Episode 7: John Gadau

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the feeling of sitting in a booth with your loved ones to enjoy a meal and share a laugh has become borderline nostalgic. Despite the obstacles, many in the restaurant industry have found ways to successfully overcome and adapt, while others have been forced to close their doors for good. John Gadau is a master of his craft. He is the owner of three restaurants in the Madison area: Marigold Kitchen, Gates & Brovi, and Sardine. He sits down with Josh to discuss his lengthy experience in the industry, what restaurants will look like in the future, and the similarities between being a chef and being a surgeon.

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Episode 6: Angela Saini

Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist, broadcaster, and author who most recently wrote Superior: The Return of Race Science in 2019. Superior traces the history of race science and uncovers how, to the detriment of people of color, it has stood the test of time. In this episode, Josh and Angela explore these themes, and discuss how using race as a biological factor in medical science is misguided and dangerous. By understanding and analyzing the nuances of race in the context of science, lives can be saved.

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Episode 5: Dr. Ben Marcus

Dr. Ben Marcus went into medicine because he feared wasting his life. After navigating this field that he had stumbled into, he is now the director of facial plastic surgery at the University of Wisconsin, as well as a professor for the department of surgery. But, his story is far more complicated than that. Ben was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2016. As he faced what he thought could be the last months of his life, time slowed down. He realized that living in the moment isn’t about lofty goals, that being joyful is the outward sign of being grateful, and that he wanted to climb to Mount Everest base camp. He shares the perspective this experience gave him, what he learned while facing his multiple myeloma, and how he finds himself more happier than ever despite this disease.

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Episode 4: Dr. John Alverdy

Dr. John Alverdy is a highly-acclaimed surgical scientist who currently serves as the executive vice chair for the University of Chicago Department of Surgery. His research in life-threatening infections after trauma and surgery is greatly improving preoperative testing. As Josh would argue, his most momentous achievement has been mentoring the host of this very funny and impressive podcast. John reminisces about his life, his research, his hilarious memories with Josh, and shares some advice for those looking to do research of their own.

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