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The Nocturnists

We are The Nocturnists, a San Francisco-based independent medical storytelling community. Since 2016, we’ve produced over a dozen live storytelling shows in the Bay Area and New York City, three seasons of our podcast, and two special audio diary series: "Stories from a Pandemic" and "Black Voices in Healthcare."

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Jun 13, 2019

Emily sits down with internist and thought leader Dr. Lucy Kalanithi to discuss her late husband's book When Breath Becomes Air and topics such as illness and identity, prognosis and uncertainty, love and suffering, and the importance of community.

Follow Lucy on Twitter @rocketgirlMD.

This episode was recorded live at the UCSF School of Medicine's AOA Gold-Headed Cane Lecture. Emily and Lucy were introduced by UCSF medical student Tara Benesch.

This conversation includes mentions of: Dr. Rita Charon's 2018 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, Dr. Diane E. Meier's essay "'I Don't Want Jenny To Think I'm Abandoning Her': Views on Overtreatment", Ady Barkan's essay "I'm Dying. Here Is What I Refuse to Accept With Serenity," and William Lychack's essay "The Ghostwriter."

This episode's music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

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