American Diagnosis

In America, who gets to be healthy, and who doesn’t? And what can we do about it? Education, gender, age, race—they all have something to do with it. There's a divide between people who will live long and healthy lives and those who won’t. Join Dr. Celine Gounder for fresh angles, deep research, a wide range of voices, and compassionate reporting. This series was originally titled "In Sickness and In Health."

Hosted by: Dr. Celine Gounder
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Season 1Youth & Mental Health

Episode 1

E1: Communication & Contagion

32min | Sep. 11th, 2017

How do we communicate responsibly about depression and suicide without fuel...

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Episode 2

E2: Switch or Die: Why Trans Teens Are At Such High Risk for Suicide

34min | Sep. 11th, 2017

Why are LGBTQ youth at such high risk of depression, anxiety and suicide? N...

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Episode 3

E3: Academic & Social Pressure

37min | Sep. 11th, 2017

How do new stressors contribute to the risk of suicide among young people? ...

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Episode 4

E4: Social Media, Big Data & Other Solutions

32min | Sep. 11th, 2017

How can social media, texting and big data be used to improve mental health...

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Episode 5

E5: The Role of TV & Film

34min | Sep. 11th, 2017

Can movies and shows like Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why raise awareness ab...

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Season 2The Opioid Overdosis Crisis

Episode 1

E1: Is addiction a brain disease?

30min | Jan. 17th, 2018

Is addiction a brain disease? a moral failing or lack of willpower? or neit...

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Episode 2

E2: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

34min | Jan. 17th, 2018

Is neonatal abstinence syndrome — babies whose mothers used opioids i...

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Episode 3

E3: The Rise of Fentanyl

30min | Jan. 17th, 2018

How has the rise of fentanyl led to a spike in drug overdose deaths? And w...

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Episode 4

E4: Is there fentanyl in my drugs?

26min | Jan. 17th, 2018

Could we save lives by offering drug users anonymous purity testing of thei...

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Episode 5

E5: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

35min | Jan. 17th, 2018

In the 1990s, researchers recruited 17,000 adults to answer questions about...

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Episode 6

E6: Cops as social workers?

27min | Feb. 21st, 2018

What if the criminal justice system emphasized housing and social services ...

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Episode 7

E7: A Safe Space to Use Drugs

28min | Feb. 21st, 2019

What if we gave drug users a clean, safe place to use? out of the alleys an...

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Episode 8

E8: Drugs to *treat* addiction?

29min | Mar. 15th, 2018

Medications can play an important role in helping people recover from addic...

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Episode 9

E9: Sharing Opana & Syringes in Small Town Indiana

30min | Apr. 20th, 2018

Opioid abuse is affecting small towns across the U.S. in unprecedented ways...

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Episode 10

E10: What comes after you survive an overdose?

21min | May. 4th, 2018

Naloxone can save the lives of drug users from deadly overdose, but what ha...

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Episode 11

E11: This Is America: Race and the War on Drugs

30min | May. 22nd, 2018

The U.S.’s unique history of slavery and race relations have played n...

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Episode 12

E12: Can we sue our way out of the opioid crisis?

31min | Jun. 12th, 2018

Is anyone to blame for the opioid overdose epidemic? Should we be going aft...

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Episode 13

E13: Religion, Responsibility, Blame & Shame

34min | Jul. 11th, 2018

Is drug use immoral? Can religious leaders and communities help people reco...

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Season 3Gun Violence in America

Episode 1

E1: An Unlikely Friendship

25min | Sep. 27th, 2018

It’s hard to imagine finding common ground on the problem of gun viol...

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Episode 2

E2: A Uniquely American Compromise

22min | Oct. 11th, 2018

Where does our Second Amendment come from? English law, like so many of our...

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Episode 3

E3: Guns & Honor

23min | Oct. 25th, 2018

What is honor? When is it OK to use violence? And how do these ideas influe...

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Episode 4

E4: Gun Culture 2.0

28min | Nov. 8th, 2018

Why do people own guns and how do they use them? What do guns mean to the p...

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Episode 5

E5: “Boys will be boys.”

20min | Nov. 22nd, 2018

Why are guns a symbol, for many, of masculinity? Are boys and men more viol...

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Episode 6

E6: He’s got a gun

22min | Dec. 6th, 2018

There’s an important link between intimate partner violence (i.e. domesti...

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Episode 7

E7: She’s Got a Gun

23min | Dec. 20th, 2018

Many Americans hold dear the right to a gun for self-defense, and the passa...

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Episode 8

E8: Good Guys with Guns & Bad Guys with Guns

28min | Jan. 10th, 2019

What does it mean to be a “good guy with a gun” versus a “bad guy wit...

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Episode 9

E9: Why Blacks Need(ed) Guns

24min | Jan. 24th, 2019

The black tradition of gun ownership is as long as our nation’s histo...

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Episode 10

E10: This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed

24min | Feb. 7th, 2019

The Civil Rights Movement is famous for its nonviolent tactics, but was it ...

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Episode 11

E11: Carrying A Gun While Black

21min | Feb. 12th, 2019

How do you walk that fine line of being black and carrying a gun? with law ...

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Episode 12

E12: More Guns = More or Less Crime?

31min | Mar. 7th, 2019

Since the late 1990s, two economists have dueled over whether more guns lea...

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Episode 13

E13: In the Eye of the Beholder

24min | Mar. 21st, 2019

The majority of Americans with guns own them for self-defense. But how comm...

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Episode 14

E14: The Instrumentality of Guns

25min | Apr. 4th, 2019

In the late 1950s, England and Wales switched from coal-based gas to natura...

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Episode 15

E15: The Big Australian Buyback

35min | Apr. 13th, 2019

Australia shares a similar history and culture to our own. But yet after th...

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Episode 16

E16: Violence Is Contagious

25min | May. 2nd, 2019

Gun violence isn’t random. Both guns and violence spread like infectious ...

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Episode 17

SE17: How do criminals get their guns?

23min | May. 16th, 2019

How are guns transmitted from person-to-person? How do they make their way ...

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Episode 18

E18: Gangs

23min | May. 30th, 2019

Urban gun violence is driven by small groups of high-risk individuals—wha...

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Episode 19

E19: A Tale of Two Cities

38min | Jun. 15th, 2019

Up until recently, Oakland and New Orleans shared something in common: they...

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Episode 20

E20: The Science of Soft Policing

30min | Jun. 27th, 2019

We typically think of policing as something that’s done by police officer...

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Episode 21

E21: Law & Order?

30min | Jul. 11th, 2019

Cops are supposed to enforce laws, reduce crime, and make communities safer...

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Episode 22

E22: Law Enforcement in the Digital Age

35min | Jul. 25th, 2019

Have we entered the era of Minority Report and “true crime”? Yes… and...

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Episode 23

E23: Lives in Blue

33min | Aug. 8th, 2019

With almost 400 million guns in the U.S., law enforcement officers have goo...

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Episode 24

E24: Why do people die by suicide?

22min | Aug. 22nd, 2019

People die by suicide when they think they’re a burden on others, when th...

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Episode 25

E25: The Psychology of Mass Shooters

39min | Sep. 5th, 2019

Saying mass shooters are “evil” is overly simplistic and doesn’t do m...

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Episode 26

E26: See Something, Say Something: Red Flag Laws Part I

29min | Sep. 19th, 2019

Extreme risk protection orders, aka red flag laws, have been passed in 17 s...

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Episode 27

E27: The Devil’s in the Details: Red Flag Laws Part II

23min | Oct. 3rd, 2019

Seventeen states and DC have red flag laws, aka Extreme Risk Protection Ord...

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Episode 28

E28: Trusted Messengers

25min | Oct. 17th, 2019

Gun owners, their kids, and their families and friends are dying from gun-r...

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Episode 29

E29: Lock It Up

30min | Oct. 31st, 2019

Americans have the right to own guns. But what responsibilities do gun owne...

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Episode 30

E30: What the Swiss can teach us

24min | Nov. 14th, 2019

Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world. The Un...

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Episode 31

E31: The Gun Violence Prevention Movement

30min | Dec. 5th, 2019

Many social movements—including civil rights, women’s rights, gay r...

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Episode 32

E32: Badass Moms & Youth

27min | Dec. 19th, 2019

For a long time, there was a passion gap between the gun-rights and gun vio...

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Episode 33

E33: #Vets4GunReform

29min | Jan. 9th, 2020

Vets know guns and gunfights better than most of us. Guns are a big part of...

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Episode 34

E34: #ThisIsOurLane

32min | Jan. 16th, 2020

Joseph Sakran was shot in the neck as a teenager. He went on to become a tr...

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Episode 35

E35: Here all along

33min | Feb. 6th, 2020

Black and brown communities have borne the brunt of gun violence for decade...

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Episode 36

E36: Where do we go from here?

32min | Feb. 13th, 2020

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the Parkland shooting. How have the s...

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Episode 37

Introducing EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ron Klain

3min | Feb. 28th, 2019

EPIDEMIC is a new, weekly podcast on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19...

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Bonus

Episode 1

A Black Man in Science Part II: The Pursuit of Truth / David Satcher / Kafui Dzirasa / Harold Varmus

20min | Feb. 9th, 2021

“Science is harmed when scientists don’t take into account the...

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Episode 2

My Toxic Reality: The Fight for Environmental Justice / Ralph Nader and Hilton Kelley

26min | Jan. 12th, 2021

“Nobody really wants to leave their community and I don’t blame...

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Episode 3

Sinking Shores, Rising Rents / Cheryl Holder, Jesse Keenan, Nicole Crooks

19min | Dec. 8th, 2020

“As we enter into a time of climate change, one of the things we are ...

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Episode 4

Giving Birth While Black / Asha Ivey-Stephenson, Wanda Irving, Abiodun Okon

23min | Nov. 24th, 2020

“This can’t continue to go on and if I have to be the one to ta...

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Episode 5

The Battle for the Affordable Care Act / Jonathan Gruber, Nicholas Bagley

28min | Nov. 10th, 2020

“We used to be a nation where people were one bad gene or one bad tra...

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Episode 6

A Black Man in Science Part I: The Pursuit of Truth / Kafui Dzirasa

36min | Jun. 23rd, 2020

“Despite all of those other cues, my white coat, my scrubs, you know, som...

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