Conversations on Health Care

Radio interviews with health care leaders

Logo - Conversations on Health CareConversations on Health Care, a new program airing on Duke radio station WXDU, features interviews with nationally recognized healthcare leaders. Hosted by Gavin Yamey, M.D., a physician and the Hymowitz Professor of Global Health in the Duke Global Health Institute, and Gareth Kelleher, a Duke undergraduate majoring in global health, each program includes a prerecorded syndicated interview  produced by the nonprofit Community Health Center, Inc., followed by a live in-studio conversation with experts from Duke and other Triangle universities, nonprofits and health organizations.

How to listen

Live segments air on WXDU ((88.7 FM or streaming online) during the Sunday evening news segment. Dates vary depending on guest availability. Gavin Yamey (@GYamey) will post dates for upcoming programs on Twitter.


Episode 5 (aired May 5, 2024)

This episode begins with a series of short interviews with Long Covid experts, including Dr Akiko Iwasaki at Yale University, and with patient advocate Fiona Lowenstein. Then, the hosts speak with Dr Adrian Hernandez, Executive Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Vice Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, and a Professor of Cardiology.

Episode 4 (aired April 21, 2024)

Lola Adedokun, executive director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group, discusses women leaders in public health and their role in engaging communities in health transformation. Then, the hosts interview Dr Aunchalee Palmquist, Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Cultural Anthropology and Director of Graduate Studies at DGHI, about her work at the intersections of breastfeeding, science, and society.

Episode 3 (aired November 19, 2023)

Nicholas Kristof, journalist and New York Times columnist, discusses his recent New York Times magazine piece called “A Smarter Way to Reduce Gun Deaths.” Then, the hosts interview Dr Jeffrey Swanson, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, about his research and policy work on reducing gun-related suicide and homicide.

Episode 2 (aired February 26, 2023)

Dr Louis Sullivan, founding dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discusses the themes of his new book, We’ll Fight It Out Here: A History of the Ongoing Struggle for Health Equity. Then, the hosts explore issues of equity and inclusion in health care with Dr Brigit Carter, the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and a former professor and associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the Duke University School of Nursing. 

Episode 1 (aired November 20, 2022)

Dr Anthony Fauci, arguably the leading authority on infectious diseases in the United States, discusses his career leading the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than four decades and advising seven U.S. presidents on public health. Then the hosts speak with Dr Cameron Wolfe, one of Duke’s top infectious diseases specialists and an associate professor of medicine in the Duke School of Medicine.