This podcast is good for those who are interested in: public affairs in science, medicine, and technology
Typical length of episodes: less than 20 minutes (with the "Medical Notes" segments being only a few minutes each)
How often a new episode comes out: about 2-3 times each week
Episode topics: school based mental health, leprosy in the modern era, narcolepsy and cataplexy, polyamines, gene research and our future, avoiding food waste and sickness, personality and drug use
Sample episode — “The Addiction Spectrum”: More than 20 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol with millions of others facing a range of other addictions. In this episode of Radio Health Journal (RHJ), well-known addiction specialist and author Dr. Paul Thomas says that everyone falls somewhere on the addiction spectrum—whether is substance addiction, sex addiction, gambling addiction and, recently, screen addiction. He discusses specific triggers and how personality can impact drug use and addiction.
Tidbit about the show: For the last 25 years, RHJ has reported on the forefront of science, medicine, and technology. The award-winning radio magazine brings on medical experts, doctors, scientists, and professors to discuss current affairs across these areas.
About the hosts: Nancy Benson was one of the founding hosts of RHJ when the program debuted in 1992. A former news reporter/anchor for WMAQ radio in Chicago and public affairs consultant with the United Nations World Food Program, she has won numerous reporting awards. She teaches journalism at the University of Illinois.
Award-winning radio journalist Shel Lustig was a longtime host and producer for Chicago’s NPR affiliate WBEZ and the PIA Radio Network. He co-founded MediaTracks Communications, which produces RHJ.
Listen via: RHJ airs over 600 radio stations in most parts of the United States. In addition, it is available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, TuneIn, iHeart Radio or on your favorite podcatcher.
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