Mary Harris

Co-Host and Health Reporter

Mary Harris is the executive producer of WNYC’s health unit and is co-host of the upcoming podcast The Realness from WNYC Studios. It tells the story of the rap legend, Prodigy, from the hip-hop duo, Mobb Deep, and explores his lifelong struggle with sickle cell anemia. Mary’s 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.

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Special Broadcast #3: Missing You

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Friends and family say prison changed Prodigy for the better. As the world of hip hop continues to mourn his loss, there are still questions surrounding his death. 

Special Broadcast #2: Son, They Shook

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

No other group defined the golden age of hip hop quite like Mobb Deep. But when Prodigy went on trial for a parole violation, so did hip hop and sickle cell. 

Special Broadcast #1: This Sunny Day Right Here

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

We trace the origins of legendary rap duo Mobb Deep and delve into Prodigy's lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia.

Only Human Presents: Undiscovered

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Undiscovered is a podcast from WNYC Studios about the left turns, missteps, and lucky breaks that make science happen.

Can the Department of Education Get the Lead Out?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The city says 99% of water sources in city schools are safe from lead. But hundreds of water fixtures have been remediated: and still aren't fixed.

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The Realness Ep6: Missing You

Friday, August 10, 2018

As the world of hip hop mourns, there are still questions surrounding Prodigy's death.

The Realness Ep5: Go See About the God

Monday, August 06, 2018

Prodigy’s friends and family say prison changed him. But how?

The Realness Ep4: The Most Racist Judge in Nassau County

Friday, August 03, 2018

When Prodigy goes on trial, sickle cell does, too.

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Episode 6: Missing You

Friday, August 03, 2018

As the world of hip hop mourns, there are still questions surrounding Prodigy's death.

"The Realness" B-Side: Roxanne Shanté

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Roxanne Shanté was a teenager when she became the queen of Queensbridge MCs a generation before Mobb Deep was formed. She stops by WNYC to show off her crown.

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Episode 5: Go See About the God

Monday, July 30, 2018

Prodigy’s friends and family say prison changed him. But how?

The Realness Ep3: Son, They Shook

Monday, July 30, 2018

Mobb Deep came up in rap’s golden age. No other group defined the era quite like the duo from Queens.

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The Realness Ep2: T'Chaka

Saturday, July 28, 2018

As a kid with sickle cell, Prodigy was told he’d never make it to adulthood. The Black Power Movement - and a trailblazing pediatrician - helped change his fate.

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The Realness Ep1: This Sunny Day Right Here

Friday, July 27, 2018

We trace the origin of legendary rap duo Mobb Deep to a subway car rolling into Queens after school one afternoon.

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Episode 4: The Most Racist Judge in Nassau County

Friday, July 27, 2018

When Prodigy goes on trial, sickle cell does, too.

A "Realness" B-Side: Roxanne Shanté

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Roxanne Shanté was a teenager when she became the queen of Queensbridge MCs a generation before Mobb Deep was formed. She stops by WNYC to show off her crown.

Episode 3: Son, They Shook

Monday, July 23, 2018

Mobb Deep came up in rap’s golden age. No other group defined the era quite like the duo from Queens.

Sickle Cell Anemia, Disparities in Care and the Late Rapper Prodigy

Monday, July 23, 2018

A new podcast from WNYC Studios takes you inside the life of the late rapper Prodigy of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep -- and his death, at 42 -- from complications of sickle-cell anemia.

Episode 2: T'Chaka

Friday, July 20, 2018

As a kid with sickle cell, Prodigy was told he’d never make it to adulthood. The Black Power Movement - and a trailblazing pediatrician - helped change his fate.

Episode 1: This Sunny Day Right Here

Thursday, July 19, 2018

We trace the origin of legendary rap duo Mobb Deep to a subway car rolling into Queens after school one afternoon.