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White Coat, Black Art from CBC Radio

Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

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Podcast Bonus: Leslee Thompson on Patient Engagement

Leslee Thompson is the president and CEO of Kingston General Hospital. This is a longer version of an interview we did with her after Brian visited KGH to see the work they've done in patient engagement.

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Podcast Bonus: Montel Williams on MS and Celebrity

Earlier this year we talked to TV-show host Montel Williams about his public battle with MS and his choice to undergo the so-called "Zamboni" procedure. We were only able to air fraction of the conversation. This is Brian's full chat with Montel.

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Bonus Podcast: White Coats on the Black Art of Writing Sick Notes

Dr. John Axler and Dr. Donna Henrikson talk to Brian about the black art of writing sick notes that satisfy patients, employers and themselves.The Ontario Medical Association has suggested employers should back off sick note requirements.

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WCBA Podcast Bonus - Gluten-Free: All It's Cracked Up To Be?

Books like Grain and Wheat Belly have helped turn the gluten-free food market into a multi-billion-dollar industry. What do dietitians think of the claims? Find out as Brian interviews Kate Comeau with Dietitians of Canada.

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Lessons From the Hudson to the Hospital Dec 28 PODCAST

This week, on our last program of the season, we bring you a couple of our favourite interviews from a previous program and something new to ring in the new year.

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The Dragon Slayers Podcast

The holidays are a time when we share stories of hope and inspiration. On this week's show, we have two stories of young patients we're calling The Dragon Slayers.

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WCBA Organ Donation

This week, in the spirit of giving, we take a look at organ donation.

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The Guru and the Hackers

This week on White Coat Black Art, Dr. Brian Goldman looks at the rocky relationship between health care and information technology.

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The Physician and The Prisoner - PODCAST

what happens when a doctor is asked for his unbiased medical opinion but finds himself compelled to become an advocate instead? Dr. Goldman speaks to Dr. Stephen Xenekis who went from expert witness for Omar Khadr's defense to advocate on his behalf.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:31:55]


WCBA Gluten-free Podcast Special

Registered Dieticians are frustrated by clients showing up with an unlimited appetite for all things gluten-free. In this podcast-only feature interview, Dr. Brian Goldman speaks with Montreal-based dietician Kate Comeau.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:10:08]


News You Can Use - PODCAST

This week, a departure from our usual format. We're bringing our take to three stories that have been in the news lately.

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Celebrity Medicine - [PODCAST

It's often hard to be entertaining when you're talking sickness and health care. But this week on White Coat, Black Art we're talking a look at the world of entertainment crosses over into the world of medicine.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:24]


Fighting the PTSD Battle - Podcast

On this Remembrance Day edition of White Coat Black Art, we remember the medics and counselors who are battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:31]


Podcast: Wading into Weed - Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana -- the new system for providing it to Canadians and why much of organized medicine wants no part of it - even though thousands of patients are clamouring for it.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:37]


The DNR Discussion

We revisit a program about how health care workers and families grapple with Do Not Resuscitate Orders or DNRs. The show recently won the 2012 media award from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario for Exceptional Reporting on a nursing issue.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:27]


Slow Code

Host Dr. Brian Goldman looks at the Slow Code: the Code Blue procedure that's all show and no go. He examines the grey ethics of doctors going through the motions of CPR without actually trying to save a life.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:31:25]


The Drug Shortage: Encore and Update (podcast)

An encore of our 2012 season debut, The Drug Shortage, which recently won a media award from the Canadian Medical Association. That's good news. The bad news is the shortage continues. In this encore/update we revisit the issue and talk solutions.

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WCBA First Nations Patients: Second-Class Care

White Coat, Black Art looks at whether first nations patients sometimes get second-class health care.

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Patient Engagement at Kingston General Hospital

Big changes are in the air and Kingston General Hospital is on the leading edge. Until recently, it had a less than stellar reputation with patients. It recruited those same unhappy patients to give them advice on how to do things better.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:30]


Racist Patients - Podcast

White Coat Black Art looks at one of medicine's most uncomfortable secrets: the patients who discriminate against the growing ranks of health professionals who belong to visible minorities and the system that lets those patients get away with it.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:31:39]


White Coat Black Art: Blowing the Whistle on Bad Medicine

Bradley Manning,Julian Assange,Edward Snowden - just a few of the high profile whistle blowers generating headlines in 2013 - which is shaping up as the Year of the Whistle Blower. In this episode we ask who is stepping up and speaking out in health care?

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[mp3 file: runs 00:31:42]


The Language of Cancer

A feature-length interview with Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Dr. Mukherjee reveals why we frame the disease in the language of war.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:52]