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As our policy makers, medical experts, and first responders grapple with the choices forced upon us by the novel Coronavirus, doctors and hosts Dr. Zeke Emanuel and Dr. Jonathan Moreno will guide us on the codes of ethics that are the backbone of modern medicine. They will answer the key questionsRead more

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How do I want to die? The ethics of Physician Assisted Death

Jul 8 • 30:37

The Covid 19 pandemic has forced Americans to confront death on a scale that few of us have seen in our lifetimes. As the coronavirus continues to spread, Americans have started to ask themselves questions that are usually reserved for old age. Questions like: How do I want to die? In this episode: Physician Assisted Death - Is it ethical? ...

Are nursing homes bad for the elderly?

Jul 1 • 36:42

In the United States, more than a third of reported deaths from Covid-19 have occurred in nursing homes, and it’s not hard to guess why. You’ve got old and sick people with multiple chronic conditions living close together in an enclosed space -- ideal for the spread of a deadly virus....

When will it be safe to go back to school?

Jun 24 • 29:04

When you think about the conditions that have been most conducive to the spread of Covid-19 -- prolonged contact with lots of people in enclosed spaces -- colleges and universities have them all. ...

Should vaccination be mandatory?

Jun 17 • 32:39

Experts agree that once we have a vaccine for Covid-19, we will need the vast majority of the population to take it - enough so we get to herd immunity. But the rise of the anti-vaccine movement has already led to outbreaks of diseases we thought were long gone. And now, in the midst of a global pandemic, the risk of further outbreaks is heightened because parents of young...

Who will get the vaccine first?

Jun 10 • 33:42

Part two in our 3-part series on vaccines: Manufacturing....

Should we deliberately infect people with Covid-19 to get a vaccine?

Jun 3 • 33:48

Part one of our 3-part series on vaccines:  Human Experiments....

Prison Outbreak: How do we stop Covid-19 from spreading in prisons and jails?

May 13 • 35:27

Do abortions count as "Essential Care"?

May 6 • 38:32

To stop Covid-19 from overwhelming our healthcare system, many states have ordered that any “non-essential” procedures be cancelled or postponed. But some states are using these orders to shut down services that many people feel are medically necessary -- including abortion. In this episode: what exactly counts as “essential” healthcare? And who gets to decide?...

Why are more black people dying of Covid 19? And can we solve that?

Apr 29 • 33:02

The virus may not discriminate, but people - and institutions - do. Discrimination in medicine, housing, and food have disproportionately affected the health of African-Americans for generations. In many ways, Covid-19 is just exacerbating these age-old problems....

Who cares for the caregivers?

Apr 22 • 32:02

Everywhere you look, front line medical providers are being praised as “heroes.” Some people are leaning out their windows every night to bang on pots and pans and cheer for them. But is that enough?...

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