Human and The Realness are teaming up with Kai Wright and WNYC Studios to bring you more stories about health, medicine and a whole lot more. In episode one of The Stakes, we investigate one of the longest-running publi...Show More
Only Human Presents: Undiscovered

37:35 | Sep 27th, 2018

Only Human presents: Undiscovered, a podcast from WNYC Studios about the left turns, missteps, and lucky breaks that make science happen. In this episode, a new life support technology leaves a doctor wondering how far she'll go to save a life. Subsc...Show More
The Realness Ep6: Missing You

29:57 | Aug 10th, 2018

Prodigy is supposed to fly back home right after a show in Vegas, but he never gets on the plane. As the world of hip hop mourns, there are still questions surrounding his death. We try to find answers, and go inside Prodigy’s memorial service to say...Show More
The Realness Ep5: Go See About the God

31:09 | Aug 6th, 2018

It's The Alchemist's birthday, but thanks to the NYPD's "Rap Intelligence Unit," he and Prodigy are forced to celebrate in a jail cell, and soon after, P is headed upstate. But even Prodigy says prison changed him for the better.     LANGUAGE WARNIN...Show More
The Realness Ep4: The Most Racist Judge in Nassau County

35:07 | Aug 3rd, 2018

When Prodigy goes on trial for violating probation, his lawyer files over 90 pages of P's medical records in his defense. We find those records buried deep in a Brooklyn courthouse, and they open a window into how Prodigy's body was at war with itsel...Show More
The Realness B-Side: Roxanne Shanté

18:20 | Aug 1st, 2018

Roxanne Shanté is the queen of Queensbridge rappers. As a teenager in the 1980s, she lyrically demolished all comers. In this B-side outtake, we talk with Roxanne about meeting Prodigy, encouraging Hav to go solo, and how the water in Queensbridge be...Show More
The Realness Ep3: Son, They Shook

23:04 | Jul 30th, 2018

Someone is shot inside Def Jam. A rap star chases Mobb Deep through Lower Manhattan. And Prodigy convinces a hip hop mogul to sneak weapons into one of New York's most decadent nightclubs. Mobb Deep came up in rap’s golden age. No other group defined...Show More
The Realness Ep2: T'Chaka

29:26 | Jul 28th, 2018

As a kid with sickle cell anemia, Prodigy was told he'd barely make it to adulthood. The work of doctors, athletes, Hollywood stars and The Black Panthers help transform his fate. But what kind of life would he lead?     LANGUAGE WARNING: The Realne...Show More
The Realness Ep1: This Sunny Day Right Here

30:12 | Jul 27th, 2018

Prodigy and Havoc begin laying down rhymes together in high school. When their first album flops, they come up with a new sound that's directly influenced by P's sickle cell, and it helps define a generation of hip hop. Plus: Big Twins talks about th...Show More
Aftereffect Ep8: “They call him Cheese”

33:11 | Jul 20th, 2018

One day in February, a group of staff packed up Arnaldo's belongings, moved him out of Carlton Palms and into a three-bedroom house in a suburban neighborhood. On its face, it's the type of setting disability advocates strive toward. Arnaldo has his ...Show More
WNYC Studios presents: The Realness

04:39 | Jul 19th, 2018

The Realness is about how a sick kid became a legendary rapper, but still couldn't escape sickle cell anemia.
Aftereffect Ep7: “The man behind an empire”

28:17 | Jul 16th, 2018

For decades, Carlton Palms' elusive founder, Ken Mazik, has wielded his power and influence to sway members of Congress and state legislatures into bending the rules in his favor, from scuttling laws that would have limited the use of physical restra...Show More
Aftereffect Ep6: “When they don't behave”

32:41 | Jul 13th, 2018

A cup of hot water thrown on a developmentally-disabled resident. Another kicked in the ribs. A tooth knocked out by a staff member. Carlton Palms had a dark history long before Arnaldo arrived. So why is the state of Florida so reluctant to close it...Show More
Aftereffect Ep5: “I need to believe”

34:33 | Jul 9th, 2018

A year and a half after the shooting, there are signs of trouble at Arnaldo's new home, Carlton Palms. The staff isn't keeping an eye on him. There are unexplained injuries. His mother isn't allowed to see his room and he's being physically restraine...Show More
Aftereffect Ep4: “I Baker Act you. You Baker Acted me.”

28:25 | Jul 6th, 2018

The day of the shooting wasn't Arnaldo's first encounter with the police. In fact, they'd loomed large in his life for years before that. Even as he bounced from one group home to another, the people that consistently showed up for him, often in the ...Show More
Aftereffect Ep3: “He was definitely a handful”

44:36 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Since the beginning, Arnaldo’s mother struggled to find adequate care for her autistic son. Her memories are often painful: the doctors who wouldn't diagnose him; the staff who punched him, drugged him, tied his hands behind his back in a classroom c...Show More
Aftereffect Ep2: “Suck it up, buttercup”

34:34 | Jun 29th, 2018

The shooting left Arnaldo severely traumatized, unable to remain in the home where Charles Kinsey had taken care of him. The next day, he was involuntarily committed to a hospital psych ward, where days stretched into weeks into well over-a-month as ...Show More
Aftereffect Ep 1: “Let me get this on camera”

36:06 | Jun 28th, 2018

Only Human listeners, we're here with a new podcast series that we think will be right up your alley. Aftereffect touches on the same themes of how health intersects with our lives everyday. Give it a shot. Let us know what you think. Just before 5pm...Show More
Aftereffect: A SWAT team, an autistic man, an American tragedy.

03:29 | Jun 21st, 2018

In summer 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect tells Arnaldo's story —  a hidden world of psych wards, physical abuse and chemical restraints — and asks the question: Wh...Show More
Caught: "The Teenage Brain is Like a Sports Car"

35:08 | Apr 4th, 2018

We'll give a sneak peek at what's next for Only Human, and then share an episode of one of WNYC's latest podcasts, Caught. Mary Harris reports on Stephen Hall, one of thousands of so-called "juvenile lifers" who have an unexpected shot at freedom tod...Show More
The Handshake Experiment

0:00 | May 3rd, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson and microbiome science help answer this question: when we touch greatness, how much of it stays with us?
Meet Your Microbes

0:00 | Apr 25th, 2017

Radiolab and Only Human have partnered with uBiome, a company that can identify the bacteria that live on you. **We've run out of kits. Thanks so much to uBiome for generously donating over 13,000 free skin kits, and thanks to everyone for participat...Show More
“I Got Indian in My Family”: An Another Round Takeover

40:37 | Apr 19th, 2017

Another Round co-host Tracy Clayton enlisted Only Human to help her with an experiment, to find her roots.
Trans Kids Update: Dating, PMS, And, Yeah, Bathrooms

36:23 | Apr 5th, 2017

When North Carolina passed HB2 last year — a controversial law also known as the "bathroom bill" — it seemed to many that the rights of transgender people in that state were under threat. Now that the bathroom bill has been repealed, we wanted to che...Show More

30:24 | Mar 22nd, 2017

If you’ve ever worried about catching a cold from a co-worker who came into work when he (or she) should’ve taken a sick day, then this episode is for you.
Just Put Some Vicks On It

29:42 | Mar 8th, 2017

A granddaughter sets out to find the roots of her grandmother’s obsession with Vicks Vaporub. The little blue jar ends up changing their relationship.
A Three Year-Old Girl, a Colony of Dogs, and One Very Rare Side Effect

23:41 | Feb 22nd, 2017

When Mathilda Crisp was three years-old, she got sick. She stopped sleeping through the night, but during the day, she would fall asleep without warning — during a swim lesson, for example, or straight into her cereal bowl at breakfast. For one docto...Show More
Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Flu Shot

0:00 | Feb 22nd, 2017

While researching this week’s episode of Only Human, I learned a lot about the flu vaccine. Here are my top five takeaways: Every year, the flu shot is a little bit of an experiment. In the next couple of weeks, a team of physicians will get togethe...Show More
The Woman Behind a Secret Grey's Anatomy Experiment

33:15 | Feb 8th, 2017

Jennifer Jako spent a lifetime trying to explain a single mistake she made. In this episode, we tell the story of that mistake and how it ultimately took a secret experiment buried deep inside one of America’s favorite television shows to help correc...Show More
The Crowd Made You Do It

42:33 | Jan 25th, 2017

Who knew counting a crowd would be so… political? If the election felt contentious, the inauguration seemed to make the country even more divided, between "us" and "them." After many gathered on the Washington Mall for President Trump's inauguration ...Show More
Group Think at the Inauguration?

0:00 | Jan 25th, 2017

How does being in a big crowd change your mind? The inauguration struck us as a unique moment to test these ideas about identity, identity formation and group think with a massive number of people. Jay Van Bavel, a social psychology professor and neu...Show More
Meet Crowd Safety Expert, Paul Wertheimer

0:00 | Jan 19th, 2017

To understand crowds, Paul Wertheimer threw himself into the mosh pit — literally.
Take Our Survey!

02:53 | Jan 17th, 2017

Only Human is working on an episode about the psychology of crowds. We're looking at what happens to us as individuals when we join a rally, a ceremony or a protest -- such as inauguration, or the Women’s March on Washington. And we need your help! T...Show More
The Art of Political Discourse, Brought to You by Science

0:00 | Nov 7th, 2016

This election has walked right into our homes, our relationships —we’re even talking to our therapists about Donald and Hillary. Our episode this week looks at what this election stress is doing to our bodies. And it got us wondering, what can scienc...Show More
Please Spit in This Tube: An Election Experiment

32:16 | Nov 4th, 2016

The 2016 election has certainly felt stressful. But what is the Trump-Clinton saga actually doing to us, physically? It turns out there’s a way to measure this. Researchers at the University of Nebraska have been looking at the intersection of biolog...Show More
Five Things about the Wild West of Dietary Supplements

0:00 | Aug 17th, 2016

1. Before they are sold on the market, dietary supplements are not reviewed or approved by the FDA. However, 54 percent of surveyed consumers believe that the government approves vitamin and mineral supplements before they are marketed (according to ...Show More
Me and My Therapist

31:52 | Aug 9th, 2016

We have this idea of what therapy is supposed to look like. There’s a couch. An objective therapist sitting across the room scribbling notes. But of course it’s not that simple. In this episode, six short stories, many from our listeners, looking at ...Show More
I’d Rather Have a Living Son Than a Dead Daughter

27:54 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Earlier this year, North Carolina passed HB2, the so-called "bathroom bill." But the state is also home to one of the few clinics for transgender kids in the South. This week, we spend some time in that clinic, at Duke University's Children's Hospita...Show More
How Our Understanding of Gender Has Changed Over Time

15:46 | Aug 1st, 2016

North Carolina's so-called bathroom bill, HB2, put the state in the middle of a national fight about gender. But the state is also home to one of the few gender clinics for kids in the South, at Duke University's Children's Hospital. This week, Only ...Show More
Five Things I Learned When I Got Swabbed for Science

0:00 | Jul 28th, 2016

The video above is a discussion moderated by Mary Harris at the American Museum of Natural History about the initial findings of a study on the healthy microbiome.  Back in June, our friends over at the American Museum of Natural History convinced me...Show More
Growing Up "Ugly"

24:07 | Jul 26th, 2016

Robert Hoge doesn’t look like most people. He was born with severe defects; growing up, he had to get used to people calling him “ugly.” This week, Robert reflects on the lie we all tell ourselves: that it’s what on the inside that counts, and looks ...Show More
Germaphobic or Germagenius?

07:32 | Jul 21st, 2016

In the heat of summer, everywhere in the city can feel sweaty, sticky, and smelly. It’s enough to make you want to douse everything in sanitizer to kill off all the germs. But which of the little bugs around us will actually make us sick — and which ...Show More
Yes, Simba, Chimps Laugh

26:59 | Jul 19th, 2016

Is laughter really the best medicine? This week, Mary Harris and Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen try to find out. We go to laughter yoga in New York, an improv class for doctors and nurses in Chicago, and talk to some brain scientists about why humans lau...Show More
Hang Out with Only Human!

0:00 | Jul 18th, 2016

Remember how, every year, in elementary school you’d have to do that fitness test? The Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge. You’d have to do sit ups and pull ups – you’d even have to run a mile. I remember them mostly because I was terrified of t...Show More
The Prank Your Body Plays On Life

22:01 | Jul 12th, 2016

Poet Max Ritvo is back on our show this week, for what he’s calling his “farewell tour".The 25-year-old has spent years living with terminal cancer and says he’s now at the end of his road. But in typical Max fashion there are as many laughs as there...Show More
Your Brain On Sound (Rebroadcast)

19:14 | Jul 5th, 2016

When Rose was growing up, she knew something wasn't quite right about how she heard the world. But every time she got a hearing test at the audiologist's office, she aced them. It took her years to figure out what was happening — until she met Profes...Show More
What a Microbiologist Has to Say About Your Home

0:00 | Jun 30th, 2016

Our host Mary Harris invited microbiologist Susan Perkins into her home to talk germs, mold and what exactly makes something clean or dirty. Perkins is co-curator of a microbes exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History exhibit, The Secret Wor...Show More
I Thought the Truth Would Be Enough

26:06 | Jun 28th, 2016

Marc Edwards uncovered the dangerous lead in Flint’s water last year. Like a lot of other people crusading for change, he discovered the struggle isn’t just about getting the science right. It’s also about convincing people to listen.
Reddit's Role in Suicide Prevention

08:49 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Reddit is not just a website on the internet – it’s a thriving, expansive community with about 243.6 million visitors per month who have discussed hundreds of thousands of topics with the comfort of anonymity. So it’s no surprise that a subreddit (a ...Show More
Vacation Is All I Ever Wanted

30:55 | Jun 21st, 2016

For some people, there is no “getting over” being sick. There’s just an occasional break from the pain. Three people tell Only Human what it’s like when life hands you a vacation from disease and then sends you home again.
One Doctor's Mission: Safe Abortions in the South (Rebroadcast)

22:28 | Jun 14th, 2016

As the Supreme Court nears its decision on a landmark abortion case, we revisit a favorite episode. Dr. Willie Parker, a devout Christian, refused to perform abortions in his early career. Then he heard a Martin Luther King Jr. speech that changed hi...Show More
Part 3: A Star With Schizophrenia

23:38 | Jun 7th, 2016

In part three of our mental health series we meet Rachel Star Withers, a fearless woman with schizophrenia who offers a rare snapshot of mental illness on YouTube. Follow along on Facebook at Only Human Podcast.
Part 2: Be the Doctor Your Mom Wanted You to Marry

21:43 | May 31st, 2016

Medical school culture isn’t known to be open about mental health issues. But many students like Giselle suffer from intense anxiety and depression. And she doesn’t want to stay silent. This is part two of our mental health series. Follow along on Fa...Show More
Part 1: 'You Don't Watch Bollywood With Me Anymore'

26:53 | May 24th, 2016

What happens when you’re becoming a psychologist but you’ve  never come clean to your own family about your struggles with mental health? This is the dilemma Rose confronts, and she lets us eavesdrop when she finally confesses to her mother that she’...Show More
Too Ornery to Die

29:51 | May 17th, 2016

Scientist Paul Quinton has lived twice as long as expected for someone with cystic fibrosis. He also made a discovery that led to a breakthrough treatment for the disease. But now that this new drug is available, who gets to decide how much it costs?
Medicine and Mistrust on Native American Reservations

25:26 | May 10th, 2016

Native Americans have struggled with poor access to health care for many years. Two doctors who grew up on reservations are trying to change that, one patient at a time.
A Deaf Composer Holds Out for Science

26:02 | May 3rd, 2016

Jay Alan Zimmerman is a musician who has been losing his hearing over the past several decades. As his hearing worsened, Jay considered other professions, but couldn’t imagine a life without music. Now he’s trying to decide if he’ll risk the unknown ...Show More
A "Dadvocate" Speaks Out for Down Syndrome

0:00 | Apr 29th, 2016

When Kurt and Margie Kondrich’s second child entered the world, the doctor told the couple that the baby had the characteristics of Down syndrome. “And that was very sterile, very clinical,” Kurt Kondrich said. “She was a beautiful little girl, beaut...Show More
How a Prenatal Test Is Transforming Modern Medicine

29:34 | Apr 26th, 2016

Prenatal screening keeps getting more precise, more accessible, and less stressful -- at least in terms of the basic procedure. But what happens when these tests catch something? This week, the life and death decisions that come with genetic informat...Show More
Diabetes Hacking 101

0:00 | Apr 22nd, 2016

In this week’s episode we met a woman whose pancreas is changing medicine. Dana Lewis has Type 1 diabetes, and when it was clear that medical manufacturers were behind on creating the device she needed to manage her disease, she hacked together her o...Show More
The Robot Vacuum Ate My Pancreas

33:11 | Apr 19th, 2016

A young woman with diabetes hacks her insulin pump and takes DIY medicine to a new level. But could she find herself in trouble with the federal government?
What We Learned from Stick to It

0:00 | Apr 18th, 2016

At the start of 2016, thousands of people resolved to exercise more, just like they do each year. We were among them. We knew our motivation would waver – it happens every time. But with all of the life hacking and motivational research and lifestyl...Show More
Doctor Stories: The Patient I’ll Never Forget

38:04 | Apr 12th, 2016

Doctors listen to stories from patients all the time. This week, we give them the mic to hear about the patients who left a lasting impression on their lives.
Real Doctors, Fake Medicine?

25:48 | Apr 5th, 2016

What actually makes you feel better when you go to the doctor? This week we explore that question and the power of a placebo – the most misunderstood “medicine” of all.
A Guide to Donating Your Body to Science

0:00 | Apr 1st, 2016

This week our reporter Fred Mogul took us into the world of medical school cadavers. He explored how someone’s life – in this case, a musician named Haig Manoukian with a wife and many friends – can become just a stark scientific tool when the body l...Show More
Every (Dead) Body Has A Story

29:22 | Mar 29th, 2016

When it comes to dissecting a cadaver, medical students don’t always know who is under their scalpel. This week, Only Human’s Fred Mogul learns about a musician who spent his life educating others, and continues to do so after he dies.
The Godfather of Fitness and… Feminism?

0:00 | Mar 25th, 2016

In America, the women’s rights movement took off in the late 19th century – it was the time of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; of women fighting for the right to vote. And it wasn’t an easy battle. So it might be a little bit surprising ...Show More
The Man Who Cured Everything

35:57 | Mar 22nd, 2016

In the early 1900s, an eccentric fitness guru named Bernarr Macfadden discovered what he believed was a treatment for everything: fasting. In this episode, how Macfadden’s miracle cure got big, was forgotten and came back nearly a century later.
What HIV Disclosure Laws Look Like By State

0:00 | Mar 17th, 2016

More than 30 states in America have laws that punish people with HIV if they fail to disclose their virus when having sex, kissing or even spitting on people. This week's episode explored the fragile balance of protecting the public from sexually tra...Show More
When it Comes to Lead in School Drinking Water, Newark Isn't Alone

07:07 | Mar 16th, 2016

Ivelisse Mincey's son, Adam, is a seventh grader at Abington Avenue School, in Newark. For the last week, Mincey has sent Adam to school with a liter of water each day; his school is one of the 30 in Newark that had its water shut off after tests fou...Show More
When Risky Sex Lands You in Jail

24:34 | Mar 15th, 2016

We’re often taught that sex can come with consequences. But is our fear of these risks making us alienate and punish people with sexually transmitted disease?
What Women Want (In a Pill for Sex)

0:00 | Mar 9th, 2016

If you're a woman, or have had sex with a woman, you might know that female sexuality is not always straightforward. In our latest episode we explore that complexity with a sex researcher, Nicole Prause, and try to figure out why Addyi, the first "fe...Show More
The Science of Turning Her On

24:01 | Mar 8th, 2016

The new “female Viagra” has been underwhelming. But researcher Nicole Prause is on a mission to find out what it takes for women to have better sex.
Your Sanity or Your Kidneys

22:50 | Mar 1st, 2016

Jaime Lowe started taking lithium when she was 17, after a manic episode landed her in a psychiatric ward. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, andor more than 20 years, the drug has been her near-constant companion. “It’s hard to know if lithium...Show More
In Our Words: Speaking While Autistic

01:59 | Feb 26th, 2016

On Tuesday’s episode we talked to Michelle Dunn and Larry Harris, a researcher and former NFL-player-turned-opera singer who teamed up to create a new technique to help people with autism calibrate their voice and speech patterns. We wanted to know w...Show More
When Opera Meets Autism

24:24 | Feb 23rd, 2016

A neuropsychologist and an opera singer have teamed up to create a form of vocal training for people on the autism spectrum. So far they’ve had success, but what does it mean for the patients who have to change and conform just to fit in?
Taking Painkillers All the Time Doesn’t Make Me an Addict

0:00 | Feb 19th, 2016

In our latest episode we talked to Peter Grinspoon, a Harvard doctor who struggled with painkiller addiction, about the dangers of drug abuse. He says drugs – other than marijuana – are evil. Our listener Jen O’Neal strongly disagrees. O’Neal, a 23-y...Show More
A Doctor’s Love Affair with Vicodin

26:28 | Feb 16th, 2016

Peter Grinspoon spent years addicted to painkillers – as a successful physician who also prescribed them. He kept his addiction secret and often shared pills with his patients, until he was caught. In this episode, the author of “Free Refills” talks ...Show More
Busted: 5 Food Myths Proved Wrong

01:22 | Feb 11th, 2016

When it comes to diet advice, Americans are fed plenty of junk. Many jaw-dropping reports that vilify or glorify a food are countered soon after. Part of it, as we explored in this week’s episode on calories, is because we just don’t have enough rese...Show More
Don't Count on the Calorie

22:05 | Feb 9th, 2016

Calories, the longstanding building blocks of a diet, can be sneaky. It turns out that measuring what we eat through these units of energy isn’t as foolproof as we thought. We team up with the podcast Gastropod to find out the truth about calories, a...Show More
One Doctor’s Mission: Safe Abortions in the South

20:59 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Dr. Willie Parker, a devout Christian, refused to perform abortions early in his career. Now he travels across conservative states like Alabama and Mississippi, amid threats and criticism, providing safe abortions for women. Parker talks about the Ma...Show More
How to Stop an Outbreak

29:08 | Jan 26th, 2016

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease had New Yorkers panicking last summer. We go behind the scenes to find out how the city stopped a deadly bacteria that claimed 16 lives, and left more than a hundred people sick.
When Life's a Medical Experiment

19:18 | Jan 19th, 2016

Ever since Susannah Ludwig was born without an esophagus, her life has been a series of medical experiments. In this episode, the Academy Award-nominated movie producer talks about the uncertainty of living with a rare condition, and the optimism tha...Show More
Bacon, Booze and the Search for the Fountain of Youth

29:41 | Jan 12th, 2016

When we ask the world’s oldest people a simple question — what’s your secret to longevity? — we walk away with some pretty illogical answers. In this episode we set out to see what we’ve actually learned from supercentenarians and, along the way, rev...Show More
This Is the Year You Stick to It

20:28 | Jan 5th, 2016

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely's insights into why we do what we do have made him a best-selling author and a star TED talker. Now, he's going to help you stick with your New Year's resolution to exercise. In this episode, Ariely partners with Only ...Show More
Why is Healthcare So Expensive? We Ask an Expert

15:02 | Dec 29th, 2015

We all know the cost of healthcare is staggering in this country — but is there anything you can do about it? Dr. Zeke Emanuel talks about how we can be a smarter consumers of healthcare, and the ways the system might be slowly changing to help all o...Show More
Stick to It! A New Year’s Fitness Project

0:00 | Dec 29th, 2015

This project is now closed, and Ariely's team is crunching the data. Here's what they found. How many times have you resolved to work out more, only to have your gym membership, treadmill, or jump ropes go unused? Only Human, the podcast about your h...Show More
Patients and Doctors Fess Up

29:24 | Dec 22nd, 2015

(REBROADCAST) When we asked you to share your health confessions with us we didn’t know what to expect. Turns out you guys have all kinds of vices: you eat the wrong things, you use drugs, sometimes you lie to your doctors. And doctors are no better....Show More
Putting Care Back in the ICU

19:52 | Dec 15th, 2015

Does a more humane hospital equal a safer one? That’s a question Johns Hopkins is grappling with — and Dr. Peter Pronovost believes the answer is yes. His Project Emerge aims to reengineer the way patients are cared for in the ICU.
Let's Talk About Death

23:36 | Dec 8th, 2015

Bishop Gwendolyn Phillips Coates is on a mission. She’s a preacher in a small church in South L.A., and she’s made it her job to get her congregation prepared for the end of life. Bishop Coates is trying to make conversations about death easier becau...Show More
Listen Up! A Classroom Activity on Sound

0:00 | Dec 8th, 2015

Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss in the United States, but it is largely preventable - which is what motivated audiologist Deanna Meinke, a professor at University of Northern Colorado, to contribute to Dangerous Decibels, an ed...Show More
Women, Drugs and Biosynthetic Creatures: My Favorite Talks from TEDMED

0:00 | Dec 7th, 2015

Last month I went to TEDMED, the TED talks of the health and medicine world. TEDMED is like House crossed with Google plus a hint of Wall Street: geniuses from medicine cross-pollinate with tech innovators encircled by a smattering of venture capital...Show More
Listen Up! What to Make of Your Hearing Age

0:00 | Dec 4th, 2015

A hearing test, like many health tests, can be a little intimidating. If you've ever worried at about your hearing, you probably don’t want to really know for sure because then it’s real. Fortunately, about 5,000 of you took us up on the challenge of...Show More
We're All Hearing Differently, and Here's the Proof

0:00 | Dec 1st, 2015

This week, Only Human introduced you to Professor Nina Kraus. Kraus is convinced: all of us are probably hearing the world a little bit differently. And the proof is in our brain waves. Using EEGs, she’s shown that some autistic children don’t proces...Show More
Listen Up! The Big Turkey in the Sky

14:27 | Nov 24th, 2015

It’s not coincidental that Only Human decided to tackle listening right before a big holiday, when a lot of us will spend time with family. Sometimes the people we love the most can be the hardest to listen to. So we’re rounding out our Listen Up pro...Show More
36 Questions That Can Lead to Love - and Happier Thanksgivings

0:00 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Arthur Aron runs the “Interpersonal Relationships Lab” at SUNY-Stony Brook. (And, by the way, he does that alongside his wife, Elaine Aron. They’ve been together 47 years.) I called him up because I wanted to figure out how important listening was to...Show More
Listen Up! Day 5: Yes, And... !

10:22 | Nov 20th, 2015

When you’re in a situation where you have to collaborate with other people, it’s easy to get stuck in a sludge of unproductivity. So we’re borrowing an exercise from the world of improv comedy, “Yes, And… ,” which is used to keep conversation flowing...Show More
Listen Up! When to Worry about Your Hearing

0:00 | Nov 20th, 2015

More than 4,000 of you took us up on testing your hearing with the Mimi Hearing Test app — which is remarkable, considering the national stigma surrounding hearing loss. That may be why many American adults have not been tested.  But mobile technolog...Show More
Listen Up! Day 4: Memorize This!

08:08 | Nov 19th, 2015

Memory and listening go hand-in-hand. But you know the feeling: You’re at an event where you don’t know anyone. And then you get introduced to lots of folks — only to forget their names ten minutes later. The good news? We can work on our memory. Mem...Show More
Listen Up! Day 3: Take a Breather

13:55 | Nov 18th, 2015

We often scramble to fill up “awkward silence” in conversations. But the best listeners know when others just need to be heard. Renowned mediator Ken Feinberg listens to thousands of heartbreaking stories after tragic events — and embracing silence i...Show More
Listen Up! Day 2: Mirror, Mirror

09:51 | Nov 17th, 2015

Being a good listener isn’t just about your ears. Body language can tell you a lot about a person’s intentions, and it’s one of the keys to Hamilton actor Okieriete Onaodowan’s success on stage. And with the help of movement instructor Fay Simpson, w...Show More
Listen Up! Day 1: Face-to-Face

06:27 | Nov 16th, 2015

We're so used to communicating with each other through email, text, tweets — everything but face-to-face. But when we are left with tech, we might be missing a lot of crucial information. With the help of MTV's Franchesca Ramsey and cognitive psychol...Show More
Dreaming of a Deaf Utopia

31:55 | Nov 10th, 2015

As a kid, Marvin Miller dreamed of starting an all sign language town. A place where deaf would be the norm and everyone from the garbage man to the mayor would sign. Ten years ago he found the land to build it.
Listen Up! How to Participate

0:00 | Nov 10th, 2015

Has anyone ever complained that you’re not listening to them?  No matter how well we might hear (and if you don't know, click here to take the Mimi hearing test), intentional listening — understanding the complex layers of information a person commun...Show More
Listen Up! How Old Are Your Ears?

0:00 | Nov 4th, 2015

This month on Only Human, we're telling stories about how different people hear the world. And we want you to be a part of it.  First we're going to start by finding out how well you hear. So we've partnered with an iPhone app called Mimi, which let...Show More
A Deaf Composer Holds Out for Science

26:25 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Jay Alan Zimmerman is a musician who has been losing his hearing over the past several decades. As his hearing worsened, Jay considered other professions, but couldn't imagine a life without music. Now he's trying to decide if he'll risk the unknown ...Show More
Who Are You Calling 'Inspiring'?

21:31 | Oct 27th, 2015

At 24, Max Ritvo has a lot going for him. He's a gifted poet with a teaching job at Columbia University and a manuscript that he's shopping to publishers. He's a new husband. He's a comic in a darkly funny experimental improv group. But he's also a c...Show More
Patients and Doctors Fess Up

28:02 | Oct 20th, 2015

When we asked you to share your health confessions with us we didn’t know what to expect. Turns out you guys have all kinds of vices: you eat the wrong things, you use drugs, sometimes you lie to your doctors. And doctors are no better. In this episo...Show More
Your Sanity or Your Kidneys

21:29 | Oct 13th, 2015

Jaime Lowe started taking lithium when she was 17, after a manic episode landed her in a psychiatric ward. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and for more than 20 years, the drug has been her near-constant companion.  “It’s hard to know if lith...Show More
Keep the Baby, Get the Chemo

18:43 | Oct 6th, 2015

A young mom learns she has breast cancer. Then, while she's scheduling surgery and planning for chemo, she finds out something else: she's pregnant. That's what happened to Only Human's host, Mary Harris, two years ago. She tells her story – and asks...Show More
Welcome to 'Only Human'

02:19 | Sep 22nd, 2015

A deaf composer gets a shot at hearing again. A woman with bipolar disorder tries going off her usual medication. Our host finds out she has breast cancer—and is pregnant—at the same time.  This is Only Human, a new podcast from WNYC Studios. Health ...Show More
VIDEO: Every Body Has a Story

0:00 | Sep 21st, 2015

Health is something we often choose to ignore — until we can't.  Hosted by Mary Harris, on Only Human is a place where we're not afraid to have uncomfortable conversations, or experiment with possible solutions. Because every body has a story.  Liste...Show More