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Humans tell stories to make sense of birthing and dying and everything in between. Defining Moments Podcast showcases stories about living well in the midst of inescapable illness, suffering, and hardship. Episodes feature an eclectic group of guests who share moments of uncertainty, innovation, and resilience. Host Dr. Lynn Harter draws on twenty years of experience in health contexts to spark conversations that move between personal anecdotes and societal health challenges. Each segment is accompanied by articles published in Health Communication and other online resources. Defining Moments Podcast disrupts the silence that too often surrounds vulnerability, and allows narrators and audiences to imagine new normals.

Hosted by: Dr. Lynn M. Harter
Executive Producer: Tom Hodson
Producers: Dr. Lynn M. Harter and Adam Rich
Assistant Producers: Taylor Walker and Courtney Hook
In association with the WOUB Center for Public Media & the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact

Season One-- Launching June 2019

Some moments define us. They punctuate our life stories, rendering us different than we were before. Storytelling is a resource for communicating through life transitions.

In Season One, guests get personal, sharing stories to spark conversations about health-related matters including:

  • Cancer care and long-term late effects of treatment
  • Telemedicine and virtual visits
  • Provider and patient relations
  • Sports injuries and athletic activism
  • Disability rights and inclusive communities
  • Infertility, baby loss, and postpartum care
  • Social support in an age of social media
  • Communicating compassion
  • Health challenges during natural disasters

Care providers, teachers, artists, and activists explore how stories can foster well-being, disrupt stigma, shift societal beliefs, and inform public policy.

Featured Guests Include

  • Dr. Pete Anderson, Cleveland Clinic and Taussig Cancer Institute
  • Angela Dina & Michelle Payne, Turn it Gold
  • Dr. Laura Ellingson, Santa Clara University
  • Patty Mitchell & Susan Dlouhy, Passion Works Studio
  • Dr. Stephanie Pangborn, Clemson University
  • Drs. Margaret Quinlan and Bethany Johnson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Dr. Lori Roscoe, University of South Florida
  • Dr. Tracy Shaub, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Keri Stephens, University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Sarah Tracy, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Erin Willer, University of Denver
  • Dr. Alaina Zanin, Arizona State University

Season one-- Defining Moments Podcast Participants

Participant Article
Dr. Wayne Beach, San Diego State University Beach, W. (2020). Defining moments, revisited.
Dr. Jennifer Bute, Indiana University, Purdue University Bute, J.J. (2020). Public and private revisited: Storied reflections from a food allergy parent.
Dr. Sharon Casapulla, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Casapulla, S. (2020). Asset-based and narrative-oriented medical education for rural and urban underserved practice.
Dr. Emily Cripe, Kutztown University Cripe, E. (2018). Anticipating loss: Learning to live with my father’s cancer
Dr. Rebecca de Souza, University of Minnesota Duluth de Souza, R. (2020). On hope, privilege, and blind spots.
Dr. Leandra Hinojosa Hernandez, Utah Valley University Hernandez, L.H., Upton, S.D. (2019). Insider/outsiders, reproductive (in)justice, and the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Dr. Sonia Ivancic, University of South Florida Ivancic, S.R. (2020). “No one’s coming to save us”: Centering lived experiences in rural food insecurity organizing.
Dr. Jody Koenig Kellas, University of Nebraska Kellas, J.K., Castle K.M., Johnson A.Z., Cohen M.Z. (2019). Cancer as communal: Understanding communication and relationships from the perspectives of survivors, family caregivers, and health care providers. Kellas, J.K. (2019). Sense-making, socialization, and stigma: Exploring narratives told in families about mental illness.
Dr. Marianne Sassi Matthias, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Matthias, M.S. Talib, T.L., & Huffman, M.A. (2019). Managing chronic pain in an opioid crisis: What is the role of shared decision-making.
Dr. Kristen Okamoto, Clemson University Okamoto, K. (2017). “It’s like moving the titanic:” Community organizing to address food (in)security.
Dr. Katherine Rafferty, Iowa State University Rafferty, K., & Beck, G.A. (2019). “You are not alone”: Advice giving for parents of children living with complex chronic conditions.
Dr. Leland Spencer, Miami University Spencer, L.G. (2020). Stares and prayers
Dr. Jill Yamasaki, University of Houston Yamasaki, J. (2020). Response-ability and the trauma of animal rescue. Yamasaki, J., Eldridge, S.S., & Estes, V.M. (2019). Brave. Bold. Gold: Athletic activism and the realities of childhood cancer.
Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Wolf, J. (2020). Witnessing birth, giving birth, researching birth, bettering birth