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Ethics After Hours

Welcome to Ethics After Hours!

On this page, we will give you some Ethics After Hours entertainment ideas, which have ethical overtones in health, social media, justice, etc.

Some suggestions will be video (Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube) and some will be audio (different podcasts, White Coat Black Art).

Podcast – CBC White Coat Black Art with Brian Goldman

Harm Reduction.

In this episode of White Coat, Black Art, Dr. Brian Goldman focuses on the practice of harm reduction when dealing with teenagers as a parent and as a doctor. Different harm reduction approaches to minimize dangers associated with substance use are discussed, and a teenager using substances share his experiences with stigmatization in meetings with health care providers.

Documentary on MAiD

Her Last Project

Her Last Project is directed by Emmy-nominated Rosvita Dransfeld and produced by Canadian Blood Services, in partnership with Legacy of Life at the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

This film is the extraordinary story of Dr. Shelly Sarwal, a physician from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), an incurable disease, Shelly chose to undergo the recently legalized Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) procedure and become an organ donor. As the first person in Nova Scotia to undergo this complicated medical journey, she dedicated the short time she had left on this earth to educate health professionals and the public about being in control of your death and creating a meaningful legacy through organ donation.  

Documentary on Netflix

Period. End of Sentence.

This award-winning short documentary aims to raise awareness about the cultural stigma around menstruation in rural India. To promote affordable access to menstrual pads, a group gets together to produce low-cost period pads on a new machine and work toward financial independence.

Film on Netflix

Stowaway

A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.

This film is the extraordinary story of Dr. Shelly Sarwal, a physician from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), an incurable disease, Shelly chose to undergo the recently legalized Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) procedure and become an organ donor. As the first person in Nova Scotia to undergo this complicated medical journey, she dedicated the short time she had left on this earth to educate health professionals and the public about being in control of your death and creating a meaningful legacy through organ donation.  

TV Show on Netflix

Lenox Hill – Undercurrents

John Boockvar gives a family a grim update. David performs Mitzie’s delicate procedure. The two doctors recall how their fathers shaped their careers.

TV Show on Netflix

Diagnosis – A Question of Trust

‘A Question of Trust’ is the fifth episode in the Netflix documentary series Diagnosis, which is based on Dr. Lisa Sanders’ column in the New York Times. In this episode, we meet Lashay, a 17-year-old girl who is not able to hold down anything she eats or drinks. Dr. Sanders turns to crowdsourcing for advice regarding a possible diagnosis given Lashay’s symptoms. The crowd’s suggestions point toward a diagnosis that Lashay has already been given by her own doctors, but Lashay and her family are leery of the crowd’s advice. The way Lashay’s possible diagnosis was communicated to her has left her feeling judged by her medical providers and the family’s reluctance to accept the diagnosis appears to be due to a lack of trust in the medical profession.

Film on Netflix

This is Where I Leave You

When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested — with an admonition — to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother (Jane Fonda) and a collection of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. As the brothers and sisters re-examine their shared history and the status of each tattered relationship among those who know and love them best, they reconnect in hysterically funny and emotionally significant ways.

Special on Netflix

Brené Brown: The Call to Courage

With humour and empathy, Brené Brown discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.

Film on Netflix

My Beautiful Broken Brain

MY BEAUTIFUL BROKEN BRAIN is 34-year-old Lotje Sodderland’s personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of her own brain following a life-changing hemorrhagic stroke. Regaining consciousness to an alien world – Lotje was thrown into a new existence of distorted reality where words held no meaning and where her sensory perception had changed beyond recognition. This a story of pioneering scientific research to see if her brain might recover – with outcomes that no one could have predicted. It is a film about hope, transformation and the limitless power of the human mind.

Film on Netflix

The Bleeding Edge

This eye-opening look at the fast-growing medical device industry reveals how the rush to innovate can lead to devastating consequences for patients.

Medical devices can save lives, help us live longer, and improve our quality of life. In The Bleeding Edge, Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy explore how lax regulations, corporate cover-ups and the drive for profit in the medical device industry may put patients at risk. The program features cases where medical devices such as Essure (a permanent birth control device), vaginal mesh, the DaVinci Surgical System, and chrome-cobalt hip replacements have caused irrevocable harm to patients.

Film on Netflix

Wonder

After being home-schooled all his life, a boy with facial differences attends a traditional school, where he must find friends among his bullies.

Documentary on Amazon Prime

Hope and Fear: How Pandemics Changed the World

This eye-opening look at the fast-growing medical device industry reveals how the rush to innovate can lead to devastating consequences for patients.

Medical devices can save lives, help us live longer, and improve our quality of life. In The Bleeding Edge, Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy explore how lax regulations, corporate cover-ups and the drive for profit in the medical device industry may put patients at risk. The program features cases where medical devices such as Essure (a permanent birth control device), vaginal mesh, the DaVinci Surgical System, and chrome-cobalt hip replacements have caused irrevocable harm to patients.

Podcast – Radiolab, NPR

Apologetical

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How do you fix a word that’s broken? A word we need when we bump into someone on the street or break someone’s heart. In our increasingly disconnected secular world, “sorry” has been stretched and twisted, and in some cases weaponized. But it’s also one of the only ways we have to piece together a sense of shared values and beliefs. Through today’s sea of sorry-not-sorries, empty apologies, and just straight-up non-apologies, we wonder what it looks like to make amends.

Podcast – The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

Coronavirus BONUS: Helping the Helpers

The heaviest burden of COVID-19 has fallen on the shoulders of medical staff, first responders and others who care for the sick and vulnerable. These people are saving lives while putting their own health and mental well-being at risk.

Several doctors and nurses have written asking for advice on the small ways they can make their daily lives a little easier to bear. So we asked cardiologist and wellbeing expert Dr. Michael Rocha to explain the ways he’s preparing for shifts on a Covid ward.

Podcast – Radiolab, Playing God

Playing God

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When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? Maybe you save the youngest. Or the sickest. Maybe you even just put all the names in a hat and pick at random. Would your answer change if a sick person was standing right in front of you?

In this episode, we follow New York Times reporter Sheri Fink as she searches for the answer. In a warzone, a hurricane, a church basement, and an earthquake, the question remains the same. What happens, what should happen, when humans are forced to play god?

Film on Netflix

What They Had

A woman must cope with her brother urging to put their mother battling with dementia in a facility and her father who is committed to keeping his wife home.

Documentary on Netflix

End Game

Facing an inevitable outcome, terminally ill patients meet extraordinary medical practitioners seeking to change our approach to life and death.

Film on Netflix

Return to Zero

RETURN TO ZERO is based on the true story of a successful couple preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they discover that their son has died in the womb and will be stillborn. 

Podcast – Wondery

Dr. Death

We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system.

Dr. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications. And all they had to protect them was a system ill-equipped to stop the madness.

From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is about a medical system that failed to protect these patients at every possible turn. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.