playing god?

By Pushkin Industries

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Life-and-death dilemmas. New medical technologies. Controversial treatments. In playing god? we hear from the patients whose lives were transformed—and sometimes saved—by medical innovations and the bioethicists who help guide complex decisions.

Ventilators can keep critically ill people alive, but when is it acceptable to turn the machines off? Organ transplants save lives but when demand outpaces supply how do we decide who gets them? Increasingly, novel reproductive technologies can help people have babies in ways that are far beyond what nature allows. So, when should such “Brave New World” technologies be introduced and who should control them? 

playing god? is hosted by Lauren Arora Hutchinson, Director of the iDeas Lab at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. 

playing god? is a co-production of Pushkin Industries and the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, with generous support from The Greenwall Foundation. New episodes drop every Tuesday.

The Berman Institute has created a guide for each episode where you can learn more about the guests, the history, and the ethics issues at:

Episode Date
The Future of Baby-Making
Dec 05, 2023
Miracle Drugs, Million Dollar Price Tags
Nov 28, 2023
An Off Switch For Depression?
Nov 21, 2023
Creating One Life to Save Another
Nov 14, 2023
A Womb of One’s Own?
Nov 07, 2023
Why Can’t I Buy a Kidney?
Oct 31, 2023
Need a new Liver? Drinkers to the back of the Line.
Oct 24, 2023
The Girl Who Died Twice
Oct 17, 2023
I Would’ve Let You Die, Too
Oct 10, 2023
Introducing: playing god?
Sep 26, 2023