Mary Harris is the Senior Producer for Health reporting at WNYC. Before joining the newsroom, Mary helped launch WNYC's midday talk show, The Takeaway. Prior to that, she spent nearly a decade working for ABC News, where she traveled to Kuwait, India, and China to tell stories for that network. Her first and favorite beat was health and healthcare. Find her on twitter @marysdesk.
The substance was made by DuPont and there is new evidence that the company knew ortho-toluidine caused cancer in animals since the 50s.
Want insurance coverage in place for New Year's Day, 2014? Time is running out, so here's what you need to do.
At WNYC, we've been experimenting with new ways to tell stories about health. Over the last couple of weeks, you may have heard some of these experiments on This American Life and On The Media, which aired stories from a pilot project we called "The Antidote". The theme of our initial broadcast: "DNA Secrets." You can listen to the whole pilot project above -- just press play to stream it. You can also scroll down to see a video we produced for that pilot: it follows Kelly, pictured at left, who kept a radio diary for us as she received genetic test results that would change her life.
While PJ and Brooke wait for the genetic test results to come in, WNYC reporter Mary Harris brings us a cautionary tale about a family of sorts, reunited by a gene data bank.
In New York and New Jersey, those hoping to log on and learn about new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act may be finding that to be a challenge.
The waiting area of the Brooklyn Family Courthouse isn’t where you’d expect to find a Columbia University neuroscientist. But Carl Hart isn’t your average professor.
This week, the American Psychiatric Association unveils the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the so-called bible of mental illness. The bible has changed with our society's understanding of mental illness and health; and it's changed along with what we've all come to understand as quote unquote, normal. But beyond that controversial book are the voices behind the diagnoses.
Ten years ago, Medicare Part D was added to existing coverage for seniors and the disabled. It offered unprecedented access to prescription drugs. But a new investigation by ProPublica Senior Reporter Tracy Weber and her colleagues shows that the program is rife with abuses, mis-uses, and an enormous lack of transparency.
According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, roughly half of American adults do not feel they have enough information to understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect their lives. As this major, complex system begins to take effect, we analyze what it's looking like on the ground - in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and state legislatures around the country. What do these changes look like, and where are the seams starting to show?
In a special episode of The Takeaway, host John Hockenberry will aim to get to the root of America's inability to openly discuss firearms by talking to those who most need to join this conversation: gun owners and enthusiasts themselves.
Immigration reform measures now before Congress call for increased use of drones on the U.S. border, but some are questioning whether they worth the cost and controversy.
Listener Rees Shad from Carmel, New York ("Distinct possibility this is a dream") explains why he keeps waiting to wake up.
As Valentine’s Day nears, we’re asking you for your biggest stories of love and loss. But there’s a catch: We want you to tell your story in just six words.
Poet Kwame Dawes started off a poem for us earlier this week, and we've been sorting through nearly 200 responses in search of the perfect people's poem. Elizabeth Alexander read the poem at President Obama's 2009 inauguration.
Robert Frost marked the beginning a new tradition when he read "The Gift Outright" at President John F. Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural. In both of his inauguration ceremonies, President Barack Obama has chosen to put poetry front and center. Renowned poet Kwame Dawes discusses the very American tradition of inaugural poetry.
At The Takeaway, we think poetry was built for the digital age — and this inauguration could use a People’s Poem. So we invited noted poet Kwame Dawes to start us off with a first line — and we want you to be our co-authors! It’s a grand experiment — and here’s how you can make your voice heard.
Temitayo Fagbenle is sixteen-years-old, and like a lot of teenagers, she sees a lot of images online that fall squarely under the definition of sexual cyberbullying; or in layman’s terms: slut shaming. They're photos of girls in various states of undress, often taken by their own boyfriends, and then posted on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.
Part of the growing effort to make healthcare more efficient is making it more digital. Some call this new industry "M-Health" or mobile health, others call it Health IT. But whatever you call it, it's an industry that's booming.
It was a decade ago today that Apple's first iPod digital music player was released, forever changing the world's relationship to music. No longer would people on the move have to choose their favorite handful of CDs for their commute to work or trip to the gym. Entire record collections could suddenly be jammed into one's back pocket. The iPod would go on to be recognized as one of the crowning achievements of Apple founder Steve Jobs.