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Radio Days

We here at GlassHospital Media have just completed Season 2 of the public radio program “Medical Matters,” the show about Health Care and the Human Condition.

It’s a limited series of 4 episodes. You can stream them anytime from the show’s webpage, or there’s a convenient link at the top of this page with an index of the episodes.Anne_Hallward_0

One of the standouts of this 2nd season was an interview with Dr. Anne Hallward, a Maine-based psychiatrist who has taken to the airwaves herself in an effort to ease suffering by covering “subjects we would struggle with less if we could talk about them more.” Her program, “Safe Space Radio” is now in it’s seventh season. It’s well worth a listen.

Hallward is a marvelous interviewer, and the name of the show says what it provides—a haven for people to talk about things that shame them: things like medical illnesses, psychiatric conditions, caregiving for loved ones with said issues, or relationship difficulties. Bringing shame out of the shadows is empowering for afflicted individuals; really, though, it is for all of us. She’s on to something here.

Our interview with Hallward was the first time she’d had the mic turned around on her. Her vision of where this show will go is inspiring—a radio program in pursuit of social justice. To understand it better, give it a listen.

GlassHospital 2014

Happy New Year!

Some new items for the new year, which will be our fifth. If you’ve been a reader since the early days of 2010, bless you for staying with us and bringing in new readers. If you’re new to GlassHospital, welcome aboard!

A new appearance: Cleaner background, clean lines, and mobile-friendly.

1294063011-radioMore radio. February 2014 will bring the debut of Medical Matters, a one hour weekly show devoted to thought leaders in the practice of medicine and health policy. The show will air on FM-89.5 KWGS Radio at noon on Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27th. Each episode will be re-broadcast at 8pm on Feb 7, 14, 21, and 28th. After our pilot ‘mini-season’, who knows? I’ll provide links so that you can stream the show or hear it on podcast. Thanks to Public Radio Tulsa for having the courage and vision to bring this show to air.

More writing. See a growing trove of GlassHospital posts on NPR’s Shots.

Thanks for reading, sharing, and commenting.

“THIS is Marketplace”

Money and medicine…inextricably intertwined.

Thousands of fans wrote in after hearing my commentary this past Friday on the radio program Marketplace. Many of them had important questions:

  • “Did they fly you out to USC for the interview?”
  • “Is Robert Reich really that short?”
  • And of course, “So what does Kai Ryssdal actually look like?”

Well, sorry to disappoint.

I recorded the commentary at KWGS, the Tulsa NPR affiliate, several weeks ago. Not only did I not get to meet Kai Ryssdal at USC, apparently former Labor Secretary Reich records his commentaries somewhere in Northern California and doesn’t trek down to L.A., either. [Though I hear he wears platform shoes when he records to make his commentaries sound more authoritative.]

If you have about two minutes, you can listen to the piece right here on GlassHospital by clicking on the play button embedded just below:

Feel free to go to the Marketplace website and leave comments on the commentary (!?) if you like this sort of thing and want to further my egotistical campaign to become a regular contributor there.

If you’re really a glutton for medicine and radio (and GH), you can also catch a whole episode of the medical student-hosted and produced show RadioRounds right here.

Lastly, to complete the radio trifecta of media over-saturation for the week, click here to hear StudioTulsa host Rich Fisher interview me about the rise of hospitalists in the U.S., based on the article I wrote for the


A tribute to med student energy and creativity.

Check out RadioRounds, a weekly radio show produced by medical students at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Broadcasting since April 2009, the show is now in its seventh ‘season’ and is heard on WYSO radio (an NPR affiliate) and can be downloaded free from iTunes.

I first heard the show when Dr. Michelle Au of the popular blog “The Underwear Drawer” (it’s where she used to keep her journal) was a featured guest in season six (episode 606).

The show’s producers feature guests that are experienced in topics like medical narrative (storytelling), global health, health policy, suffering, death and dying, organized medicine (like the AMA), health care reform, politics, and medical school admissions. To name a few.

They’ve interviewed guests both famous and not. Yet all RadioRounds interview subjects are working to broaden our understanding of health, wellness, and how to best deliver care whether in the U.S. or the developing world.

RadioRounds has also featured a wide array of medical bloggers, typically a few each season. Including this one. You can clink the link here to catch their interview with me (broadcast for the first time today). Among the questions I was asked was, “Why do you blog?”

I can’t remember exactly how I answered the question. Unlike writing, once an interview is in the can you can’t go back and change things around.

I’m eager to give it a listen.

Thanks to my interviewer (and the show’s creator) Avash Kalra.

Check back soon and I’ll embed the audio here.

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