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"We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine, and Healing"

Aired on Monday, September 6th.

Our guest is Dr. Jillian Horton, a medical educator, writer, musician, and podcaster based in Canada. As an award-winning teacher of mindfulness, she works with doctors at all stages of their careers who are dealing with guilt, grief, burnout, frustration, and/or other professional pressures. Dr. Horton joins us to reflect on her own story -- she earned a master's in English before starting her study of medicine -- as she describes her new autobiography, "We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine, and Healing." The book doesn't just delve into the emotional and psychological difficulties that can come with being a doctor, it also looks carefully (and critically) at the flawed system that shapes medical professionals everywhere, thereby uncovering the stresses that can lead doctors to depression or suicide. Per the Toronto Globe and Mail: "Horton is able to face the grief she's lived through -- the pain of her childhood, the loss of her disabled sister, and the guilt over patients she couldn't save. She then sets out to rediscover the pieces of herself she's had to shut down during long, sleep-deprived, stressful hours at the hospital. This is a poignant book and, at times, a funny one. It's likely to resonate with health care workers everywhere. A tome for the times."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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