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“Finding Fixes: The Search for Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic” is the first podcast dedicated to solutions to the opioid epidemic.
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(Right: Overdose Awareness Day in Everett, WA. Photo by Leah Nash.)
Anna Boiko-Weyrauch (left) is the host and producer of “Finding Fixes,” an independent media project of InvestigateWest. Kyle Norris (right) co-hosted and co-produced Season One. Nicolle Galteland is the assistant producer, and Julia Drachman was the assistant producer on Season One. Alisa Barba is the editor. Music by Jake Weholt. Leah Nash is our photographer. Help from Paul Kiefer. Joan Caine is our fairy godmother.
Anna grew up in Seattle and is a reporter at Seattle NPR-affiliate station KUOW 94.9 FM. In 2010, she was a producer-in-residence at KEXP and launched a series of stories called, “Why Music Matters” which was nationally syndicated NPR’s All Things Considered. Finding Fixes is her passion project.
Kyle is from Michigan and spent ten years as a host and reporter with Michigan Radio, the state’s largest NPR-affiliate. His stories are driven by deep insights into his characters’ motivations and personal struggles, and Norris is known for his conversational, expressive tone.
Nicolle Galteland is a journalist and audio producer with a passion for stories about public health. Before returning to her hometown of Seattle she produced 5% and Falling, an award-winning podcast from the NYU School of Global Public Health and worked on Aftereffect and The Realness at WNYC.
Julia Drachman has listened to podcasts for years and recently started making them. With a background in architecture and design, she brings a visual angle to her work in audio. Julia currently lives in her hometown, Seattle, and co-produces the independent podcast "Design Can Save the World."
Alisa Barba is an award-winning journalist, producer, writer and editor with 25 years’ experience in both commercial and public broadcasting. Most recently she oversaw a regional reporting team focusing on energy issues in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota, known as Inside Energy. Prior to that, she served as Senior Editor for Fronteras: the Changing America Desk, a regional news collaboration project involving seven public radio stations across the southwest. She also served as Western Bureau Chief for NPR for 12 years.
InvestigateWest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit watchdog journalism organization with offices in Seattle and Portland. In 2012, InvestigateWest was among the first to sound the alarm on the opioid epidemic in an award-winning series on prescription drugs.
Research help from Paul Kiefer. Consulting by Jarett Jackson.
Here's a bibliography of books that inform this podcast (Anna’s Favorites in bold):
Bourgois, P. I., & Schonberg, J. (2009). Righteous dopefiend. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Buntin, J. (2017). Marlena: A Novel. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Co. (This is a fantastically written novel that gives readers deep insight into the root causes of addiction, from a first-person perspective. -Anna.)
Courtwright, D. T. (2001). Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Maté, G. (2008). In the realm of hungry ghosts: Close encounters with addiction. Toronto: Knopf Canada.
Hanson, G. H., Venturelli, P. J., & Fleckenstein, A. E. (2014). Drugs and Society. Edition 12. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
Krosoczka, J. (2018) Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction. New York, NY: Graphix. (A graphic novel coming-of-age story. Heartfelt and hard, yet hopeful. My colleague’s 13-year-old son gave it a thumbs up and I do too! - Anna.)
Mosher, C. J., Akins, S. (2007) Drug and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Musto, D. F. (2002). One Hundred Years of Heroin. Westport, CT: Auburn House.
Quinones, S. (2015). Dreamland: The true tale of America’s opiate epidemic. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press. (The ULTIMATE account of how the opiate epidemic began and swept the U.S. Find a copy today and read it. -Anna)
Sheff, D. (2013). Clean: Overcoming addiction and ending America’s greatest tragedy. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (Accessible, well-written, backed by evidence yet heartfelt and personal. A great primer to dispel myths and stigma around addiction. -Anna)
***Szalavitz, M. (2016). Unbroken Brain: A revolutionary new way of understanding addiction. New York, NY: Picador. (Fantastic. Fantastic. Fantastic. Read it. Comprehensive and groundbreaking. I wish I had read this before anything else. -Anna)
Temple, J. (2015) American Pain: How a young felon and his ring of doctors unleashed America’s deadliest drug epidemic. Guilford, CT.:Lyons Press. (Exhaustively researched and cinematically written. An inside view into how pill mills could proliferate unchecked and cause so much harm. -Anna)
van der Kolk, B. A. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York, NY, US: Viking.
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