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The Nocturnists

The Nocturnists is an award-winning, independent medical storytelling podcast, hosted by Emily Silverman, MD. We share stories that aim to humanize healthcare and foster meaningful public dialogue about the practice of medicine. Each episode brings the humanity of healthcare workers to the fore, from stories told at The Nocturnists live shows, to raw audio diary recordings in our special documentary series, to insightful conversations with authors and filmmakers whose work intersects with health and medicine. Welcome to our community.

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May 19, 2020

The mass media portrays us as “healthcare heroes,” or soldiers fighting a battle. For some people this language may ring true, but for others, it feels wrong.

This week you’ll hear voices from diarists based in California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. They include a geriatrician, a pediatric and an adult emergency physicians, an ER nurse, a hospitalist and historian of medicine, and two medical students.

*This episode includes themes of mental health crises and suicidal actions. Listener discretion is advised.


Hosted by Emily Silverman

Produced by Emily Silverman and Adelaide Papazoglou

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and donations from our listeners.

Find show notes, transcript, and more at Follow @thenocturnists.