Dontsch-a Wish They did something about that Surgeon?

Intro: Hello! I’m Reggie ford, here on Podcast Junkies to talk about the podcast Dr. Death, and my experience as someone relatively new to podcasts. (7 sec)
Music Jingle: The Podcast Junkies jingle. (15 sec)
Topic 1: A brief summary of Dr. Death and it’s meaning. [Recently I listened to the podcast Dr. Death by Sarah Koenig on Wondery. It’s a six-part series about 30 minutes each, and they have some bonus episodes with updates. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s about this neurosurgeon; Christopher Duntsch, who wreaked havoc on his patients, and had no business operating on people to begin with. He obtained his medical license, but never gained enough experience or had enough practice to actually be able to perform surgeries properly. It was revealed in Dr. Death that he couldn’t even do basic things (relative to neurosurgeons that is). He was fueled by ego, and determination but when we’re talking about operating on people’s spinal columns, you’re gonna want your surgeon to have a little more than hutzpah. Now, that’s the focus of the series but the lesson is: That despite his reign of terror and incompetence going on for years, the medical system did little to stop him. This is the system we all depend on to take care of us when something major goes wrong, and sometimes even something minor. This man legally decapitated someone; he fully separated his friend’s head from his spine in one of his earliest operations and was somehow able to continue working for years, despite his surgeries ending overwhelmingly in catastrophic failures. All most hospitals, and colleagues of his did was pass the buck, give him positive recommendations, and not list any complaints or negative comments about him on surveys. They didn’t want the responsibility of dealing with it. Sarah Koenig’s transition between focusing on Duntsch and the overarching problem with the medical system using the podcasts format is something I’ve never encountered before.] (1 min 30 sec)
Topic 2: Benefits of podcasting as a format. [Now, this could very well be because I’m relatively new to podcasts, especially episodic ones. The few I’ve listened to are just people conversing, while Dr. Death is a documentary. I was excited to find out that it played pretty much like a documentary on a TV channel or Netflix. It even had an intro, and outro (and commercial breaks). Thinking about it, I think this is a bit of a more effective way to do a documentary. In a nonfiction story the most important thing is the facts. Visuals can often be powerful additions to facts or to help solidify a point, but I think the one-dimensional disclosure of information is potent in its own right. You can still hear emotion in the voices of the people participating in interviews at least. In terms of interviews, a lot of the time seeing the interviewee can also add some dramatic effect to the production, and if the podcaster is looking to keep to the story, or want the story or show to proceed with it’s own dramatic effect then it could be helpful to be in a medium that is solely audio. And then there are of course benefits to the audience as well in tuning in to an audio only medium, the biggest of which of course being the smaller amount of needed attention. You can’t watch a TV show in any setting, but you can listen to a podcast anytime you don’t need to listen to anything else specifically. In fact even if you need to keep your ears open you can listen to a podcast out loud, like on your car radio.] (1 min)
Interlude: ads (30 sec)
Topic 3: The best thing about podcasts. [Here’s what I like the most about podcasts though. You see I believe the word is the most powerful tool mankind has. If you’re a good enough talker, you can get people to believe whatever you want them to, and you can own any side of any narrative you please. We all know the most dangerous leaders are charismatic ones. Even Dr. Duntsch himself had some charisma to his name. He could charm people, deescalate a situation with is words, he knew how to tell people what they wanted to hear. He’s been known to use variations of the phrase: “I can fix you.” Such a phrase holds great power in the hearts of those in desperation. However, it isn’t just about manipulation. It also protects us from manipulation by sharing information. A lack of communication is what led him to be able to practice for so long. People refused to talk to one another about what went on around this man, and how he maimed patient after patient, or how he had less than 4% of one professionals recommended amount of training surgeries, or his drug use. This is where podcasts are strong. They deliver nothing but the word (aside from some ambient music) is one of podcasts’ greatest strengths, and they are perfect for documentaries like Dr. Death.] (2 minutes)
Outro: So just remember, If you see something out of wack in any field, do something about it. If we let all our systems fail then everything falls apart, people end up decapitated, or choked to death, or gunned down in their own home, the list goes on and on. We can’t keep living for profit. And hospitals, you know which one I will go to in the future if I need to? The one that tried to do something about the fool out there leaving sponges inside people’s bodies, and screws out of place, and I hope everyone else would do the same. (1 min)
Closing Remarks: Well that’s my time. Thank you so much for tuning in to hear what I had to say! (5 sec)
Closing Music Jingle: Podcast Junkies’ outro

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