In February and March 2015, WNYC’s Health unit produced “Living Cancer,” a two-week, 10-part series airing nationally in collaboration with NPR. The series took a look inside the shifting science of cancer treatment and aired in conjunction with the WETA/PBS documentary Ken Burns Presents: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. As part of this comprehensive look at cancer, On the Media presented two hour-long specials focusing on how the media covers cancer and how this shapes cancer research, funding and perception. Listen to “The Cancer Show,” Part One and Part Two.


In February 2015, WNYC aired a series called “Breaking Point: New York’s Mental Health Crisis.” The week-long series examined the ways in which poverty and trauma exacerbate mental health problems and how public systems often struggle to respond to people in distress. “Breaking Point” explored how poverty, neglect and abuse impact the developing brains of children; how our schools are and aren’t equipped to deal with serious emotional problems among vulnerable children; and what happens when the mentally ill end up in prisons instead of hospitals. In March, a community event at the Schomburg Center in Harlem attended by 300 people, including an interview with First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, kept the conversation going.

In September 2014, WNYC’s Fred Mogul reported in a series called “Death Beds,” a deep dive into end-of-life healthcare. Stories included an exploration of why hospice care is rarely used in the state as well as a deeper look at the high cost of end-of-life care in New York. Data News visualizations highlighted how hospice care is lagging in New York and depicted the high rates of hospitalization at the end of life in New York and New Jersey. Listen here.

In January 2015, WNYC’s Mary Harris conducted an exclusive broadcast interview granted by Dr. Craig Spencer, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital physician who was New York City’s only Ebola victim. Her incisive reporting for WNYC News and On the Media stood as a contrast to the international media firestorm over the Ebola outbreak.

We are grateful to all of our health funders, including: the Charina Endowment Fund, The Hearst Foundations, Jane and Gerald Katcher and the Katcher Family Foundation, The Iris and Junming Le Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Susan and Peter Solomon Family Foundation, and The Winston Foundation.