Mary Harris

Co-Host and Health Reporter

Mary Harris is the co-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:

Canadians Have Universal Health Insurance. Why Not the U.S.?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The sordid story of how a revered politician delivered universal healthcare to Canada in 1962, while the charismatic, politically savvy President Kennedy failed in the U.S. 

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Why Drugs Can Be So Expensive

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Deby Provost has one question: If her drug for multiple sclerosis has been around for 20 years, why does it cost so much? It's a question that Congress is asking, too. 

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Canadians Have Universal Health Insurance. Why Not the U.S.?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The sordid story of how a revered politician delivered universal healthcare to Canada in 1962, while the charismatic, politically savvy President Kennedy failed in the U.S. 


Your Healthcare: What Happened?

Monday, December 11, 2017

"Your Healthcare: What Happened?" is a new series from The Takeaway. This week we'll explore what went wrong with the U.S. healthcare system, and how we might get it right.

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Investigation Sheds New Light on Lead Exposure in New York City

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New data shows that in some neighborhoods, lead is still a problem

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New York vs. New Jersey: A Tale of Two Health Exchanges

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

November 1st is the start of health insurance open enrollment in New York and New Jersey. But in New Jersey, you have half the time to sign up and fewer people to help you. 

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Here’s Why New York’s Medical Marijuana Rules Are About to Change

Thursday, August 31, 2017

If you want to know why New York is set to change its rules and regulations around medical marijuana, all you have to do is show up at a local dispensary and start talking to patients.

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The Opioid Crisis Is Way More Complicated Than We Think

Thursday, August 10, 2017

President Donald Trump decided not to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. But the way we are framing the crisis and have been talking about it, blurs what's really going on.

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The State Legislator Will See You Now

Friday, August 04, 2017

An OB-GYN reflects on the rules state legislators have made about how she can communicate with her patients.

The Healthcare Repeal Is Dead. Long Live the Healthcare Repeal

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

With the Senate's latest repeal and replace effort on hold, it's time to look at something else: changes to the Affordable Care Act that will happen with or without Congress.


Who's On Medicaid and What do They Stand to Lose?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Medicaid expert MaryBeth Musumeci and health reporter Mary Harris talk about the Kaiser/WNYC project exploring some of the lesser-known ways NY and NJ residents are covered by Medicaid. 


This Might Challenge What You Think About Medicaid

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Next week, the Senate will be back to consider health reform, including cuts to the Medicaid program. So we decided to take a deeper look at just who benefits from government healthcare.


With Health Care Vote Delayed, Take This Moment to Catch Up

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

With the Senate health care vote postponed, WNYC's health reporter suggests you take a moment to understand how the debate affects you because, almost no matter who you are, it does. 


The Problem with Addiction Treatment: Getting People to Take It

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The city is spending millions of dollars to get more New Yorkers on medication for addiction. But for some families on Staten Island, it's a tough sell.

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Battling Obesity as the Water Rises

Friday, June 09, 2017

Coastal land loss is destroying the traditional way of life for some native tribes in Louisiana. Yet, nowhere are the effects of climate change more clear than at the dinner table.


The Big Business of The Obesity Crisis

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

"In the absence of doing something about the food marketing, particularly directed at children, it's going to be hard to do much about the obesity epidemic."

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What Fighting Big Tobacco Can Teach Us About Taxing Sugary Drinks

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

In 1994, Dr. Kelly Brownell proposed the radical idea of taxing unhealthy foods. More than 20 years later, soda taxes have taken hold in cities around the country. Are they working? 


Obesity: The Greatest Threat to American Society?

Monday, June 05, 2017

One doctor argues that obesity "is a greater public health challenge than anything else — any virus, any disease, and even terrorism."

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Weight Equals Health? Patient Experiences Tell a Different Story

Monday, June 05, 2017

As part of this week's obesity series, The Takeaway speaks with a patient about dealing with doctors who can't see past her weight, and her challenging journey to body positivity. 

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An Experiment Helps Heroin Users Test Their Street Drugs For Fentanyl

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Some people on heroin die because the drug was laced with something much stronger — like fentanyl. A few needle exchange programs give users test strips to check their drug's content before injecting.