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, YouTube) and some will be audio (different podcasts, White Coat Black Art).


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. 

The Bleeding Edge – Netflix movie


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

Wonder – Netflix movie




Radiolab podcast, NPR

( Lovelorn Poets / Flickr )

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.


Coronavirus BONUS: Helping the Helpers

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

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 wellbeing 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.

Playing God

Podcast from Radiolab Playing God

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?

( Photo Credit: Twm / flickr )


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.

What They Had – Netflix movie

End Game – Documentary

End Game

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

End Game – 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. 

Return to Zero Netflix


Wondery Podcast

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.

About Dr. Death

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.

Read our discussion guide with review questions!

From Conscience to Robots: Practical Ethics Workshops


This series includes conferences and workshops organised by the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics on a range of topics from conscientious objection in healthcare, science and religious conflict, cyberselves, digital ethics and many others.


Unrest – The Movie

Unrest Discussion Page

Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure.

HBO Documentary (available on Cravetv)

Coma (2007) Documentary  

Coma (2007) Documentary – Discussion Questions

Coma is a movie starring Lynda Delorenzo, Al’Khan Edwards, and Devonia Edwards. Al’Khan, Roxanne, Sean, and Tom have each emerged from their Traumatic Brain Injury comas, but just how conscious are they, and will they get better?


Empathy by Brené Brown and Brené Brown on Empathy Discussion Sheet

Blame by Brené Brown and Brené Brown on Blame Discussion Sheet

Governments Passing Laws for Robots by The Young Turks and Electronic  Personhood Discussion Sheet


Netflix – Concussion and Concussion – Discussion Questions

Netflix – The Girl With All The Gifts and The Girl With All The Gifts Discussion Questions

Netflix – Black Mirror – Season 3 – Episode San Junipero

Netflix – Extremis and Discussion Sheet for Extremis

                                              Netflix – House – Season 3 – Informed Consent

                                              Netflix – Dr. Feelgood and Dr. Feelgood Documentary Discussion Questions


Robot Uteruses and the Quest to End Unintended Pregnancy – Podcast

Robot Uteruses and the Quest to End Unintended Pregnancy – Discussion Questions

A robotic pelvis, a federal policy, and a huge shift in birth control access.

The Current on CBC RADIO

Why U.K. Doctors are Doling Out ‘Social Prescriptions’ to Treat Mental Health

Why U.K. Doctors are Doling Out ‘Social Prescriptions’ to Treat Mental Health – Discussion Questions

This episode of the Current focuses on the use of social prescribing in family medicine in the U.K. As an alternative to prescribing pharmaceuticals, family doctors in the U.K. are increasingly prescribing non-medical services.

Medical Scribes Podcast

Medical Scribes Podcast (Discussion Page)

Canadian doctors are starting to hire scribes to write up their medical charts By doing so they can focus on patients and improve their efficiency. We explore the introduction of medical scribes in Canada and how they will impact the way doctors work. 14:45

                                 How Long Have I Got? Take A Blood Test

                                                Discussion sheet for How Long Have I Got?

EthicsLab Podcast – The Future of Healthcare Ethics

Podcast – The Future of Health Care Ethics Discussion Questions

Tune in to this latest episode of the EthicsLab podcast! In this episode EthicsLab talks with international leaders in ethics about the future of healthcare ethics.

NPR – Could You Kill A Robot?

Could You Kill A Robot Discussion Questions

Will we one day create machines that are essentially just like us? People have been wrestling with that question since the advent of robotics. But maybe we’re missing another, even more intriguing question: what can robots teach us about ourselves?


Hold Me (The Movie) 

Hold Me (Discussion Page)

Hold Me is the story of an end of life caregiver struggling with grief as she works holding and consoling people being voluntarily euthanized in the parts of the United States where doctor assisted dying is not yet legal.

If you have any suggestions on shows, films or podcasts, please contact the NSHEN Administrator