Rank #1: Ep. 14: The Principle of Double Effect
Bioethicist John Di Camillo explains the principle of double effect and illustrations its application through a number of case studies.
Rank #2: Ep. 12: The Problem With Gender Dysphoria - Part 2
Ethicist Edward Furton discusses the Catholic response to transgender ideology as well as the clinical challenges associated with transgender patients.
Rank #3: Ep. 11: The Problem With Gender Dysphoria - Part 1
Ethicist Edward Furton discusses the significance of replacing the diagnosis of gender identity disorder with gender dysphoria, the ideological motivations for this change, and the numerous moral challenges it creates.
Rank #4: Ep. 7: Vaccines And The Common Good
Dr. Gwyneth Spaeder, a pediatrician in Wake Forest, NC, discusses the moral imperative for Catholics to vaccinate themselves and their children.
Rank #5: Ep. 8: Remnants Of Life
Ethicist Dr. Edward Furton probes of the subtleties of brain death and the difficulties that arise from the linguistic difference between metaphysics and science as well as from dissenting opinions within Catholic philosophy.
Rank #6: Ep. 19: Deactiving a Pacemaker
Fr. Benedict Guevin examines whether it is permissible to deactivate a pacemaker, which differs from other medical devices in some crucial, ethically relevant aspects.
Rank #7: Ep. 3: The Money In Your Genes
In Bioethics on Air’s second episode about CRISPR gene editing technology, tech entrepreneur Joe Chiarella asks who is guiding these new multi-billion-dollar companies and balancing the goals of researchers and product makers against the best interests of society.
Rank #8: Ep. 13: A Culture of Encounter
Dr. Mary Shivanandan discusses the profound effect of postmodernism on our understanding of the human person. She then presents an alternative, after-modernism, which is grounded in the personalism of Pope St. John Paul II.
Rank #9: Ep. 21: Catholic Identity In Health Care Education
Tony Aretz, the president of the University of Providence, in Great Falls, Montana, discusses the challenges and unique benefits of implementing Catholic mission formation in health care education.
Rank #10: Ep. 6: Reasonable Hope Of Benefit
Ethicist Dr. John DiCamillo discusses the difference between ordinary and extraordinary care in end-of-life decision making.
Rank #11: Ep. 5: Dignity At The Margins
Psychologist Dr. James Beauregard talks about the challenge of defining human dignity and the divergent approaches proposed by Christian and postmodern thinkers.
Rank #12: Ep. 4: Pathways To Knowledge
Physicist, Dr. Thomas Sheahen, probes the limit of science’s ability to interpret unobservable phenomena like the multiverse, suggesting techniques for reconciling empirical inquiry with qualitative aspects of reality.
Rank #13: Ep. 16: Legal Challenges of POLST
Attorney Cameo Anders explains the issues that POLST (physician orders for life-sustaining treatment) is meant to solve and those it raises.
Rank #14: Ep. 9: The Decline Of Scientific Credibility
Dr. Carr J. Smith traces the roots of what he describes as a decline in scientific credibility to the loss of abstract reasoning skills. He then examines the long-term effects of this trend on the scientific community, education, and the culture at large.
Rank #15: Ep. 22: Organ Procurement and Allocation
Barry Masa, CEO of LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, explains the role that organ procurement organizations play in ensuring the ethical retrieval and allocation of organs. He also addresses some persistent concerns about organ transplantation in general.
Rank #16: Ep. 15: Legal Aspects of Advance Care Planning
Attorney Cameo Anders discusses how to properly identify a surrogate and use advance directives like living wills and health care powers of attorney to ensure ethical health care decision making after injury or at the end of life.
Rank #17: Ep. 10: New Forms Of Discrimination Against The Disabled
Guest Mary Forr discusses the institutionalized discrimination faced by persons with disabilities and shares ways to promote their dignity and recognize the unique gifts they give to society.
Rank #18: Ep. 18: Sister Nurses of The Civil War
Sr. Dolores Liptak, RSM, shares the stories of Catholic Nuns who volunteered as nurses in both the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Rank #19: Ep. 17: Tutorial on The HHS Mandate
Hillary Byrnes, an attorney for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, provides insight into the controversial HHS Contraception and Sterilization Coverage Mandate as well as the religious liberty concerns with the original mandate and the subsequent accommodation. She also describes the recent exemption granted by the Trump administration.
Rank #20: Ep. 20: Ethics and Brain Injury in Sports
Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first physician to observe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), discusses how faith has influenced his understanding of the ethical implications of traumatic brain.