Category Archives: Podcasts

Roughly Speaking: 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health

Hot Dogs_02 via rob_rob2001 on Flickr
Hot Dogs_02 via rob_rob2001 on Flickr CC BY-SA

Dan graciously had me on Roughly Speaking to discuss the recent article from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health article looking at the “100 Objects That Shaped Public Health“.

My favorite? Spoiler alert: hot dogs.

It was a fun conversation! Listen here.

Roughly Speaking: a primer on Zika, & some words on HIV in Baltimore

CC BY-NC-ND image by  IAEA Imagebank via Flickr
CC BY-NC-ND image by IAEA Imagebank via Flickr

Dan Rodricks has migrated his audio work from NPR to the new podcast audio show from the Baltimore Sun, Roughly Speaking. Needless to say, it’s an outstanding program, especially for anyone interested in keeping their finger on the pulse of all things Baltimore. This past Friday, Dan interviewed me for a primer on the latest newsworthy emerging pathogen, Zika virus. I also discussed happenings with HIV in Baltimore on a previous show, and am looking forward to being on with him every month or so. More to come!

Midday On Health: Quick Segment On Ebola & Enterovirus D68

CC BY-NC-SA image by Army Medicine on Flickr
CC BY-NC-SA image by Army Medicine on Flickr

Last Thursday I did a quick segment on Midday with Dan Rodricks on 88.1 WYPR Baltimore. We discussed the latest issues involved in the spiraling Ebola epidemic, as well as the spreading Enterovirus D68 in the United States, which fortunately has claimed no lives as yet but has made many children critically ill.

For your streaming and/or podcasting pleasure, the show can be found here.

Notes:

  • In our enthusiasm for making sure we hit all the high points in the short time allotted to us, we mis-stated (as was identified by a later caller to the program) that Ghana was one of the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak; Ghana is fine on this front, and we meant to say Guinea. Oops. Apologies.
  • One thing we discussed was the different modes of transmission of Ebola, which Vincent Racaniello excellently tackles over at the Virology Blog.
  • While we weren’t able to devote much time to Enterovirus D68, the CDC has a useful FAQ up here for those seeking more information.

The Drabblecast #250: Trifecta XXII

A flash story I read for the Parsec Award-winning Drabblecast, Selfless by Kenneth Kao, is now up for your auditory delight. It contains both flesh-eating bacteria and clone social politics, a combo that makes me exceedingly happy.

Also in the episode are readings of Rich Matrunick’s Prophecy Negotiations, and The Faithful Servant by Joel Shulkin, which makes for a true trifecta of good times.

The Secret Lair #50: Interview With An Overlord

The Secret Lair

At long last, the latest episode of The Secret Lair is up, in which I host Overlord Miller in the interrogation chamber to complete a mandatory psychological profile in my role as Chief Medical Officer. Our conversation goes deep into Mr. Miller’s passions for storytelling and creativity, as well as recent life changes that have been a positive part of his own personal story. It is a rather different, but exceedingly enjoyable, show.

Go here and listen, else when the Overlords’ time comes, you will be the first into servitude.

The Secret Lair #43: Bacon for Non-Medical Personnel

The Secret Lair

At long last, the latest episode of The Secret Lair is up, in which Overlord Miller calls a board meeting with yours truly as the Chief Medical Officer, Natalie as the Secretary of Aesthetic Engineering, and David as the Commandant of the Air Forces in attendance. We address both the scent of bacon wafting through The Lair, and what that might have to do with the fate of the absent Overlord Johnson.

Also, therein lies a roundtable on our recent geeky pursuits, after which I find myself strapped into the Interrogation Chamber: I am interviewed about the need for, and the issues surrounding, the non-medically trained public reading articles from the medical literature directly, as opposed to merely accepting media reporting on medical study results at face value. From the medical evidence behind bedbugs and superbugs to finding citations to support beer and good health, it’s a fun and informative chat.

Go here and listen, else when the Overlords’ time comes, you will be the first into servitude.

The Secret Lair hums to life

The Secret Lair

Astute observers of the Secret Lair will have noted that things have been a bit more… quiet… than usual. Surmising, perhaps, that we had called it quits and abandoned the base. Which is exactly what we wanted you to think.

In reality, the Overlords and Minions have been toiling away in secrecy on machinations most mischevious, and plots perfectly planned. And lo, the time has come to unleash them upon a world lulled into a naive stupor by our determined silence. Behold!

Go here now and visit The Secret Lair, else when the Overlords’ time comes, you will be the first into servitude.

The Drabblecast #182: Trifecta XIV

A flash story I read for the Parsec Award-winning Drabblecast, Character Flu by Robert Reed, is now up for your auditory delight. It contains both a plague and the potential for death on a massive scale, a combo that makes me exceedingly happy.

Also in the episode are readings of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Evil Robot Monkey, and Toaster of the Gods by Randall Coots, which makes for a true trifecta of good times.

lately in the Lair

The Secret Lair Comic #0023: Squirrels
The Secret Lair Comic #0023: Squirrels

There have been many goings-on in the Secret Lair of late, including the most recent comic by Natalie, the Secretary of Artistic Propaganda. It is, perhaps, the greatest piece of illustrated work ever summoned into existence, not the least of which because it includes me and MEGA-syringes. In fact, I would argue that it is Art.

Also, recent audio emanations from the Lair’s pan-global transmitters have included episode 36, an examination of Robert Downey, Jr. and cinema, as well as episode 37, a celebration of Monster Week 2010 and affectionate companion/rebuttal to Mr. Newquist‘s own Monster Week 2010 gala. I am particularly chagrined at having missed out on contributing to that discussion, since one of my duties as the Bad Doctor is to oversee the Lair’s monster husbandry. That said, the latter show does establish the inherent coolness of the MEGA- prefix, and that the Overlords harbor a hushed fear of Dr. MEGA-John Cmar and his prehensile ponytail. As well they should.