1:2:1 Podcast

  • Dan Harris on being happier

    Would you like to be 10 percent happier? Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline and weekend editions of Good Morning America, has achieved just that and perhaps more. In this podcast, he discusses his New York Times best-seller, "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works -- A True Story."…

  • VJ Periyakoil on doctors and end-of-life directives

    A new study by VJ Periyakoil, MD, director of palliative care education and training at the Stanford School of Medicine, examined physicians' attitudes toward advance directives and found little has changed since the law's passage in 1990, with most saying they would continue to pursue aggressive treatment for terminally ill patients. In this podcast, Periyakoil discusses why doctors want one thing for themselves at the end of life and quite another for their patients.

  • Recharging old brains

    Stanford neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, has found that infusions of blood plasma from young mice improves memory and learning in old mice. In this podcast, Wyss-Coray, who is also a senior research career scientist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, discusses the new study along with his plans to explore whether the findings could lead to treatments for brain diseases like Alzheimer's.

  • Boosting life expectancy with foreign aid

    Many argue that international health aid is wasted and doesn't reach the people who really need it. But a new Stanford analysis of both government and private aid programs shows that the funding leads to significant improvements, especially in life expectancy and child mortality rates. In this podcast, health-policy expert Eran Bendavid, MD, discusses the new study.

  • New Stanford center to improve the quality of research

    METRICS is a new center at Stanford University that aims to transform research practices to improve the reproducibility, efficiency and quality of scientific investigations.

  • Michael Greicius on women and the risk for Alzheimer's

    A gene variant know as ApoE4 is the strongest known single genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s, a neurological syndrome that affects about 30 million people worldwide. But a new study led by Stanford neurologist Michael Greicius, MD, shows that women who carry a copy of the variant have a substantially greater risk for the disease than do men.

  • Euan Ashley on harnessing the power of genomics

    A few years ago, Stanford cardiologist Euan Ashley, MD, described the promise of genomics for diagnosing and treating diseases as the "wild west" - a lot of researchers examining ways of using the technique, but too early to have meaningful results in the clinic. Since then, much has changed in the field.

  • A change of heart: A conversation with Dick Cheney

    Dick Cheney has lived with chronic heart disease for virtually all of his adult life. At 37, as a young man running for the U.S. Congress in Wyoming, he had his first heart attack. His last – a fifth – occurred in 2010 and by then having taken advantage of everything medicine and technology had to offer, the former vice president knew he was at the end of the road.

  • Robert Jackler on the rise of e-cigarettes

    Electronic-cigarette use has grown rapidly across the United States, prompting questions about the devices’ safety and whether they serve as a gateway to conventional cigarettes or a means of kicking the habit without inhaling the carcinogens in smoke.

  • Scott Stossel on My Age of Anxiety

    In his best-selling book, My Age of Anxiety, Scott Stossel describes his long-standing struggle with anxiety, and examines the efforts to understand what is now considered the most common form of mental illness in the United States. In this podcast, Stossel, editor of The Atlantic magazine, talks about the book, and how he learned to cope with his severe anxiety.

  • Hannah Valantine on the school's diversity progress

    In this podcast, Hannah Valantine, senior associate dean for diversity and leadership, describes Stanford's diversity progress in recent years and why medical schools should mirror the populations of the patients they serve.

  • Lochlann Jain on the confusion surrounding cancer

    Stanford anthropologist Lochlann Jain studies how stories about injuries and illness get told. After being diagnosed with cancer at age 36, she decided to write the book "Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us" to change the conversations about the disease.

  • "Sheri Fink on ""Five Days at Memorial"""

    For five days in August 2006, the hospital staff at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans struggled to care for their patients in a hospital crippled and isolated by Hurricane Katrina. What happened within the confines of the hospital’s walls is chronicled in the new book, Five Days at Memorial, by physician-author Sheri Fink, MD, PhD.

  • Marian Wright Edelman on the state of America's children

    Forty years ago, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund. Since then she and the organization have been at the forefront of overhauling public policy in child poverty, early childhood development, education and health.

  • "Carla Shatz reflects on Clark Center, Bio-X"

    Carla Shatz, PhD, director of Bio-X and professor of neurobiology and of biology, reflects on the Clark Center and how the building embodies the spirit of the Bio-X initiative, which began 15 years ago.