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.
Rank #2: 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.
Rank #3: How a Prenatal Test Is Transforming Modern Medicine
Prenatal screening keeps getting more precise, more accessible, and less stressful -- at least in terms of the basic procedure. But what happens when these tests catch something? This week, the life and death decisions that come with genetic information.
Rank #4: 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.
Rank #5: Growing Up "Ugly"
Robert Hoge doesn’t look like most people. He was born with severe defects; growing up, he had to get used to people calling him “ugly.” This week, Robert reflects on the lie we all tell ourselves: that it’s what on the inside that counts, and looks don’t matter. And he tells us what happens when the way you look forces you to confront that, every day.
Rank #6: Real Doctors, Fake Medicine?
What actually makes you feel better when you go to the doctor? This week we explore that question and the power of a placebo – the most misunderstood “medicine” of all.
Rank #7: 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.
Rank #8: 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.
Rank #9: 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.
Rank #10: 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?
Rank #11: Every (Dead) Body Has A Story
When it comes to dissecting a cadaver, medical students don’t always know who is under their scalpel. This week, Only Human’s Fred Mogul learns about a musician who spent his life educating others, and continues to do so after he dies.
Rank #12: 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.
Rank #13: Bacon, Booze and the Search for the Fountain of Youth
When we ask the world’s oldest people a simple question — what’s your secret to longevity? — we walk away with some pretty illogical answers. In this episode we set out to see what we’ve actually learned from supercentenarians and, along the way, reveal a whole other side to our fascination with extreme longevity.
Rank #14: 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.
Rank #15: 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.
Rank #16: The Realness Ep6: Missing You
Prodigy is supposed to fly back home right after a show in Vegas, but he never gets on the plane. As the world of hip hop mourns, there are still questions surrounding his death. We try to find answers, and go inside Prodigy’s memorial service to say goodbye to a rap icon.
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.
Rank #17: 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.
Rank #18: 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.
Rank #19: “I Got Indian in My Family”: An Another Round Takeover
Another Round co-host Tracy Clayton enlisted Only Human to help her with an experiment, to find her roots.
Rank #20: Dreaming of a Deaf Utopia
As a kid, Marvin Miller dreamed of starting an all sign language town. A place where deaf would be the norm and everyone from the garbage man to the mayor would sign. Ten years ago he found the land to build it.