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:
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.
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.
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."
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?
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."
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.
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.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
A professor at Columbia University wants to put a new face on the debate over recreational drug use. A sympathetic face. His own.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
There's an unusual new experiment underway in the Bronx, where drug users are being trained to detect dangerous product before they use it.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Last summer, we went to North Carolina and spent a day at one of the only clinics for trans kids in the south. Ten months later, we go back for an update.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
While city workers are fixing water fountains in the public schools tainted by high levels of lead, WNYC is attempting to map every lead-positive fountain — but we need your help.
Monday, March 13, 2017
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says that more people died from opioids in 2016 than from car crashes and homicides, combined.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Thousands of New York parents are getting letters from their kids' schools saying there's lead in the water. We help translate what it means and what to do about it.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
When a little girl stops sleeping through the night, her doctor has to get to the bottom of a medical mystery that turns out to have big implications for scientists around the world.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
New York City is about to reach a milestone in drug overdoses. By the end of 2016, it's expected that more than 1,000 people will have died of overdoses. One reason for the spike: the drug fentanyl.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
New York City started tracking deaths by drug overdose in 2000. This year, the number hit a record high.
Friday, December 09, 2016
Why is the flu shot so ineffective? It can be better.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
While medical and drug experts admit the flu shot could be better, the work to create a better vaccine has been left largely to one scientist in New York City.
Monday, November 28, 2016
You went, you ate, you talked, you gave thanks -- but did you fight? We take calls from listeners about your Thanksgiving table talk.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The election hangover is casting a pall over some holiday tables. We've got advice.