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Listen in on revealing and thoughtful conversations with fascinating men and women who took an oath to support and defend our Constitution and our nation – leaders in law enforcement, the military, the intelligence community, and many more. What inspired these people? What drew them to this work? How did they overcome adversity and failure? And what are the lessons for our country and our democracy as we move forward? These captivating stories exemplify what is best about our nation: integrity, civility, service, humility, and collective responsibility.

Latest Episodes

Robert S. Mueller III: The Director (Part 1)

Robert S. Mueller III – Bob Mueller – is an American hero. Though best known as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as the Special Counsel that led the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the story of Bob’s public service starts half a century earlier. Bob was born in Manhattan and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. The oldest of five children, and the only boy, he was a star three sport athlete in high school and excelled in the classroom and on the lacrosse fields of Princeton, where he went to college. Following the death of a Princeton teammate in Vietnam, Bob volunteered for service there. In 1968, after officer training, including graduation from the rigorous Army Ranger School, the Marines deployed Bob to Vietnam. There, as a young second lieutenant, he led a rifle platoon along the Demilitarized Zone. Bob did not fear death in Vietnam – though death was all around him. He feared failure, which meant he had to do all he could to ensure that the young Marines under his command survived the war and made it home. A recipient of the Bronze Star (with valor) and the Purple Heart, Bob returned to the United States after his service in Vietnam and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. He became a federal prosecutor in San Francisco, and embarked on a career that would take him to the heights of federal law enforcement in this country, and to the helm of the FBI. My interview with Bob Mueller is in two parts. The first part covers his childhood through his selection as the FBI Director. The second part, which we will publish later this season, picks up where the first interview leaves off – and covers his tenure as Director, guiding the FBI through a difficult and challenging post 9/11 world. I should add a word about what is not in either episode – any detailed discussion of Bob’s work as Special Counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Bob was clear when he testified before Congress about this work and his report, and that the report spoke for itself. He did not opine about his findings and does not do so here, either. One of the things I learned while working for Bob Mueller at the FBI is that you take this decent, honorable, and courageous man at his word. Because he is a man of few words, each word matters a lot and so it is worth listening carefully. Bob shares with host Chuck Rosenberg in this first part (of a two-part interview) the story of his service in Vietnam, his time as a new federal prosecutor, and his ascent through the Justice Department to become the FBI Director. This interview with Bob Mueller is the only full one he has given since leaving public life, and it may be the only full one he gives. If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us at theoathpodcast@gmail.com. Find the transcript and all our previous episodes at MSNBC.com/TheOath and read The Mueller Report at https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf

57 min2 d ago
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Robert S. Mueller III: The Director (Part 1)

Introducing: Season 4

In the Fourth Season of The Oath, Chuck Rosenberg speaks with thoughtful and inspirational men and women from the highest levels of public service – men and women who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. At a time when our most cherished institutions are being tested, these selfless leaders light the way. This season: FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush, and Heather “Lucky” Penney, one of the first women to fly an F-16, and many more. Listen to Season Four of The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg – smart, civil, apolitical conversations – starting on December 2.

5 min1 w ago
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Introducing: Season 4

Captain "Sully" Sullenberger: My Aircraft

Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III(Sully)was born in Denison – a small North Texas townon the Oklahoma border.There, as a teenager,he learned to fly asingle engineprop plane off a grass strip.A serious and talented - but shy and introverted - high school student, Sully was admitted to thehighly competitiveUnited States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.When he graduated in 1973,hereceived the Academy’s prestigious Airmanship award as its top flyer. Sully flew the F-4 Phantom jet fighter in the Air Force, acquiring thousands of hours of flight time,always honing his airmanship.That ability, that skill toperceivehis environment, to be situationally aware, to anticipate issues, and to solve problems – that airmanship – enabled him as a commercial airline pilot, to safely navigate a crippled passenger jet to a dramatic water landing in the Hudson River on a frigid January day in 2009. That flight - US Airwaysflight 1549 – lost thrust in both engines shortly aft...

94 minAUG 7
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Captain "Sully" Sullenberger: My Aircraft

Mike Leiter: Intelligence

Mike Leiter grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, where his extraordinary public service career began early – in high school – when he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician.After graduating from Columbia University, Mike served as a Naval Flight Officer before attending Harvard Law School, where he was one of only four military veterans in his class of more than 500 students.At Harvard, Mike was elected President of the prestigious Harvard Law Review – a job once held by Barack Obama. After clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for Judge Michael Boudin and then on the United States Supreme Court for Justice Stephen Breyer, Mike worked as a federal prosecutor.He left that job to become a key staffer on the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission - which examined substantial US Intelligence Community failures in the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Ultimately, Mike directed the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) under Presidents Bush an...

76 minJUL 29
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Mike Leiter: Intelligence

Amy Hess: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity

Amy Hess dreamed – as a child – of being an astronaut.A star student and athlete in high school, she studied aeronautical and astronautical engineering at Purdue – though poor eyesight dashed her NASA dreams.Instead, Amy got her start in the FBI as a special agent in Kansas City, working violent crime.She rose quickly through FBI ranks to run the Memphis and Louisville field offices, and to run two large FBI divisions at headquarters, where she oversaw FBI technology in one job and the FBI’s criminal and cyber work, in another.Those jobs made her the highest-ranking woman in FBI history.Today, Amy is back home as the Chief of Public Safety for Louisville, Kentucky – across the Ohio River from the small Indiana town in which she grew up. Following the tragicMarch 13 shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville this year, and after we recorded this episode, Amy was named to lead police reform efforts in that city – to reduce use of force incidents, to review police policies and training, and to make recommendations on police disciplinary matters by establishing an Independent Civilian Review Board. Amy shares with host Chuck Rosenbergfascinating stories of her work as an FBI special agent, including at the site of the horrific 1995 domestic terrorism attack at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us attheoathpodcast@gmail.com.

78 minJUL 22
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Amy Hess: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity

Fiona Hill: Fortitude

Fiona Hill is the former Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council.A highly respected scholar on Russian history and culture, Fiona was born and raised in the industrial northeast of England.She comes from a long line of coal miners – uncles, cousins – families, like hers, that persistently struggled with poverty.Fiona’s father, Alfred, joined his own brother in the coal mines at the age of 14.Her mother, June, who still lives in Bishop Auckland – was a midwife.And though money was always tight, Fiona grew up in a loving and supportive family that strongly embraced both her desire to go to college and, ultimately, to emigrate to the United States – a place her father loved and admired and always hoped one day might be his own home. Guided by a series of dedicated mentors and teachers, Fiona graduated from the University of Saint Andrew’s in Scotland, and then earned her Ph.D. at Harvard.Along the way, she studied Russian history and culture and be...

80 minJUL 15
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Fiona Hill: Fortitude

Jim Miller: Hawkeye

Jim Miller is the former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.In that vital role – the number three position in DOD – Jim was at the forefront of some of the nation’s most important and most difficult national security issues.As a key adviser to three Secretaries of Defense – Bob Gates, Leon Panetta, and Chuck Hagel – Jim guided reviews of nuclear weapons policy and ballistic missile defense policy, and led the formulation of national defense strategies for space and cyberspace. Jim’s path to the Pentagon began in the middle.As the only boy in a household of five children, Jim was raised in a middle-class family in the middle of the country – in Waterloo, Iowa.A brilliant student and a superb athlete, Jim made his way to Stanford where a mentor inspired him and guided him into public service. Recently, and after my interview with Jim was recorded, he resigned his position on the prestigious Defense Science Board.In an open letter to the current Secretary of Defense, Jim noted...

60 minJUL 8
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Jim Miller: Hawkeye

Carol Lam: Her Honor

Carol Lam grew up in New Jersey, and was educated at Yale and Stanford Law School.Soon after law school, she found a job she loved in the Justice Department – as a federal prosecutor in San Diego – where she handled complex health care fraud cases.Though she enjoyed the work, she accepted an appointment to the California Superior Court bench from Governor Gray Davis.Carol envisioned a long tenure as a judge – a difficult and vital job – but that changed when she became the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of California – the office in which she started as a prosecutor.Today, Carolplays flute with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, serves as a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees, and works as an MSNBC legal analyst. Carol shares with host Chuck Rosenbergfascinating stories of her work as a judge and a federal prosecutor and reflects on the role of prosecutors in the criminal justice system.If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us attheoathpodcast@gmail.com.

77 minJUL 1
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Carol Lam: Her Honor

Kathy Sullivan: Spacewalker

Kathy Sullivan is an explorer and a pioneer, an oceanographer and a scientist, an astronaut and an American hero.Selected as one of the first female astronauts in NASA history, Kathy flew three missions on the space shuttle and became – in 1984 – the first American woman to walk in space.Kathy also flew on the space shuttle mission in 1990 that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope – one of the most advanced and important scientific achievements in the history of NASA.After leaving NASA, Kathy ran the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – a crucial part of the Department of Commerce – that houses, among other agencies, the National Weather Service. In June 2020, after this episode was recorded, Kathy became the first woman to descend to the deepest spot in the ocean – a nearly seven-mile journey to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, in the western Pacific Ocean.That makes Kathy theonlyperson to walk in space and to dive to the ocean’s deepest known point. Kathy is the author of a book that describes her extraordinary NASA career –Handprints on Hubble – An Astronaut’s Story of Invention. Kathy shares with host Chuck Rosenbergfascinating stories of her work as an astronaut, the thrill of venturing into space, and the dedicated and brilliant team of men and women who make spaceflight possible. If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us attheoathpodcast@gmail.com.

69 minJUN 24
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Kathy Sullivan: Spacewalker

Vivek Murthy: The Nation’s Doctor

Vivek Murthy is a doctor and an author - a deeply thoughtful, interesting, kind, caring, and reflective medical professional - who served as the Surgeon General of the United States.As Surgeon General, Vivek was also a Vice-Admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.In that role, and after an exhaustive listening tour throughout the country at the beginning of his tenure as the “Nation’s Doctor,” Vivek realized that loneliness is a pervasive medical issue in the United States, and that it is both a cause of – and a consequence of – chronic illness.In his powerful and illuminating new book,Together, he explores the role of loneliness in society and its relationship to chronic illness, and prescribes ways that we can identify it, think about it, and counter it.Vivek was born in England and raised in Miami, and is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Medical School. Vivek shares with host Chuck Rosenberg reflections on his work as the Surgeon General of the United States – the “Nation’s Doctor” – and important insights into his research on the connection between loneliness and chronic illness.If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us attheoathpodcast@gmail.com.

87 minJUN 17
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Vivek Murthy: The Nation’s Doctor

Latest Episodes

Robert S. Mueller III: The Director (Part 1)

Robert S. Mueller III – Bob Mueller – is an American hero. Though best known as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as the Special Counsel that led the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the story of Bob’s public service starts half a century earlier. Bob was born in Manhattan and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. The oldest of five children, and the only boy, he was a star three sport athlete in high school and excelled in the classroom and on the lacrosse fields of Princeton, where he went to college. Following the death of a Princeton teammate in Vietnam, Bob volunteered for service there. In 1968, after officer training, including graduation from the rigorous Army Ranger School, the Marines deployed Bob to Vietnam. There, as a young second lieutenant, he led a rifle platoon along the Demilitarized Zone. Bob did not fear death in Vietnam – though death was all around him. He feared failure, which meant he had to do all he could to ensure that the young Marines under his command survived the war and made it home. A recipient of the Bronze Star (with valor) and the Purple Heart, Bob returned to the United States after his service in Vietnam and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. He became a federal prosecutor in San Francisco, and embarked on a career that would take him to the heights of federal law enforcement in this country, and to the helm of the FBI. My interview with Bob Mueller is in two parts. The first part covers his childhood through his selection as the FBI Director. The second part, which we will publish later this season, picks up where the first interview leaves off – and covers his tenure as Director, guiding the FBI through a difficult and challenging post 9/11 world. I should add a word about what is not in either episode – any detailed discussion of Bob’s work as Special Counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Bob was clear when he testified before Congress about this work and his report, and that the report spoke for itself. He did not opine about his findings and does not do so here, either. One of the things I learned while working for Bob Mueller at the FBI is that you take this decent, honorable, and courageous man at his word. Because he is a man of few words, each word matters a lot and so it is worth listening carefully. Bob shares with host Chuck Rosenberg in this first part (of a two-part interview) the story of his service in Vietnam, his time as a new federal prosecutor, and his ascent through the Justice Department to become the FBI Director. This interview with Bob Mueller is the only full one he has given since leaving public life, and it may be the only full one he gives. If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us at theoathpodcast@gmail.com. Find the transcript and all our previous episodes at MSNBC.com/TheOath and read The Mueller Report at https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf

57 min2 d ago
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Robert S. Mueller III: The Director (Part 1)

Introducing: Season 4

In the Fourth Season of The Oath, Chuck Rosenberg speaks with thoughtful and inspirational men and women from the highest levels of public service – men and women who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. At a time when our most cherished institutions are being tested, these selfless leaders light the way. This season: FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush, and Heather “Lucky” Penney, one of the first women to fly an F-16, and many more. Listen to Season Four of The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg – smart, civil, apolitical conversations – starting on December 2.

5 min1 w ago
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Introducing: Season 4

Captain "Sully" Sullenberger: My Aircraft

Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III(Sully)was born in Denison – a small North Texas townon the Oklahoma border.There, as a teenager,he learned to fly asingle engineprop plane off a grass strip.A serious and talented - but shy and introverted - high school student, Sully was admitted to thehighly competitiveUnited States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.When he graduated in 1973,hereceived the Academy’s prestigious Airmanship award as its top flyer. Sully flew the F-4 Phantom jet fighter in the Air Force, acquiring thousands of hours of flight time,always honing his airmanship.That ability, that skill toperceivehis environment, to be situationally aware, to anticipate issues, and to solve problems – that airmanship – enabled him as a commercial airline pilot, to safely navigate a crippled passenger jet to a dramatic water landing in the Hudson River on a frigid January day in 2009. That flight - US Airwaysflight 1549 – lost thrust in both engines shortly aft...

94 minAUG 7
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Captain "Sully" Sullenberger: My Aircraft

Mike Leiter: Intelligence

Mike Leiter grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, where his extraordinary public service career began early – in high school – when he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician.After graduating from Columbia University, Mike served as a Naval Flight Officer before attending Harvard Law School, where he was one of only four military veterans in his class of more than 500 students.At Harvard, Mike was elected President of the prestigious Harvard Law Review – a job once held by Barack Obama. After clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for Judge Michael Boudin and then on the United States Supreme Court for Justice Stephen Breyer, Mike worked as a federal prosecutor.He left that job to become a key staffer on the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission - which examined substantial US Intelligence Community failures in the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Ultimately, Mike directed the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) under Presidents Bush an...

76 minJUL 29
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Mike Leiter: Intelligence

Amy Hess: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity

Amy Hess dreamed – as a child – of being an astronaut.A star student and athlete in high school, she studied aeronautical and astronautical engineering at Purdue – though poor eyesight dashed her NASA dreams.Instead, Amy got her start in the FBI as a special agent in Kansas City, working violent crime.She rose quickly through FBI ranks to run the Memphis and Louisville field offices, and to run two large FBI divisions at headquarters, where she oversaw FBI technology in one job and the FBI’s criminal and cyber work, in another.Those jobs made her the highest-ranking woman in FBI history.Today, Amy is back home as the Chief of Public Safety for Louisville, Kentucky – across the Ohio River from the small Indiana town in which she grew up. Following the tragicMarch 13 shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville this year, and after we recorded this episode, Amy was named to lead police reform efforts in that city – to reduce use of force incidents, to review police policies and training, and to make recommendations on police disciplinary matters by establishing an Independent Civilian Review Board. Amy shares with host Chuck Rosenbergfascinating stories of her work as an FBI special agent, including at the site of the horrific 1995 domestic terrorism attack at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us attheoathpodcast@gmail.com.

78 minJUL 22
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Amy Hess: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity

Fiona Hill: Fortitude

Fiona Hill is the former Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council.A highly respected scholar on Russian history and culture, Fiona was born and raised in the industrial northeast of England.She comes from a long line of coal miners – uncles, cousins – families, like hers, that persistently struggled with poverty.Fiona’s father, Alfred, joined his own brother in the coal mines at the age of 14.Her mother, June, who still lives in Bishop Auckland – was a midwife.And though money was always tight, Fiona grew up in a loving and supportive family that strongly embraced both her desire to go to college and, ultimately, to emigrate to the United States – a place her father loved and admired and always hoped one day might be his own home. Guided by a series of dedicated mentors and teachers, Fiona graduated from the University of Saint Andrew’s in Scotland, and then earned her Ph.D. at Harvard.Along the way, she studied Russian history and culture and be...

80 minJUL 15
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Fiona Hill: Fortitude

Jim Miller: Hawkeye

Jim Miller is the former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.In that vital role – the number three position in DOD – Jim was at the forefront of some of the nation’s most important and most difficult national security issues.As a key adviser to three Secretaries of Defense – Bob Gates, Leon Panetta, and Chuck Hagel – Jim guided reviews of nuclear weapons policy and ballistic missile defense policy, and led the formulation of national defense strategies for space and cyberspace. Jim’s path to the Pentagon began in the middle.As the only boy in a household of five children, Jim was raised in a middle-class family in the middle of the country – in Waterloo, Iowa.A brilliant student and a superb athlete, Jim made his way to Stanford where a mentor inspired him and guided him into public service. Recently, and after my interview with Jim was recorded, he resigned his position on the prestigious Defense Science Board.In an open letter to the current Secretary of Defense, Jim noted...

60 minJUL 8
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Jim Miller: Hawkeye

Carol Lam: Her Honor

Carol Lam grew up in New Jersey, and was educated at Yale and Stanford Law School.Soon after law school, she found a job she loved in the Justice Department – as a federal prosecutor in San Diego – where she handled complex health care fraud cases.Though she enjoyed the work, she accepted an appointment to the California Superior Court bench from Governor Gray Davis.Carol envisioned a long tenure as a judge – a difficult and vital job – but that changed when she became the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of California – the office in which she started as a prosecutor.Today, Carolplays flute with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, serves as a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees, and works as an MSNBC legal analyst. Carol shares with host Chuck Rosenbergfascinating stories of her work as a judge and a federal prosecutor and reflects on the role of prosecutors in the criminal justice system.If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us attheoathpodcast@gmail.com.

77 minJUL 1
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Carol Lam: Her Honor

Kathy Sullivan: Spacewalker

Kathy Sullivan is an explorer and a pioneer, an oceanographer and a scientist, an astronaut and an American hero.Selected as one of the first female astronauts in NASA history, Kathy flew three missions on the space shuttle and became – in 1984 – the first American woman to walk in space.Kathy also flew on the space shuttle mission in 1990 that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope – one of the most advanced and important scientific achievements in the history of NASA.After leaving NASA, Kathy ran the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – a crucial part of the Department of Commerce – that houses, among other agencies, the National Weather Service. In June 2020, after this episode was recorded, Kathy became the first woman to descend to the deepest spot in the ocean – a nearly seven-mile journey to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, in the western Pacific Ocean.That makes Kathy theonlyperson to walk in space and to dive to the ocean’s deepest known point. Kathy is the author of a book that describes her extraordinary NASA career –Handprints on Hubble – An Astronaut’s Story of Invention. Kathy shares with host Chuck Rosenbergfascinating stories of her work as an astronaut, the thrill of venturing into space, and the dedicated and brilliant team of men and women who make spaceflight possible. If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us attheoathpodcast@gmail.com.

69 minJUN 24
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Kathy Sullivan: Spacewalker

Vivek Murthy: The Nation’s Doctor

Vivek Murthy is a doctor and an author - a deeply thoughtful, interesting, kind, caring, and reflective medical professional - who served as the Surgeon General of the United States.As Surgeon General, Vivek was also a Vice-Admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.In that role, and after an exhaustive listening tour throughout the country at the beginning of his tenure as the “Nation’s Doctor,” Vivek realized that loneliness is a pervasive medical issue in the United States, and that it is both a cause of – and a consequence of – chronic illness.In his powerful and illuminating new book,Together, he explores the role of loneliness in society and its relationship to chronic illness, and prescribes ways that we can identify it, think about it, and counter it.Vivek was born in England and raised in Miami, and is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Medical School. Vivek shares with host Chuck Rosenberg reflections on his work as the Surgeon General of the United States – the “Nation’s Doctor” – and important insights into his research on the connection between loneliness and chronic illness.If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us attheoathpodcast@gmail.com.

87 minJUN 17
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Vivek Murthy: The Nation’s Doctor

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