2016 Season

  • FEB03 – With Mackenzi Frost
    • Mackenzi is a 25yo strong human, medical student, and first interviewee for the podcast!
    • In this conversation, we discuss what strength means to her, why she pursues medicine, and why life is the greatest teacher.

  • FEB11 – With Grant Italiano
    • Grant is an artist, family guy, and procrastinator.
    • During this conversation, we discuss his ideal death experience, why he wants his parents to figure out what they want to do, and what reincarnation is all about.

  • FEB18 – With Michael Watson
    • Michael is a hunter, medical student, and teacher.
    • During this conversation, we discuss the value of fear, why he wants to control the dying process, and what he wants to learn about the great mystery.

  • FEB25 – With Diego Gomez
    • Diego is a sinner saved by grace through faith, a mutt, and caring human.
    • During this conversation, we discuss how he found his Christian faith, why he wants to plant a church, and how he wants his finals words to be in praise of God.

  • MAR03 – With Ali-Musa Jaffer
    • Ali-Musa is a human being searching for the truth, struggling, and a medical student trying to learn medicine.
    • During this conversation, we discuss truth, his Islamic faith, and justice

  • MAR10 – With Randall Sheffield
    • Randall is a culmination of his past trials and tribulations, sometimes a man of few words, and a continuous, growing spiritual being.

  • MAR23 – With Bansi Savla
    • Bansi is a medical student, a Jain, and an incredibly thoughtful 22-year-old.
    • During this lovely conversation, we talk about time, death, her faith, all in a way that is relatable and digs at essential truths.

  • MAR31 – With Tavia Rahki Smith
    • Tavia is a blip, a manifestation of the universe in a body, female, a light, and sensitive.

  • APR07 – With Jerel Mair
    • Jerel is a follower of Christ, a student, a black male.
    • We talk about his Christian faith, his upbringing, and how he wants to be remembered!

  • APR21 – With Preethi Rajan
    • Preethi is a first year medical student without a science degree (big deal!), the daughter of immigrants, as well as a thoughtful lady with a depth of life experience.
    • We talk about arranged marriages, breaking bad news, and love.

  • APR28 – With Carly Waldman
    • Carly is a first year medical student at USF, the daughter of a physician, and was raised in the Jewish faith.
    • Currently, she aspires to be a surgeon, and her responses to the four prompts highlight her independence, depth of thought, and determination to heal others in order to help them.

  • MAY05 – With Jasmine Kashkoush
    • Jasmine is a first year medical student, a Muslim, and incredibly insightful despite her age of 22.
    • She is family-oriented, wants children, and the passing of her grandparents has informed her perspective on death.

  • MAY15 – With Afif Abu-Hanna
    • Afif is a first year medical student and a wonderful mix of American-Israeli, Arab, and Christian.
    • We talk about the future of health care, week-long traditional Arab weddings and funerals, and the art of teaching.

  • MAY19 – With Doug M
    • Doug is currently a camp host with the National Forest Service, a 66yo retired carpenter, and grandfather. He’s a born and bred woodsy mountain type from the Tennessee mountains, near the North Carolina border.
    • His down-to-earth wisdom and speaking style will enchant you, as we weave our way through the four prompts in this lovely conversation.

  • JUN09 – With Eugene Kim
    • Eugene is a rising second year medical student at USF, a coach of crossfit and crew, and the initiator of this podcast!
    • We discuss teaching versus coaching, love versus fear, and the value of a practice.

  • JUN16 – With Par S
    • Par is a Punjab Sikh, a skilled medical professional, and a loving husband.
    • As you’ll discover in this interview, he’s a skilled talker filled with opinions on grit, immigrant families, and the importance of knowing your own value.

  • JUN23 – With Nick Plimpton
    • Nick is a 32yo second year medical student, a polite Minnesotan, and a thoughtful future pediatrician.
    • In this interview, we talk about the turbulence of a medical education, Minnesota and Disney princesses, and how to operate in this diverse world with folks of various gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

  • JUN30 – With Kenny Henderson
    • Kenny is a 42yo artist living in Tampa; his canvases include the human body, murals, and clothing. He specializes in sacred geometry, but identifies first as a father. 
    • In this conversation, we discuss how to raise your child as a questioner of authority, what is the muse, and practicing death.

  • JUL07 – With Karen Holland
    • Karen is a mother of two, a teacher, and a yogi.
    • We chat about her Catholic upbringing, how to raise sensitive and old-soul daughters, and what spirituality means to her.

  • JUL14 – With Stephen Grow
    • Stephen is a father of two, a follower of Christ, and a loving husband.
    • In this conversation, we discuss the difficulties and benefits of homeschooling, the difference between being a Christian and having a relationship with Jesus, and how a hug can change a life.

  • JUL21 – With Ian Covell
    • Ian is an 18-year-old athlete, soon-to-be college student, and thoughtful human.
    • In this conversation, we talk about the power of risk and jumps, the fine difference between atheism and agnosticism, and the importance of embracing your true emotions.

  • JUL28 – With Haley Goetz
    • Haley is a rising sophomore in college, almost 19 years old, and an aspiring filmmaker with dreams of changing and exploring the world.
    • In this conversation, we talk about the difference between paganism and animism, the beauty of questioning through science-fiction, and what she learned from the passing of her canine companion Buster.

  • AUG04 – With Ashleigh Stembridge
    • Ashleigh is a 27-year-old artist, soon-to-be certified yoga instructor, and hopeful middle-school art teacher.
    • In this conversation, we talk about the value of getting punched in the face, the importance of strong teachers for young people, and how to overcome fear of the unknown.

  • AUG11 – With Abigail R
    • Abigail is a 22yo second year medical student, an aunt, and proud Jamaican.
    • In this interview, they discuss the importance of advocacy, the quiet anticipation of motherhood, and the perspective shifts from Jamaica to the States in both race and education.

  • AUG18 – With Usman Ahmad
    • Usman is a 29yo second year medical student at the University of South Florida, an advocate, and thoughtful human.
    • In this conversation, we talk about everything from a possible Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, to firearm research, his Muslim upbringing, and everything in between.

  • AUG25 – With Ben Croll
    • Ben is a 24yo second year medical student, former EMT, and 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force.
    • In this lovely conversation, we talk about everything from Slaughterhouse Five, to what he learned from the passing of his father, and the importance of virtue versus accomplishment. Additionally, you’ll hear his undergrad philosophy background in his thoughtful and intellectually clear responses to the four prompts!

  • SEP01 – With Jared Roa
    • Jared is a 27yo artist, small business owner, and visionary.
    • In this conversation, we discuss float tanks, oil paintings, and his near death experience while surfing. His responses to the four prompts are clear, direct, and well-earned.

  • SEP08 – With Julia Rauchfuss
    • Julia is a medical student, a sister, and a daughter.
    • In this conversation, we cover why she’s a dreamer, how she wants to reuse her organs after death, and what family means to her.

  • SEP15 – With Steven Manobianco
    • Steve is a second year medical student, a late bloomer, and martial artist.
    • In this conversation, we talk about the importance of getting a punch to the face, failure as a practice for success, and the spirituality in a doctor’s office.

  • SEP22 – With Dane Rahaman-Singh
    • Dane is a 22yo shaman, martial artist, and mutual friend of previous guest Tavia Rahki Smith.
    • In this conversation we talk about the recent passing of his best friend, the path of a shaman, and why he’s an optimist.

  • OCT13 – With Robyn Panchard
    • Robyn is a 31yo first-year medical student at USF, a Bermudan, and thoughtful human.
    • In this conversation, we talk about grieving for her lost identity as a musician, how she encounters prejudice through her interracial marriage, and writing her father’s eulogy with her brother.

  • OCT27 – With Anne Laverty
    • Anne is a 26yo second year medical student, women’s studies major, and dreamer.
    • In this conversation, we discuss being a lover, developing community-based approaches to health care, and finding comfort in failure.

  • NOV24 – With Samson Lu
    • Samson is an incredibly talented and passionate musician, as well as an MD/MPH student.
    • In this conversation, we discuss race, music, the art of teaching, and how to leave a legacy.

  • DEC08 – With Talha Rashid
    • Talha is a 27yo second year medical student, a Muslim, and a pessimist.
    • In this conversation, we cover the passing of his grandmother, Oblivion, and how Pakistani corruption formed the basis of his moral code.

  • DEC22 – With Keaton Fletcher
    • Keaton is a doctoral candidate, a singer, and an optimist.
    • During this conversation, we talk about his near death experience, the awe of visiting Rome for the first time, the luxury of optimism, and the joy of mentoring.