Calls to Health Podcast
About This Show
In a world where we are constantly plugged into the internet and social media, we are bombarded with stories about "new studies" or "new research" in health. Whether we want to or not, these stories impact how we see the world, how we think about science and health and our behavior. But what if the news is wrong?
In each episode of this podcast we will focus on a specific health news story and together, we will reemerge with a deeper understanding of why and how the research gets distorted beyond recognition, and how to go about digging deeper if one is to actually find out the truth.
Ultimately, as more informed citizens we can demand higher quality of health news, and then hopefully the media will reconsider their assumption that we are all stupid and don’t actually care.
What can you do? When you see an article with “ a new study shows” or "research shows" in the title, tweet it at me @callstohealth or use the Contact page, and I promise to do my best to follow up on them. Subscribe to the show on your podcasting app and tune in every other week for a new episode.
Together, let’s break the cycle of misrepresentation of health research in the media.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 03: Men Pull Out Early And Cause A Controversy
Quick disclaimer: there are some hints at adult themes in this episode, so if you are listening with kids around, here is your official heads up. Today we are going to look at a study that's caused quite a controversy on social media recently - it’s a clinical trial of a possible male version of birth control. It proved fairly successful and for a moment it seemed like there might be hope for it to become available as a contraceptive option soon. However, due to a variety of side effects experienced by the participants, an external review committee advised to terminate the study early, stating that the negative side effects outweighed the possible value of the research if it were to continue. I stumbled onto this story through a post on Facebook with an article titled: “Men need to toughen up and take birth control”. An obligatory face palm later, I took a closer look, and am ready to share some insight. To bring a male perspective on the content, I will be joined today by a Mr. Walter James, en route to a PHD in political science at Temple U, and all around amazing person. Together, we are going to compare two publications from similarly reliable sources, and try to untangle the web of controversy, gender equality, feminist and clinical trials. __________________________ If you like what you hear, subscribe, tune in every other week for a new episode, and together let’s break the cycle of misrepresentation of health research in the media. And when you see an article with “ a new study shows” in the title, tweet it at me @callstohealth or use the Contact page on callstohealth.org, and I promise to do my best to follow up on them. I would also love to hear your feedback, so tweet, message, or leave feedback in whatever podcasting app you are using to listen to this show. __________________________ The Calls to Health website is at www.callstohealth.org Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/callstohealthpodcast Our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/callstohealth Music is by th