Meredith Rizzo

Meredith Rizzo appears in the following:

Objects That Matter: Memories Of Paradise

Saturday, December 28, 2019

In the year since Paradise, Calif., was devastated by fire, certain flame-tinged objects — scorched pottery fragments or remnants of toys — have become talismans of resilience beyond pain.


WATCH: Walmart Is Discontinuing Some Ammo Sales. Here's Why It Matters

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Not all bullets are created equal. This video compares the damage caused by different kinds of rounds.


A Photographer Turns A Lens On His Father's Alzheimer's

Thursday, December 06, 2018

They had always been partners, in a way — artists who connected through their work. So, when Gene DiRado began withdrawing from the world, his son rushed toward him — and brought along a camera.


WATCH: The Science Behind Why Some Bullets Are More Destructive Than Others

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

How much damage a bullet does when fired at the human body hinges on physics. Our latest "Let's Talk" video shows and explains why certain types of ammunition cause greater havoc than others.


Invisibilia: When Daydreaming Gets In The Way Of Real Life

Thursday, April 05, 2018

In this episode of the Invisibilia podcast, our hosts explore how it feels to be "in between," including the story of one woman who spends so much time daydreaming that it interferes with her life.


WATCH: Kids Craft Comics To Explore Immigration Fears

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Children of people in the country illegally often experience fear and worry — with the shadow of deportation as a constant presence. How can they work through those emotions? One workshop uses comics.


A Trauma Nurse Reflects On 'Compassion Fatigue'

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Years of treating grievously injured people starts to wear on a person, a trauma nurse in Minneapolis says. She explores "compassion fatigue" in a semi-autobiographical poem.


Chemo Scrambled My Brain

Sunday, April 23, 2017

After an incorrect dose of a chemotherapy drug for Crohn's disease caused Anne Webster's bone marrow to shut down, she decided that, if she survived, she'd write about her experience.


PHOTOS: Scientists Take To Washington To Stress A Nonpartisan Agenda

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The science community feels threatened under the current administration. Researchers, educators and activists took to the nation's capital to say that cuts to scientific funding affect us all.


The Poetic Intimacy Of Administering Anesthesia

Sunday, April 16, 2017

An anesthesiologist and poet says her medical work is well-suited to poetry, as patients move in and out of consciousness under the doctor's watch.


Life Inside The Alzheimer's Ward: A Hidden World Revealed

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The dementia wing of a nursing home is foreign territory to most people. Photographer Maja Daniels spent three years documenting the lives of people with Alzheimer's in a hospital in France.


Seeing A Mother's Alzheimer's As A Time Of Healing And Magic

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dana Walrath used her skills as an artist and medical anthropologist to chronicle her mother's final years with dementia. The process helped her see beyond the loss and embrace the moment.


Cosplayers Use Costume To Unleash Their Superpowers

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A shy woman becomes a brave warrior princess. A man calls on Captain America to help him lose 45 pounds. In costume role play they become part of a community where they can transform themselves.


Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging

Monday, April 04, 2016

An architect looked at communities that serve older adults, and didn't like what he saw. By changing habits earlier in life, he says, we can create vibrant communities that will sustain us.


How A Little Boy's Cancer Diagnosis Inspired A Haunting Video Game

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

When Ryan Green's son Joel was 1 year old he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. Over the next few years, he underwent rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, only to have the cancer return.

Feeling helpless, Ryan turned to what he knew as a video game developer. He began ...


Is This Snowy Wonderland Or The World Inside A Petri Dish?

Friday, December 25, 2015

Do you remember cutting paper snowflakes in school? Artist Rogan Brown has elevated that simple seasonal art form and taken it to science class.

These large-scale paper sculptures may evoke snow, but actually trade on the forms of bacteria and other organisms. The patterns may feel familiar, but also a ...


Hispanic Cancer Rates Show How It Matters Where You Come From

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hispanic people much are less likely to get cancer than non-Hispanic whites, but it's also their leading cause of death.

Beneath that puzzling fact lie the complexities and contradictions of the Hispanic health experience in the United States. Since we're talking about 17 percent of the U.S. population, it has ...


How Sporty Is Your Sport?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

When it comes to sports, there seems to be something for everyone.

There are team sports and activities you can do alone. There's exercise that requires equipment, or none at all.

But how much benefit you get from each one depends on a lot of factors, including how much you ...


Sweeping Or Skydiving? When Counting Calories It's All The Same

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sure, playing in the women's World Cup burns a lot more energy than watching the women's World Cup. But the number of calories expended in sports and daily activities isn't always so obvious.

To figure it out, we dove into this database compiled by Arizona State University. It charts ...


What It's Like To Choose Transgender Sex Reassignment Surgery

Monday, June 01, 2015

It wasn't until Deborah Svoboda dated someone who is trans that she understood how little she understood about being transgender. "I realized how very misunderstood they were, including by me," she says. And that comes from someone who identifies as queer and has lived and worked in diverse communities.

So ...