39 episodes

Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Join host Stephanie Wittels Wachs, as she confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. While Season 1 chronicled the opioid crisis in America, Season 2 delves into the growing suicide rate, telling real stories, talking to experts, and asking everyone along the way, "How did we get here, and what could we have done differently?"

Last Day Lemonada Media

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    • 4.6 • 2.2K Ratings

Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Join host Stephanie Wittels Wachs, as she confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. While Season 1 chronicled the opioid crisis in America, Season 2 delves into the growing suicide rate, telling real stories, talking to experts, and asking everyone along the way, "How did we get here, and what could we have done differently?"

    Rewind: Meet Stephanie, Meet Harris (with Sarah Silverman & Aziz Ansari)

    Rewind: Meet Stephanie, Meet Harris (with Sarah Silverman & Aziz Ansari)

    Happy Thanksgiving! This week, we’re re-airing our very first episode of Last Day from Season One. In it, we meet host Stephanie Wittels Wachs, sister of the late Harris Wittels, comedian-writer-producer-actor, who died in 2015 of a heroin overdose. Harris’ close friends, Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari, also join Stephanie as she introduces the concept of the show and why it’s critical that it exists. 

     

    If you enjoy this episode, make sure to also check out: 
    Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, by Stephanie Wittels Wachs
    Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, by Harris Wittels 
    You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes: Harris Returns (Parks and Rec! Comedy! Don't Stop or We'll Die!) returns to make it weirder!

     

    If you suspect someone you know is overdosing, call 911 - it’s important they get medical attention immediately. You can also contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP for a free, confidential conversation with a trained substance use counselor anytime. 

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day shortly after the air date.

     

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    • 40 min
    Psychological Autopsy

    Psychological Autopsy

    After losing a loved one to suicide, “why” is often the first question that comes to mind. But what if you had a meticulous case file that filled in the blanks? This week, we talk to Sharon Kritzer, her older sister Noa, and their mom, Batia, about their sister Tali, her chronic depression, and the documentation she left behind that outlined all of it. We also call up Janis Whitlock from Jed, who talks to us about the potential downsides of being your own lead investigator. 

     

    Season 2 of Last Day is created in partnership with The Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. You can find tips, tools and resources for taking care of your emotional health available at: www.jedcares.org/lastday

     

    Resources from the episode:
    To learn more about recommendations for reporting on suicide, visit https://reportingonsuicide.org/.

     

    If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or feeling hopeless, it’s important to talk to someone about it now. Contact one of the resources below for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor anytime. 

     

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741-741

    The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day shortly after the air date.

     

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    • 57 min
    We Don't Want to See Our Parents Unhappy

    We Don't Want to See Our Parents Unhappy

    They don’t get a lot of attention, but seniors are the most at risk to die by suicide. In 2014, Marguerite Reynolds lost her fiercely independent mother to suicide after a cornea injury left her feeling burdensome and debilitated. This week, we hear her story and are joined by professor and researcher, Yeates Conwell, who unpacks “The Four D’s” that put seniors at an increased risk for suicide. And Stephanie has an uncomfortable - but very important - conversation with her dad.

    Season 2 of Last Day is created in partnership with The Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. You can find tips, tools and resources for taking care of your emotional health available at: www.jedcares.org/lastday

    Resources from the episode:
    Keep up with the University of Rochester’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide here.
    To learn more about recommendations for reporting on suicide, visit https://reportingonsuicide.org/.

    If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or feeling hopeless, it’s important to talk to someone about it now. Contact one of the resources below for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor anytime. 

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741-741

    The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day shortly after the air date.

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 57 min
    The Great Darkness

    The Great Darkness

    In his TED Talk, “Be Human(e),” Dr. Jeremy Richman said, “We felt the world was spinning out of control and that if we didn't find something to hold on to, some reason to go on, that we'd get spun right off into this great darkness.” Jeremy delivered this message as both a neuroscientist and a grieving father. He lost his 6 yr old daughter, Avielle, in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. This was one of his last public appearances before he died by suicide on March 29th, 2019. Today, we look at “the great darkness” with fellow Newtown residents Ian Hockley and Lee Shull and explore advocacy as a trauma response plus the toll it can take. We’re also joined by the other half of our Jed advisory team, Janis Whitlock, who provides wisdom and insight on creating a life worth living.

     

    Season 2 of Last Day is created in partnership with The Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. You can find tips, tools and resources for taking care of your emotional health available at: www.jedcares.org/lastday

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Watch Jeremy’s TED Talk here.
    Learn more about brain health from The Avielle Foundation.
    Keep up with Dylan’s Wings of Change.
    Read stories from the community at Sodina Project.
    To learn more about recommendations for reporting on suicide, visit https://reportingonsuicide.org/.

     

    If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or feeling hopeless, it’s important to talk to someone about it now. Contact one of the resources below for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor anytime. 

     

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741-741

    The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors:
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    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day shortly after the air date.

     

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    • 56 min
    Is Suicide Contagious?

    Is Suicide Contagious?

    The term “suicide contagion” gets thrown around a lot in academic papers and media headlines, but what does it actually mean? The term suggests that suicidal ideation is something you can catch, but the reality is much more complicated. This week, we navigate the complexities of suicide clusters from the heart of Silicon Valley, California to the soul of Cowboy Strong, Wyoming.

     

    Season 2 of Last Day is created in partnership with The Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. You can find tips, tools and resources for taking care of your emotional health available at: www.jedcares.org/lastday

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Check out Lisa Hao’s Jed Talk
    Learn about QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
    Get to know other Jed Foundation storytellers at https://www.jedfoundation.org/storytellers/.
    To learn more about recommendations for reporting on suicide, visit https://reportingonsuicide.org/.

     

    If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or feeling hopeless, it’s important to talk to someone about it now. Contact one of the resources below for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor anytime. 

     

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741-741

    The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors:
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    Dr. Nzinga Harrison teaches us all about turning addiction treatment into recovery for life in another Lemonada original, In Recovery. Check it out wherever you listen to podcasts.

     

    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day shortly after the air date.

     

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    • 57 min
    Beyond the Bridge

    Beyond the Bridge

    We open Season 2 of Last Day with a tale of two Kevins. One is Sergeant Kevin Briggs, also known as the guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge. The other is Kevin Berthia, an Oakland native who drove to that bridge on March 11, 2005 with the intent of ending his life. This week, we tell the larger story behind a moment of intervention — what led up to it and what happened in the 15 years since. We’re also joined by Courtney Knowles, our advisor at the Jed Foundation, who’s here to poke holes in our narrative.

     

    Season 2 of Last Day is created in partnership with The Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults. You can find tips, tools and resources for taking care of your emotional health available at: www.jedcares.org/lastday

    Resources from the episode:
    Kevin Berthia has a new foundation! Check it out here.
    Kevin Briggs can be booked to speak about crisis management and suicide prevention through Pivotal Points.
    To learn more about recommendations for reporting on suicide, visit https://reportingonsuicide.org/ 

    If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or feeling hopeless, it’s important to talk to someone about it now. Contact one of the resources below for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor anytime. 

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741-741

    The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors:
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

buriedtraysure ,

Thank you

Beautifully done, really helping me thru my own struggles thank you so much

Anjofy ,

So informative

Edited to Add: I want to redact my previous review, as I rated the podcast after listening to only the first episode. Now that I am up to date with the latest episode, I now believe this is phenomenal podcast! Well-researched and produced. I can see now that it is truly exploring the heart of the opioid issue as well as fairly covering it from so many varied and useful perspectives. I apologize for my harsh initial judgment.


While I think this podcast is well done, in the first episode it is glaringly obvious that the root of the podcaster’s brother’s opioid addiction and subsequent death is in the way his family treated him. Coddled him. Enabled him. Etc. I haven’t finished the episode, but I am hoping that this is the conclusion she ultimately reaches because that realization could help a lot of people.

Peartreek ,

Highly recommended

I love this podcast. It addresses so many issues that are often deemed taboo or that people are afraid to talk about. The podcast provides perspectives from all angles starting with the grieving family, to the addicts themselves and to the caretakers and providers who struggle to combat such a prevalent issue.I have learned so much in such a short period of time listening and this has really helped me change my point of view on addiction, addicts and the need to LIFELONG treatment.

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