Mary Harris

Co-Host and Health Reporter

Mary Harris appears in the following:

Your Sanity or Your Kidneys

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

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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When Opera Meets Autism

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A neuropsychologist and opera singer teamed up to create a form of vocal training for people on the autism spectrum. What does it mean for the patients who have to change just to fit in?

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A Doctor’s Love Affair with Vicodin

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Harvard physician Peter Grinspoon spent years addicted to painkillers – often sharing pills with his own patients – before he was caught. 

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Don't Count on the Calorie

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Calories are sneaky, and measuring what we eat isn’t as foolproof as we thought. We team up with the podcast Gastropod to find out the truth about eating, and burning, calories.

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One Doctor’s Mission: Safe Abortions in the South

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Dr. Willie Parker, a devout Christian, refused to perform abortions in his early career. Then he heard a Martin Luther King Jr. speech that changed his mind.

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How to Stop an Outbreak

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease claimed 16 lives and left more than a hundred people sick in New York City. We go behind the scenes to find how the city stopped the deadly bacteria.


Bacon, Booze and the Search for the Fountain of Youth

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Brooklyn's Susannah Mushatt Jones, formerly the oldest living person in the world, passed away yesterday at 116. We featured Ms. Jones in this story about supercentenarians living it up.

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This Is the Year You Stick to It

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Why do we make bad decisions? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely talks about why so many New Year's resolutions fail — and partners with Only Human on an exciting project.

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Why is Healthcare So Expensive? We Ask an Expert

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Healthcare costs are staggering in the U.S. — is there anything you can do about it? Dr. Zeke Emanuel, an architect of the ACA, talks about how we can be smarter healthcare consumers.

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Patients and Doctors Fess Up

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hear stories from patients — as well as doctors — as they discuss the mistakes, mishaps, and near fatal errors that happen between doctor and patients.


Putting Care Back in the ICU

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Does a more humane hospital equal a safer one? That’s a question Johns Hopkins is grappling with — and Dr. Peter Pronovost believes the answer is yes.

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Let's Talk About Death

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Bishop Gwendolyn Phillips Coates is on a mission. She’s a preacher in a small church in South L.A., and she’s made it her job to get her congregation prepared for the end of life.

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We're All Hearing Differently, and Here's the Proof

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

If you couldn’t stop debating whether that dress was blue and black or white and gold, check out a sort of audio version of that illusion — courtesy of neuroscientist Nina Kraus.
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Your Brain On Sound

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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.

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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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