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Caring for patients can be a transformative experience. On The Nocturnists, doctors share stories of joy, sorrow, and self-discovery. Based on the live storytelling event of the same name, and hosted by physician Emily Silverman, this podcast is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about mortality, human connection, and how best to care for each other.

Caring for patients can be a transformative experience. On The Nocturnists, doctors share stories of joy, sorrow, and self-discovery. Based on the live storytelling event of the same name, and hosted by physician Emily Silverman, this podcast is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about mortality, human connection, and how best to care for each other.
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Caring for patients can be a transformative experience. On The Nocturnists, doctors share stories of joy, sorrow, and self-discovery. Based on the live storytelling event of the same name, and hosted by physician Emily Silverman, this podcast is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about mortality, human connection, and how best to care for each other.

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Episodes

Special Episode 4: BJ Miller, MD & Shoshana Berger

9/25/2019
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In this special episode, Emily sits down with palliative care doctor BJ Miller and IDEO's Global Editorial Director Shoshana Berger to talk about their new book, "A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death." First, BJ and Shoshana read excerpts from the book about their individual stories. The readings are followed by a conversation with Emily about the inspirations behind their new book, the challenging nature of the dying process, and the importance...

Duration:00:32:50

Special Episode 3: Matt McCarthy, MD

9/18/2019
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In this special episode, Emily sits down with physician Matt McCarthy, a infectious disease specialist at New York Presbyterian Hospital who researches drug-resistant microbes, to talk about his latest book, Superbugs. First, we have Matt reading an excerpt from his book. Then, Matt and Emily discuss the history of physicians committing crimes under the guise of medical research, including the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment that victimized black men in Alabama, as well as the...

Duration:00:31:01

Special Episode 2: Learning

6/18/2019
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In this special episode, we share a tapestry of voices that we stitched together from the 38 audio submissions we received for our first storytelling contest on the theme of "Learning." The entries came from 28 institutions, 14 states, and 3 countries. We plan to announce the contest winner before the end of the month. Thank you to all who submitted! Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make...

Duration:00:03:57

Special Episode 1: Lucy Kalanithi, MD

6/13/2019
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Emily sits down with internist and thought leader Lucy Kalanithi to discuss her late husband's book When Breath Becomes Air, and topics diverse as as illness and identity, prognosis and uncertainty, love and suffering, and the importance of community. Follow Lucy on Twitter @rocketgirlMD. This episode was recorded live at the UCSF School of Medicine's AOA Gold-Headed Cane Lecture. Emily and Lucy were introduced by UCSF medical student Tara Benesch. This conversation includes mentions of:...

Duration:00:41:04

S2 E10: The River Styx

5/28/2019
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After hearing a mentor make an inappropriate joke, medical student Jenny Tiskus grapples with humor’s place in the world of medicine. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Duration:00:37:18

S2 E9: Dead To Me

5/21/2019
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Physician Maureen Miller describes how perusing a dusty box of autopsy reports from 1897 helped her embrace her new professional future as a pathologist. Learn more about Maureen's work here. She also recommends reading The Misfit, featuring one of her favorite writers David Milch. For reference, the Conan and Colbert interviews are here and here. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our...

Duration:00:33:32

S2 E8: All That Jazz

5/14/2019
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Psychiatrist Matthew Hirschtritt turns to lessons from his Jewish upbringing when caring for a patient with severe refractory depression. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Duration:00:29:31

S2 E7: Good Doctor

5/7/2019
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Hospitalist Archna Eniasivam describes the time she made a diagnostic error with one of her favorite patients. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page. For more content, we recommend some of our favorite medical podcasts, The Curbsiders, The Clinical...

Duration:00:56:44

S2 E6: Dying to Tchaikovsky

4/30/2019
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Family medicine physician Catherine Forest listens to her one of her classical music idols serenade a dying loved one in the hospital. According to the internet, the most relaxing song in the world is Weightless by Marconi Union. To learn more about music and the brain, check out the book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks. For more of Catherine's work, check out this essay in Vox. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef...

Duration:00:22:47

S2 E5: Welcome to Vietnam

4/23/2019
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82-year-old retired trauma surgeon Bill Meffert, who cared for wounded soldiers in Vietnam, reflects on that bloody experience and the words of a priest who worked beside him. You can read more about Bill and his novel, A Long Way From Home, on his website. To learn more about the Vietnam War, Bill recommends reading the book Dispatches, by Michael Herr. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website...

Duration:00:35:40

S2 E4: Enjoy Your Life

4/15/2019
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When caring for a young woman with a new brain cancer diagnosis, medicine resident Colleen Farrell comes to grips with her own mortality. Books referenced include Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon. You can find the poem "Intensive Care" by Jane O. Wayne here. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small,...

Duration:00:33:33

S2 E3: A Form of Love

4/9/2019
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Hospitalist Peter Barish recounts an intense, intimate moment with a patient. Learn more about Ladybird here. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Duration:00:35:59

S2 E2: Compassionate Release

4/2/2019
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Michele DiTomas, a hospice physician who cares for incarcerated men, races against the clock and slashes through bureaucratic tape to help a dying man go home. Learn more about the U.S. criminal justice system on the ACLU's website. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations...

Duration:00:37:12

S2 E1: The Lazarus Effect

3/26/2019
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Emergency medicine physician Joe Sills panics when the patient he has just pronounced dead regains a pulse. The article mentioned in our conversation, "What Does It Mean to Die?" can be found in The New Yorker. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support our work with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon...

Duration:00:33:47

Season 2 Trailer

3/12/2019
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Season 2 of The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, launches on Tuesday, March 26th. Illustration by Lindsay Mound (https://lindsaymound.com/). Original theme music by Yosef Munro (http://munro.media/).

Duration:00:01:23

S1 E9: Too Important to Die

5/23/2018
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Cardiologist Dhruv Kazi recounts the heart-stopping tale of an emergency medical encounter in North Korea. Find out about our events and more at www.thenocturnists.com

Duration:00:36:29

S1 E8: Even the Morgue Has a Waitlist

5/9/2018
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Hospital administrator Galen Laserson recounts the time she got an unexpected call in the middle of the night, which prompted her to learn all about the hospital's underbelly and the logistics of death. This week, you also have the opportunity to listen to Galen's story on Snap Judgment from WNYC. Also catch Emily on The Short Coat Podcast and House of Pod earlier this month. As we prepare to bring you Season 2, we'd love to hear your feedback. Please send us a note at...

Duration:00:30:07

S1 E7: Missing It

4/25/2018
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The electronic medical record and a list of to-dos distract family medicine resident Milana Pebenito from her patient's impending death.

Duration:00:30:01

S1 E6: That's Ninja Doc to You

4/11/2018
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Hospitalist Meghan O'Brien recounts the frustration of caring for a homeless patient who would rather be on the streets.

Duration:00:32:43

S1 E5: I Am Enough

3/27/2018
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Grant Smith, chief resident in internal medicine at UCSF, recounts the story of his first code blue. Learn more at thenocturnists.com

Duration:00:23:14