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Author: KCRW, Allison Behringer

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“What’s wrong with me?” Each episode of this documentary series begins as a medical mystery. But once you peel back the layers, more questions emerge.
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Bodies Trailer

Bodies Trailer

2018-07-2302:292

“What’s wrong with me?” Bodies is a new documentary series that begins as a medical mystery. But once you peel back the layers, more questions emerge.  
Sex Hurts

Sex Hurts

2018-07-2534:176

For Bodies host Allison Behringer, sex suddenly becomes painful. This is her journey to find out why. Join the conversation in our Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/BodiesPodcast/. Nothing is off the table, and everyone is welcome.
Bleeding

Bleeding

2018-08-0837:30

KalaLea has terrible, awful periods. But don’t a lot of women? Well, yes and no. After more than a decade of suffering, KalaLea discovers that the cause of the pain is common for Black women like herself, but far from normal. Join the conversation in our Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/BodiesPodcast/
Anxious Mess

Anxious Mess

2018-08-2234:311

For Reese, the hum of daily life isn't a hum at all. It's exhausting, disorienting and always out of her grasp. What people assume about her work as a stripper is just one of the false assumptions that she must overcome. It isn’t until she starts talking to women in an online forum that she begins to find answers. Join the conversation in our Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/BodiesPodcast/
Other Than

Other Than

2018-09-0529:18

Jeromey is sixteen when the hair appears on her cheeks. She thinks she’s transforming into a monster. Stuck in a world where beauty begets womanhood, Jeromey creates her own sexuality and power. To learn more and to share your own story, visit our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/BodiesPodcast/. Nothing is off the table and everyone is welcome.
The Bodies Award

The Bodies Award

2018-09-1915:03

Host Allison Behringer plays the three finalists from the KCRW Radio Race “Bodies Award.” She takes us behind the scenes and explains why she chose these short stories. Each piece was created by independent producers in just one day as part of KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race. To learn more and to share your own story, visit our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/BodiesPodcast/. Nothing is off the table and everyone is welcome.
Refusing to Feed

Refusing to Feed

2018-10-0334:22

New parents have one job: keep the baby alive. But what happens when the baby won’t eat? Vivian Chen is a trained family doctor, but when she can’t figure out what’s wrong with her own newborn, she must reckon with the shortcomings of her medical training. To learn more and to share your own story, visit our Facebook group here. Nothing is off the table and everyone is welcome.
Unraveling

Unraveling

2018-10-1732:472

In a lot of ways, menopause is like puberty. Your hormones are changing and setting off a whole host of bodily changes. It’s something that happens to half the population, but still, it’s full of mysteries. In this episode we hear from Lisa Hartman and another woman who you’ve heard from once before. To learn more and to share your own story, visit our Facebook group. 
Update: Season 2

Update: Season 2

2020-01-2201:06

Bodies is coming back! Season 2 will launch on March 4, 2020.Join Bodies Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BodiesPodcast/Email us: allison@bodiespodcast.comFollow us: @bodiespodcast
Trailer: Season 2

Trailer: Season 2

2020-02-2601:28

Season 2 of Bodies coming March 4, 2020.
Uncontrollable Orgasms

Uncontrollable Orgasms

2020-03-0433:111

Orgasms are supposed to feel good. But for Angie, they’re painful and spontaneous. Anything can trigger the horny feelings: Bumpy bus rides, loud music, even a hug from her mom. What’s causing Angie’s body to go haywire? This episode of Bodies is about the connection between desire and arousal. 
Not Tested on Humans

Not Tested on Humans

2020-03-1843:403

Why did it take doctors years to figure out that a medical device was the cause of Melynda’s debilitating pain? How did this dangerous vaginal mesh get implanted in millions of women? 
The Cost of Silky Soft

The Cost of Silky Soft

2020-04-0134:391

Johnson & Johnson knew its baby powder contained asbestos but kept selling it and specifically marketed the product to Black women. Krystal is one of thousands of women who claimed J&J’s baby powder caused their ovarian cancer. How did normal body odors become racialized? Who determines if our products are safe?
Postpartum in a Pandemic

Postpartum in a Pandemic

2020-04-1524:281

ShiShi was in labor for 12 days. She gave birth, only to find herself at home in isolation during a pandemic. She’s also a doula, so her job is to support people through pregnancy and postpartum. What’s her advice for parents? How is she coping herself? 
Invisible Impact

Invisible Impact

2020-04-2936:501

Stacie escaped her abusive partner. But eight years later, her inner world was still in disarray. Why wasn’t she better? And why did it take her so long to leave? 
Is your body more like a machine or a body of water? An excerpt from Here Be Monsters, a KCRW podcast about fear and the unknown.
Not This Again

Not This Again

2020-05-1324:092

Angelina was a journalist living in Brooklyn when she was diagnosed with ALS. She now lives with her parents. How do you stay true to yourself when you rely on others to keep you alive?
Changing Shape

Changing Shape

2020-05-2727:402

Nico is obsessed with counting calories. But this compulsion to monitor food doesn’t line up with how they see themself. Why does Nico want parts of their body to disappear? Why isn’t eating disorder treatment working?
Listen to Appearances

Listen to Appearances

2020-10-2037:031

From the brand new podcast Appearances, by Sharon Mashihi, we bring you “Episode 04: Last Ditch Effort.” Appearances is an audio mind trip about an Iranian American woman, the family she carries around in her head, and the family that she wants to have. Listen and subscribe.
KCRW’s Bodies podcast is a documentary show about medical mysteries. Each episode follows one person’s story to uncover the forces that shape their health. Host Allison Behringer guides us through two stories in this one hour special.
Comments (27)

Amira Yahia

gosh! mom had this and the doctor had to remove the uterus 😟 she was severely anaemic and the doctor was shocked by her haemoglobin level!!!

Jan 27th
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BC

Good episode. similar content is covered in more depth (it goes into more detail about the lawsuits) on "Verified: Dust Up," a whole season of the Johnson Johnson baby powder ovarian cancer court cases.

Jan 11th
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Rosela rishona

Dear shishirose, why do we need another child brought up by a single mother?! Why?! I'm just screaming out for the voice of the baby. It's unfair. I hear a mother who had no support under Lockdown, complained anxiety is unacknowledged by the general idea of post-partum, and can't so much as afford a virtual doula. May every child be raised by a loving mom and Dad. My experience is of those who seem to be missing half their heart.

Jan 6th
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There is a vast difference between having Uncontrollable orgasms and being hyper- horny and playing with yourself.

Dec 1st
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ellcee79

the background music is making me an anxious mess

Nov 21st
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Leslie bailiff

Thanks so much for doing this Podcast! I hope there is more to come. I love the variety of topics.

May 30th
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it

thanks for sharing! I'm hoping you keep up the good work!

May 28th
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BC

This is definitely something anyone who can should listen to. Traumatic brain injuries are very serious business and everyone should be educated on them and their impact.

Apr 29th
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I really wish you would put out a birth control episode, in place of this.Women have been having babies for a while.They just need to stop being so weepy and pull up their pants and act like a parent in place of the baby.This world has too many babies that need adopting.We dont need to make new ones.

Apr 28th
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BC

this is the first episode I heard. God, it made me so fires on Melynda's behalf. Hearing that she told her doctor over and over again that she was in pain and hearing her talk about how he denied it could have been the mesh made me feel so angry and helpless. I wished I could have helped her.

Apr 15th
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BC

This sounds so isolating and painful

Apr 14th
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My mom knew.I knew. My friends knew.That was in the 70s.....Where were the rest of you ?

Apr 13th
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BC

This was such an excellent episode. My heart goes out to all the women experiencing this.

Apr 9th
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Arielle Niss

I love this show! Thanks for all that you do.

Mar 9th
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cait

this ep won't play??

Mar 7th
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Leslie bailiff

Thank you so ml much for the bodies Podcast Sept 10th. where the young girl is talking about having hearing aids. I work with children who have hearing loss and I will play this to them so they can relate to this experience. I love your podcast and the variety of topics. I have never hear things like this before.

Jan 4th
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Lesa Jeannette

When is the podcast going to be back?

Apr 19th
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Gi Teixeira

didnt like this one very much, I feel like the other episodes went more into the science (i.e. what's happening to the person's body) and this one was just about the ways she coped with it.

Mar 19th
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Arielle Niss

Amazing show!

Dec 29th
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Ashley Sherwood

Love Love Love this. It's all so relatable!

Nov 8th
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