Welcome to the A-Z challenge! This year I am reviewing podcasts. Day 22 is not only super near the end, it is also the letter V... not an easy letter, I can tell you. But I found a great podcast.
Science Vs. is the Australia based podcast that looks at opinions and trends and uses science to figure out what is fact, what is opinion and what is a little bit of both. Wendy Zukerman is the narrator. The lastest podcast looked at nuclear war and asked the question, "Would it really annihilate us?" They spent two episodes looking at the the Opioid epidemic in the U.S., tracking down the things that led to it and talking about which treatment options work.
Category: Science and Medicine
What's my time commitment here?
It's a little more random than most podcast schedules, but if you average it all out, episodes seem to appear about 3 times a month, and they are approximately 30 minutes long.
That series on the opioid epidemic was thorough. I was absolutely fascinated to trace the history, and to remember little pieces of it brushing my life--for example, I totally remember the first time I saw the little piece of paper with the smiley faces on it that asked me to rate my pain. It seemed so innocuous, but in reality that was a huge piece of the opioid puzzle! About a week after listening to it, I was traveling in a car with a friend of mine who happened to be a doctor, and the subject came up and there I was, completely educated and ready to converse deeply about opioids. I felt like a rock star. (I'd like to take this moment to acknowledge the incredible privilege it is that my understanding of opioids is completely academic. I know many people are not so lucky, and this was a haunting glimpse into that.) I absolutely recommend this podcast.
You can listen to it here or wherever you listen to podcasts.