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.


Mary Harris appears in the following:

Just Say Maybe: Should Kratom Be Banned or Not?

Monday, October 17, 2016

An effort to ban the potent leaf known as kratom by adding it to a federal list of dangerous drugs has met stiff opposition from users and scientists who say it deserves a closer look.

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Three Parents. A Lot of Questions.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In a medical first, doctors in New York reported they helped a woman have a child with genetic material from three people.


We Read the Candidates' Medical Letters. Here's What We Found.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Over the last week, Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton have both released medical letters from their doctors testifying to their fitness to serve.


Candidates' Medical Records: Often Revealing, Always Guarded

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Presidential candidates often leverage lax requirements to skirt important medical information.


Transgender Teens Travel To N.C. Gender Clinic, The Only One In The South

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

While a heated debate continues about North Carolina's "bathroom bill," a clinic in the state is helping transgender teenagers transition. It's the only gender clinic in the South for teens.


I’d Rather Have a Living Son Than a Dead Daughter

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Earlier this year, North Carolina passed HB2, the "bathroom bill." But the state is also home to one of the few clinics for transgender kids in the South.

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Five Things I Learned When I Got Swabbed for Science

Thursday, July 28, 2016

When host Mary Harris volunteered her microbes for a study by the American Museum of Natural History, she got a sneak peek on the preliminary findings about the healthy microbiome.
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Growing Up "Ugly"

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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