The Nocturnists

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 May 1, 2019

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The Nocturnists is a live show and podcast where doctors tell stories from the world of medicine. Based in San Francisco and hosted by physician Emily Silverman, our show is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about health, disease, and human connection. Welcome to the family.

Episode Date
Special Episode 2: Learning
03:58

In this special episode, we share a tapestry of voices that we stitched together from the 38 audio submissions we received for our first storytelling contest on the theme of "Learning." The entries came from 28 institutions, 14 states, and 3 countries. We plan to announce the contest winner before the end of the month. Thank you to all who submitted!

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Jun 18, 2019
Special Episode 1: Lucy Kalanithi, MD
40:49

Emily sits down with internist and thought leader Lucy Kalanithi to discuss her late husband's book When Breath Becomes Air, and topics diverse as 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, 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."

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This episode's music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Jun 13, 2019
S2 E10: The River Styx
37:20

After hearing a mentor make an inappropriate joke, medical student Jenny Tiskus grapples with humor’s place in the world of medicine.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

May 28, 2019
S2 E9: Dead To Me
33:33

Physician Maureen Miller describes how perusing a dusty box of autopsy reports from 1897 helped her embrace her new professional future as a pathologist.

Learn more about Maureen's work here. She also recommends reading The Misfit, featuring one of her favorite writers David Milch. For reference, the Conan and Colbert interviews are here and here.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

May 21, 2019
S2 E8: All That Jazz
29:32

Psychiatrist Matthew Hirschtritt turns to lessons from his Jewish upbringing when caring for a patient with severe refractory depression.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

May 14, 2019
S2 E7: Good Doctor
30:55

Hospitalist Archna Eniasivam describes the time she made a diagnostic error with one of her favorite patients.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

For more content, we recommend some of our favorite medical podcasts, The Curbsiders, The Clinical Problem Solvers, and Core IM.

May 07, 2019
S2 E6: Dying to Tchaikovsky
32:32

Family medicine physician Catherine Forest listens to her one of her classical music idols serenade a dying loved one in the hospital.

According to the internet, the most relaxing song in the world is Weightless by Marconi Union.

To learn more about music and the brain, check out the book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks.

For more of Catherine's work, check out this essay in Vox. 

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Apr 30, 2019
S2 E5: Welcome to Vietnam
35:41

82-year-old retired trauma surgeon Bill Meffert, who cared for wounded soldiers in Vietnam, reflects on that bloody experience and the words of a priest who worked beside him. 

You can read more about Bill and his novel, A Long Way From Home, on his website. To learn more about the Vietnam War, Bill recommends reading the book Dispatches, by Michael Herr.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Apr 23, 2019
S2 E4: Enjoy Your Life
33:34

When caring for a young woman with a new brain cancer diagnosis, medicine resident Colleen Farrell comes to grips with her own mortality.

Books referenced include Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon. You can find the poem "Intensive Care" by Jane O. Wayne here

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Apr 16, 2019
S2 E3: A Form of Love
36:00

Hospitalist Peter Barish recounts an intense, intimate moment with a patient.

Learn more about Ladybird here.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Apr 09, 2019
S2 E2: Compassionate Release
37:13

Michele DiTomas, a hospice physician who cares for incarcerated men, races against the clock and slashes through bureaucratic tape to help a dying man go home.

Learn more about the U.S. criminal justice system on the ACLU's website.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Apr 02, 2019
S2 E1: The Lazarus Effect
33:48

Emergency medicine physician Joe Sills panics when the patient he has just pronounced dead regains a pulse.

The article mentioned in our conversation, "What Does It Mean to Die?" can be found in The New Yorker.

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Original theme music by Yosef Munro.

Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support our work with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

For more about emergency medicine, visit The EM Over Easy Podcast.

Mar 26, 2019
Season 2 Trailer
01:24

Season 2 of The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, launches on Tuesday, March 26th.

Illustration by Lindsay Mound (https://lindsaymound.com/).

Original theme music by Yosef Munro (http://munro.media/).

Mar 12, 2019
S1 E9: Too Important to Die
36:30

Cardiologist Dhruv Kazi recounts the heart-stopping tale of an emergency medical encounter in North Korea.

Find out about our events and more at www.thenocturnists.com

May 23, 2018
S1 E8: Even the Morgue Has a Waitlist
30:08

Hospital administrator Galen Laserson recounts the time she got an unexpected call in the middle of the night, which prompted her to learn all about the hospital's underbelly and the logistics of death.

This week, you also have the opportunity to listen to Galen's story on Snap Judgment from WNYC. Also catch Emily on The Short Coat Podcast and House of Pod earlier this month. 

As we prepare to bring you Season 2, we'd love to hear your feedback. Please send us a note at www.thenocturnists.com

May 09, 2018
S1 E7: Missing It
30:02

The electronic medical record and a list of to-dos distract family medicine resident Milana Pebenito from her patient's impending death.

Apr 25, 2018
S1 E6: That's Ninja Doc to You
32:44

Hospitalist Meghan O'Brien recounts the frustration of caring for a homeless patient who would rather be on the streets.

Apr 11, 2018
S1 E5: I Am Enough
23:15

Grant Smith, chief resident in internal medicine at UCSF, recounts the story of his first code blue.

Learn more at thenocturnists.com

Mar 28, 2018
S1 E4: Not Always Wonderful
34:31

In the hospital, pediatrician Dana Gal struggles with a young patient who asserts her autonomy in ways that are frustrating, and even dangerous.

Mar 07, 2018
S1 E3: Out of the Way
29:23

Hospitalist Ann Knapp navigates her own doubts and assumptions when her patient, a ninety-year-old man, states he wants to die -- today.

Feb 21, 2018
S1 E2: A Great Many Things More
29:44

Sirisha Narayana, a hospital medicine physician, discusses her strong identity as a physician, and how it collided with her other identities, until one of her interns made a simple observation in the hospital.

Feb 06, 2018
S1 E1: Recognition
29:29

Ben Lerman, an emergency medicine physician, describes how his ability to empathize with his patients deteriorated throughout his medical training, and how a chance encounter with a patient outside the hospital helped set him back on track. Special thanks to Leon Morimoto.

Jan 25, 2018
Season 1 Trailer
02:59

The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, debuts soon!

Dec 07, 2017