The opioid crisis, suicides, & gun violence: ‘Last Day’ looks at some of America’s worst epidemics

Society & Culture May 16, 2022
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Lemonada Media’s co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs is unpacking some of America’s worst epidemics on the podcast, “Last Day.” All 3 seasons focus on things that are killing us, grapple with challenging topics, and explain how they worsen over time. Since 2019, Stephanie is diving into these issues with “humanity, wit, and a quest for progress.”

Begin each season in order from the first episode to hear all the details. “Last Day” has released over 50 episodes running less than an hour on average, and there are plenty of bonus episodes for subscribers.

Season 1 covered the opioid crisis. Stephanie’s sister, comedian/writer/producer/actor Harris Wittels, died in 2015 from a heroin overdose. On the first episode, Harris’ dear friends, Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari, join Stephanie to introduce the show’s concept and why it’s crucial to share her story and others’.

“No One is Coming to Save Us” host Gloria Riviera joined Podsauce and shared several Lemonada shows she listens to including “Last Day.” Gloria lost her brother and a close friend to addiction, so this podcast hits close to home.

Season 2 discussed America’s rising suicide rates, shared true stories, and talked to experts. Episodes examine why more people are at risk, how we can help, and what we can do to take care of each other when the world seems hopeless. This season also asks, “How did we get here, and what could we have done differently?”

The latest season tackles guns in America and wonders how we can safely live in a nation where guns nearly outnumber people. “Last Day” headed to Georgia and Montana to interview families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes, stray bullets, or gun suicides. They’re looking for solutions to reduce gun-related deaths and learn about America’s gun culture.

Tune in weekly for new episodes of “Last Day,” wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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