An episode of Ladyparts: Taking a Wide View on Women's Health. Two midwives from different backgrounds make cases for how better integration of midwifery into the US medical system could help lower the country's high rate of maternal mortality, cut down on unnecessary interventions, and make birth a more dignified, healthier experience for moms.
This episode of NEXT, the radio show about New Englandwon a 2018 PRNDI Award for best news/public affairs program.
In Vermont, suicides account for 89 percent of gun-related deaths. Why is that percentage so high, and what’s being done to lower the risk? (Interview produced by me) And we explore the wide variety of accents that color the speech of New Englanders and how those sounds are changing (produced by me). Finally, we visit a summer camp with a colonial flair (reported and produced by me).
A handful of courts have started to treat people charged with prostitution differently from the rest of the system.T heir goal is not to punish the women, but to help them heal from the trauma that often lead them to the streets and holds them there. The CATCH program in Columbus, Ohio, supervised by Judge Paul Herbert, runs one of the most comprehensive programs in the country for victims of sex trafficking. Program graduate Stephanie Rollins, a victim of childhood sexual assault and a former drug user who sold sex to support her addiction, tells the story of her transformation.
LADYPARTS: taking a wide view on women's health. The reproductive disorder endometriosis affects one in ten women. It can cause debilitating periods, pelvic pain and infertility. Endometriosis is most often treated with birth control pills or or surgery. But this summer, the FDA approved the first ever medication formulated specifically to treat this disease. Yet expert disagree on its efficacy. And with a price tag of $1000 a month, is Orilissa worth it?
Feature for NPR.
The American College of Sports Medicine is based in Indianapolis and each year, the sports professionals there do a fitness ranking for the 50 biggest American cities. The least fit city this year -Indianapolis. That city is trying to get healthier by becoming more walkable. Andrea Muraskin of member station WFYI reports.
This episode of Ladyparts explores the mind-body connection in women from two very different angles. We hear Functional Medicine doctor and OBGYN Jessica Wei on how stress, hormones and the gut affect mental health and mood. And later in the episode, psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster on how women diagnosed with hysteria changed the way we treat mental illness, and why that seemingly outdated diagnosis still matters today.
Spiritual teacher Kristina Luce (aka Anandi) joins Erik and Kim to discuss developing a meditative practice in our fast-paced world. The conversation touches on reconciling science with spirituality, the power of mantras, and of course, meditation. I produced this episode for Healing is in Your Hands, hosted by Erik Harris and Kim Fleck.
Essential oils can facilitate healing, pleasure, and if used improperly, they can cause quite a bit of pain too. We explore this fragrant world with Master Medicinal aromatherapist John Odlum. It's a fun and NSFW interview with lots of tales of essential oils gone wrong and right. I produced this episode for the podcast Healing is in Your Hands, hosted by Kim Fleck and Erik Harris.
I produced all three segments of this episode. The highlight is a visit to a shuttered gold leaf factory in Hartford's economically troubled North End. Working from the desires of residents, a nonprofit is planning to turn the building into a hub for jobs, food and healthcare. Listen at 20:30.
Also in this episode: the complicated history of Quebec's massive hydro-electric system, and what's new about New England cuisine. Hosted by John Dankosky.
High school senior Madyson Frame reports on the effort to create a national park on land that belonged to gun manufacturer Samuel Colt. Everyone agrees that there's not enough to do in Hartford. But Colt's legacy is complicated.
I conducted some of the interviews, served as editor, worked with Madyson to produce the radio piece, and edited the story for web publication.
in recent years, the historically icy town-gown relationship between New Haven and Yale University has begun to thaw. NEXT producer Andrea Muraskin saw that warming trend in action at Collaboratory: New Haven, an event series that brings Yale students and community members together to brainstorm solutions to common problems.
For this episode, I produced a discussion between two women from an affluent Western Massachusetts town, two from Kentucky coal country, and guest host Shannon Dooling. The women were part of a project to bridge the political divide between these two communities. Topics included the election of Donald Trump, immigration and rural economies. Listen at 13:05.
I also reported on an exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts about the business of art-making. My feature encorporates insights from curator Lucas Spivey and selections from his podcast "Culture Hustlers." Listen at 41:00.
The American Fitness Index ranked Indianapolis last out of the 50 largest cities. Indianapolis has limited resources to make changes, but grassroots efforts are working to create walkable communities.
Dr. Malaz Boustani, an Alzheimer’s specialist at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis is designing a digital tool that lets patients communicate with an avatar—a virtual human technology that interfaces with people. Imagine a combination of Alexa and a character from SimCity or Second Life, connected to a database of information about mental illnesses. The idea is for the avatar to provide customized guidance to patients and caregivers, while at the same time collecting data to relay back to healthcare providers.