A Short History Of You, Nurse Uses Comics As Tool For Communication In Healthcare, Towns Of Wisconsin’s Past

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Drawing by MK Czerwiec. Excerpted from her book, “Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371,” courtesy of Penn State University Press.

The healthcare system is big, with lots of moving parts, and sometimes communication between healthcare workers and patients could be better. We talk with a nurse creating comics to help bridge the gap. We also hear about once-thriving towns in Wisconsin that are now abandoned, and we hear from a philosopher about just how you came to be.

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  • Looking At What Had To Happen For Any Individual To Exist

    A philosopher looked at scientific fields as different as astronomy, biology and geology to put together the history of you as a human being. It turns out that it’s pretty amazing that any one of us is actually here.

  • Meet The Nurse Who Wants To Make Us Healthier…Through Comics

    When it comes to talking about our health – whether it be illness, disability, or even the prospect of death – things aren’t always easy…even for those who make a living in the medical field. Is there a better way? One nurse has turned to comics as a way to improve health communication, amplify voices of patients and families, and reflect on our own health. She joins us to talk about the field of ‘graphic medicine.’

  • Wisconsin's Lost Towns

    Wisconsin’s wealth of natural resources means it has a rich history filled with many towns, once thriving, that have long been forgotten. We learn about ghost towns in counties all over Wisconsin including why they started and why they were abandoned from a regional historian.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Chris Malina Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • William B Irvine Guest
  • MK Czerwiec Guest
  • Rhonda Fochs Guest

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