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For the first time in more than a year, many of us are ready to imagine the next chapter of our lives. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is on a mission to help us approach our new normal mindfully, finding a balance between self-care and productivity, and talking to doctors and researchers about the surprising science behind how we can thrive. It’s time to chase life again.

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For the first time in more than a year, many of us are ready to imagine the next chapter of our lives. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is on a mission to help us approach our new normal mindfully, finding a balance between self-care and productivity, and talking to doctors and researchers about the surprising science behind how we can thrive. It’s time to chase life again.

    Olympians Go For Gold — Without Fans

    Olympians Go For Gold — Without Fans

    The upcoming Tokyo Olympics will be one of the few Games ever to take place during a global pandemic. That means zero fans in the host city, no family or friends allowed and a ban on cheering. What effect will all of this have on the athletes? CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to two-time Olympic rower Gevvie Stone about this week’s competition and her difficult decision to postpone medical residency an extra year to train. Dr. Gupta also hears from an athlete whose Olympic dreams were crushed by a positive Covid-19 test. And sports psychologists Catherine Sabiston and Kanyali Ilako reflect on how the lack of fans and added Covid stresses could impact athletes’ performances.  

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    • 23 min
    Let’s Talk About Making Babies (Or Deciding Not To)

    Let’s Talk About Making Babies (Or Deciding Not To)

    It’s been a challenging time to start a family: some had to halt fertility treatments during lockdown, while others re-evaluated whether to have children at all. For today’s episode, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta hands things over to CNN reporter Chloe Melas to talk about the journey of having kids, as well as her own personal story with infertility. Melas speaks with fertility expert Dr. Tia Jackson-Bey about barriers that low-income, minority and LGBTQ patients face when accessing fertility treatments. And demographer Philip Cohen talks about the pandemic’s impact on birth rates.

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    • 26 min
    Tig Notaro on the Healing Power of Laughter

    Tig Notaro on the Healing Power of Laughter

    Scientifically speaking, what is the purpose of laughter? Why is it so important for our brains and well-being? And how might it help us get back to “normal” as we emerge from the pandemic? CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with Emmy- and Grammy-nominated comedian Tig Notaro about telling cancer jokes after her 2012 breast cancer diagnosis and why she actually laughed a lot during quarantine. We also hear from humor expert and psychologist Janet Gibson, as well as medical clown "Chester Drawers" played by Leo Desilets.

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    • 23 min
    The Science Behind a Good Night's Sleep

    The Science Behind a Good Night's Sleep

    We all know sleep is vital, so why do many of us still find it so difficult to prioritize? CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with sleep scientist Rebecca Robbins about why we sleep in the first place and how to ensure we get a good night’s rest. And neurologist Ying-Hui Fu explores the latest research surrounding sleep, including what regulates the amount of sleep we actually need and what role genetics might play. We also meet Cliff Luther, a man who only needs about four hours of sleep a night yet wakes just as well rested as the rest of us. What’s his secret?

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    • 25 min
    Raising Resilient Kids

    Raising Resilient Kids

    Remote work, school closures, and no playdates: there’s no question the pandemic upended family life in ways that were simply unimaginable before. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with Amanda Zelechoski, a clinical psychologist and a mom of three, about the pandemic’s effect on families’ mental health and children’s development. Anthropologist Robin Nelson explains how the pandemic has isolated many parents and the importance of communities coming together to care for our kids. And parents and children open up about their greatest challenges and what they are looking forward to most as we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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    • 26 min
    Life Is Like a Game of Poker

    Life Is Like a Game of Poker

    Covid restrictions are lifting but it’s still unclear what's entirely safe: Should we eat inside a restaurant? Go on that international vacation? Or attend an indoor wedding? CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at risk tolerance and how we can better assess what risks we are and aren’t willing to take. Psychologist Maria Konnikova shares what she’s learned about calculated risk from studying (and playing!) professional poker. 

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    • 25 min

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6.5K Ratings

Lizzy2020202020 ,

Thank you!

I really have enjoyed the topics covered on this show. I especially enjoyed the latest episode on IVF and couples deciding the have kids (or not). This is something my partner and I are currently going through post-pandemic. THANK YOU for the doing this episode and inspiring us to share our journey with others and not suffer in silence.

ProfKath ,

Thanks

Thanks for these short and sweet podcasts that are entertaining and easy to listen to. I especially liked when your guest was your wife! It is nice to hear about another family working through teenagers and a pandemic.
SUGGESTION:
It would be great if you had an episode about fibromyalgia specifically or invisible disabilities generally. I can be very stressful to suffer from an ailment that no one else can see and, at least as far as fibromyalgia, don’t even believe in.
Thanks!

Sanjay's biggest fan ,

Best podcast ever!

I have listened to every podcast since day 1. I have watched Sanjay Gupta for years on CNN and I am his biggest fan. The podcast was comforting and calming during all the worst days of the pandemic. Every show is well done and professional with the best topics...doctors...experts. 500 stars!

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