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Because conversations can be healing.

House Calls with Dr. Vivek Murthy is a podcast hosted by the 21st U.S. Surgeon General. In each episode, Dr. Murthy and his guests explore how they navigate the messiness and uncertainties of life to find meaning and joy. By sharing openly what’s on our minds and in our hearts, we can find strength and healing through connection.

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Why Is Hope So Powerful?

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Writer Rebecca Solnit and the Surgeon General discuss what hope is and why it is necessary, especially in these times of uncertainty.
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  1. Headshot of Rebecca Solnit, Writer

    Why Is Hope So Powerful?

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    Writer Rebecca Solnit and the Surgeon General discuss what hope is and why it is necessary, especially in these times of uncertainty.
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  2. Headshot of Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Physician & Teacher

    Q&A on Becoming a Healer

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    The Surgeon General sits down with his long-time medical school mentor, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, to field House Calls listener questions on the journey to becoming a healer.
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    The Power of Showing Up for Each Other

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    Drawing from professional and personal moments, Dr. Murthy and Rabbi Brous delve into why the simple act of showing up for each other — an intrinsic power we all possess — is so powerful and healing.
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    Encore | What Makes Us Happy?

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    In the face of our youth mental health crisis, happiness professor Laurie Santos offers simple but powerful changes that can help students (and all of us) be happier.
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  5. Headshot of Dr. Lisa Damour, Psychologist and Author

    How Can We Protect Teen Mental Health?

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    Are you worried about your teen’s mental health? In this episode, Dr. Lisa Damour and the Surgeon General discuss many of the questions on parents’ minds and the concrete ways adults can help adolescents.
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    What is a Meaningful Life?

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    In a world that can feel uncertain and pressured, this episode is a pause to ask what stories we tell, about ourselves and the world, and to think about what gives each of us a sense of meaning in our lives.
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  7. Headshot of Catherine Price, Science Journalist and Author

    Can You Live Without Your Phone?

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    How is your relationship with your phone (or other devices) affecting your health and well-being? Listen to hear how Surgeon General and Catherine Price, science journalist and author of “How to Break Up with Your Phone,” explore this big question.
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  8. What Gives You Hope?

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    Hope is an essential part of our lives. “What gives you hope?” is the question Dr. Murthy and his guests explore in this special episode of House Calls.
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    Why is Change So Hard?

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    Change is a part of life. Sometimes it’s something we plan for, other times it’s unexpected. How can we handle it?
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  10. Headshot of Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Professor and Founder and CSO of Wise Therapeutics

    Can Anxiety Be Good For Us?

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    Anxiety feels bad, but when approached in the right way, it can actually help us achieve our goals. It starts with getting curious about our anxiety.
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    Can We Talk?

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    In an era taken hold by polarization, argument, and competing for attention, how can we have meaningful conversations? Fred Dust plants the seeds for the talks we want to have.
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  12. Headshot of Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Host of the podcast, “The Happiness Lab”

    What Makes Us Happy?

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    Do we understand what makes us happy? And if we do, can we make ourselves happier? The answer might surprise you.
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  13. Headshot of Father Greg Boyle, Jesuit Priest & Founder of Homeboy Industries

    Finding Strength Through Kindness

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    Father Greg Boyle offers wisdom for us all on how we can emotionally navigate past anger and bridge divides. And why he believes “kindness is the only non-delusional response to everything.”

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  14. Headshot of Christian Robinson, Illustrator and Author

    Why Feeling Like We Matter Really Matters

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    Christian Robinson grew up drawing the life he wanted to live on paper. As an adult and celebrated artist, it’s the reverse -- Robinson infuses his children’s books with narratives and illustrations from his life to help young people understand their own lives and feel they matter.

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  15. Headshot of José Andrés, Chef & Humanitarian

    Recipe for Connection

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    Whether he’s cooking dinner for his family or feeding the world, José Andrés opens up about using the power of food to build connection and community.

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