98 episodes

The Nocturnists is an award-winning, independent medical storytelling podcast, hosted by Emily Silverman, MD. We share stories that aim to humanize the practice of medicine, support clinician wellbeing, and transform the healthcare system. Each episode brings the humanity of healthcare workers to the fore, from stories told at The Nocturnists live shows, to raw audio diary recordings in our special documentary series, to insightful conversations with authors and filmmakers whose work intersects with health and medicine. Welcome to our community.

The Nocturnists The Nocturnists

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 430 Ratings

The Nocturnists is an award-winning, independent medical storytelling podcast, hosted by Emily Silverman, MD. We share stories that aim to humanize the practice of medicine, support clinician wellbeing, and transform the healthcare system. Each episode brings the humanity of healthcare workers to the fore, from stories told at The Nocturnists live shows, to raw audio diary recordings in our special documentary series, to insightful conversations with authors and filmmakers whose work intersects with health and medicine. Welcome to our community.

    Conversations: Rupa Marya, MD & Raj Patel

    Conversations: Rupa Marya, MD & Raj Patel

    In this episode, Emily speaks with physician Rupa Marya and political economist Raj Patel about their recent book Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, which explores the impact of oppressive systems on our health, and how deep medicine can facilitate collective healing.
    The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.
    Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

    • 56 min
    Conversations: Sidarta Ribeiro

    Conversations: Sidarta Ribeiro

    In this episode, Emily speaks with neuroscientist and author Sidarta Ribeiro about his book The Oracle of Night, which investigates the art and science of dreams and the extraordinary power dreams have in shaping our world.
    The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.
    Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

    • 52 min
    Conversations: Laura Kolbe, MD

    Conversations: Laura Kolbe, MD

    In this episode, Emily speaks with poet, physician, and medical ethicist Dr. Laura Kolbe about her poetry collection, Little Pharma, the languages of poetry and medicine, and how poetry can help illuminate the various aspects of self.
    The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.
    Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

    • 45 min
    Conversations: Wes Ely, MD

    Conversations: Wes Ely, MD

    In this episode, Emily speaks with Dr. Wesley Ely about the harms of deep sedation and immobilization in the ICU, and how he's transforming critical care, one patient at a time.
    The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.
    Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

    • 56 min
    Conversations: Jenny Qi

    Conversations: Jenny Qi

    In this episode, Emily speaks with cancer biologist and poet Jenny Qi, about her poetry collection "Focal Point," which examines science, disease, love, and family.
    The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.
    Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

    • 33 min
    Conversations: Cindy Weinstein & Bruce Miller, MD

    Conversations: Cindy Weinstein & Bruce Miller, MD

    In today's episode, Emily speaks with Professor Cindy Weinstein and Dr. Bruce Miller, authors of the book Finding the Right Words, which explores literature, grief, and the brain. It tells the story of Cindy’s father, who lived and died with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and serves as a dialogue between patient and doctor, literary critic and neuroscientist. A great example of narrative medicine in action.
    The Nocturnists is partnering with VCU Health Continuing Education to offer FREE CME credits for healthcare professionals. Visit ce.vcuhealth.org/nocturnists to claim credit for this episode.
    Find show notes, transcript, and more at thenocturnists.com.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
430 Ratings

430 Ratings

AliKu2 ,

Podcast where I find healing, hope, and community

Incredible storytelling and curation, with an uncanny ability to name and document what’s most important in our collective ethos. The podcast I turn to when I need deep rejuvenation. Thanks for all your incredible work!

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Night Flight to San Francisco

Great story telling and what a delight to hear wonderful Charlie!

Jacqueline Raposo ,

What a community web creator!

Really loving and respecting this podcast. Especially in a period of time when our healthcare workers are being put to the test and often abused by the greater population, politicians, and the media, these stories help create a web of compassion and community — we hear the overlap of our experiences, and can more deeply appreciate their investment in healthcare and healing. Thank you all for sharing your stories and offering such beautiful perspectives of your lives and desires!

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