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Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Join host Stephanie Wittels Wachs, as she confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. While Last Day’s Season 1 chronicled the opioid crisis in America, Season 2 delvesRead more

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Listen to This: Believe Her

Oct 21 • 48:12

Believe Her is true crime, upside down. In September 2017, young mom Nikki Addimando shot and killed her partner, Chris Grover. She was sentenced to nineteen years to life in prison for murder. Through rare access to police audio, a month-long trial, conversations with Nikki, and original reporting, journalist Justine van der Leun lays out the killing, the evidence, and th...

Listen to This: New Day

Sep 15 • 21:39

Every week on New Day, we’ll find one new way to make life a little better. So many of us are suffering in silence. Maybe you're successful but miserable at work. Perhaps you have the perfect family on Instagram, but you're at each other's throats IRL. Maybe you can’t even put your finger on what feels weird - but you know you deserve more. Whatever it is, you’re not alone...

12: Stephanie Wittels Wachs Revisits What I Know Now

Aug 30 • 37:22

Opioids are killing more people than ever. In 2020, overdose deaths in the U.S. spiked nearly 30% to a record high -- the sharpest annual increase in 30 years. The primary drivers are fentanyl sold on the street and the ongoing toll of the pandemic. With so many of us affected, there’s a dire need for solutions. That’s why we’re re-releasing episodes 2-12 from season one w...

11: Jackie Danziger Revisits Wake Me Up

Aug 30 • 49:20

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 t...

10: Garth Mullins Revisits Surviving Is Revolutionary

Aug 30 • 51:42

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 s...

9: Gloria Riviera of No One Is Coming To Save Us Revisits Kids At Ground Zero

Aug 30 • 55:42

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 epide...

8: Andy Slavitt of In the Bubble Revisits America Is Insane

Aug 30 • 44:31

Opioids are killing more people than ever. In 2020, overdose deaths in the U.S. spiked nearly 30% to a record high -- the sharpest annual increase in 30 years. The primary drivers are fentanyl sold on the street and the ongoing toll of the pandemic. With so many of us affected, there’s a dire need for solutions. That’s why we’re re-releasing episodes 2-12 from season one w...

7: Savante Myrick Revisits 20,000 Fewer Funerals

Aug 30 • 47:59

Opioids are killing more people than ever. In 2020, overdose deaths in the U.S. spiked nearly 30% to a record high -- the sharpest annual increase in 30 years. The primary drivers are fentanyl sold on the street and the ongoing toll of the pandemic. With so many of us affected, there’s a dire need for solutions. That’s why we’re re-releasing episodes 2-12 from season one w...

6: Dr. Nzinga Harrison of In Recovery Revisits The Magic Formula

Aug 30 • 49:29

Opioids are killing more people than ever. In 2020, overdose deaths in the U.S. spiked nearly 30% to a record high -- the sharpest annual increase in 30 years. The primary drivers are fentanyl sold on the street and the ongoing toll of the pandemic. With so many of us affected, there’s a dire need for solutions. That’s why we’re re-releasing episodes 2-12 from season one w...

5: Kegan Zema Revisits Shame City

Aug 30 • 35:13

Opioids are killing more people than ever. In 2020, overdose deaths in the U.S. spiked nearly 30% to a record high -- the sharpest annual increase in 30 years. The primary drivers are fentanyl sold on the street and the ongoing toll of the pandemic. With so many of us affected, there’s a dire need for solutions. That’s why we’re re-releasing episodes 2-12 from season one w...

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