Do No Harm Investigative, Wondery

Hosted By: Mike Hixenbaugh
Produced By: NBC News and Wondery

Melissa Bright thinks she’s living every parent’s worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights’ fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good.

Do No Harm Podcast Host:

Mike Hixenbaugh is a national investigative reporter for NBC News. Before joining NBC in 2019, he spent more than a decade at newspapers in North Carolina, Virginia and Texas, where his reporting exposed safety flaws in health care and the military, leading to reforms.

Hixenbaugh has been listed four times among America’s best young journalists as a Livingston Awards finalist, and in 2018, he was named the top newspaper reporter in Texas. That same year, his work covering Hurricane Harvey for the Houston Chronicle, including a longform narrative chronicling the storm’s destruction, was part of a package of stories recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Ethical Exploration: The podcast provides an in-depth exploration of medical ethics, encouraging listeners to contemplate the difficult decisions doctors must make and the consequences that follow.
  • Emotional Impact: Listeners consistently praise the podcast’s ability to evoke a wide range of emotions, from empathy and compassion to heartbreak and joy, as they follow the lives of patients, families, and healthcare professionals.
  • Humanizing Healthcare Professionals: By presenting the personal struggles and triumphs of healthcare professionals, the podcast humanizes the medical field, fostering a deeper appreciation for those who dedicate their lives to helping others.
  • Advocacy for Change: Some listeners appreciate that the podcast goes beyond storytelling, advocating for positive changes in the medical industry and highlighting the need for better support systems for both patients and healthcare professionals.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Narrative Bias: Listeners argue that the podcast occasionally presents a biased perspective or leans towards emotional manipulation to drive its narrative. This can be seen as a potential drawback for those seeking a more objective exploration of medical ethics.
  • Insufficient Follow-up: Some listeners feel that the podcast could benefit from providing more extensive follow-up on the cases presented, allowing listeners to understand the long-term outcomes and impacts of the medical decisions made.

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