Voices in Bioethics Podcast Ep 1: Connected By The Air We Breathe

unnamedA podcast I developed, conducted, and produced along with two other staff members at Columbia University’s Voices in Bioethics journal. Here I moderate a conversation with Dr. James Colgrove, professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, as we discuss vaccination ethics and the recent measles outbreak in California. Listen here.

RIPR Voice Wrap — Medical Simulation Program

A voice wrap I produced at Rhode Island Public Radio. I gathered tape and ambient sound in the field, mixed audio using Adobe Audition, and scripted and voiced the wrap.

A group of high school students from across the country came to Providence Thursday to learn more about the healthcare field.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Rachel Bloom reports they’re getting a hands-on crash course in emergency medicine.


In the medical simulation facility at Rhode Island Hospital, high school students are hard at work performing CPR on simulation dummies, learning how to interact with future patients, and getting a feel for the high-stakes emergencies medical practitioners encounter on a regular basis.

John Callahan manages the center. He says the program can help students decide whether or not to pursue a career in medicine.

Callahan: I actually went to a similar program, and the president of a hospital came and spoke, and that’s when I chose my career in healthcare administration, so, it was – I found it a valuable experience, so I think it’s important that we do these things.

The group is part of the National Youth Leadership Forum’s Careers in Medicine program.

Bits and Pieces of a Psychiatrist’s Life: A Poetic Memoir

The cover of Dr. Barry Blackwell’s Memoir: Bits and Pieces of a Psychiatrist’s Life. Photo courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

Dr. Barry Blackwell has spent half a century working as a psychiatrist. But since moving from Britain to Milwaukee decades ago, he’s explored something quite unexpected for a medical practitioner: poetry.

For Blackwell, this wasn’t a midlife change-of-heart. Throughout his self-published memoir, Bits and Pieces of a Psychiatrist’s Life, Blackwell makes reference to his lifelong interest in writing. He recently sat down with WUWM’s Lake Effect to discuss his 600-page magnum opus.

Listen to the story and read the full article here.

From Bubblers to Brats, Exploring Wisconsin’s Unique Language Landscape

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Pickle patch. Bubbler. Tavern belly. Brats.

Wisconsinites have regularly employed a colorful and unique vocabulary thanks to multiple waves of immigration from the 1800s through the present.

But there is also incredible diversity in language use in different areas of the state and even within single cities.

A new book written by a collection of linguistic scholars expounds on our state’s history, policy, and culture towards language use. Eric Raimy, professor of English Language and Linguistics at UW Madison, and Thomas Purnell, professor of English at UW Madison, are the co-editors and contributors of Wisconsin Talk: Linguistic Diversity in the Badger State.

Listen to the story and read more here.

One Shot, Two Shot: Study Finds One Dose of HPV Vaccine Could Be Enough

A teenager bares her band-aid after getting the HPV vaccine. Credit: WBUR.

You’ve heard about the importance of getting an HPV vaccine and the surprisingly low percentage of young women who do so in the U.S.  For various reasons — accessibility, cost, bad information — many who start the 3-part vaccination series do not complete it.

But what if a single dose could protect women from HPV around the globe? The results of a new study suggest it very well could. Read the full story here.


‘Cold War University’: Protests, Policies Divided Madison Community

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During the Cold War, large universities across the country served as a breeding ground for protest movements and student activism at large. Combined with dramatic changes in education funding and increased technological emphasis, they came to be known as “Cold War Universities.”

Close to home, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was an example of this concept, says Matthew Levin. He’s the author of Cold War University: Madison and the New Left in the 1960s.

Click here to listen to the interview and read more.


Insights On Low HPV Vaccination Rates

Public health officials have been somewhat puzzled by low rates of HPV vaccination: only 54% of adolescent girls receive the first dose of the 3-part vaccine series, and only 33% complete it.

What gives? Doctors recommend it. It’s safe and effective. It has the potential to save thousands of lives every year. So why aren’t more people getting the HPV vaccine?

A new study by doctors and public health researchers at the University of Colorado sheds light on who remains unvaccinated and why.  Click here to read more.

Biotechnology In Our Food

Image credit to UWM.

Over the past 15 years, agricultural biotechnology has taken hold in North America. Increased crop yields, improved food quality, and reduced use of pesticides by genetically modifying or manipulating existing plant species are seen as the benefits of such technology. But according to a new book, Resistance is Fertile: Canadian Struggles on the BioCommons, biotechnology is dominated by corporate interests and does not in fact benefit farmers or consumers.

Click here to listen to the interview with author Wilhelm Peekhaus and read the full article.