The Health Variant

A weekly dive into health and healthcare from NewsMD, offering interesting interviews, quick looks at new research and reporting from behind the scenes.

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Cannabis Circus

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The craziest place in the country for cannabis laws right now? That's easy: South Dakota. Voters last year legalized both medical and recreational marijuana -- on the same ballot. That's when the fighting started. So what's going on in South Dakota?

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COVID-19 Vs. The Governors

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Three neighbors, three different COVID-19 approaches. Host Jeremy Fugleberg and three fellow reporters -- all who covered COVID-19 over the last year -- compare and contrast the unique pandemic choices of the governors of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. 

 

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The Death and Life of Baby Cameron

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How do you report on the final days of a newborn? We go behind the scenes with Luke Hagen, editor of the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic, who describes what it was like to build trust with the family of newborn Cameron Vobr, as he worked to responsibly report -- and grapple with his own feelings -- on Cameron's death and funeral, his family's grief and the organ donation legacy he left behind. To read Luke's story and see photos of Cameron and his family, go to www.mitchellrepublic.com and search "Cameron Vobr."

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About the Podcast

A weekly dive into health and healthcare from NewsMD, offering interesting interviews, quick looks at new research and reporting from behind the scenes.

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Jeremy Fugleberg is South Dakota state news director for Forum News Service and NewsMD regional health correspondent, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.