Last Day

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Let's talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Starting with overdose deaths and the opioid crisis, we zoom in on a person’s last day of life, exploring how they got there and how we, as a society, have gotten here.

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16: Doing Dopey
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Dave and Chris co-hosted 142 episodes of Dopey, a recovery podcast about “drugs, addiction and dumb shit,” when the worst thing that could have ever happened, happened: Chris relapsed and died. This week, Stephanie sits down with Dave, who’s still hosting Dopey, to chat about Chris’s last day, recovery, and the transformative power of losing someone you love.  Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  DOPEY PODCAST - The Dark Comedy of Drug Addiction | Heroin | Cocaine | Meth | Weed | Drugs | LSD | Recovery | Sobriety Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss Broken Justice on Apple Podcasts Lastday.robinhood.com Mouthpeace with Michael & Pele Bennett on Apple Podcasts ‎Food, We Need To Talk on Apple Podcasts ‎Family Ghosts on Apple Podcasts Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/
Jan 22, 2020
15: A Parenting Nightmare
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A few years ago, Laurie McTeague noticed her teenage son, Ian, was uncharacteristically depressed. So she went snooping around on his phone and discovered that he’d been widely experimenting with nearly every drug under the sun. What followed was years of relentless searching for effective adolescent treatment while her son continued to relapse again and again. As a parent, how do you navigate this?   Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss www.lemonadamedia.com/lastdaysurvey  rothys.com/lastday www.lemonadamedia.com/shop Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/
Jan 15, 2020
14: Last Day of Use
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This season started with the question: How did we get here? How did Stefano and Harris overdose and die in their early 30s? How did our country lose 400,000 lives to opioids since 1999? In the new year, we turn our attention to other last day stories, and other kinds of last day stories. Brittany and Ahren are high school sweethearts who built a life and a family together, when “the blues” came into the picture. Brittany and Ahren talk about Ahren’s addiction, his last days of using, one ugly night, their joint recovery, and what gives them hope for the future. Plus, addiction medicine doctor Dr. Charles Reznikoff shares his approach to early recovery.   Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Dr. Charles Reznikoff, M.D. Casper.com/LASTDAY promo code LASTDAY Nativedeodorant.com promo code LASTDAY wealthfront.com/LastDay Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/
Jan 08, 2020
13: How to Survive the Holidays
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We asked. You answered. This week, we hear from Last Day listeners about why the holidays are so hard, different, stressful, all of the adjectives. Stephanie chats with Dr. Neha Kumar, a clinical psychologist, about tips to get through the season and ways we can honor our loved ones who are no longer with us. Drug and alcohol counselor Wilma Hawkinson discusses being newly sober during the holidays and the importance of making new memories; Miss Ian Callaghan, Executive Director of San Francisco Drug Users Union, provides useful advice for those who have someone with active addiction in their lives; and comedian James Tison explains how boundaries keep holiday gatherings healthy. Plus, a very special letter from Santa.  Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.    San Francisco Drug Users' Union James Tison Vistaprint.com promo code LASTDAY Nativedeodorant.com promo code LASTDAY Mylola.com promo code LASTDAY Reset podcast Eleanor Health Boomtown podcast Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/ Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.
Dec 18, 2019
12: What I Know Now
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This week, Stephanie sits down with the parents—Stefano’s and her own—to dig into where everyone is with their grief, understanding, and personal responsibility around what happened to their sons. Hint, hint: The moms and dads are in very different places.  Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be suitable for all listeners.  Broken Justice podcast Casper.com/LASTDAY  (promo code LASTDAY) SimpliSafe.com/LASTDAY TalkSpace.com (promo code LASTDAY) Policygenuis.com Reset podcast In this episode, Steph’s mom makes an off-handed comment about suicide. If you or someone you love needs support, reach out to Suicidepreventionlife.org or call 1-800-273-8255.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/ Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.
Dec 11, 2019
11: Wake Me Up
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This week, we circle back to where this story began — on the ground, in Boston, with Jess. Joined by new voices (Gary Mendell, Michael Botticelli, Mayor Marty Walsh) and familiar ones (Stefano’s wife, Paige), Jess delves into what it’s been like to produce a show that’s so deeply personal. By the end of the episode, she’s finally able to answer the question that drove her to create the show in the first place: What could I have done differently?  Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Shatterproof.org Knock and Talk - Boston Michael Botticelli’s TED Talk: “Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one.” Grayken Center Boston’s Office of Recovery Services Good Kids Podcast Stamps.com (promo code LAST DAY) mejuri.com/lastday mybillie.com/LASTDAY  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/ Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.
Dec 04, 2019
10: Surviving Is Revolutionary
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This week, Stephanie sits down with Garth Mullins, who hosts an award-winning podcast in Canada called Crackdown, which is also about drugs. The difference? Garth is coming at it from the perspective of a drug user. The plan was to talk about international solutions and Garth's recent reporting in Portugal (which they do discuss) but they also compare notes as two podcasters making shows based on personal trauma. And in the process, Stephanie has a huge revelation.  The holidays are approaching, whether we like it or not. Whatever you’re going through, we would love to hear your stories, your concerns, and your tips for making it through to the new year. Even if you just want to share a happy memory of your person! Share your holiday stories with us at 1-833-4LEMONADA or via voice memo at hey@lemonadamedia.com.    Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.    Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Crackdown Podcast Crackdown Podcast: The Portugal Paradox  Garth Mullins everlane.com/lastday Native Deodorant (promo code LASTDAY) Mejuri.com/lastday Good Kids Podcast Your Primary Playlist Podcast
Nov 20, 2019
9: Kids At Ground Zero
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This week, we talk about the variety of ways that children are affected by the opioid crisis. Also, Stephanie has a breakdown because it’s hard to accept the things you cannot change. In this episode, she sits down with Peter who describes the process of adopting three kids born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; The Seattle Times’ Claudia Rowe who gives an overview of how this epidemic is impacting kids in the foster care system; and Kendra Cram and Ryan McGraw from Minford Elementary in Ohio, who have created a program that addresses social and emotional learning for kids who have been impacted by trauma.  Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.    Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Claudia Rowe for the Seattle Times New York Times story on Minford Elementary Casper.com/lastday (promo code LASTDAY) hellofresh.com/LASTDAY80 Talkspace (promo code LASTDAY) Good Kids: How Not to Raise An A**hole An Arm and A Leg Dopey
Nov 13, 2019
8: America Is Insane
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While “opioids” has become a political buzzword, national policy on opioids is virtually nonexistent. Our system is nowhere near able to meet the needs of those who desperately need help. So what’s it going to take to move the needle, so to speak? Stephanie sits down with Congressman Patrick Kennedy to talk about legislation and funding (see: lack of funding) for mental health and addiction; Sarah Gad about her dramatic journey from Cook County jail inmate to congressional candidate; and Andy Slavitt about what we should be looking for if we care about this issue as we head into election season. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.    Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.   Show Notes:  The Kennedy Forum Sarah Gad for Congress Andy Slavitt  mybillie.com/lastday Encyclopedia Womannica Mental Health for US
Nov 06, 2019
7: 20,000 Fewer Funerals
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We’ve tried arresting people. We’ve tried shuffling them from place to place. We’ve tried shaming them into sobriety. What would happen if, instead, we met people where they’re at? Stephanie talks to Ithaca’s Mayor Svante Myrick and Bronx harm-reductionist Hiawatha Collins about the inequities of our justice system and how we can do better, including treating all people with dignity and respect, going into communities and reducing potential risk, and creating medically-staffed safe spaces for drug use. It may sound controversial, but according to data worldwide, it could mean 20,000 fewer funerals a year in America. Step into the no-judgment zone. All are welcome here.    Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.    Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.  Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.   Show  Notes:  • Harm Reduction Coalition • Insite Supervised Consumption Site • Parks & Recreation  • Lola (promo code LASTDAY) • Pod Save the People
Oct 30, 2019
6: The Magic Formula
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Today marks the 2-year anniversary of Stefano’s death, and his family is still asking: “How did this happen?” For most families dealing with addiction, treatment can feel like a Rubik’s cube. What works? What doesn’t? Are there Yelp reviews? On this episode, Stephanie talks to David Sheff, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about the morass of confusion that is the rehab industry and Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison about the importance--and effectiveness--of treating the whole person.   Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.    Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. David Sheff Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison Eleanor Health Everlane/lastday Native (promo code LASTDAY) Do You Need A Ride?
Oct 23, 2019
5: Shame City
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In this episode, Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison walks us through detox. Then, Stephanie is joined by Dr. Robert Meyers, the architect of Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), to discuss the “put your own oxygen mask on first” approach to interventions. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.    Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Dr. Nzinga Harrison CRAFT Hellofresh.com/LASTDAY80 simplisafe.com/lastday
Oct 16, 2019
4: Was It Painful?
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Most of us have seen an opioid overdose depicted on TV or in movies, but what happens in real life? On this episode, Stephanie talks to Karen Host, Senior Director at Cataldo Ambulance, and Dr. Jay, an emergency room doctor, about the anatomy of an overdose, what it’s like to save a life, the immediate aftermath, and the complexity of prescribing opioids for pain in the midst of an opioid crisis. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Manova Town Hall Registration As Me with Sinead mybillie.com/lastday casper.com/lastday (promo code LASTDAY) With Friends Like These
Oct 09, 2019
3: And Now, We Rewind the Tape
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On this episode, Stefano Cordova Jr.’s family tries to make sense of Stefano’s overdose death and how they all got here. Then, Dr. Sam Snodgrass, a behavioral pharmacologist with a doctorate in biopsychology, explains how his own addiction to opioids is a disease and why understanding that is key to helping people with substance use disorders. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Broken No More LOLA  With Friends Like These
Oct 02, 2019
2: Stefano’s Last Day
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On this episode, we retrace the steps of Stefano Cordova, Jr. on his last day of life. Stefano died of a fentanyl overdose on October 23, 2017 in Allston, MA. This is where our story begins. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Terrible, Thanks for Asking Episode #12: Horrible and Wonderful and Figuring it Out
Sep 25, 2019
1: Meet Stephanie, Meet Harris (with Sarah Silverman & Aziz Ansari)
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Meet Stephanie Wittels Wachs, host of Last Day, and sister of the late Harris Wittels, comedian-writer-producer-actor, who died in 2015 of a heroin overdose. Harris’ close friends, Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari, also join Stephanie as she introduces the concept of the show and why it’s critical that it exists. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions availableshortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, by Stephanie Wittels Wachs Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, by Harris Wittels  You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes: Harris Returns (Parks and Rec! Comedy! Don't Stop or We'll Die!) returns to make it weirder!
Sep 25, 2019
Official Last Day Trailer
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Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Starting with overdose deaths and the opioid crisis, we zoom in on a person’s last day of life, exploring how they got there and how we, as a society, have gotten here. The first two episodes of Last Day will be released together on September 25, 2019. Join our host, producers and fellow listeners to continue the conversation after Last Day airs each week in our Flick chat room by clicking this link from your phone: https://flick.group/lastday Transcript available at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/
Sep 09, 2019
Last Day: Teaser
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Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Zooming-in on a person’s last day of life, we explore how they got there and how we, as a society, have gotten here. Join the Lemonada/Last Day community on the Flick Chat App to continue the conversation.  Episodes 1 and 2 will be released on September 25, 2019.
Jun 17, 2019