Michael Douglas On Death – 20191010


Michael Douglas! Michael is a 53yo primitive skills teacher, community mentor, and educator. I met him at his Maine Primitive Skills School and have been following his work ever since. We do not discuss the decade-old charge against him: please listen to the intro for further details. During this conversation, we discuss the importance of shared story, how community reverses entropy, and why the sacred question should guide us all.

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Jerel Mair On Death Once Again


Jerel Mair Once Again! Jerel is a 30yo follower of Christ, soon-to-be physician, and black man. Since the initial interview two and a half years ago, Jerel has joined the workforce and is currently preparing for the MCAT to enter medical school.

During this conversation, we discuss the trap of the greasy rope, why he revels in talking to other humans, and what he learned from the deaths of his grandparents who served as his parents.

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Hunter Frost On Death


Hunter Frost! Hunter is a 20yo tree climber, country boy, and survivor. He is also my brother-in-law and we sat down for this interview 2mo after a horrific car accident in which he fractured his L1 vertebra.

During this conversation we discuss the challenges of tree climbing, the shifts in a 4yr relationship that began at 16, and the harsh perspective of breaking your back in a motor vehicle accident.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Jen Rudolph On Death


Jen Rudolph! Jen is a 39yo journeyer, mother, and wife. During this conversation, we discuss why she tries to withhold judgment on other minivans, the peace she felt when her grandfather died in his sleep, and why the death of two cousins serves as a reminder to stay present.

I hope you enjoy!

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John Giacalone On Death


John Giacalone! John is a 34yo husband, coach, and observer of patterns. I met John through mutual friends when I tweaked my neck after moving up to PA. Here, he is known as the Mobility Doc and the founder of the Lehigh Valley Barbell Club.

During this conversation, we discuss his vision for the future of both physical medicine and the world at large, speaking with his dying grandfather on the day of his wedding, and why he wants to be the guy that nobody knows.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Ayden LeRoux On Death


Ayden LeRoux! Ayden is a 29yo artist, writer, and BRCA1+ human. I’ve known Ayden since my grade school days where we won a swing dancing competition together and we haven’t spoken for almost half a decade, this interview served a chance to catch up and see where life has taken us. During this conversation, we discuss the intertwining of science and magic to predict her future health, Land Art installations as spirituality, and how a partner changes our plans for death.

I hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

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Eric Garza On Death


Eric Garza! Eric Garza is a 41yo professor, hunter, and suicide survivor. I met Eric online through primitive skills and ancestral plant groups, and his podcast A Worldview Apart caught my interest for his unique decolonization perspective. He speaks like a professor and as you’ll learn during this interview, has many diverse interests and skills from bow-making to inner tracking.

During this conversation, we discuss hunting as connection to landscape, pushing ourselves to take the shot and learn the skills, and the near death experience of his suicide attempt.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Caroline Wilson On Death


Caroline Wilson! Caroline is a 19yo college student, positive human, and survivor of a traumatic brain injury. I met Caroline while coaching crew in New Hampshire for Great Bay Rowing, and she served as a right-hand coxswain for the team. During one of our dryland practices, she fell and hit her head on cement. This caused a 2wk-long Elmer Fudd stutter and a long road to recovery. Luckily, she had her grandmother nearby, who underwent chemotherapy at the time.

In this lovely conversation, we discuss the plastic nature of memories especially when you have impaired long-term memory, how a positive reframe of a situation can change your outlook on life, and the nature of social crutches and how they help us function.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Rashad Malik Davis On Death


Rashad Malik Davis! Rashad is a 26yo creative, lover of stories, and story-teller. I met Rashad during my undergraduate years at Tufts University, and I’ve quietly kept tabs on him ever since. He recently published his first illustrated children’s book, Carefree Like Me!, one that I highly recommend reading as he promotes empathy, compassion, and diversity through a heartfelt story. In this conversation, we discuss the painful genesis and healing journey of his book, his deeply rooted spirituality, and the importance of representation in the stories that we tell.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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On Death revisited, again

This past December, I put On Death on hiatus. The interview series, released every other week, had been going strong since inception in March 2016. Originally every week, I extended the releases to every other week to better balance the medical student with the interviewer.

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[REPOST] Tavia Rahki Smith On Death

This week, we sit down withΒ Tavia Rahki Smith! She’s a lovely friend of a friend with an exuberance and zest for life about her, and I am so glad I got to hear her responses to the four prompts! This is also the first podcast with a live audience, and that definitely enhanced the experience for me as an interviewer. Check this out! I think you’ll enjoy our deep dive On Death πŸ™‚

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Aleks Bacewicz On Death


Aleks Bacewicz! Aleks is a 28yo fourth year medical student, future psychiatrist, and dancer. I rotated through Consult Liaison Psychiatry with her and we both grappled with a difficult case (20171008 – On “Jim”). During this conversation, we discuss her Polish heritage, her love of pole, and her restorative Sunday practices.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Camille Imbo On Death


Camille Imbo! Camille is a 25yo fourth year medical student, an older sister, and a black woman. I met her during a SELECT session this year and the rawness of her laugh put her on my radar. During this conversation, we discuss the importance of names and how they change identity, the politicization of blackness, the inseparable mix of purpose and potential, and the soulmate bond between herself and her grandmother.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Joel Eisenberg On Death


Joel Eisenberg! Joel is a 25yo third year medical student, a native of Florida, and lover of food. I’ve rotated with Joel throughout medical school and I’m excited to bring him to you. During this conversation, we discuss authenticity, how culinary school is more intense than medical school, and how his mother taught him about death.

I hope you enjoy!

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Emily Duerr On Death


Emily Duerr! Emily is a 24yo third-year medical student, a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army, and a future farmer. I’ve known Emily since the first week of medical school and I’m excited to see where her drive takes her career. During this conversation, we discuss her Lutheran upbringing, the importance of raising chickens, and her passion for veteran’s care.

I hope you enjoy!

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Andre Lee On Death


Andre Lee! Andre is a 27yo third year medical student, martial artist, and musician. I met him early on in my Tampa adventures and I am glad to live with him as we transition to Pennsylvania. During this conversation, we discuss the importance of independence, holding up his uncle, how mosh pits respect musicians, and how every party needs a healer.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Alana Karma On Death


Alana Karma! Alana is a 21yo artist, student, and performer. I met Alana through the Sacred Floats and Gems nebulous (which brought previous guests Kenny Henderson and Jared Roa to the podcast). Her canvases include skin, both inked and painted, fire, and aerial silks. In this heady conversation, we discuss her Mohawk heritage, Wiccan upbringing, and the sacred fire.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Pooja Jayaprakash On Death


Pooja Jayaprakash! Pooja is 23yo second year medical student and Indian woman with a liberal arts background. I met Pooja during the first week of med school and I have known that she would make an outstanding guest on the podcast. During this conversation, we discuss growing up Indian in Utah, imagining her mixed-race children, resisting the draw of medicine, and the death of her 109yo grandfather with his complicated legacy.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Kristen Prosen On Death


Kristen Prosen! Kristen is a 26yo herbalist, yoga teacher, and scared white woman. I’ve had the pleasure of learning Thai yoga massage from her and she teaches with grace and understanding. In this conversation, we discuss the universal relationship of plants, activism through addressing cultural bias, and the death of her grandmother.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Lui Espinosa On Death


Lui Espinosa! Lui is a 31yo second year medical student, a burgeoning philosopher-physician, and a runner. He has stood out among my classmates as a human with lived experiences and earned wisdom. During this conversation, you’ll learn about the death of his grandfather as well as his Portuguese friend Anibal, his setbacks and obstacles while growing up and attaining his education, and his joy of life throughout it all.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Meg Scott On Death


Meg Scott! Meg is a 23yo well-rounded second-year medical student, a follower of Christ, and a runner. I’m honored to call this deeply intelligent human my friend and I look forward to keeping tabs on her future career in surgery. In this conversation, we explore her relationship with Christ, how karate and horseback riding can teach you how to teach, and what the death of her close friend’s father taught her about death.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Brian Bernal On Death


Brian Bernal! Brian is a 24yo first-generation Ecuadorian, a second year DPT student at USF, and cousin to many. I met Brian while slacklining last year and he has been a close friend for adventures ever since. During this conversation, we discuss leaving a legacy, his bouts with pneumothorax, and the joys of wandering.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Keaton Fletcher On Death


Keaton Fletcher! Keaton is a doctoral candidate, a singer, and an optimist. I met Keaton while coaching and he always stood out as a beacon of positivity and good vibes. 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.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Anne Laverty On Death


Anne Laverty! Anne is a 26yo second year medical student, women’s studies major, and dreamer. I truly enjoyed this opportunity to sit down with Anne and talk through the four prompts; she’s a lovely human that lights up a room and has been described as an ‘enthusiastic dancer’. In this conversation, we discuss being a lover, developing community-based approaches to health care, and finding comfort in failure.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Robyn Panchaud On Death


Robyn Panchaud! Robyn is a 31yo first-year medical student at USF, a Bermudan, and thoughtful human. I met Robyn while presenting on mindfulness to SELECT, and she stood out because she was the only person to ask me a question! 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.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Steven Manobianco On Death


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.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Julia Rauchfuss On Death


Julia Rauchfuss! Julia is a medical student (MS3 now, MS2 during recording in March), 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.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Jared Roa On Death


Jared Roa! Jared is a 27yo artist, small business owner, and visionary. I met Jared through Sacred Floats & Gems andΒ Visionary Ink, and have even been their spokesperson! 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.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Ben Croll On Death


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!

I hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

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Usman Ahmad On Death


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. You’ll hear his thoughtfulness and gratitude for life in his responses to the four prompts.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Ashleigh Stembridge On Death


Ashleigh Stembridge! Ashleigh is a 27-year-old artist, soon-to-be certified yoga instructor, and hopeful middle-school art teacher. I met Ashleigh through Tavia, a previous On Death interviewee, and I’m so glad I could sit down and hear her thoughtful and experienced responses to the four prompts. 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.

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Haley Goetz On Death


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. I met Haley while coaching for Great Bay Rowing Club: sheΒ stood out as a mischievous and thoughtful individual. 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.

I hope you enjoy!

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Ian Covell On Death


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.

I know you will enjoy this lovely conversation with a profoundly interesting and unique young person!

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Stephen Grow On Death


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.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Karen Holland On Death


Karen Holland! Karen is a mother of two, a teacher, and a yogi. I met her during a yoga for teens training, which she led with grace and intelligence. She currently teaches elementary and middle school aged children, and her thoughtful responses to the four prompts will leave you thinking for quite some time! We chat about her Catholic upbringing, how to raise sensitive and old-soul daughters, and what spirituality means to her.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Kenny Henderson On Death


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.Β In this conversation, we discuss how to raise your child as a questioner of authority, what is the muse, and practicing death.
I hope you enjoy!

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Nick Plimpton On Death

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.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Par S On Death

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.

I hope you enjoy! Β πŸ™‚

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Eugene Kim On Death

Eugene Kim! Eugene is a rising second year medical student at USF, a coach of crossfit and crew, and the initiator of this podcast! This week, Mackenzi Frost (previous On Death interviewee) turns the four prompts on your usual host for a delightful and sometimes rambling conversation on teaching versus coaching, love versus fear, and the value of a practice.

I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Grant Italiano On Death

Grant Italiano! Grant is a twenty something, spiritual but not religious, who provides thoughtful responses to the four prompts in this short interview from the dirty dozen! We talk about family, reincarnation, and love.
I hope you enjoy!

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Afif Abu-Hanna On Death

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.

I hope you enjoy!

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Jasmine Kashkoush On Death

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.

I know you’ll dig this lovely conversation, please enjoy!

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Carly Waldman On Death

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.

I hope you enjoy!

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Preethi Rajan On Death

This week, we listen toΒ Preethi Rajan‘s responses to the four prompts!

She’s 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. She currently aspires to be a pediatrician, and also actively performs with Say Ahh! Capella, a USF Health student acapella group.

Preethi’s responses will leave you thinking, and I hope you enjoy!

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Samson Lu On Death

This week, we listen to Samson Lu‘s responses to ourΒ four prompts On Death! He’s an incredibly talented and passionate musician, as well as a MD/MPH student and my doppelganger. His thoughtful discussions on race, music, teaching, and legacies will leave you much to ponder!

I hope you enjoy!

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Jerel Mair On Death

This week, we sit down with Jerel Mair and listen to his responses On Death! He’s a lovely fellow, I met him through CrossFit Gaspar, and he subsequently invited me with open arms to his church, Aletheia in New Tampa. Jerel is a warm and old soul, and I think it shows in our conversation. We talk about his Christian faith, his upbringing, and how he wants to be remembered!

I hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

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Tavia Rahki Smith On Death

This week, we sit down withΒ Tavia Rahki Smith! She’s a lovely friend of a friend with an exuberance and zest for life about her, and I am so glad I got to hear her responses to the four prompts! This is also the first podcast with a live audience, and that definitely enhanced the experience for me as an interviewer. Check this out! I think you’ll enjoy our deep dive On Death πŸ™‚

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Bansi Savla On Death

This week On Death, we chat with Bansi Savla! She’s a terribly sweet fellow medical student at USF, and she gives some delightfully thoughtful and unique answers to the four prompts. I know you’ll enjoy this conversation, her personality shines through the recording!

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Julia Rauchfuss On Death

This week On Death, we sit down and chat with Julia Rauchfuss!

She’s a lovely (and quite mousy) MS2 that I’ve known for a while now, but this is the first time I’ve really ever sat down one-on-one with her and dove into some deep subjects! I think you’ll enjoy this conversation and be delighted by her responses πŸ™‚

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Randall Sheffield On Death

This week On Death, we chat with Randall Sheffield and hear his responses to the four prompts! Randy is one of my best friends within medical school, and an outstanding coach and athlete. Thoughtful, kind, and humble a few ways to describe him. During this delightful conversation, we talk about travel, love, and family.

I hope you enjoy!

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Ali-Musa Jaffer On Death

This week On Death, we hear Ali’s thoughtful and well-versed thoughts on the four prompts! He’s a fellow medical student at USF, and we met during the first days of classes. Since then, he’s invited me to Friday prayers, and we’ve had some excellent conversations. I knew he’d be a great guest: he did not disappoint!

Sit back, and enjoy πŸ™‚

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Diego Gomez On Death

This week On Death, we listen to Diego Gomez‘s responses to the four prompts! He’s a lovely fellow and an educated Christian, in many ways. We talk about how he found and accepted his faith, and what he hopes to do before he dies.

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Michael Watson On Death

This week On Death, we sit down with Michael Watson, a good friend of mine and a second year medical student at USF! We talk about coaching, fear, hunting, and skin in the game. This is a lovely conversation and I am glad to share it with you πŸ™‚

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On Death (or: Life, as told through four prompts)

I am a student, coach, and writer.
Before I die, I want love to outweigh fear.
When I die, I want to return to nature and the collective consciousness.
After I die, I want the experiments of technology, civilization, mammals, and life to flourish sustainably.

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