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 Apr 9, 2022


 May 1, 2019

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The Nocturnists is an award-winning, independent medical storytelling podcast, hosted by Emily Silverman, MD. We share stories that aim to humanize the practice of medicine, support clinician wellbeing, and transform the healthcare system. Each episode brings the humanity of healthcare workers to the fore, from stories told at The Nocturnists live shows, to raw audio diary recordings in our special documentary series, to insightful conversations with authors and filmmakers whose work intersects with health and medicine. Welcome to our community.

Episode Date
Conversations: Matthew Wetschler, MD
43:05

In this episode, Emily speaks with physician-painter Matthew Wetschler about pushing limits, the tension between presence and absence, and how he’s remained curious in the aftermath of crisis.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Dec 15, 2022
Conversations: Gabor Maté, MD
56:37

Emily speaks with physician and author, Dr. Gabor Maté about his latest book, The Myth of Normal, which explores the connections between our environment, psychological wounds, and medical disease.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Dec 08, 2022
Conversations: Shirlene Obuobi, MD
38:19

In this episode, Emily speaks with physician, artist, and author, Shirlene Obuobi about fiction as escapism, and the stories behind her debut novel, On Rotation.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Dec 01, 2022
Giving Tuesday Gratitude & 2023 Preview
02:35

Hi Listeners! Today is Giving Tuesday, and we wanted to take this time to express our gratitude and let you know what’s coming up on The Nocturnists podcast. Thank you for supporting our work in transforming medical culture through storytelling. 

To learn more, head to thenocturnists.com.

Nov 29, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 10. Until We Meet Again
35:51

Over the last nine episodes, we’ve listened to dozens upon dozens of clinicians tell their stories about shame. What have we learned? What can we take away from all of this? And where do we go from here?

Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

Nov 15, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 9. The Unwell Doctor
32:39

According to medical culture, a clinician should “fix” illness, not have one – especially not a mental illness. But in reality, mental illness is incredibly common, and a huge source of shame, which may prevent us from seeking help. In this episode, we hear stories of sadness, “madness,” stigma, grief, and the potential for healing.

If you or someone you love needs help, please see our list of “resources” in the episode show notes at thenocturnists-shame.org where you can find free, confidential support. And, as always, please take good care of yourself, whatever that may mean for you.

Nov 08, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 8. In Hiding
33:48

When healthcare workers put on their uniforms to go to work, what other roles, masks, or disguises do they put on as well? The norms and standards of our workplace culture are often more implicit than explicit, but many of us still go to great lengths to present a curated version of self at work that fits into this unspoken code of conduct. The right mask, we tell ourselves, will win the respect and trust of our colleagues and protect us from painful judgments and feelings of alienation. But what are the side effects of hiding parts of ourselves at work? And what about the parts of ourselves that remain exposed?

Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

Nov 01, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 7. On Trial
41:28

1 in 10 physicians will get sued at some point in their career – but physicians rarely discuss this, much less prepare for it. How do we bring litigation, and all the stress and shame associated with it, out of the shadows?

Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

Oct 25, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 6. The Mistake
34:45

For most clinicians, the idea of harming a patient is a worst nightmare. But in a high-stakes profession, practiced by humans in a dysfunctional system, errors are nearly inevitable. So how do we deal with the shame that follows?

Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

Oct 18, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 5. Indoctrination
40:03

In medical culture, shame is often wielded as a teaching tool. We shame learners for not knowing, for forgetting, for making mistakes. When does this serve us? When is it harmful? Is there a better way?

Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

Oct 11, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 4. Pass/Fail
38:08

On the path to medicine, we’re constantly taking tests: MCAT, shelf exams, step exams, boards, and more. What are these numbers good for? What are they not good for? What is the emotional impact of these tests, and their scores, on medical learners?

Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

Oct 04, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 3. Golden Ticket
26:56

We all arrive at the gateway to medicine carrying baggage from our past. We’ve had different hopes, hurts, and childhood arcs. How do these early life experiences guide us toward our careers? And once we “arrive,” how do they impact the way we experience shame in the workplace?

Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

Sep 27, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 2. The Ideal Doctor
31:02

Medical culture is filled with impossible ideals: the resident expected to work a 28-hour shift without complaint or error; the surgeon with the steel bladder; the doctor with perfect bedside manner; the student with all the answers. How should a doctor look, act, think, speak, dress, feel? What should they value?

In this episode, we explore the concept of “The Ideal Doctor.” Where do these “ideals” come from? How are they communicated? And what do they have to do with shame?

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

Sep 20, 2022
Shame in Medicine: 1. Hello, Shame
25:15

What is shame? And how does it manifest in medical culture? In this episode, The Nocturnists teams up with two shame experts to investigate these questions. From a pool of over 200 stories submitted to The Nocturnists from healthcare workers across the US, the UK, and beyond, we’ll explore the tension between who we are, and what the culture expects of us.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

Sep 13, 2022
Trailer: Shame in Medicine: The Lost Forest
02:44

A 10-part audio documentary series on The Nocturnists podcast, “Shame in Medicine: The Lost Forest” explores how shame manifests in medical culture.

Shame is ubiquitous in healthcare. Shame experiences in healthcare workers contribute to burnout, depression, suicidality, impaired empathy, disengagement from learning, social isolation, diminished physical wellness, unprofessional behavior, and altered professional identity formation — all challenges that continue to vex the medical community and lead to poor health outcomes.

Hosted by Emily Silverman, MD and produced in collaboration with the Shame and Medicine project at the University of Exeter, this podcast series breaks the silence about shame in medical practice, sharing intimate stories told by healthcare workers from across the globe.

"Shame in Medicine: The Lost Forest" starts on September 13. Listen to the series trailer and follow The Nocturnists wherever you listen to podcasts.

Sep 06, 2022
Conversations: Nina Shevzov-Zebrun, MD
44:03

In this episode, Emily speaks with pediatrics resident Nina Shevzov-Zebrun about movement, medicine, and the creation of The Ten Tensions Project, which explores core dilemmas of the physician experience through photography and dance

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Aug 30, 2022
Conversations: Danielle Ofri, MD
50:49

In this episode, Emily speaks with physician-author Danielle Ofri about the science of writing, the art of medicine, and the imperative of recognizing stories as a tool for healing.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Aug 23, 2022
Conversations: Cathy O'Neil
38:38

In this episode, Emily speaks with data scientist and author Cathy O’Neil about her book The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation, which investigates how society exploits the powerful emotion of shame.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Aug 16, 2022
Conversations: David France
47:04

In this episode, Emily speaks with documentary filmmaker and journalist David France about his films How to Survive a Pandemic (2022) and How to Survive a Plague (2012), and the role of storytelling in documenting public health crises and holding institutions accountable.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Aug 09, 2022
Post-Roe America: Conversation with Alison Block, MD
48:11

In this special episode, Emily speaks with The Nocturnists’ Executive Producer, family medicine physician and abortion provider, Dr. Alison Block, who recently published an Op-Ed in The New York Times called "Why I Learned to Perform Second-Trimester Abortions for a Post-Roe America."

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Jul 26, 2022
Conversations: Rupa Marya, MD & Raj Patel
55:42

In this episode, Emily speaks with physician Rupa Marya and political economist Raj Patel about their recent book Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, which explores the impact of oppressive systems on our health, and how deep medicine can facilitate collective healing.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

May 17, 2022
Conversations: Sidarta Ribeiro
52:18

In this episode, Emily speaks with neuroscientist and author Sidarta Ribeiro about his book The Oracle of Night, which investigates the art and science of dreams and the extraordinary power dreams have in shaping our world.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

May 10, 2022
Conversations: Laura Kolbe, MD
45:33

In this episode, Emily speaks with poet, physician, and medical ethicist Dr. Laura Kolbe about her poetry collection, Little Pharma, the languages of poetry and medicine, and how poetry can help illuminate the various aspects of self.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

May 03, 2022
Conversations: Wes Ely, MD
56:22

In this episode, Emily speaks with Dr. Wesley Ely about the harms of deep sedation and immobilization in the ICU, and how he's transforming critical care, one patient at a time.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Apr 26, 2022
Conversations: Jenny Qi
33:37

In this episode, Emily speaks with cancer biologist and poet Jenny Qi, about her poetry collection "Focal Point," which examines science, disease, love, and family.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Mar 29, 2022
Conversations: Cindy Weinstein & Bruce Miller, MD
43:23

In today's episode, Emily speaks with Professor Cindy Weinstein and Dr. Bruce Miller, authors of the book Finding the Right Words, which explores literature, grief, and the brain. It tells the story of Cindy’s father, who lived and died with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and serves as a dialogue between patient and doctor, literary critic and neuroscientist. A great example of narrative medicine in action.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Mar 22, 2022
Conversations: Ross Douthat
51:08

In today's episode, Emily speaks with New York Times columnist Ross Douthat about his book The Deep Places, which tells the harrowing story of his experience with Lyme disease, and what it's like to navigate a chronic illness that mainstream medicine hasn’t yet fully explained.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Mar 15, 2022
Conversations: Emily Maloney
35:00

The American healthcare system is a tapestry of providers, insurers and chargemasters, and often leaves patients with unexpected and crippling bills. That is, if they show up to the hospital at all.

In this episode, Emily speaks with Emily Maloney who has been on both sides of the health care cost equation. After being hospitalized for a suicide attempt, she began working as an emergency room technician to pay off her medical debt. Emily Maloney tells her story in a new collection of essays, Cost of Living.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Mar 08, 2022
S4 E8: House Call
47:13

Physician Tobin Greensweig makes an unannounced visit to a patient’s house to check on him after he leaves the hospital. Recalling stories from his father's community medical practice, he is struck by the constraints on the doctor-patient relationship in modern medicine.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Feb 15, 2022
S4 E7: Bearing Witness
40:50

Psychiatrist Shaili Jain tells the story of a pivotal experience on a road trip with her father, and how it catalyzed her career as a PTSD specialist.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Feb 08, 2022
S4 E6: The Ride
39:41

Pediatrician Christina Lee recounts a memorable ambulance ride from residency, in which she helped transport a child from the hospital to hospice.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Feb 01, 2022
S4 E5: Elective Procedure
38:24

Medical student Pablo Romano tells the story of losing his mother to complications of surgery, and how he continues her legacy as a medical student.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Jan 25, 2022
S4 E4: Sharing the Air
35:39

Internal medicine physician Natasha Spottiswoode reflects on her flying days from Oxford while teaching a green intern how to recognize whether patients are "sick" or "not sick."

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Dec 07, 2021
S4 E3: Authentically Me
41:36

Internist Ashley McMullen decides to let her hair go natural for the first time in over a decade — a process which serves as a metaphor for self-acceptance in the rigid world of medicine.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Nov 30, 2021
S4 E2: See One, Do One, Teach One
30:18

Interventional Radiologist Bobby Chiong's patient codes on the table during a procedure, prompting a frantic but successful resuscitation. Afterward, Dr. Chiong reflects on the high-stakes nature of his job and the intimidating responsibility of being entrusted with patients' care.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

More at thenocturnists.com.

Nov 23, 2021
S4 E1: Burn The Map
46:31

An improv workshop transforms the way psychiatrist David Elkin approaches a patient on the psych consult service, and catalyzes a philosophical shift in his approach to patient care.

The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

More at thenocturnists.com.

Nov 16, 2021
Conversations: Jason Karlawish, MD
45:44

Alzheimer's disease used to be a rare diagnosis. But today, more than 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and this number is projected to triple to 14 million over the next forty years.

In this episode, Emily discusses the mounting practical, moral, and ethical quandaries of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-causing diseases with Dr. Jason Karlawish, author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It.

The Nocturnists are partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

More at thenocturnists.com.

Nov 02, 2021
Conversations: Michele Harper, MD
35:59

The emergency room is a place of intensity—a place of noise and colors and human drama. This is the setting of Dr. Michele Harper's memoir, The Beauty in Breaking, which explores how the healing journeys of her patients intersect with her own. 

Emily and Dr. Harper discuss the back stories that become salient in caring for patients who may be suffering from more than just the injuries bringing them to the ER.

The Nocturnists are partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

More at thenocturnists.com.

Oct 26, 2021
Conversations: Katie Engelhart
48:43

Do no harm. Thou shalt not kill. Life is sacred and should be protected at all costs, right? But when is life no longer worth living? Who decides? And what do we do about it?

In this episode, Emily discusses the murky ethical dilemmas of medical aid in dying with award-winning journalist Katie Engelhart, the author of The Inevitable: Dispatches On The Right to Die.

The Nocturnists are partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer free CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

More at thenocturnists.com.

Oct 19, 2021
Conversations: Elinor Cleghorn
42:55

In the last few years, the medical profession has been grappling with the problem of gender bias in medicine, with how the symptoms of women are seen as atypical, or worse, are minimized, dismissed or ignored. But where did this problem come from? How far have we come and where should we go from here?

In this episode, Emily discusses these questions and more with Dr. Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World.

The Nocturnists are partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer free CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.

More at thenocturnists.com.

Oct 12, 2021
Stories from a Pandemic: Part II - Ep.8: A Call to Arms
37:15

It’s been over a year since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Seattle, and it’s been a long cold lonely winter. But in our series finale, we wanted to hear about a bright spot in all the darkness: the first vaccines that found their way into the arms of healthcare workers all around the country.

More at thenocturnists.com

Jul 27, 2021
Stories from a Pandemic: Part II - Ep.7: Remembering a Pandemic
29:29

Where did the pandemic become real for you? This has been the most significant global public health crisis in a generation, but we each experienced it through a different set of eyes.

More at thenocturnists.com

Jul 20, 2021
Stories from a Pandemic: Part II - Ep.6: Space Oddity
33:43

The acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic is over, but some things are here to stay. How have N-95s, face shields, gowns, gloves and ventilators inserted themselves into our everyday lives?

More at thenocturnists.com

Jul 13, 2021
Stories from a Pandemic: Part II - Ep.5: Night Flight to San Francisco
36:28

The COVID-19 global health crisis shed light on the immense value of doctors, nurses, public health workers, and research scientists. At the same time, the pandemic has all but obliterated the arts: theater artists, dancers, and performers have lost their livelihoods and their purpose. But doesn't art save lives, too?

More at thenocturnists.com

Jul 06, 2021
Stories from a Pandemic: Part II - Ep.4: Dreams and Nightmares
29:35

We know the pandemic has affected the waking lives of healthcare workers. But what happens after we fall asleep? Does the pandemic haunt us in the shadows too?

More at thenocturnists.com.

Jun 29, 2021
Stories from a Pandemic: Part II - Ep.3: By My Side
27:34

One of the hardest things about being healthcare workers going through this pandemic is that we've both experienced and borne witness to moments that nobody should have to go through alone. Who do we need by our side when everything falls apart? And what do we do when they can’t be there?

More at thenocturnists.com.

Jun 22, 2021
Stories from a Pandemic: Part II - Ep.2: COVID Hits Home
43:06

To some, the pandemic is a distant thing. The deaths of hundreds of thousands can feel unreal and even impossible to comprehend. That is, until COVID hits home.

More at thenocturnists.com

Jun 15, 2021
Stories from a Pandemic: Part II - Ep.1: The Space Between
33:21

The Nocturnists is back with the second installment of “Stories from a Pandemic”. How have healthcare workers been holding up over the past year? In this episode we hear stories from healthcare workers around the country about what it’s been like after the dust has settled. 

Visit our website for episode show notes here.

 

 

Jun 08, 2021
Trailer: Stories from a Pandemic: Part II
01:23

The Nocturnists is proud to announce the second installment of Stories from a Pandemic, which explores what the murky, middle part of the pandemic has been like for healthcare workers.

Tune in Tuesday, June 8, 2021 for the first of eight episodes, “The Space Between”.

Jun 01, 2021
Conversations: Suzanne Koven, MD
42:48

Emily talks to Dr. Suzanne Koven, author of Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life. Dr. Koven graduated from medical school in the 80s at a time when there were so few women in her residency program that she had to write up her own maternity leave policy. Her memoir is a testament to how, while some things have changed for the better for women in medical education, much of the culture remains the same.

Dr. Suzanne Koven is a primary care physician and the inaugural Writer in Residence at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Hosted by Emily Silverman.

Produced by Emily Silverman and Adelaide Papazoglou.

Edited and mixed by Jon Oliver.

Recorded in San Francisco by audio engineer Jon Oliver and at Ugly Duck Studios in Brighton by Ian Bouslough.

Original Theme by Yosef Munro. Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.

This episode of The Nocturnists is sponsored by Fabled.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

May 04, 2021
Conversations: Ina Park, MD
42:35

As much as our culture delights in talking about sex, we do not relish discussing the sexually transmitted diseases which sometimes follow. But STDs are not just a fact of life, they are a subject that has been shrouded in mystery and moralizing throughout the history of medicine.

In this episode, Emily speaks with Dr. Ina Park, a family medicine doctor, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and the author of Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs.

Hosted by Emily Silverman.

Produced by Emily Silverman and Adelaide Papazoglou.

Edited and mixed by Jon Oliver.

Original Theme by Yosef Munro. Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Apr 27, 2021
Conversations: Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen, MD
45:42

All of us have experienced physical pain at some point in our lives. Yet many of us are unaware of how essential context is to the pain experience. Even today, there is much about pain that remains poorly understood. How is it that something so core to being human can remain such a mystery?

Joining me to unravel some of these complexities is Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen, an anesthesiologist and author of An Anatomy of Pain: How the Body and the Mind Experience and Endure Physical Suffering.

Hosted by Emily Silverman.

Produced by Emily Silverman and Adelaide Papazoglou.

Edited and mixed by Jon Oliver.

Original theme by Yosef Munro. Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Apr 20, 2021
Conversations: Kirsten Johnson
36:41

Many of us have had to imagine dreaded scenarios for the death of a loved one with dementia. But few have done so with as much cinematic ingenuity and depth of affection as our next guest. In this episode, Emily talks to Kirsten Johnson, the veteran cinematographer and award-winning documentary filmmaker of the film Dick Johnson is Dead, which centers around her father's experience with dementia.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Apr 13, 2021
Conversations: Jessica Zitter, MD
42:42

More and more Americans are choosing to die at home in the care of a loved one. But who takes care of the caregiver? In today's episode, Emily talks to Dr. Jessica Zitter, a critical care and palliative care specialist, about her award-winning directorial debut film, Caregiver: A Love Story.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

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Feb 09, 2021
Conversations: Danielle Spencer
40:20

Emily sits down with Danielle Spencer to discuss her book Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity which, in identifying and naming the concept of "metagnosis," brings the study of healthcare into conversation with the discourse on identity. In doing so, this extraordinary new work in narrative medicine underscores the importance of narrative in healthcare in relation to concepts of self.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com

Feb 02, 2021
Conversations: Michael Stephen, MD
45:14

Our lungs connect us to our innermost selves, the outside world, and each other. In this episode, Emily talks to pulmonologist Dr. Michael Stephen, author of Breath Taking: What Our Lungs Teach Us About Our Origins, Ourselves, and Our Future

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Jan 26, 2021
Conversations: Janice Nimura
39:16

Emily talks to biographer Janice Nimura about her new book, The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women—and Women to Medicine, which examines the complicated and exceptional lives of Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, the first and third female physicians in the United States, two women who profoundly influenced the medical profession.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Jan 19, 2021
2020 Holiday Special, Act II
42:38

The Nocturnists Holiday Special looks back on a year like no other and celebrates the holiday season with creative contributions from healthcare workers.

Contributors include:

Alex Raines, Alina Kung, Brad Hunter, Brian Bobby Chiong, Catherine Forest, Dan Merriott , Dawn Marie Wadle, Elsa Alaswad, Emmeline Sun, Greta Peng, Theodore Peng, Jacqueline Flores, Jessica Briggs, John Danyi, Kathy Lin, Katie Brooks, Kimberly Manning, Lily Stern and brothers, Lori Edwards, Mariam Nawas, Marshall Fleurant, Mike Reid, Natasha Spottiswoode, Nick Iverson, Patrick McMurray, Raphaela Posner, Resa Lewiss, Syed Hoda , Teja Kompala, Tina Munjal, Tseganesh Selameab, and other healthcare workers who chose to remain anonymous.

Hosted by Emily Silverman.

Producers: Emily Silverman, Adelaide Papazoglou, Raphae Posner

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Janaé E.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Dec 22, 2020
2020 Holiday Special, Act I
39:11

The Nocturnists Holiday Special looks back on a year like no other and celebrates the holiday season with creative contributions from healthcare workers.

Contributors include:

Alex Raines, Alina Kung, Brad Hunter, Brian Bobby Chiong, Catherine Forest, Dan Merriott , Dawn Marie Wadle, Elsa Alaswad, Emmeline Sun, Greta Peng, Theodore Peng, Jacqueline Flores, Jessica Briggs, John Danyi, Kathy Lin, Katie Brooks, Kimberly Manning, Lily Stern and brothers, Lori Edwards, Mariam Nawas, Marshall Fleurant, Mike Reid, Natasha Spottiswoode, Nick Iverson, Patrick McMurray, Raphaela Posner, Resa Lewiss, Syed Hoda , Teja Kompala, Tina Munjal, Tseganesh Selameab, and other healthcare workers who chose to remain anonymous.

Hosted by Emily Silverman.

Producers: Emily Silverman, Adelaide Papazoglou, Raphae Posner

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Janaé E.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Dec 22, 2020
S3 E11: Just Five Minutes
34:32

Just Five Minutes tells the story of pediatric critical care physician Cathy Humikowsky’s own cardiac arrest which happened on the same day she gave birth to her daughter. This story was originally told live at The Nocturnists event on the theme of Transitions which took place at the Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA on January 16, 2020.

Hosted by Emily Silverman.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page. 

Dec 08, 2020
S3 E10: The Bridge
28:37

The Nocturnists picks up with Season 3, which was interrupted by the COVID pandemic.

Internal medicine physician David Muller tells a story about a chance encounter on the George Washington Bridge that made him ponder what makes caring real, and not just something we do professionally. This story was originally told live in New York City at our October 2019 event at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Learn more about this great venue and organization here.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

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WARNING: Today's episode of The Nocturnists contains descriptions of mental health crises and suicidal actions. Listener discretion is advised.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.

 

Dec 01, 2020
S3 E9: Ambivalence
33:08

The Nocturnists continues with Season 3, which was previously interrupted by the pandemic.

In this episode, family medicine doctor Miriam Sheinbein tells a story about coming to terms with ambivalence surrounding pregnancy and motherhood. This story was originally told at a storytelling event produced by TEACH (teachtraining.org), an organization that cultivates the next generation of reproductive health care providers.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page. 

Nov 24, 2020
S3 E8: Not Cut Out for This
38:22

The Nocturnists picks up with Season 3, which was interrupted by the COVID pandemic.

Medical student Latha Panchap shares a story about a crisis of confidence on the wards. Latha was the winner of The Nocturnists' medical student storytelling contest on the theme of LEARNING, and told her story in front of a live audience at the Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe in New York City on December 19, 2019.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

This episode was brought to you by Vocera Communications' Experience Innovation Network,  an organization that has investigated the impact of stress, divided attention, and cognitive load on clinicians, and published data on how it affects communication and emotional wellbeing. Learn more about their work here and here.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page. 

Also mentioned in this episode: Saturday Night Stories from UCSF.

Nov 17, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep.10: Ashley McMullen and Kimberly Manning in Conversation
01:03:45

In this special episode, host Ashley McMullen and executive producer Kimberly Manning discuss the making of the series Black Voices in Healthcare.

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal.

Original music by Janaé E.

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Sep 08, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep.9: Birth
40:50

Our series began with reflections on the death of George Floyd, and ends with stories of birth. Even in the midst of tragedy, new life is beginning.

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal

Original music by Janaé E.

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Aug 25, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep.8: Touch
31:47

From the physical exams we conduct to diagnose disease to the reassuring handshakes before a surgical procedure, human touch is fundamental to the work we do in healthcare.

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal

Original music by Janaé E.

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Aug 18, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep.7: Standout
35:02

Have you ever looked around and realized you were the only one? Standing out in the crowd can be hard, but it might just be your superpower.

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal

Original music by Janaé E.

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Aug 11, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep.6: Becoming
42:09

Everyone has a different origin story. This week we hear about all the roads you’ve taken to become who you are.

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal

Original music by Janaé E.

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Aug 04, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep.5: Pandemic
42:26

We know the pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color. This week, we hear about how COVID-19 has affected your lives.

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal

Original music by Janaé E. Featuring music "Heart Shaped Box" by Amber Mark (covering Nirvana).

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Jul 28, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep.4: Hair
33:08

Our Black hair speaks volumes about our lives, and can be a source of joy or pain.

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal

Original music by Janaé E. Featuring music inspired by “I am Not My Hair" by India.Arie.

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Jul 21, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep.3: Home
29:11

Many of us travel far and wide to become healthcare workers. What is home to you?

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal

Original music by Janaé E. Featuring “Home” from The Wiz, written by Charlie Smalls.

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Jul 14, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep.2: Joy
31:53

We are so much more than Black pain. This week, we focus on what makes us come alive.

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal

Original music by Janaé E.

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Jul 07, 2020
Black Voices in Healthcare - Ep1: Again
34:31

In our first episode, we sit with the grief of the event that set this project into motion: the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Host: Ashley McMullen, MD

Executive Producer: Kimberly Manning, MD

Consulting Producer: Emily Silverman, MD

Podcast Producer: Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Ashley Floréal

Original music by Janaé E.

Black Voices in Healthcare series sponsors: California Health Care Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation.

The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

Jun 30, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.10: Mourning
29:27

How does the pandemic end? Does it go out with a bang? Does it fizzle out? What we know for sure is that this story is not over.

In today’s episode you will hear from a pediatric hospitalist, laboratory scientist, pulmonologist, hospitalist, trauma nurse, OB/GYN, and an internal medicine resident, from California, the Midwest, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York.

Featuring Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Jun 09, 2020
From the Nocturnists
01:03
Jun 02, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.9: Bad Trip
30:18

It takes surprisingly little for the human psyche to come undone. We know that the virus can’t survive when we isolate ourselves, but can we survive the isolation?

Today’s voices include an ER nurse, a medical student, a geriatrician, a maternal and fetal medicine fellow, a vaccine trial subject, a primary care doctor, a pediatrics medical resident, as well as some unexpected voices.

This episode features Bill Conti’s Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky).

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

May 26, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.8: Insomnia
31:29

The mass media portrays us as “healthcare heroes,” or soldiers fighting a battle. For some people this language may ring true, but for others, it feels wrong.

This week you’ll hear voices from diarists based in California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. They include a geriatrician, a pediatric and an adult emergency physicians, an ER nurse, a hospitalist and historian of medicine, and two medical students.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

May 19, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.7: Exhale
30:54

We’ve been holding our breath for weeks. The future is unclear, but this week, we invite you to exhale and celebrate small wins.

You’ll hear voices from North Carolina, Michigan, Maryland, Oklahoma, Colorado, and California, including those of a radiologist, a family practice doctor, an infectious disease researcher, meds-peds and internal medicine doctors, a neuroimmunology fellow, and a fourth year medical student.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

May 12, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.6: Sick
29:35

What have we learned about the sickness caused by coronavirus?

You’ll hear from diarists from Michigan, Maryland, Ontario/Canada, Massachusetts, and California. You will hear from a meds/peds resident, a neuroimmunology fellow, a MICU nurse, two internal medicine residents, a primary care doctor, and an OB/GYN.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

May 05, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.5: Helpless
25:49

What’s it like to be a healthcare worker standing on the sidelines during a pandemic?

This week, you’ll hear from diarists from California, North Carolina, Indiana, Texas, and New York, including a primary care doctor, a travel nurse, a speech language pathologist, a pediatrician, an endocrinologist, and critical care doctor. Featuring the song Helpless by Neil Young.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Apr 28, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.4: Air
29:59

This week you discuss ventilator hacks, breathing tubes, search and rescue, and ministries of presence.

You will hear from diarists in New York, Colorado, Maryland, Indiana, Atlanta, and California, who include a family physician, a nurse practitioner, a veterinarian, a medical student, a couple of interns, and a hospital chaplain. Featuring Bill Withers’ Lean on Me.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Apr 21, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.3: Virus
27:25

What have we learned about the virus so far?

In the third episode of our special podcast series on COVID19, you will hear voices of a MICU nurse in San Francisco, an internal medicine resident in New York City, an internal medicine resident in Montreal, Canada, a neonatology fellow in Pennsylvania, a geriatrician in California, a participant in a study of a candidate vaccine, an anonymous health care provider, and a medical student in New York City.

Produced by Emily Silverman, Adelaide Papazoglou, and Vishal Khetpal.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Apr 14, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.2: Arrival
31:27

The COVID pandemic arrives in the USA.

In this episode of The Nocturnists: Stories from a Pandemic, you will hear diary entries from healthcare workers from New York, California, Massachusetts, and Indiana, all grappling with the first of the COVID case arrivals in their institutions. You will hear the voices of an internist, a pulmonologist, an emergency medicine intern, a clinical laboratory scientist, and a recently graduated medical student.

Produced by Emily Silverman, Adelaide Papazoglou, and Vishal Khetpal.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Apr 07, 2020
Stories from a Pandemic - Ep.1: New World
30:11

In the first episode of our new series, you share stories of bracing for disaster.

You will hear the voices of a trauma nurse in San Francisco, a pediatric emergency medicine doctor in New York City, a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) truck driver in the Southern US, a neonatologist in Pennsylvania, a neurosurgery resident in Los Angeles, an emergency medicine physician in Arizona, and an internal medicine resident in New York City.

Produced by Emily Silverman, Adelaide Papazoglou, and Vishal Khetpal.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Mar 31, 2020
S3 E7: Bleeding Out
38:36

Rasha Khoury takes us inside a Doctors Without Borders hospital.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Mar 24, 2020
S3 E6: Cleaning Up
37:57

Social worker Emmeline Sun has to betray the trust of a client in order to care for him.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Mar 17, 2020
S3 E5: Beyond the ABC's
27:49

On Jeremy Topin's first call night in the ICU, his checklist was not enough.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

This episode was made possible by Vocera Communication’s Experience Innovation Network, an organization that has investigated the impact of stress, divided attention, and cognitive load on clinicians, and published data on how it affects communication and emotional wellbeing. Learn more about their work here.

This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Mar 10, 2020
S3 E4: The Art of the Block
31:05

Hospitalist Abhi Kole tells a story about the ethics—and the art—of blocking patients.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

This episode was made possible by Vocera Communication’s Experience Innovation Network, an organization that has investigated the impact of stress, divided attention, and cognitive load on clinicians, and published data on how it affects communication and emotional wellbeing. Learn more about their work here.

This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Mar 02, 2020
S3 E3: Love in the Time of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
26:27

Internal medicine resident Elie Adler tells a story about loving someone with a chronic illness, how that relationship changed when she became a doctor, and how being a doctor affects her relationship.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Feb 24, 2020
S3 E2: Rhino Rocket
27:51

Otolaryngologist Tina Munjal tells a story about learning to be comfortable outside of her comfort zone.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Feb 18, 2020
S3 E1: Code Lavender
32:33

Pediatric hospitalist Monica Stemmle tells a story about her imperfect strategies for coping with feelings on the job.

Warning: this story depicts sick and injured children.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Feb 11, 2020
Trailer: Season 3
01:20

Season 3 of The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, will be coming soon to your feed.

This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Feb 04, 2020
Conversations: Louise Aronson, MD
34:27

In this live podcast taping, Emily speaks with UCSF geriatrician and author Louise Aronson about her New York Times best-selling book, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life. Louise opens the episode with a reading from her book. Emily follows with questions about the inspiration behind Elderhood, biases in medicine that impact geriatric care, and ways to reframe our perspectives on aging.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

 

Oct 30, 2019
Conversations: BJ Miller, MD & Shoshana Berger
32:51

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 of preparing for our final days. 

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Sep 26, 2019
Conversations: Matt McCarthy, MD
31:15

Emily sits down with physician Matt McCarthy, an infectious disease specialist at New York Presbyterian Hospital who researches drug-resistant microbes, to talk about his latest book, Superbugs.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Sep 19, 2019
Storytelling Contest: Learning
03:58

Here 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!

Music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Jun 18, 2019
Conversations: Lucy Kalanithi, MD
40:49

Emily sits down with internist and thought leader Dr. Lucy Kalanithi to discuss her late husband's book When Breath Becomes Air and topics such as illness and identity, prognosis and uncertainty, love and suffering, and the importance of community.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

Jun 13, 2019
S2 E10: The River Styx
37:20

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.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

May 28, 2019
S2 E9: Dead To Me
33:33

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.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

May 21, 2019
S2 E8: All That Jazz
29:32

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.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

May 14, 2019
S2 E7: Good Doctor
30:55

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.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

For more content, we recommend some of our favorite medical podcasts: The Curbsiders, The Clinical Problem Solvers, and Core IM.

May 07, 2019
S2 E6: Dying to Tchaikovsky
32:32

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 Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Apr 30, 2019
S2 E5: Welcome to Vietnam
35:41

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.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Apr 23, 2019
S2 E4: Enjoy Your Life
33:34

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.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Apr 16, 2019
S2 E3: A Form of Love
36:00

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.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Apr 09, 2019
S2 E2: Compassionate Release
37:13

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 at the ACLU.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Apr 02, 2019
S2 E1: The Lazarus Effect
33:48

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.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

For more about emergency medicine, visit The EM Over Easy Podcast.

Mar 26, 2019
Trailer: Season 2
01:24

Season 2 of The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, launches on Tuesday, March 26th.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

Mar 12, 2019
S1 E9: Too Important to Die
36:30

Cardiologist Dhruv Kazi recounts the heart-stopping tale of an emergency medical encounter in North Korea.

Illustrations by Stephanie Muscat.

Learn more and support us at thenocturnists.com. Thank you!

May 23, 2018
S1 E8: Even the Morgue Has a Waitlist
30:08

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.

Illustrations by Stephanie Muscat.

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 from earlier this month. 

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May 09, 2018
S1 E7: Missing It
30:02

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

Illustrations by Stephanie Muscat.

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Apr 25, 2018
S1 E6: That's Ninja Doc to You
32:44

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

Illustrations by Stephanie Muscat.

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Apr 11, 2018
S1 E5: I Am Enough
23:15

Grant Smith, chief resident in internal medicine at UCSF, recounts the story of his first code blue.

Illustrations by Stephanie Muscat.

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Mar 28, 2018
S1 E4: Not Always Wonderful
34:31

In the hospital, pediatrician Dana Gal struggles with a young patient who asserts her autonomy in ways that are frustrating, and even dangerous.

Illustrations by Stephanie Muscat.

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Mar 07, 2018
S1 E3: Out of the Way
29:23

Hospitalist Ann Knapp navigates her own doubts and assumptions when her patient, a ninety-year-old man, states he wants to die—today.

Illustrations by Stephanie Muscat.

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Feb 21, 2018
S1 E2: A Great Many Things More
29:44

Sirisha Narayana, a hospital medicine physician, discusses her strong identity as a physician, and how it collided with her other identities, until one of her interns made a simple observation in the hospital.

Illustrations by Stephanie Muscat.

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Feb 06, 2018
S1 E1: Recognition
29:29

Ben Lerman, an emergency medicine physician, describes how his ability to empathize with his patients deteriorated throughout his medical training, and how a chance encounter with a patient outside the hospital helped set him back on track.

Special thanks to Leon Morimoto.

Illustrations by Stephanie Muscat.

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Jan 25, 2018
Trailer: Season 1
02:59

The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, debuts soon!

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Dec 07, 2017