1:2:1 Podcast

  • How would you like to die? Tell your doctor in a letter

    How would you like to die? To get these conversations started far and wide, VJ Periyakoil, MD, launched the Stanford Letter Project – a campaign to empower all adults to take the initiative to talk to their doctor about what matters most to them at life’s end. I…

  • 'Brain on Fire': Susannah Cahalan and her month of madness

    With the precision of an investigative journalist, Susannah Cahalan reconstructed what happened in her memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.

  • Shaili Jain, MD, on her family legacy and PTSD

    In her clinical practice, Shaili Jain, MD, works with veterans suffering from PTSD who are returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She spearheads a pilot program based on veterans supporting veterans, aptly called the Peer Support Program.

  • James Lock on family-based therapy for anorexia

    During this podcast, Stanford eating disorder expert James Lock, MD, PhD, discusses how parents can work with therapists to help their teenage children recover from anorexia.

  • David Relman on the risks of lab-made pathogens

    Should scientists be allowed to create lab-made pathogens in the interest of science? In this podcast, Stanford microbiologist and biosecurity expert David Relman, MD, talks about the grave risks associated with this kind of research.

  • Beth Darnall discusses "Less Pain, Fewer Pills"

    During this podcast, Stanford pain psychologist Beth Darnall, PhD, discusses her new book, “Less Pain, Fewer Pills,” which is aimed at helping the millions of sufferers regain control over their chronic pain without the use of opioids.

  • Max Aguilera-Hellweg on the art of photography

    Max Aguilera-Hellweg apprenticed with the famed photographer Annie Liebovitz at Rolling Stone magazine when he was 18 years old. At age 43, he received his medical degree. Surgical photography is just one of his specialties.

  • Mike Stobbe on the decline of the Surgeon General

    The post of U.S. surgeon general has remained vacant for nearly a year. So it raises the question: Does the role of the nation’s top doctor still matter? Associated Press medical reporter Mike Stobbe’s new book, Surgeon General’s Warning, argues that it does.

  • Sherry Wren and her journey back as a surgeon

    Two years ago, Stanford surgeon Sherry Wren, MD, had excruciating pain in her neck. The surgery to remove a ruptured disc resulted in a partial paralysis that temporarily derailed her career.

  • A conversation with CNN's Sanjay Gupta

    He’s CNN’s chief medical correspondent, and a neurosurgeon too. And now Sanjay Gupta is using his very public platform to talk about the benefits of medical marijuana, and the need to combat loneliness.

  • Dan Harris on being happier

    Would you like to be 10 percent happier? Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline and weekend editions of Good Morning America, has achieved just that and perhaps more. In this podcast, he discusses his New York Times best-seller, "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works -- A True Story."…

  • VJ Periyakoil on doctors and end-of-life directives

    A new study by VJ Periyakoil, MD, director of palliative care education and training at the Stanford School of Medicine, examined physicians' attitudes toward advance directives and found little has changed since the law's passage in 1990, with most saying they would continue to pursue aggressive treatment for terminally ill patients. In this podcast, Periyakoil discusses why doctors want one thing for themselves at the end of life and quite another for their patients.

  • Recharging old brains

    Stanford neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, has found that infusions of blood plasma from young mice improves memory and learning in old mice. In this podcast, Wyss-Coray, who is also a senior research career scientist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, discusses the new study along with his plans to explore whether the findings could lead to treatments for brain diseases like Alzheimer's.

  • Boosting life expectancy with foreign aid

    Many argue that international health aid is wasted and doesn't reach the people who really need it. But a new Stanford analysis of both government and private aid programs shows that the funding leads to significant improvements, especially in life expectancy and child mortality rates. In this podcast, health-policy expert Eran Bendavid, MD, discusses the new study.

  • New Stanford center to improve the quality of research

    METRICS is a new center at Stanford University that aims to transform research practices to improve the reproducibility, efficiency and quality of scientific investigations.

  • Michael Greicius on women and the risk for Alzheimer's

    A gene variant know as ApoE4 is the strongest known single genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s, a neurological syndrome that affects about 30 million people worldwide. But a new study led by Stanford neurologist Michael Greicius, MD, shows that women who carry a copy of the variant have a substantially greater risk for the disease than do men.