The inner workings of the body are a great mystery, especially for those of us outside the medical professions. We do what we can to control the probable outcomes - we run, or drink water, or think about going paleo - but the fact remains that there is no entirely foolproof insurance against the random cruelties of illness and injury. Even doctors and nurses, equipped with years of experience, can't be relied upon to know exactly what's going on inside us, or in their own, equally fallible bodies. Depending on your temperament, the contemplation of these truths can be rather alarming. But in this program from WNYC, host Mary Harris has made a space for thinking clearly about our health, and all the joy, fear and weirdness that goes along with the experience of living inside a body. The stories she brings us - including her own account of undergoing treatment for breast cancer while pregnant - are empathetic without being sentimental, and make for satisfying listening. You'll want this in your rotation, weekly; each episode runs 20 minutes or so.
Gateway episodes: Vacation Is All I Ever Wanted (21 Jun 2016) / Every (Dead) Body Has a Story (29 Mar 2016) / How to Stop an Outbreak (26 Jan 2016) / Keep the Baby, Get the Chemo (6 Oct 2015) / Your Sanity or Your Kidneys (13 Oct 2015)