Last Day

Last Day

Let's talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. In this award-winning series, Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Season one tackled the opioid crisis, and in season two, we took a look at the rising rates of suicide. Now, back for a third season, Last Day grapples with guns in America, asking: How can we live safely in a country that has more guns than people? This season, the team travels to Montana and Georgia, talking to families who have lost loved ones to gun suicides and stray bullets, trying to discover tangible solutions to reducing gun-related deaths, all while gaining perspective on gun culture across the US.

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November 14, 2022 40 min

The producers of this series would like to share with you another series they know you’ll love. BEING is reality TV for your ears, an innovative new audio format like no other podcast you've ever heard. This season, it’s BEING Golden -- a look inside the lives of four 60+ seniors living in LA.

Meet Buzz, a 71-year-old former sales and marketing executive who drastically uprooted his life by moving out west to Los Angeles to...

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Stephanie sits down with esteemed physician, world-renowned trauma expert, and Last Day fan favorite Dr. Gabor Mate. They dig into Gabor’s new book The Myth of Normal, which took him 10 years to write and is (in Stephanie’s opinion) a true masterpiece. Topics include addiction, toxic culture, sending mean texts to your spouse, the inextricable link between mind and body, and how we can all start to heal, individually and collective...

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This summer, Stephanie was invited to the White House to hear President Biden give his remarks on the passing of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. Today, she sits down with Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, to reflect on the bill, how we do more, and how in the world she got here.

To learn more about Moms Demand Action and how you can get involved, visit https://momsdemandaction.org/ or text the word “READY” to 6443...

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In light of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, we know people are feeling a lot of painful emotions, so we are re-airing an important conversation from the first season of Last Day about trauma. Dr. Gabor Mate, a world-renowned trauma expert, walks Steph through how to expand and understand your definition of what trauma is, as well as providing the tools to help you process and heal.

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When you think of a hunter, what image comes to mind? Probably not a Patagonia-clad gun safety proponent like Tim Stevens. In this bonus episode, Tim leads the way on an elk hunt and shares what it means to take a nuanced stance on gun rights. Plus, we face the very real (and kind of icky) possibility of hauling fresh meat out of the Montana wilderness. 

 

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Four years after the first March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C., survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida have once again organized student-led demonstrations around the country in response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Andy speaks with Parkland survivor Samantha Fuentes and ER physician Dr. Megan Ranney about how they turned their trauma into action, and...

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June 8, 2022 40 min

“Gun violence survivor”– It’s an identity no one would ever want, but it describes more and more Americans these days. In the season three finale, we turn the spotlight on those who made it to the other side –– and are fighting back. Their goal? To make sure no one else has to endure what they did.

 

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Inaction in the face of gun violence is deadly. So what can we do? This week, we meet the gun violence prevention activists who believe real change is within reach and that we can sell it to the majority of Americans – even if it means playing hardball with the politicians and corporations in power. 



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May 25, 2022 47 min

Who does the Second Amendment protect? In this episode, we trace its racist roots and learn why a former firearms executive blames the gun industry for sowing fear, division, and maybe even anarchy in our country. 

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Suicide contagion, secure storage, and breakfast meats. This week, we figure out how to get cowboys to talk about their feelings with help from experts on the ground and suicide prevention advocates. 

 

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  • Check out the Gun Shop Project
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    Who’s to blame in the aftermath of a tragedy? This week, we meet a family asking that question after their beloved son died when his college failed to intervene. 

     

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    May 4, 2022 51 min

    Violent crime is up in American cities. Does that mean it’s time to return to the aggressive policing of the 90s? Not exactly. How can we make our cities safer and empower communities with the tools they need to save more lives? This week, we travel from Atlanta to Los Angeles to Chicago to meet seasoned leaders who are taking an innovative approach to harm reduction, violence interruption, and violence prevention. Plus, we explore...

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    April 27, 2022 55 min

    Growing up in an Atlanta neighborhood that’s been “thrown away” and “forgotten,” Derriontae’s survival hinged on joining a gang and packing heat, so you might be surprised to also find him practicing yoga and tending to a vegetable garden. In this episode, we get our hands dirty at an urban farm dedicated to tackling the root causes of gun violence and poverty. It has all the signs of a feel-good story, but things aren’t as simple ...

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    April 20, 2022 42 min

    This week, we’re pulling apart the idea of a “bad neighborhood” and learning about community trauma. We travel to Southwest Atlanta, where Sharmaine Brown’s son, Jared, was killed after being struck by a stray bullet. We dig into deescalation, changing identities, and old school parenting.

     

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    April 13, 2022 60 min

    What do you do when the thing that makes your kid the happiest is also putting him in danger? Larry and Shannon Martell took the guns away after their son Austen suffered a traumatic brain injury - but you have to go back to normal eventually, right? In this episode, we travel to a Montana town of 272 people, sit down with a dad who wouldn’t have talked to us a year ago, and cry harder than we ever have before. 

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    April 6, 2022 51 min

    In episode 1, our team travels to Montana, where cowboy culture reigns supreme, everyone is armed, and 86% of firearm deaths are suicides. There, we meet a couple that represents all the contradictions at the root of America’s gun debate: One is a suicide prevention advocate, and the other is the most adamant Second Amendment supporter we’ve ever met. Plus, our team tries out shooting some big-ass guns. 

     

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    Gun violence in America is a public health crisis, but the reality is that guns aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. So, how can we learn to live more safely in a country that has more guns than people? In this season of Last Day, we try to answer this question by traveling to Montana and Georgia. We talk to families who have lost loved ones to gun suicides and stray bullets and discover tangible solutions to reducing gun-related de...

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    Happy melancholy holidays! In this special crossover episode, Host of Last Day, Stephanie Wittles Wachs, sits down with grief expert, Claire Bidwell Smith to talk about this past year – as moms, as professionals, and most importantly – as human beings coping with the inevitable grief that creeps up around the holidays. Join us for a conversation on finding meaning, and how to make joy a priority this coming New Year. 

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    February 17, 2021 57 min

    We’re not done yet! We are back with an encore episode to respond to all of your amazing feedback over the course of the season. Stephanie, Jackie and Dr. Robin Hornstein (Jackie’s high school therapist who you might remember from episode 10) answer listener voicemails, emails, and DMs about season two. Come for the insight, stay for the montage of Stephanie losing her mind behind the mic. 

     

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    February 3, 2021 54 min

    Season 2 Finale! We started this season on a bridge but told you not to get caught up in the romantic notion of saviors and last minute interventions. Suicide isn’t about one moment in time. But if you or someone you love is suicidal, a single moment can be the difference between life and death. So, this week we’re doing a toolkit episode all about crisis response. What do you do when help is needed right now? This week, we role pl...

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