Medical Humanities Podcast



Medical Humanities is a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical humanities. Medical Humanities aims to encourage a high academic standard for this evolving and developing subject and to enhance professional and public discussion. It features original articles relevant to the delivery of healthcare, the formulation of public health policy, the experience of being ill and of caring for those who are ill, as well as case conferences, educational case studies, book, film, and art reviews, editorials, correspondence, news and notes. To ensure international relevance Medical Humanities has Editorial Board members from all around the world.


  • Representation is Power: What it means to be a LGBTQ in government

    08/06/2021 Duration: 22min

    Editor-in-Chief of Medical Humanities, Brandy Schillace, speaks to Brian Sims, an openly gay LGBTQ activist, Pennsylvania State Representative, and civil rights attorney about the power of representation, and what minority groups offer to better governance. Read the related blog with this podcast's transcript:

  • The Female Gaze in Film as seen by Sarah Gavron

    26/05/2021 Duration: 19min

    Sarah Gavron talks to our film and media correspondent, Khalid Ali, about her passion for telling stories about marginalised women from diverse backgrounds in her films. Read the blog post, which includes the transcript of the podcast, here:

  • Generation Covid: Education, Access, and the Long Shadow of Pandemic Trauma

    11/05/2021 Duration: 19min

    David Perry is a freelance journalist covering politics, history, education, and disability rights with bylines at CNN, NYT, Atlantic, Guardian and many more. He and his food-scientist wife live in the Twin Cities with their children, one of whom has Down syndrome, and Perry also plays in an Irish rock band. Today on the podcast, David talks about access and education under COVID-19. What does it mean to really provide free and fair education to all? Read the related blog post, which includes the transcript of this podcast:

  • Biomorphic: The life of an Artist with Cancer

    21/04/2021 Duration: 21min

    Editor-in-Chief of Medical Humanities, Brandy Schillace, speaks to Arabella Proffer, an artist whose work combines the history of medicine with biomorphic abstraction about life, art, and cancer. Read the related blog post, which includes the transcript of this podcast:

  • Designing for the Body: SCALED wearable technology

    06/04/2021 Duration: 19min

    In this podcast, Editor-in-Chief of Medical Humanities, Brandy Schillace, speaks to Natalie Kerres, designer of SCALED and a recent graduate of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. SCALED is wearable technology designed for sports, medicine, and disability. Read the transcript of this podcast in the Medical Humanities blog:

  • The fight against sexism in science: International Women’s Day featuring scientist Rita Colwell

    03/03/2021 Duration: 30min

    Rita Colwell is one of the top scientists in America: the groundbreaking microbiologist who discovered how cholera survives between epidemics and the former head of the National Science Foundation. She joins us for International Women’s Day, discussing the trials and successes of being a woman in science and her new book A Lab of One’s Own. Read the related blog post with the transcript of this podcast: Subscribe to the Medical Humanities in all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.

  • Health Justice with Dr. Oni Blackstock

    24/02/2021 Duration: 18min

    In this podcast, Brandy Schillace, Medical Humanities Editor-in-Chief, interviews Dr. Oni Blackstock, physician and Director of Health Justice Dr. Blackstock speaks about the influence of her mother, the fight against health inequality, and her own struggles as a Black woman physician for social justice. Read the related blog post:

  • What becomes of us: health disparity in pandemic

    22/01/2021 Duration: 21min

    Dr. Josh Mugele, a disaster and emergency medicine physician, speaks about health disparity during crises like the current COVID pandemic. Read the blog post containing the transcript of this podcast:

  • Hearing Happiness: Jaipreet Virdi on deafness, accessibility, and her latest book

    05/01/2021 Duration: 22min

    Jaipreet Virdi’s latest book, Hearing Happiness raises pivotal questions about deafness in American society and the endless quest for a cure. Read the blog post:

  • Heart in Medicine, History and Culture

    05/12/2020 Duration: 18min

    Therese Feiler, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, describes the interdisciplinary Medical Humanities special issue, bringing together cardiac surgeons, cultural historians and theologians on matters of the heart ( Please read: - the editorial: - the full issue: Please subscribe to the Medical Humanities podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify to get episodes automatically downloaded to your mobile device and computer. Also, please consider leaving us a review or a comment on the Medical Humanities Podcast iTunes page -

  • Accessibility, Creation, Community: an interview with Cheryl Green

    18/11/2020 Duration: 27min

    What would it mean if, instead of being “add-ons,” accessibility tools like captions and transcripts were built into a project from the ground up? What if instead of thinking about accessibility as “mere” additions only, we realized their incredible creative power? Read the related blog post:

  • Finding ways forward for LGBTQ+ health access

    26/10/2020 Duration: 27min

    In today’s podcast, Dr. Henry Ng, MD MPH, Cleveland Clinic, speaks with Editor-in-Chief of Medical Humanities, Brandy Schillace, about issues of LGBTQ+ and health accessibility. Already a difficult prospect, access to care for this population has become increasingly precarious during the COVID epidemic. Read the blog post: Please subscribe to the Medical Humanities podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify to get episodes automatically downloaded to your mobile device and computer. Also, please consider leaving us a review or a comment on the Medical Humanities Podcast iTunes page -

  • The Dignity of Help: Sara Hendren’s What a Body Can Do

    10/09/2020 Duration: 21min

    Sarah Hendren’s book, What Can A Body Do? How We Meet the Built World, looks at design and disability at all scales: prosthetics, furniture, architecture, urban planning, and more, to examine critically the definition of the good life. Read the related blog post:

  • Accessibility isn’t a new coat of paint: Chris Higgins on his film ACCESS

    21/08/2020 Duration: 17min

    How do we make something really and truly accessible? Chris Higgins talks about what led to his 2019 short film Access, and the fact that accessibility isn’t about making a different product for those with disabilities; it’s about making the product with all people in mind. To find out more about the film:

  • Where race, disparity, and pandemic collide: COVID-19 USA

    01/07/2020 Duration: 23min

    Dr. Oni Blackstock joins us to speak about social justice, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights and the way the COVID-19 crisis has unequally affected marginalized communities. Dr. Blackstock is Assistant Commissioner for the NYC Health Department's Bureau of HIV. Link to the blog post:

  • Human bodies of WWII, beyond the battlefield

    21/05/2020 Duration: 18min

    In this podcast, we discuss the June Special issue, "Beyond the Battlefield" and the impact of medical crisis and treatment on non-combatant bodies - still so relevant in today’s COVID-19 crises. Medical Humanities Editor, Brandy Schillace, speaks to Dr Hannah Simpson, a postdoctoral scholar at St Anne's College, University of Oxford, specialising in modern and contemporary theatre and performance, and Dr Megan Girdwood, who is an Early Career Fellow in English at the University of Edinburgh, working on modernist literature and dance. Please visit the Medical Humanities blog to read the June 2020 issue:

  • Disability visibility and the Covid-19 crisis

    28/04/2020 Duration: 17min

    Medical Humanities Editor Brandy Schillace speaks to Alice Wong, a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant based in San Francisco. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project® and speaks about increasing disability access in the face of coronavirus pandemic. Read the blog post and the transcript of this podcast: The Disability Visibility Project link:

  • Coronavirus - bodies, environments and the spread of disease

    20/03/2020 Duration: 19min

    How do diseases like coronavirus get their start? How does pollution affect the microbiome? Dr. Annamaria Carusi, who was as an academic in medical humanities for several years and is now a private consultant doing social studies of science for policy formation, addresses the way humans and environments interact. In this conversation with Medical Humanities Editor-in-Chief Brandy Schillace, she also discusses our need to take a wider view of disease vectors.

  • Every woman and girl counts

    04/03/2020 Duration: 21min

    In this podcast Mr Matt Jackson, director of the UK, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) talks about current health inequalities that still face girls and women on a global scale. He revists the vision and programme of action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) set out in 1994 in Cairo, Egypt and ongoing efforts by his organisation to complete the ICPD unfinished business. He explains how the UNFPA uses arts and humanities to reach out to international audience in its attempt to raise awareness of women's rights and implement change. This interview was recorded in June 2019.

  • Health, Humanity and Dr. Frankenstein

    05/02/2020 Duration: 16min

    Audrey Shafer, MD, directs Medicine & the Muse at Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. She joins Brandy to talk about the use of Frankenstein to trouble the boundaries between science, medicine, and what it means to be human.

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