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:

Listen Up! The Big Turkey in the Sky

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

We're rounding out our Listen Up! project with a guide to navigating dialogue at the dinner table — just in time for Thanksgiving. 


36 Questions That Can Lead to Love - and Happier Thanksgivings

Monday, November 23, 2015

Psychology professor Art Aron, who devised 36 questions to make couples — or anyone, really — grow closer, says showing that you're listening is just as important as listening itself.
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Listen Up! Day 5: Yes, And... !

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mastering the art of listening is also about mastering conversation. With help from the world of improv comedy, you'll learn how to take your listening skills to new heights. 

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Listen Up! Day 4: Memorize This!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It's hard to listen if you've already forgotten what someone has said. The good news? There are creative ways to work on your memory. 

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Listen Up! Day 3: Take a Breather

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

So often we scramble to fill up silence in conversations. But the best listeners know when others just need to be heard. 

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When Everyone's Talking and No One Is Listening

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

No matter how well you can hear, you can still be a bad listener. Mary Harris, host and managing editor of Only Human, discusses ways to become a better listener.

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Listen Up! Day 2: Mirror, Mirror

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

While we don't literally listen to body language, there's a lot of information you can get and communicate without words. Grab a partner and take a few minutes for a mirror game.

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Listen Up! Day 1: Face-to-Face

Monday, November 16, 2015

What happens when you have your conversations in person? You listen! 

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Exploring Hearing Loss in American Life

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Around 20 percent of Americans over age 12 have some hearing loss. Why do so few of us get tested, or treated? 

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Dreaming of a Deaf Utopia

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

As a kid, Marvin Miller dreamed of starting an all-sign language town — a place where deaf would be the norm. Then, ten years ago, he found the land to build it. 

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A Deaf Composer Holds Out for Science

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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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Who Are You Calling 'Inspiring'?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

At 24, Max Ritvo has a lot going for him. He's a gifted poet, comic, and new husband. But he's also a cancer patient whose prognosis isn't good.

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Your Sanity or Your Kidneys

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jaime Lowe started taking lithium when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 17. But now the drug that has kept her sane for more than 20 years is also making her sick.

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WiFi, Cancer, and Paranoia

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Science says you really don't need to worry about carcinogens and WiFi. We sort through all of the research with Only Human's Mary Harris.

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We're All 'Only Human'

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Mary Harris, host and managing editor of WNYC's new podcast called Only Human, talks about the launch of the show which is about our bodies and our health.

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Keep the Baby, Get the Chemo

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

A young mom learns she has breast cancer. Then, while she's scheduling surgery and planning for chemo, she finds out something else: she's pregnant. 

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Occupational Hazards: How To Sit And Be Fit

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Our series, “Occupational Hazards,” is a playful, informative look at some of the rules of the office road. Today: staying healthy in the sedentary and stressful world of the office.


So You Wanna Host a Podcast, Part 1

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Here's what you do: First, get a job. Then, pitch a show. Finally, prepare to work overtime. 

So You Wanna Host a Podcast, Part 2

Friday, June 05, 2015

Here's what you do: First, get a microphone. Next, give up on your personal life. Finally, own it. 

The Dr. Oz Dilemma: Influence and Unorthodox Opinions

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dr. Oz is under scrutiny by a group of doctors who are calling for his dismissal as vice-chairman of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

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