#5 Period Piece

Lisa De Bode got curious about how homeless women deal with menstruation, so she wrote a story on it. Then, things started to change.

Plus, Jake learns a valuable lesson.

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#3 The Open Door

When Brandy Gibson was pregnant the first time, she noticed that opening her freezer gave her an odd, pleasant feeling. But when she got pregnant again, that feeling morphed into something much worse.

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#2 Getting Right 

In February, the Indiana State Department of Health announced an HIV outbreak in rural Scott County. Thirty people had tested positive just since December, and most of the cases were linked to injection drug abuse of a potent prescription opioid called Opana.

Since then, the number of cases has grown to more than 170. Kevin Polly was one of those infected.

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A Bullet, A President and an ER

Many historians have debated how our country might be different today if Lincoln had lived to see the country through the critical Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. Sick asks a different question: If he’d been given modern medical treatment, could Lincoln’s life have been saved?  

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How to Get Married on a Deadline

Friday afternoon, June 7, 2014. A judge overturns Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban. In Madison, the Dane County clerk announces his office will stay open that night. An order to halt could come at any moment. Shari Roll and Renee Currie are fifteen minutes away, and they are ready.

This piece was produced by Kate Golden and Jake Harper Aug. 3, 2014, as part of The 24-Hour Radio Race from KCRW's Independent Producer Project (NOW IN THE TOP TEN!). Music by Jake Harper, written Aug. 3. 

Wintry Mix

The sounds of a Wisconsin winter, at least the ones I hear. 


When Claire gets sick during her junior year of college, she learns an important fact of life.