65 episodes

Let's talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. In this award-winning series, Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Season one tackled the opioid crisis, and in season two, we took a look at the rising rates of suicide. Now, back for a third season, Last Day grapples with guns in America, asking: How can we live safely in a country that has more guns than people? This season, the team travels to Montana and Georgia, talking to families who have lost loved ones to gun suicides and stray bullets, trying to discover tangible solutions to reducing gun-related deaths, all while gaining perspective on gun culture across the US.

Last Day Lemonada

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 2.7K Ratings

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Let's talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. In this award-winning series, Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Season one tackled the opioid crisis, and in season two, we took a look at the rising rates of suicide. Now, back for a third season, Last Day grapples with guns in America, asking: How can we live safely in a country that has more guns than people? This season, the team travels to Montana and Georgia, talking to families who have lost loved ones to gun suicides and stray bullets, trying to discover tangible solutions to reducing gun-related deaths, all while gaining perspective on gun culture across the US.

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    Danger. Fear. Threat.

    Danger. Fear. Threat.

    Who does the Second Amendment protect? In this episode, we trace its racist roots and learn why a former firearms executive blames the gun industry for sowing fear, division, and maybe even anarchy in our country. 

    Resources:

    To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this episode and access critical information about suicide and violence prevention visit: https://lastdayresources.simvoly.com/. 

    Stephanie Wittels Wachs is the host. Jackie Danziger is our supervising producer. Our producers are Kegan Zema and Giulia Hjort. Hannah Boomershine and Erianna Jiles are our associate producers. Andi Kristinsdottir is our audio engineer. Music is by Hannis Brown. Our story consultant is Kaya Henderson. Executive producers are Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs. This season of Last Day is created in partnership with the Kendeda Fund, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Levi Strauss & Co, and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.

    Follow Stephanie on Twitter and Instagram at @wittelstephanie. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. If you want to continue the conversation with other listeners, please join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lastdaypodcast. 

    By the way, we have two whole other seasons! Go listen to them wherever you’re listening right now. You can also get premium content and behind the scenes material by subscribing to Lemonada Premium on Apple Podcasts.

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at https://joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/lastday shortly after the air date.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 47 min
    Yelling At Each Other Isn’t Working

    Yelling At Each Other Isn’t Working

    Suicide contagion, secure storage, and breakfast meats. This week, we figure out how to get cowboys to talk about their feelings with help from experts on the ground and suicide prevention advocates. 

     

    Resources:

     
    Take the Man Therapy Head Inspection
    Check out the Gun Shop Project

     

    To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this episode and access critical information about suicide and violence prevention visit: https://lastdayresources.simvoly.com/. 

     

    Stephanie Wittels Wachs is the host. Jackie Danziger is our supervising producer. Our producers are Kegan Zema and Giulia Hjort. Hannah Boomershine and Erianna Jiles are our associate producers. Andi Kristinsdottir is our audio engineer. Music is by Hannis Brown. Our story consultant is Kaya Henderson. Executive producers are Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs. This season of Last Day is created in partnership with the Kendeda Fund, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Levi Strauss & Co, and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.

     

    Follow Stephanie on Twitter and Instagram at @wittelstephanie. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. If you want to continue the conversation with other listeners, please join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lastdaypodcast. 

     

    By the way, we have two whole other seasons! Go listen to them wherever you’re listening right now. You can also get premium content and behind the scenes material by subscribing to Lemonada Premium on Apple Podcasts.

     

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at https://joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/lastday shortly after the air date.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min
    PREMIUM: Shelby Backus On Gun Usage After Losing Her Brother Patrick

    PREMIUM: Shelby Backus On Gun Usage After Losing Her Brother Patrick

    After losing her brother Patrick Rassley, Shelby Backus didn’t even want to look at a gun – but she was surrounded by people who loved to go to the shooting range, so eventually, she warmed back up to the idea of using a gun for sport. Today, she keeps her gun and ammo locked in separate places. These are some excerpts from a longer conversation between Shelby and our Supervising Producer Jackie Danziger.

    The Kid Who Fell Through The Cracks

    The Kid Who Fell Through The Cracks

    Who’s to blame in the aftermath of a tragedy? This week, we meet a family asking that question after their beloved son died when his college failed to intervene. 

     

    Resources:

     

    To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this episode and access critical information about suicide and violence prevention visit: https://lastdayresources.simvoly.com/. 

     

    Stephanie Wittels Wachs is the host. Jackie Danziger is our supervising producer. Our producers are Kegan Zema and Giulia Hjort. Hannah Boomershine and Erianna Jiles are our associate producers. Andi Kristinsdottir is our audio engineer. Music is by Hannis Brown. Our story consultant is Kaya Henderson. Executive producers are Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs. This season of Last Day is created in partnership with the Kendeda Fund, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Levi Strauss & Co, and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.

     

    Follow Stephanie on Twitter and Instagram at @wittelstephanie. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. If you want to continue the conversation with other listeners, please join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lastdaypodcast. 

     

    By the way, we have two whole other seasons! Go listen to them wherever you’re listening right now. You can also get premium content and behind the scenes material by subscribing to Lemonada Premium on Apple Podcasts.

     

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at https://joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/lastday shortly after the air date.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 43 min
    PREMIUM: The Woman Leading Atlanta’s New Office For Violence Reduction

    PREMIUM: The Woman Leading Atlanta’s New Office For Violence Reduction

    Back in February, Jacquel Clemons Moore sat down with Stephanie to talk about the then-newly created Atlanta Mayor’s Office For Violence Reduction. As director of the office, Jacquel is looking to get to the root of neighborhood disinvestment and violence by partnering with community leaders like CHRIS 180 and Gangstas to Growers.

    Outside the Yellow Tape

    Outside the Yellow Tape

    Violent crime is up in American cities. Does that mean it’s time to return to the aggressive policing of the 90s? Not exactly. How can we make our cities safer and empower communities with the tools they need to save more lives? This week, we travel from Atlanta to Los Angeles to Chicago to meet seasoned leaders who are taking an innovative approach to harm reduction, violence interruption, and violence prevention. Plus, we explore where police fit into all of this. 

     

    Resources:

     

    To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this episode and access critical information about suicide and violence prevention visit: https://lastdayresources.simvoly.com/. 

     

    Stephanie Wittels Wachs is the host. Jackie Danziger is our supervising producer. Our producers are Kegan Zema and Giulia Hjort. Hannah Boomershine and Erianna Jiles are our associate producers. Andi Kristinsdottir is our audio engineer. Music is by Hannis Brown. Our story consultant is Kaya Henderson. Executive producers are Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs. This season of Last Day is created in partnership with the Kendeda Fund, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Levi Strauss & Co, and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.

     

    Follow Stephanie on Twitter and Instagram at @wittelstephanie. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. If you want to continue the conversation with other listeners, please join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lastdaypodcast. 

     

    By the way, we have two whole other seasons! Go listen to them wherever you’re listening right now. You can also get premium content and behind the scenes material by subscribing to Lemonada Premium on Apple Podcasts.

     

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at https://joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to www.lemonadamedia.com/show/lastday shortly after the air date.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

SingerKS ,

Beautiful and Heartbreaking

A fantastic, real, honest and tough look at firearms; what we all are seeing, questioning, feeling and experiencing. Not an easy topic to tackle, done so well.

KaityOB16 ,

What to say…

I could write a novel about how much I love this podcast. Stephanie is one of the best (if not THE BEST) podcast host that I have ever listened to. Her narrating is very professional, and she has a pleasant voice, but she is also completely genuine in her range of emotions around the subjects and pours her whole heart out at times. I have learned so much, and even changed my view on a few things from hearing people’s stories. This is how we change. This is how we build more understanding and empathy for other humans. This is an amazing podcast.

Stellazella ,

This is REAL!

In the last few months I have listened to two of the best podcasts I have ever experienced on Last Day. Not just the two best of this program’s three seasons, but the two best of any podcast ever. I practice as both an Emergency Medicine physician and an Addiction Medicine physician in the Bay Area, California. And all of this is REAL and affects me and my patients everyday. Thank you, Last Day team, for covering these issues so thoughtfully.

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