Mary Harris

Co-Host and Health Reporter

Mary Harris appears in the following:

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.


This Professor Teaches About Drug Use, Including His Own

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.  

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How One Syringe Exchange Is Turning Drug Users Into Scientists

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.  

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Trans Kids Update: Dating, PMS, And, Yeah, Bathrooms

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.


MAP: Find the Lead-Tainted Water Fountains in NYC Schools

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.

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Can Mayor de Blasio Roll Back Fatal Overdoses? He's Going to Try.

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. 


How to Understand NYC Schools' Lead Contamination Results

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.

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A Three Year-Old Girl, a Colony of Dogs, and One Very Rare Side Effect

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.

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Fentanyl Contributes To Record Drug Overdoses In New York City

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.


New York City Hits Grim Benchmark This Year: 1,000 Overdose Deaths

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New York City started tracking deaths by drug overdose in 2000. This year, the number hit a record high.


A Better Flu Shot

Friday, December 09, 2016

Why is the flu shot so ineffective? It can be better.

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One Microbiologist's Quest to Fight the Flu

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. 

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Thanksgiving Table Talk

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.

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How to Survive Thanksgiving in Six Easy Steps

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The election hangover is casting a pall over some holiday tables. We've got advice. 

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Call-In Special: Pass the Politics

Friday, November 18, 2016

With less than a week before Thanksgiving, Brian Lehrer takes calls and counsel on how to handle potentially charged discussions.

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Many Parents Reluctant To Test Newborn DNA For Disease Risk

Monday, October 31, 2016

We're getting closer to the day when doctors can check a baby's entire genetic code to look for diseases that might develop during childhood or even later. But some parents are reluctant to do these tests.


Would You Want To Know The Secrets Hidden In Your Baby's Genes?

Monday, October 31, 2016

A study offering the parents of newborns a scan of thousands of the baby's genes raises a big question: Do you want this kind of information on disease risk in your child's permanent record?