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Let's talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Starting with overdose deaths and the opioid crisis, we zoom in on a person’s last day of life, exploring how they got there and how we, as a society, have gotten here.

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11: Wake Me Up

11: Wake Me Up

2019-12-0400:53:28

This week, we circle back to where this story began — on the ground, in Boston, with Jess. Joined by new voices (Gary Mendell, Michael Botticelli, Mayor Marty Walsh) and familiar ones (Stefano’s wife, Paige), Jess delves into what it’s been like to produce a show that’s so deeply personal. By the end of the episode, she’s finally able to answer the question that drove her to create the show in the first place: What could I have done differently? Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Shatterproof.orgKnock and Talk - BostonMichael Botticelli’s TED Talk: “Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one.”Grayken CenterBoston’s Office of Recovery ServicesGood Kids PodcastStamps.com (promo code LAST DAY)Mejurimybillie.com/LASTDAY Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.
This week, Stephanie sits down with Garth Mullins, who hosts an award-winning podcast in Canada called Crackdown, which is also about drugs. The difference? Garth is coming at it from the perspective of a drug user. The plan was to talk about international solutions and Garth's recent reporting in Portugal (which they do discuss) but they also compare notes as two podcasters making shows based on personal trauma. And in the process, Stephanie has a huge revelation. The holidays are approaching, whether we like it or not. Whatever you’re going through, we would love to hear your stories, your concerns, and your tips for making it through to the new year. Even if you just want to share a happy memory of your person! Share your holiday stories with us at 1-833-4LEMONADA or via voice memo at hey@lemonadamedia.com.  Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Crackdown PodcastCrackdown Podcast: The Portugal Paradox Garth MullinsEverlaneNative DeodorantMejuriGood Kids PodcastYour Primary Playlist Podcast
9: Kids At Ground Zero

9: Kids At Ground Zero

2019-11-1300:58:181

This week, we talk about the variety of ways that children are affected by the opioid crisis. Also, Stephanie has a breakdown because it’s hard to accept the things you cannot change. In this episode, she sits down with Peter who describes the process of adopting three kids born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; The Seattle Times’ Claudia Rowe who gives an overview of how this epidemic is impacting kids in the foster care system; and Kendra Cram and Ryan McGraw from Minford Elementary in Ohio, who have created a program that addresses social and emotional learning for kids who have been impacted by trauma. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Claudia Rowe for the Seattle TimesNew York Times story on Minford ElementaryCasperHello FreshTalkspaceGood Kids: How Not to Raise An A**holeAn Arm and A LegDopey
8: America Is Insane

8: America Is Insane

2019-11-0600:47:003

While “opioids” has become a political buzzword, national policy on opioids is virtually nonexistent. Our system is nowhere near able to meet the needs of those who desperately need help. So what’s it going to take to move the needle, so to speak? Stephanie sits down with Congressman Patrick Kennedy to talk about legislation and funding (see: lack of funding) for mental health and addiction; Sarah Gad about her dramatic journey from Cook County jail inmate to congressional candidate; and Andy Slavitt about what we should be looking for if we care about this issue as we head into election season.Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Show Notes: The Kennedy ForumSarah Gad for CongressClaudia Rowe for the Seattle TimesNew York Times story on Minford ElementaryAndy Slavitt BillieEncyclopedia WomannicaMental Health for US
7: 20,000 Fewer Funerals

7: 20,000 Fewer Funerals

2019-10-3000:49:192

We’ve tried arresting people. We’ve tried shuffling them from place to place. We’ve tried shaming them into sobriety. What would happen if, instead, we met people where they’re at? Stephanie talks to Ithaca’s Mayor Svante Myrick and Bronx harm-reductionist Hiawatha Collins about the inequities of our justice system and how we can do better, including treating all people with dignity and respect, going into communities and reducing potential risk, and creating medically-staffed safe spaces for drug use. It may sound controversial, but according to data worldwide, it could mean 20,000 fewer funerals a year in America.Step into the no-judgment zone. All are welcome here.  Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Show Notes: •Harm Reduction Coalition•Insite Supervised Consumption Site•Parks & Recreation •Lola•Pod Save the People
6: The Magic Formula

6: The Magic Formula

2019-10-2300:49:257

Today marks the 2-year anniversary of Stefano’s death, and his family is still asking: “How did this happen?” For most families dealing with addiction, treatment can feel like a Rubik’s cube. What works? What doesn’t? Are there Yelp reviews? On this episode, Stephanie talks to David Sheff, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about the morass of confusion that is the rehab industry and Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison about the importance--and effectiveness--of treating the whole person.  Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.David SheffDr. Nzinga A. HarrisonEleanor HealthEverlaneNativeDoYou Need A Ride?
In this episode, Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison walks us through detox. Then, Stephanie is joined by Dr. Robert Meyers, the architect of Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), to discuss the “put your own oxygen mask on first” approach to interventions.Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptionsavailable shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Dr. Nzinga HarrisonCRAFTHello FreshSimplisafe
4: Was It Painful?

4: Was It Painful?

2019-10-0900:45:264

Most of us have seen an opioid overdose depicted on TV or in movies, but what happens in real life? On this episode, Stephanie talks to Karen Host, Senior Director at Cataldo Ambulance, and Dr. Jay, an emergency room doctor, about the anatomy of an overdose, whatit’s like to save a life, the immediate aftermath, and the complexity of prescribing opioids for pain in the midst of an opioid crisis. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Manova Town Hall RegistrationAs Me with SineadBillieCasperWith Friends Like These
On this episode, Stefano Cordova Jr.’s family tries to make sense of Stefano’s overdose death and how they all got here. Then, Dr. Sam Snodgrass, a behavioral pharmacologist with a doctorate in biopsychology, explains how his own addiction to opioids is a disease and why understanding that is key to helping people with substance use disorders. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Broken No MoreLOLA With Friends Like These
2: Stefano’s Last Day

2: Stefano’s Last Day

2019-09-2500:33:073

On this episode, we retrace the steps of Stefano Cordova, Jr. on his last day of life. Stefano died of a fentanyl overdose on October 23, 2017 in Allston, MA. This is where our story begins. Continue the conversation on your phone athttps://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Terrible, Thanks for Asking Episode #12: Horrible and Wonderful and Figuring it Out
Meet Stephanie Wittels Wachs, host of Last Day, and sister of the late Harris Wittels, comedian-writer-producer-actor, who died in 2015 of a heroin overdose. Harris’ close friends, Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari, also join Stephanie as she introduces the concept of the show and why it’s critical that it exists. Continue the conversation on your phone athttps://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions availableshortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, by Stephanie Wittels WachsHumblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, by Harris Wittels You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes: Harris Returns (Parks and Rec! Comedy! Don't Stop or We'll Die!) returns to make it weirder!
Official Last Day Trailer

Official Last Day Trailer

2019-09-0900:04:422

Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Starting with overdose deaths and the opioid crisis, we zoom in on a person’s last day of life, exploring how they got there and how we, as a society, have gotten here. The first two episodes of Last Day will be released together on September 25, 2019. Join our host, producers and fellow listeners to continue the conversation after Last Day airs each week in our Flick chat room by clicking this link from your phone: https://flick.group/lastday Transcript available at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/
Last Day: Teaser

Last Day: Teaser

2019-06-1700:04:171

Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Zooming-in on a person’s last day of life, we explore how they got there and how we, as a society, have gotten here.Join the Lemonada/Last Day community on the Flick Chat App to continue the conversation. Episodes 1 and 2 will be released on September 25, 2019.
Comments (12)

B. C.

Every new episode of this podcast is informative and honest and I've learned so much. If you are only mildly aware of the opioid crisis or what motivates people who suffer from opoid addiction, I highly recommend this series.

Nov 26th
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Melissa

dr. Harris is amazing!

Oct 30th
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Melissa

Great Pod!

Oct 23rd
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Valerie Little

Wonderful podcast

Oct 16th
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john klaassens

Wonderful podcast. Laughter, tears, thought provoking all in one. Makes me think of addicts in a whole new light and about their families and what they have to go through as well.

Oct 15th
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Marissa Kay McLeod

as a recovering addict myself, I LOVE this podcast. So much information and it also gives me an insight to how my family felt when I was in active addiction. highly recommend

Oct 12th
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Kayla Umfleet

a very insightful podcast

Oct 11th
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