Welcome to the Health Humanities Podcast!

This podcast of the Health Humanities Journal features readings of the pieces published in the print issue and interviews with the authors and artists to discuss their creative process and their experiences in the field of the health humanities. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and the Podbean app. New episodes released weekly!

Cover art by Alice Peng. Music “Oxygen Mask” and “A Perceptible Shift” by Andy G. Cohen, released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.




Fall 2020 issue

Episode 17

Patrick Kaper-Barcelata reads his story “Making Mom Happy” and talks about finding truth in fiction and being influenced by academic research in sociology. 

Episode 16

Alexander Benedict reads his poem “this dull circle of porcelain” and talks about learning from difficult experiences through writing about them and his process revising poetry. 

Episode 15

Katie Regittko reads their narrative “Patient Perpetrator” and talks about eating disorder recovery and more details of their research on the influence of carceral structures on treatment.

Episode 14

Tyler Clay reads his story “Net Carbs” and talks about defensive masculinity and medical settings outside of hospitals. 

Episode 13

Megan Swartzfager reads her personal narrative “We All Have Headaches, Sweetie” and talks about empathy in healthcare and the difficulty of communicating pain. 

Episode 12

Fariha Rahman reads her poem “An Incomplete Loss” and talks about using poetry as an outlet and the limits of technology for making personal connections. 

Episode 11

Hanna Tischer reads her story “The Screen Turned Black” and talks about life in a pandemic and what makes her hopeful. 


Spring 2020 issue

Episode 10

Mary Glenn Krause reads her research article “Cultural Burial as a Human Rights Consideration within the Ebola Response and Beyond” and talks about bioarchaeology and death education.

Episode 9

Ben Ashby reads his personal narrative “Wrinkles” and talks about learning from patients and reflecting on theology in healthcare.

Episode 8

Hazel Milla reads her poem “Resin” and talks about working in different art forms and how neuroscience classes have shaped her view of the world.

Episode 7

Clare Landis reads her personal narrative “Thank You” and talks about gratitude for healthcare workers and her experience with anorexia.

Episode 6

Diepreye Amanah reads her poem “Flatline” and talks about writing about women’s experiences and her approach to poetry.

Episode 5

Grace Sword reads her poem “I Wish She’d Stop Pacing the Hallway; She Makes Me Anxious” and talks about being in the psych ward at UNC Hospitals and writing poetry about mental health.

Episode 4

Katie Regittko reads their poem “Learning to Forget” and talks about maintaining hope with an eating disorder and their research on carceral structures in treatment.

Episode 3

Lucas Thornton reads his short story “Scenes from a County Health Department” and talks about realism in fiction and the issue of health insurance in the U.S.

Episode 2

Katie Danis reads her poem “Dissecting Your Dad,” winner of the 2019-2020 Walker Percy Prize, and talks about medical anthropology and using the written word to form relationships.

Episode 1

Rachel Carney reads her poems “Attempting to Manage Mental Illness” and “Susan Myers, Room 211” and talks about working in a hospital and writing for emotional truth.