Rank #1: Me and My Therapist
We have this idea of what therapy is supposed to look like. There’s a couch. An objective therapist sitting across the room scribbling notes. But of course it’s not that simple. In this episode, six short stories, many from our listeners, looking at how the role of patient and therapist can get... complicated.
Aug 09 2016
Rank #2: The Birth of Climate Change Denial
Starting with the 1925 Scopes Trial to climate change, we look at how even well-established science can remain controversial.
May 17 2017
Rank #3: The Prank Your Body Plays On Life
Poet Max Ritvo is back on our show this week, for what he’s calling his “farewell tour".The 25-year-old has spent years living with terminal cancer and says he’s now at the end of his road. But in typical Max fashion there are as many laughs as there are tears.
Jul 12 2016
Rank #4: Don't Count on the Calorie
Calories, the longstanding building blocks of a diet, can be sneaky. It turns out that measuring what we eat through these units of energy isn’t as foolproof as we thought. We team up with the podcast Gastropod to find out the truth about calories, and how to burn them.
Feb 09 2016
Rank #5: Doctor Stories: The Patient I’ll Never Forget
Doctors listen to stories from patients all the time. This week, we give them the mic to hear about the patients who left a lasting impression on their lives.
Apr 12 2016
Rank #6: The Science of Turning Her On
The new “female Viagra” has been underwhelming. But researcher Nicole Prause is on a mission to find out what it takes for women to have better sex.
Mar 08 2016
Rank #7: Part 2: Be the Doctor Your Mom Wanted You to Marry
Medical school culture isn’t known to be open about mental health issues. But many students like Giselle suffer from intense anxiety and depression. And she doesn’t want to stay silent. This is part two of our mental health series. Follow along on Facebook at Only Human Podcast.
May 31 2016
Rank #8: This Is the Year You Stick to It
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely's insights into why we do what we do have made him a best-selling author and a star TED talker. Now, he's going to help you stick with your New Year's resolution to exercise. In this episode, Ariely partners with Only Human on a new project.
Jan 05 2016
Rank #9: Part 1: 'You Don't Watch Bollywood With Me Anymore'
What happens when you’re becoming a psychologist but you’ve never come clean to your own family about your struggles with mental health? This is the dilemma Rose confronts, and she lets us eavesdrop when she finally confesses to her mother that she’s been depressed most of her life.
May 24 2016
Rank #10: The Realness Ep1: This Sunny Day Right Here
Prodigy and Havoc begin laying down rhymes together in high school. When their first album flops, they come up with a new sound that's directly influenced by P's sickle cell, and it helps define a generation of hip hop. Plus: Big Twins talks about the sickle cell attack he’ll never forget.
One of the interviews we didn’t get a chance to use was this appearance Prodigy made on The Breakfast Club a while back. About 12:40 in, he talks about how sickle cell influenced his music, and says “a lot of the pain that comes out of me” is from having sickle cell.
If you ever needed proof that Prodigy was hella influential, this tribute show Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg put out after P’s death proves it. Eminem and Kendrick Lamar (who later gave Prodigy a shout out on the BET awards) make guest appearances, rapping some of P’s most famous lines.
Finally, check out the music video for Peer Pressure, one of Mobb Deep’s first singles. In it, Havoc and Prodigy are carrying sickles. A producer who worked with them told us they were meant to represent P’s sickle cell.
LANGUAGE WARNING: The Realness contains strong language that some listeners may find offensive.
WNYC’s health coverage and The Realness by Only Human is supported in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jane and Gerald Katcher and the Katcher Family Foundation, Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Audio of Prodigy on Questlove Supreme is provided by Pandora, which also has a recording of Mobb Deep's classic hit "Shook Ones (Part II)" performed by Nas.
Jul 27 2018
Rank #11: Too Ornery to Die
Scientist Paul Quinton has lived twice as long as expected for someone with cystic fibrosis. He also made a discovery that led to a breakthrough treatment for the disease. But now that this new drug is available, who gets to decide how much it costs?
May 17 2016
Rank #12: I Thought the Truth Would Be Enough
Marc Edwards uncovered the dangerous lead in Flint’s water last year. Like a lot of other people crusading for change, he discovered the struggle isn’t just about getting the science right. It’s also about convincing people to listen.
Jun 28 2016
Rank #13: I’d Rather Have a Living Son Than a Dead Daughter
Earlier this year, North Carolina passed HB2, the so-called "bathroom bill." But the state is also home to one of the few clinics for transgender kids in the South. This week, we spend some time in that clinic, at Duke University's Children's Hospital, to find out how these patients are coping.
Aug 02 2016
Rank #14: The Man Who Cured Everything
In the early 1900s, an eccentric fitness guru named Bernarr Macfadden discovered what he believed was a treatment for everything: fasting. In this episode, how Macfadden’s miracle cure got big, was forgotten and came back nearly a century later.
Mar 22 2016
Rank #15: Why is Healthcare So Expensive? We Ask an Expert
We all know the cost of healthcare is staggering in this country — but is there anything you can do about it? Dr. Zeke Emanuel talks about how we can be a smarter consumers of healthcare, and the ways the system might be slowly changing to help all of us — doctors, hospitals, insurers, and patients — understand cost better.
Dec 29 2015
Rank #16: A Doctor’s Love Affair with Vicodin
Peter Grinspoon spent years addicted to painkillers – as a successful physician who also prescribed them. He kept his addiction secret and often shared pills with his patients, until he was caught. In this episode, the author of “Free Refills” talks about his lifelong infatuation with drugs, and his eventual recovery.
Feb 16 2016
Rank #17: A Three Year-Old Girl, a Colony of Dogs, and One Very Rare Side Effect
When Mathilda Crisp was three years-old, she got sick. She stopped sleeping through the night, but during the day, she would fall asleep without warning — during a swim lesson, for example, or straight into her cereal bowl at breakfast. For one doctor, figuring out what was making this little girl sick was just the beginning of an even bigger medical mystery.
Feb 22 2017
Rank #18: Yes, Simba, Chimps Laugh
Is laughter really the best medicine? This week, Mary Harris and Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen try to find out. We go to laughter yoga in New York, an improv class for doctors and nurses in Chicago, and talk to some brain scientists about why humans laugh in the first place.
Jul 19 2016
Rank #19: The Woman Behind a Secret Grey's Anatomy Experiment
Jennifer Jako spent a lifetime trying to explain a single mistake she made. In this episode, we tell the story of that mistake and how it ultimately took a secret experiment buried deep inside one of America’s favorite television shows to help correct the record.
Feb 08 2017
Rank #20: Flu-dunnit?
If you’ve ever worried about catching a cold from a co-worker who came into work when he (or she) should’ve taken a sick day, then this episode is for you.
Mar 22 2017