What do we gain from gathering? In this episode, we’re thinking about how coming together can change us. We’ll hear about a citizen-led clean-up movement in India, a Bay Area artist who forms an unlikely friendship with a church in Colorado, and a student who experiences the power of connection at a living museum on Stanford campus.

Story 1: My Ugly India
“What do I owe to this land? And why?” In this story, Tanvi Dutta Gupta explores how one citizen-led clean-up movement has confronted the ugliness of Indian cities, and what this means for her own belonging as an Indian.

Producer: Tanvi Dutta Gupta
Featuring: Kumar
Music: “Bauxite” – Little Rock – Blue Dot Sessions
“Highride” – Radiopink – Blue Dot Sessions
“Tessalit” – Azalai – Blue Dot Sessions
“Louver” – Holyoke – Blue Dot Sessions
“Secret Pocketbook” – Holyoke – Blue Dot Sessions
“Anders” – Macrame – Blue Dot Sessions
“Silent Flock” – Migration – Blue Dot Sessions
“The Consulate” – Holyoke – Blue Dot Sessions
“Li-Fonte” – Architect – Blue Dot Sessions

Story 2: Engrique Chagoya: Making Art & Community
Art can be controversial, and Enrique Chagoya, an artist and professor at Stanford, is no stranger to controversy. But, in his experiences, art also has the power to bring people together–often, in unexpected ways.

Producer: Regina T.H. Ta
Featuring: Enrique Chagoya
Music: “We Collect Shiny Things” – Blue Dot Sessions – Love & Weasel
“Are We Loose Yet” – Blue Dot Sessions – Bodytonic
“Six Gnossiennes: Gnossienne No. 1” – Erik Satie – 50 Essential Piano Pieces by Roland Pöntinen
“Thannoid” – Blue Dot Sessions – Bodytonic

Story 3: Experiencing Sankofa
What are you supposed to do after a noose is found on your campus? Stanford’s answer to that question was, in part, to invite The Experience Sankofa Project, a living museum on black history to campus. This story details what the Project can teach us about racism, activism, and (maybe most importantly), community.

Producer: Adesuwa Agbonile
Featuring: Venus Morris, Dereca Blackmon, Mizan Alkebulan-Abakah, Sizwe Andrews-Abakah, Frank Omowale Satterwhite, Jeanette Smith-Laws, Persis Drell
Music: “Multiple Crystal Bowl Rhythm – – Geerose
“All the Answers” – Lee Rosevere
“It’s a Mystery” – Lee Rosevere
“You’re Enough Version C” – Lee Rosevere


This episode investigates the act of preserving, a decision made in the present, regarding the past, looking towards the future. What can we learn from what we choose to preserve? What does preserving reveal about our values?


Story 1: Mother of Falcons
Master falconer Kate Marden has an urgent mission: preservation through education. What’s at stake? The ability to connect to something as wild as a bird of prey

Producers:Regina Kong
Music: Massive Attack by Podington Bear; Teals Descending Upon the Level Sand by Lo Ka Ping; Shines Through Trees by Podington Bear; Be careful, I’ve Stood On It Too by Bitbasic; Night Caves by Lee Rosevere; Le Songe d’Hacholhii by Sunhiilow; When You’re On the Moon by Tony Higgins

Story 2: Deekin’ on Boont Harpers
Boonville isn’t just a sleepy wine town in Northern California. It has its own culture, tall tales, and even its own version of a language – Boontling. Sadly, like Boonville itself, Boontling is fading away. We explore a diverse array of perspectives on what Boontling really means, on how its multiple layers intertwine with the history, economy, and deeply human aspects of this community.

Featuring: Wes Smoot, Rod DeWitt, Karen Ge
Producers: Carolyn Stein, Karen Ge, Cat Fergesen
Music: Warmup by Patrick Muecke, Serenity by Jason Shaw, Animal Magic by Purple Plant, Every Life by Purple Planet, Mountain Breeze by Purple Planet, Evan Schaeffer by Graze, Easy Day by Kevin MacLeod

Story 3: Art Never Dies
When we walk into a museum, we rarely think about the behind-the-scenes life of the art hanging on the wall. What goes into preserving art to stand the test of time? What happens when the physical material can’t be saved? Does the art piece die?

Producers: Grace Zhang, Lola McAllister, Liv Jenks
Music:Curiosity by Lee Rosevere, Sneaky Adventure by Kevin MacLeod, The Flight of lulu by Possimiste

Learning Medicine

We visit five places on campus where future doctors are learning how to practice medicine. We’re going to real classrooms: anatomy lab and wet lab, lecture halls, we visit a Stanford Free Clinic, bike across campus to the mausoleum, and head down the road to Webb Ranch. We’re asking: How are students learning to practice medicine, thoughtfully?

Story 1: The Healing Power of Getting Stoked
Sometimes, a word can help identify exactly what’s missing. Urban dictionary says: to be “stoked” is to be completely and intensely enthusiastic, exhilarated, or excited about something. Those who are stoked all of the time know this; being stoked is the epitome of all being. In our next story, State of the Human Producer JJ Kapur learns the healing power of getting stoked.

Producers: JJ Kapur and Esha Dhawan
Music: Thunderstorm (Pon VIII) by Kai Engel; Slimheart by Blue Dot Sessions; Ghost Surf Rock by Loyalty Freak Music; The graveyard by Loyalty Freak Music; Blue Highway by Podington Bear; Our Only Lark by Blue Dot Sessions; You Don’t Surf So Shut Up by Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands

Story 2: Warlock Genetics
For many doctors, it takes four years to complete their degree. But physician-scientists — doctors who have an MD and a PhD — have eight years of school. These physician-scientists treat patients and conduct cutting-edge medical research. Our producer tries to figure out if learning medicine and learning how to conduct medical research is the path for her. To make things more complicated, Victoria grew up in an Eastern Medicine household, so pursuing an MD in the Western tradition is already lifting a few eyebrows.

Producers: Victoria Yuan and Sarah Griffin
Music: Never Forget by Ketsa; Multiverse by Ketsa; Tian Mi Mi by Teresa Teng; Syaba by Aoiroooasamusi; Slow Vibing by Ketsa; Robot Waltz by Ketsa

Story 3: Spiritual Cowgirl
In our next story, State of the Human Producer Aparna Verma visits Dr. Beverly Kane at Webb Ranch to observe Equine-imity. Formally a practicing doctor at Apple, and a family practice physician, Dr. Kane now teaches these courses at the Stanford School of Medicine. She also teaches another class called Medicine & Horsemanship, which trains medical students and practitioners to develop an awareness of the subtleties of communication that are necessary for a provider-patient relationship.

Producers: Aparna Verma and Linda Liu
Music: Loco Lobo, Sergey Cheremisinov, Kai Engel

Story 4: Anatomical Mnemonics
Mnemonics use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier. Maybe you also learned PEMDAS for order of math operations. parentheses, exponent, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. In no field perhaps, are mnemonics more abundant than in medicine. For our next story, pre-med student, producer Victoria Yuan visits Anatomy Lab after hours to ask if learning mnemonics affects the way medical students think about people.

Producer: Victoria Yuan
Music: Kitty in the Window by Podington Bear; Awakenings by Ketsa; Dog Politics by Elvis Herod; Pictures of the Floating by Canada; Orange Sunshine by Rod Hamilton; Tinny Whistle by Elvis Herod