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The Cure of a Lifetime
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The Cure of a Lifetime

Feb. 28, 2022

Jafar Tabebordbar was in his early 30’s, living and working as an accountant in Shiraz, Iran, when he became a father. It was 1986, nearly a decade after the 1979 revolution, and Jafar’s muscles were already beginning to whi…

3 Billion Shots
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3 Billion Shots

Jan. 31, 2022

It's been 26 months since so many of us took our kids out of schools, downloaded an app called Zoom, and started videoconferencing our work from our kitchens and sweatpants. For many others, especially the marginalized and t…

129. Indigenous DNA
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129. Indigenous DNA

Dec. 21, 2021

In Episode 129 , Quinn tries to better understand data privacy, data stewardship, and what it means for Indigenous cultures in the future of biotech, how we design equity into genetic research, and who gets to make those dec…

124. Birth Control 2.0
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124. Birth Control 2.0

Nov. 1, 2021

In Episode 124 , Quinn interviews Dr. Elizabeth Ruzzo , a brilliant human geneticist who left the world of academia to launch adyn , her effort to help women find the best birth control for their unique bodies. Family planni…

118. F*cking Mosquitoes
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118. F*cking Mosquitoes

July 19, 2021

In Episode 118 , Quinn discusses: the big mosquito problem . Our guest is Dr. Omar Akbari , one of the world’s pre-eminent biotechnology and mosquito researchers. For how afraid people are of sharks, mountain lions, or even …

116: What Really Happens When You Just Give People Money?
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116: What Really Happens When You Just Give People Money?

June 28, 2021

In Episode 116 , Quinn wants to know: why is simply giving people money the most effective way to 1) help them make positive changes to their lives and 2) erase global poverty along the way? To help him understand the answer…

Best of the Best: Do We Really Know What’s in that Moisturizer (& Where the Hell Did it Come From?)
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Best of the Best: Do We Really Know What’s in that Moisturizer (& Where the Hell Did it Come From?)

June 22, 2021

In light of new research on toxic ingredients, it looks like America might finally start regulating cosmetic products, so it’s a great moment to re-run one of our most popular episodes with Beautycounter CEO Gregg Renfrew. I…

112. The Next Pandemic
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112. The Next Pandemic

May 19, 2021

Oh, when we were young and so naive. In Episode #9 (!), Quinn and Brian got to know Dr. Nahid Bhadelia , an infectious diseases physician, Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, and the Medical Dire…

109. Introducing “What Can I Do?”
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109. Introducing “What Can I Do?”

April 26, 2021

In Episode 109 , Quinn & Brian try to help answer the eternal question: What can I do? Our guest is Frank Buncom IV , Head of Product Management at AIRx Health, a ground-breaking digital health and remote monitoring service …

#106: Black Moms Matter
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#106: Black Moms Matter

April 5, 2021

In Episode 106 , Quinn & Brian ask: Why is it so dangerous to have Black babies in America? Our guest is Congresswoman Lauren Underwood , the millenial Black nurse and former senior adviser to President Obama. Her “Momnibus…

#104: Global.Health: Big Data for Good
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#104: Global.Health: Big Data for Good

March 15, 2021

In Episode 104 , Quinn & Brian discuss: the future of data and medicine. Our guests are: Robel Kassa & Dr. Sam Scarpino , two of the brilliant minds behind Global.Health, which is setting a new standard for epidemiological d…

#103: Black Hearts Matter
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#103: Black Hearts Matter

March 8, 2021

In Episode 103 , Quinn & Brian ask: Why do so many more Black people die after heart transplants than everybody else? Our guests are: Dr. Hasina Maredia and Dr. Errol Bush , who recently published a paper in the American Hea…

#101: Code Blue: Arizona Goes to The Emergency Room
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#101: Code Blue: Arizona Goes to The Emergency Room

Oct. 12, 2020

In Episode 101 , Quinn & Brian ask: How did all of America end up in the emergency room? Our guest is: Dr. Hiral Tipirneni. She is an emergency room physician, mom, immigrant, cancer research advocate, and congressional cand…

#99: How You Doin’?
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#99: How You Doin’?

Sept. 28, 2020

In Episode 99 , Quinn & Brian, with help from Inverse.com, ask: how are YOU feeling? Our guest is: Ali Pattillo , a health and science reporter at Inverse.com and co-producer of The Abstract podcast. Supplements, metabolism …

#95: How to Upgrade Your Microbiome
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#95: How to Upgrade Your Microbiome

Aug. 31, 2020

In Episode 95 , Quinn & Brian ask: how can we upgrade our microbiome (also, what’s a microbiome (also, why does it need upgrading))? Our guest is: Raja Dhir, Co-Founder of Seed Health a microbiome company pioneering the appl…