101 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 • 434 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: Cathy O'Neil

    Conversations: Cathy O'Neil

    In this episode, Emily speaks with data scientist and author Cathy O’Neil about her book The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation, which investigates how society exploits the powerful emotion of shame.
    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.

    • 38 min
    Conversations: David France

    Conversations: David France

    In this episode, Emily speaks with documentary filmmaker and journalist David France about his films How to Survive a Pandemic (2022) and How to Survive a Plague (2012), and the role of storytelling in documenting public health crises and holding institutions accountable.
    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.

    • 47 min
    Post-Roe America: Conversation with Alison Block, MD

    Post-Roe America: Conversation with Alison Block, MD

    In this special episode, Emily speaks with The Nocturnists’ Executive Producer, family medicine physician and abortion provider, Dr. Alison Block, who recently published an Op-Ed in The New York Times called "Why I Learned to Perform Second-Trimester Abortions for a Post-Roe America."
    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.

    • 48 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
434 Ratings

434 Ratings

Kylee09E ,

One of my absolute favorite podcasts!

I’ve been listening to the podcast since season one, prior to my starting PA school. Now as a new grad about to begin my career, I plan to carry all of the invaluable lessons/stories I’ve learned from The Nocturnist with me into every patient encounter. I often go back and re-listen to my favorite episodes as they remind me of the big reasons why I pursued this lifelong journey of being a medical provider. I recommend this show to all of my fellow PAs whenever I get the chance!

ShaniaLynnVO ,

The perfect creative outlet!

I am a full-time RN and worked bedside through Covid. I needed a creative outlet for myself that was completely unrelated to healthcare. I grew up in LA and loved acting. I currently live in TN and decided to pursue voiceacting. I now do it part time and it has been so therapeutic to tap into my creative side. I came across this podcast about a year ago and it is my favorite one to listen to by far. I was so excited to find a company with similar values. Medicine is both and art and a science! Thank you for sharing your many stories!

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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