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Mary Harris

Host and Managing Editor, Health

Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of Only Human. Her first and favorite beat was health, which she covered for ABC News, in nearly a decade of television producing. Before joining the newsroom, Mary helped launch WNYC's midday talk show, The Takeaway. Find her on Twitter @marysdesk.

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Mary Harris appears in the following:

The Ugliest Person You've Never Met

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Robert Hoge was born with severe defects; growing up, he had to get used to people calling him “ugly.” This week, Robert reflects on the lie we all tell ourselves: looks don’t matter. 

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Germaphobic or Germagenius?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

We go on an urban safari with a scientist to find out about the microbes around us. 
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Yes, Simba, Chimps Laugh

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Is laughter really the best medicine? We go to a laughter yoga class, an improv workshop for doctors and nurses, and talk to brain scientists about why humans laugh in the first place.

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Hang Out with Only Human!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Are you fitter than a fifth grader? Saturday, July 23 at 5pm in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, join the team from Only Human for a playful throwback to the Presidential Fitness Challenge. 
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Going to Laughter Yoga, Part One

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Kurt and Mary Harris, the host of Only Human, check out something called laughter yoga.

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Going to Laughter Yoga, Part Two

Thursday, July 14, 2016

How does laughter yoga make you feel? And can laughing improve your health?

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The Prank Your Body Plays On Life

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Poet Max Ritvo has spent years living with terminal cancer, and says he’s at the end of his road. But there are as many laughs as there are tears.

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Your Brain On Sound (Rebroadcast)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

When Rose was growing up, she knew she was hearing the world differently. It took her years to figure out what was happening — until she met Professor Nina Kraus.

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I Thought the Truth Would Be Enough

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Marc Edwards uncovered lead in Flint’s water last year. But like others crusading for change, he discovered that convincing people to listen was harder than getting the science right. 

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Reddit's Role in Suicide Prevention

Thursday, June 23, 2016

SuicideWatch, a forum on Reddit, is providing a safe place for anonymous users to post during their most difficult hours. One young man credits it with saving his life. 
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Vacation Is All I Ever Wanted

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Three people tell Only Human what it’s like when life hands you a vacation from disease and then sends you home again.

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Microbiome: The Critters Within and Upon Us

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

One hundred trillion bacteria living in our guts and on our skin make up the "microbiome" inside us, and are the focus of the new exhibit at the Natural History Museum.

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Part 3: A Star With Schizophrenia

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

In part three of our mental health series we meet Rachel Star Withers, a fearless woman with schizophrenia who offers a rare snapshot of mental illness on YouTube.

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Part 2: Be the Doctor Your Mom Wanted You to Marry

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In part two of our mental health and generation gaps series we talk to Giselle, a doctor-in-training who wants her field to be more open about mental health.

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Part 1: 'You Don't Watch Bollywood With Me Anymore'

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In part one of our mental health and generation gaps series, a young Pakistani American tells her mother about her depression for the very first time.

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Too Ornery to Die

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Scientist Paul Quinton has lived twice as long as expected for someone with cystic fibrosis. And his research led to a breakthrough drug for the disease. But who gets to decide the cost?

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Medicine and Mistrust on Native American Reservations

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Native Americans have struggled with poor access to health care for many years. Two doctors who grew up on reservations are trying to change that, one patient at a time.

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A Deaf Composer Holds Out for Science

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Jay is a musician who has been losing his hearing over the past several decades. Now he must decide whether participating in an experimental treatment is worth the potential risks. 

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How Prenatal Testing is Changing Pregnancy

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Out with amniocentesis. Now, a routine blood test gives women information about Down Syndrome, along with the sex of their baby at just ten weeks. 

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How a Mother's Struggle Led to Early Detection for Down Syndrome

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The emergence of non-evasive prenatal testing for all types of fetal abnormalities has transformed early pregnancy care for women, thanks to one woman's struggle.

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