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Spit is an iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe where host Baratunde Thurston sits down with the most interesting cultural influencers of our time to explore how DNA testing gives us a new perspective on who we are and how we are all connected. Join us for an intimate conversation and the unscriptedRead more

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Is Precision Medicine the Future of Healthcare?

Mar 30 • 43:02

Why do certain medications work for some patients but not for others? Environment and lifestyle play a part, but scientists are now beginning to understand that DNA is also a key factor. That’s why precision medicine, which involves tailoring treatments to meet individual patients’ needs, could very well be the future of healthcare, resulting in less guesswork and fewer co...

Beating Parkinson’s to the Punch with Laila Ali

Sep 9 • 51:15

Almost one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, and another 60,000 cases will be diagnosed this year alone. But while there isn’t a cure yet, our understanding of disease and the discovery of certain symptom-mitigating treatments are helping the millions of people with Parkinson’s each day. On this episode, Baratunde discusses the disease with some of the most ...

Opting in: Privacy in the Digital Age

Jul 10 • 38:48

While the new age of collecting and sharing genetic data is transforming our understanding of who we are, where we come from, and the health risks we might face, it also raises real concerns about privacy and security. But it’s not just genetic data that has the potential to be used in ways that we didn’t intend; it’s all data. In this episode, we’ll talk candidly about th...

A Conversation Around One of the Major Challenges to Human Health in the 21st Century with Tim McGraw

Mar 27 • 45:57

You have a one in two chance of having prediabetes or diabetes. As staggering as this is, we can take steps right now to beat the odds, and that starts with knowing your glucose levels. On this episode recorded live from South by Southwest, host Baratunde Thurston sits down with iconic musician Tim McGraw, American Diabetes Association CEO, Tracey Brown, and Lark Health CE...

Is Prevention the Key to Beating Breast Cancer? with Rita Wilson, Dr. Laura Esserman, Katie Thiede and Sara Altschule

Dec 6 • 01:07:47

One in eight US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life, and while we’ve seen a decrease in deaths thanks to advances in screening, treatment and awareness, that’s still too high. On today’s show, we ask the crucial question: what can we do to combat this disease, and how can our self-awareness of our risk, our genetic predisposition and our o...

What Does It Take To Beat Addiction? With Nikki Sixx, Dr. Adi Jaffe, Dr. Abraham Palmer and Dr. Sandra Sanchez Roige.

Nov 14 • 01:21:59

Every day, drug overdoses kill 142 people. That’s more than car crashes and gun homicides -- combined. Prescription opioids and heroin are the prime contributors to these statistics. Heroin use in the U.S. has more than doubled, and heroin deaths have more than quadrupled just in the past decade. So, we ask ourselves, what will it take to beat this epidemic? In the latest ...

Why Don’t We Talk More About Mental Health? With Mike Shinoda, Dr. Gail Saltz and Dr. Ahmad Hariri

Oct 31 • 01:13:30

Join us for a real, raw and powerful conversation that calls on all of us to do our part in removing the shame and stigma surrounding mental illness. In the United States, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, affecting over 40MM adults -- over 18% of the U.S. population. It's the leading cause of disability, judged by years lost to disease, yet only a smal...

We Are (All) Family With AJ Jacobs and Brothers Darren and Chuck Criss

Oct 24 • 44:09

Scientists often refer to the concept of "family bias," which states that we are prone to treat family members better than strangers, even if that family member is a distant cousin. Does this mean we could achieve a more unified and inclusive world if everyone understood that they were part of the same "genetically proven" family tree?  On the latest episode of Spit, host ...

What Does It Take To Make Peace? A special episode with Bobby Bones, Mike Posner, Jeremy Gilley and Tim Phillips

Oct 4 • 28:02

iHeartRadio on-air personality and entertainer Bobby Bones takes over hosting duties in this special pop-up episode of Spit. Recorded live from the iHeartRadio Music Festival, we gathered the most peaceful people we know to celebrate Peace Day with us: artist and philanthropist Mike Posner; Peace One Day Founder Jeremy Gilley; and Tim Phillips, Founder of Beyond Conflict, ...

Can Science Change The Stories We Grew Up With? Exploring Identity With Pete Wentz and Dr. Robert Green.

Aug 29 • 32:40

Growing up in a small town in Illinois, musician Pete Wentz didn’t look or feel like others in his community, and never really felt that he fit in. So, he set out to create an identity of his own. On the latest episode of Spit, host Baratunde Thurston sits with Pete and medical geneticist and independent academic Dr. Robert Green to discuss how learning our DNA results can...

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