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Last Day

Lemonada

Let's talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. In this award-winning series, Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Season one tackled the opioid crisis, and in season two, we took a look at the rising rates of suicide. Now, back for a third season, Last Day grapples with guns in America, asking: How can we live safely in a country that has more guns than people? This season, the team travels to Montana and Georgia, talking to families who have lost loved ones to gun suicides and stray bullets, trying to discover tangible solutions to reducing gun-related deaths, all while gaining perspective on gun culture across the US.

Let's talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. In this award-winning series, Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Season one tackled the opioid crisis, and in season two, we took a look at the rising rates of suicide. Now, back for a third season, Last Day grapples with guns in America, asking: How can we live safely in a country that has more guns than people? This season, the team travels to Montana and Georgia, talking to families who have lost loved ones to gun suicides and stray bullets, trying to discover tangible solutions to reducing gun-related deaths, all while gaining perspective on gun culture across the US.

Location:

United States

Networks:

Lemonada

Description:

Let's talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. In this award-winning series, Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Season one tackled the opioid crisis, and in season two, we took a look at the rising rates of suicide. Now, back for a third season, Last Day grapples with guns in America, asking: How can we live safely in a country that has more guns than people? This season, the team travels to Montana and Georgia, talking to families who have lost loved ones to gun suicides and stray bullets, trying to discover tangible solutions to reducing gun-related deaths, all while gaining perspective on gun culture across the US.

Language:

English


Episodes

Yelling At Each Other Isn’t Working

5/18/2022
Suicide contagion, secure storage, and breakfast meats. This week, we figure out how to get cowboys to talk about their feelings with help from experts on the ground and suicide prevention advocates. Resources: Take the Man Therapy Head Inspection Check out the Gun Shop Project To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this episode and access critical information about suicide and violence prevention visit: https://lastdayresources.simvoly.com/. Stephanie Wittels Wachs is...

Duration:00:54:06

The Kid Who Fell Through The Cracks

5/11/2022
Who’s to blame in the aftermath of a tragedy? This week, we meet a family asking that question after their beloved son died when his college failed to intervene. Resources: To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this episode and access critical information about suicide and violence prevention visit: https://lastdayresources.simvoly.com/. Stephanie Wittels Wachs is the host. Jackie Danziger is our supervising producer. Our producers are Kegan Zema and Giulia Hjort....

Duration:00:49:21

BEING Trans: Introducing Audio Reality

5/7/2022
The producers of this series would like to share with you another show they know you’ll love. BEING is reality TV for your ears, an innovative new audio format like no other podcast you've ever heard. This season, it’s BEING Trans. This week, we meet Sy, a nonbinary transgender legal assistant in Los Angeles. They transitioned after marrying their husband, Robert, and having a baby. While things seem great on the surface, Sy confesses they've been putting off having a tough conversation with...

Duration:00:59:25

Outside the Yellow Tape

5/4/2022
Violent crime is up in American cities. Does that mean it’s time to return to the aggressive policing of the 90s? Not exactly. How can we make our cities safer and empower communities with the tools they need to save more lives? This week, we travel from Atlanta to Los Angeles to Chicago to meet seasoned leaders who are taking an innovative approach to harm reduction, violence interruption, and violence prevention. Plus, we explore where police fit into all of this. Resources: To learn more...

Duration:00:57:04

Bullets Have No Name

4/27/2022
Growing up in an Atlanta neighborhood that’s been “thrown away” and “forgotten,” Derriontae’s survival hinged on joining a gang and packing heat, so you might be surprised to also find him practicing yoga and tending to a vegetable garden. In this episode, we get our hands dirty at an urban farm dedicated to tackling the root causes of gun violence and poverty. It has all the signs of a feel-good story, but things aren’t as simple as they seem. Resources: Support Gangstas to Growers Pick up...

Duration:01:00:29

Bystander

4/20/2022
This week, we’re pulling apart the idea of a “bad neighborhood” and learning about community trauma. We travel to Southwest Atlanta, where Sharmaine Brown’s son, Jared, was killed after being struck by a stray bullet. We dig into deescalation, changing identities, and old school parenting. Resources: To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this episode and access critical information about suicide and violence prevention visit: https://lastdayresources.simvoly.com/....

Duration:00:48:18

Note From Our Team: Please Vote for Last Day!

4/17/2022
Listeners, we need your help. Last Day is nominated for two categories in this year's Webby Awards. Listen to this special message from Supervising Producer Jackie Danziger, and get your voting fingers ready! https://bit.ly/lastdaywebbys https://bit.ly/votebestepisode See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:10:14

A Love Story

4/13/2022
What do you do when the thing that makes your kid the happiest is also putting him in danger? Larry and Shannon Martell took the guns away after their son Austen suffered a traumatic brain injury - but you have to go back to normal eventually, right? In this episode, we travel to a Montana town of 272 people, sit down with a dad who wouldn’t have talked to us a year ago, and cry harder than we ever have before. Resources: To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this...

Duration:01:06:29

Everyone Out Here is Armed

4/6/2022
In episode 1, our team travels to Montana, where cowboy culture reigns supreme, everyone is armed, and 86% of firearm deaths are suicides. There, we meet a couple that represents all the contradictions at the root of America’s gun debate: One is a suicide prevention advocate, and the other is the most adamant Second Amendment supporter we’ve ever met. Plus, our team tries out shooting some big-ass guns. Resources: To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this episode and...

Duration:00:57:13

We’re Back: Last Day Season 3 (Official Trailer)

3/23/2022
Gun violence in America is a public health crisis, but the reality is that guns aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. So, how can we learn to live more safely in a country that has more guns than people? In this season of Last Day, we try to answer this question by traveling to Montana and Georgia. We talk to families who have lost loved ones to gun suicides and stray bullets and discover tangible solutions to reducing gun-related deaths, all while gaining perspective on gun culture across the...

Duration:00:02:16

Bonus : Mom Vs. Texas (An Arm & A Leg)

2/10/2022
From our friends at An Arm & A Leg, we are delighted to share an episode from their fantastic show that features Last Day host, Stephanie Wittels Wachs. Stephanie has a daughter born with hearing loss, which is how she found out insurance didn't cover hearing aids for kids. Those start at $6,000 and only last a few years. Stephanie teamed up with a few other moms to change Texas law... and won. To hear more of An Arm & A Leg, visit https://armandalegshow.com/ or search for An Arm & A Leg...

Duration:00:32:59

The Holidays are Horrible and Wonderful with Grief Expert Claire Bidwell Smith

12/16/2021
Happy melancholy holidays! In this special crossover episode, Host of Last Day, Stephanie Wittles Wachs, sits down with grief expert, Claire Bidwell Smith to talk about this past year – as moms, as professionals, and most importantly – as human beings coping with the inevitable grief that creeps up around the holidays. Join us for a conversation on finding meaning, and how to make joy a priority this coming New Year. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:50:01

Listen to This: Believe Her

10/21/2021
Believe Her is true crime, upside down. In September 2017, young mom Nikki Addimando shot and killed her partner, Chris Grover. She was sentenced to nineteen years to life in prison for murder. Through rare access to police audio, a month-long trial, conversations with Nikki, and original reporting, journalist Justine van der Leun lays out the killing, the evidence, and the aftermath. As this six-part series unfolds, listeners will put together different pieces of a disturbing puzzle. One...

Duration:00:56:08

Listen to This: New Day

9/15/2021
Every week on New Day, we’ll find one new way to make life a little better. So many of us are suffering in silence. Maybe you're successful but miserable at work. Perhaps you have the perfect family on Instagram, but you're at each other's throats IRL. Maybe you can’t even put your finger on what feels weird - but you know you deserve more. Whatever it is, you’re not alone. On New Day, therapist, author, and grief expert, Claire Bidwell Smith shares easy actions you can try to keep moving...

Duration:00:21:38

6: Dr. Nzinga Harrison of In Recovery Revisits The Magic Formula

8/30/2021
Today marks the 2-year anniversary of Stefano’s death, and his family is still asking: “How did this happen?” For most families dealing with addiction, treatment can feel like a Rubik’s cube. What works? What doesn’t? Are there Yelp reviews? On this episode, Stephanie talks to David Sheff, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about the morass of confusion that is the rehab industry and Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison about the...

Duration:00:56:37

7: Svante Myrick Revisits 20,000 Fewer Funerals

8/30/2021
We’ve tried arresting people. We’ve tried shuffling them from place to place. We’ve tried shaming them into sobriety. What would happen if, instead, we met people where they’re at? Stephanie talks to Ithaca’s Mayor Svante Myrick and Bronx harm-reductionist Hiawatha Collins about the inequities of our justice system and how we can do better, including treating all people with dignity and respect, going into communities and reducing potential risk, and creating medically-staffed safe spaces...

Duration:00:55:07

5: Kegan Zema Revisits Shame City

8/30/2021
In this episode, Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison walks us through detox. Then, Stephanie is joined by Dr. Robert Meyers, the architect of Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), to discuss the “put your own oxygen mask on first” approach to interventions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:21

8: Andy Slavitt of In the Bubble Revisits America Is Insane

8/30/2021
While “opioids” has become a political buzzword, national policy on opioids is virtually nonexistent. Our system is nowhere near able to meet the needs of those who desperately need help. So what’s it going to take to move the needle, so to speak? Stephanie sits down with Congressman Patrick Kennedy to talk about legislation and funding (see: lack of funding) for mental health and addiction; Sarah Gad about her dramatic journey from Cook County jail inmate to congressional candidate; and...

Duration:00:50:40

4: Jay Pereira, The ER Doc, Revisits Was It Painful?

8/30/2021
Most of us have seen an opioid overdose depicted on TV or in movies, but what happens in real life? On this episode, Stephanie talks to Karen Host, Senior Director at Cataldo Ambulance, and Dr. Jay, an emergency room doctor, about the anatomy of an overdose. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:43

9: Gloria Riviera of No One Is Coming To Save Us Revisits Kids At Ground Zero

8/30/2021
We talk about the variety of ways that children are affected by the opioid crisis. Also, Stephanie has a breakdown because it’s hard to accept the things you cannot change. In this episode, she sits down with Peter who describes the process of adopting three kids born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; The Seattle Times’ Claudia Rowe who gives an overview of how this epidemic is impacting kids in the foster care system; and Kendra Cram and Ryan McGraw from Minford Elementary in Ohio, who...

Duration:01:02:50