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Hear Me Now Podcast

Hear Me Now Podcast

A place for deeply meaningful conversations that matter. Providence, the nation's fourth-largest health care system, is dedicated to caring for the whole person. A key element of this includes listening to patients, their loved ones, our caregivers and communities. The twice monthly Hear Me Now Podcast helps fulfill the unmet needs of patients, their loved ones, caregivers, and communities by offering a place for in-depth conversations that matter. The Hear Me Now Podcast empowers consumers to expect and demand highly personalized, whole person care across the spectrum of their encounters with health-care providers. The Hear Me Now Podcast also explores socio-economic encounters and other issues that impact our individual and collective sense of wellbeing. Contact us at HumanCaring@providence.org.

About Seán Collins

Sean CollinsSeán Collins is the host and a producer of the Hear Me Now Podcast, a production of the Providence Institute for Human Caring. Collins comes to the project with more than 35 years of broadcast experience in public radio, including many years in senior management at NPR News where he led a team that produced the network’s flagship newsmagazine, All Things Considered. His work helped the network repeatedly earn Peabody and duPont-Columbia Awards.

Ira Glass has said, “He has a special gift for mulling over an issue or phenomenon and then staking an utterly original way to cover it. His work is ambitious, spiked with big ideas and small human moments. It does one of the hardest and best things journalism can do: it scratches its way to a new perspective.”

He was raised by a physician and a nurse and was discovered practicing medicine without a license over the phone at the age of five. (He asked an expectant father how far apart the contractions were and then reassured him that they had plenty of time to make it to the hospital.)

Collins is a former Benedictine monk and lives quietly in Saint Louis with a senior puggle named Gibson.

Our Featured Clips - Season 1

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  • "I see you. I hear you. And I ache for you"

    Feb 8, 2021

    In May 2020, communities across the United States were emerging from shelter-at-home measures put in place to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. In ...

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  • Hear Me Now podcast - The voices of nurses

    Feb 8, 2021

    Today, we sit down with three nurses to talk about the challenges and joys of nursing. The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the Year of ...

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  • Hear Me Now Podcast - COVID winter strategies

    Nov 16, 2020

    As the Northern Hemisphere approaches the first winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, we talked with a group of thoughtful people about their strategies ...

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Our Featured Clips - Season 2

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  • HMNP Dental-medical divide

    Jul 22, 2021

    Ever wondered why your medical health insurance doesn't cover dental? Today we explore the confusing and convoluted relationship between dentistry and ...

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  • HMNP Busyness and Overwork

    Jul 8, 2021

    Some of us wear our busyness like a badge of honor. But should we? Overwork is a crisis-level concern in healthcare, where more than half of frontline ...

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  • HMNP The poetry of medicine

    Jun 24, 2021

    We explore the poetics of medicine and the medicine in poetry with poet-physician Patrick Clary, M.D.; Redwing Keyssar, RN; and Ira Byock, M.D. ...

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