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Originally Aired: Saturday, June 29, 2024


We get it… the world feels too bleak and too big for you to make a difference. Join Radiolab, the award-winning podcast and radio show from WNYC Studios, as we explore the science of cardiac arrest and how to save a heart in need.

The moment your heart stops pumping blood is the moment you stop being alive. Every minute that passes without intervention exponentially decreases your odds of ever living again. Medicine has made amazing strides in treating heart conditions, but unfortunately, many of our hearts will ultimately stop somewhere out on the street, or in our homes, or in a Starbucks. And the only one who can keep you alive during those crucial first few minutes is a a stranger, a neighbor, your partner, anyone willing to perform CPR. Yet most of us don’t do anything.

Join Radiolab’s Latif Nasser, ER doctor and Radiolab contributor Avir Mitra, TikTok star and cardiac arrest survivor Dr. Glaucomflecken, and cardiac arrest savior Lady Glaucomflecken as we discover the fascinating science of cardiac arrest, hear a true story of cardiac arrest, and hunt down the best place to die (hint… it’s not a hospital). And, with the help of our friends over at the American Red Cross, you, yes you, will learn how to do hands-only CPR!

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Accidents and emergencies can happen to anyone, anytime. We encourage everyone to learn first aid, CPR and how to use an AED, so they can act in an emergency. Every second counts, so people need to know what to do until medical help arrives. Consider taking a first aid, CPR and AED course, so you’ll know what to do in an emergency if help is delayed. Visit redcross.org/takeaclass or call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) and select the Health and Safety Training prompt to register for a class.

Latif Nasser

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Latif Nasser is co-host of the award-winning WNYC Studios show Radiolab, where he has reported stories on everything from snowflake photography to medieval robots to a polar bear who liked to have sex with grizzly bears. Earlier this year, he hosted the miniseries The Other Latif, about his Moroccan namesake who happens to be Detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay.

In addition to his work in audio, Latif is the host and executive producer of the Netflix science documentary series, Connected.  He has also given two TED talks, and written for the Boston Globe Ideas section. He has a PhD from Harvard’s History of Science department.

Avir Mitra

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Avir Mitra is an old soul wrapped in an outer layer of rockstar wrapped in another outer layer of doctor. His relationship with Radiolab goes back a ways. He interned here in 2006 before leaving to tour the world with his band Bamboo Shoots. But somewhere on the road, between shows, he changed course, deciding it was time to make his immigrant parents proud and go to med school. Now he works as an ER doctor in New York City, teaches medicine, and is a regular contributing reporter at Radiolab.

Dr. Will Flanary and Kristin Flanary (The Glaucomfleckens)

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Dr. Will Flanary and Kristin Flanary promote humanity and a healthy sense of humor in healthcare.Will creates medical-themed comedy shorts for an audience of over 4 million across social media as “Dr. Glaucomflecken.” Kristin (better known as “Lady Glaucomflecken”) teaches healthcare workers about the patient and family experience and advocates for caregivers and “co-survivors,” CPR and AED use, and sudden cardiac arrest survivorship.

Their latest joint venture is co-hosting the medical comedy podcast, “Knock Knock, Hi! with the Glaucomfleckens.”Together and individually, they use their podcast, social media presence, impactful writing, creative endeavors, and multimedia keynote speaking to transform the garbage fire that is their personal health history into laughter, education, and advocacy.


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