Public Health

Preventative Care: Advice from an E.R. Physician

From the Midstory studio, our team chats with ER physician and a practitioner of integrative medicine, Dr. Jen Pfleghaar about the situation in the hospital and ER, integrative medicine and staying healthy during this pandemic.

What Makes a Good COVID-19 Model? Answers From a Yale Health Policy & Modeling Expert

With many states in the midst of reopening, more attention has been focused on pandemic models as a means of determining what policies to enact and for how long, but what can we determine from looking at these models and how should we read them? We speak with Dr. Reza Yaesoubi, a professor of public health at Yale University, about pandemic modeling and how models inform important medical policy-decisions such as stay-at-home and reopening.

Is the Virus Mutating? Answers from Evolutionary Biologists

Since SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in late 2019, fears and rumors of new, deadlier strains of the virus seem to fill the news. We speak with Dr. Erik Wright and Dr. Vaughn Cooper, evolutionary biologists and professors at the University of Pittsburgh, on the SARS-CoV-2 mutation and its potential impacts on the pandemic.

Hidden in Plain Sight: the Great Black Swamp of Northwest Ohio

In 2014, more than half a million people were left without clean drinking water for three days after a harmful algal bloom took over Lake Erie. But behind the bloom is a history long-forgotten and a hopeful future of coexistence and collaboration. This film is the result of a 2019 collaboration with WGTE Public Media.

Will There be a “Cure”? We Talk with the Former Commissioner of the FDA

Hydroxychloroquine, Favilavir, Gimsilumab, Remdesivir—chances are you’ve read these names (even if you can’t pronounce them). These tongue-twisters are among hundreds of drugs...

Why Is Testing So Important? Answers from an Infectious Disease Expert

As many states in the U.S. approach lifting stay-at-home orders and social distancing restrictions, some governors and health officials have doubled down...

The Future of Medicine After COVID-19—Pt.2

From the Midstory Studio, our team chats with Katherine Chen, a medical student at the University of Toledo, about her future and the future of medicine, including how medical schools are responding to the pandemic, what medical education may look like in the future and her family’s experience of the outbreak in Taiwan.

The Future of Medicine After COVID-19—Pt.1

From the Midstory Studio, our team chats with Angela Williams, a medical student at the University of Toledo, about her future and the future of medicine, including how medical schools are responding to the pandemic, what medical education may look like in the future and what she hopes changes in the medical field for the next generation of doctors.

COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations

The Midstory Team sits down Jamie Luster, MPH, a public health professional and former student of Dr. Amy Acton, to talk about the U.S. health care system, COVID-19's effect on vulnerable populations and the need for more investment in preventative care.

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Why Design? Principles to Shape a World in Unrest

The saying goes that you can only have two of three options: good, fast, cheap. In a world challenged by COVID-19 and other underlying unrest in 2020, however, designers are tasked with satisfying all three to solve complex societal issues. This piece outlines how formal and informal design can shape a world in trouble, and attempts a more human response to extraordinary circumstances. Cover graphic by Whitney Baxter for Midstory.

The Humans Behind Labor Politics: A Review of American Factory

In Moraine, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, a former GM plant was bought by Chinese automobile glass manufacturer Fuyao in 2014, a...

Publishing the Midwest

In a time of growing distrust of both public institutions and one another in America, storytelling might just be the remedy. Stories,...

News Deserts, New Media, New Normal: An Introduction to the Local Journalism Project

For decades, the bike-riding paperboy hurling the daily news at doorsteps was a staple in the average American city. Over morning coffee,...

The Rural Struggle for Survival: A Review of American Salvage

The fourteen short stories in Bonnie Jo Campbell’s 2009 finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, American Salvage, introduce rural characters of all shapes and colors. What binds them is their focus on finding what they need to survive, whether it be a companion or a barrel of gasoline. The opinions expressed in this review are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect any official organizational stance. Cover graphic by Jessie Walton for Midstory.