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).
Documentary on MAiD
Her Last Project
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.
A Question of Trust
‘A Question of Trust’ is the fifth episode in the Netflix documentary series Diagnosis, which 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.
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.
Brené Brown: The Call to Courage
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.
The Bleeding Edge
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.
After being home schooled all his life, a boy with facial differences attends a traditional school, where he must find friends among his bullies.
COVID-19 is just the latest in a long line of pandemics that have devastated, and in some cases destroyed, societies throughout history. This film looks at the circumstances that caused diseases, and how science searched for and found cures and vaccines to save millions of lives. Scientists are once again on this quest as the world seeks solutions to a crisis that threatens our future.
Radiolab podcast, NPR
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 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.
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?
What They Had
End Game – Documentary
Return to Zero
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.
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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.
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 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?
A robotic pelvis, a federal policy, and a huge shift in birth control access.
The Current on CBC RADIO
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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