Media Library

An archive of media resources including short videos, webinars, podcasts, and more.

Free Associations Episode 1 | September 12, 2017

Early to bed, early to a healthy BMI?

Matt, Chris, and Don examine a report on how routines in childhood affect obesity, discuss their takes on how to critically read a journal article, debate the plural of platypus and the science behind the “asparagus smell”, and why neurotic cats need boxes.

Free Associations Episode 2 | September 12, 2017

Can chocolate make the heart grow healthier?

Matt, Chris, and Don review a new study suggesting chocolate may reduce your risk for atrial fibrillation, discuss the difference between observational studies and randomized controlled trials and ask whether Usain Bolt is fast enough to cause a Doppler shift.

Free Associations Episode 3 | September 12, 2017

A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away?

Matt, Chris, and Don dig into the latest study on whether alcohol is good for your heart, discuss what kinds of health studies the media likes to report on and review the harshest peer reviewer feedback we can find.

Free Associations Episode 4 | September 26, 2017

Is this the paper that launched a thousand anti-vaxxers?

Matt, Chris and Don discuss the paper that set off the MMR and autism controversy, dive deep into the peer review system. Chris and Don leave Matt scratching more than his head with their Amazing and Amusing contributions.

Free Associations Episode 5 | October 10, 2017

To increase regulation on pollution or not to, that is the question?

Matt, Chris, and Don discuss a new study that suggests increasing pollution regulation standards in the US could save lives, debate whether or not medical researchers should make policy recommendations, and answer the question: is it safer to ride in blue or yellow taxis?

Practically Speaking

Communicating Science

Scientists and academics have a responsibility to share the meaning and implications of their work. This requires knowing how to communicate complex material in clear, engaging ways that invite the public to the conversation.


Communicating Science

Ever wonder how to get your audience excited about your research? Join Suzy Sarfaty, MD and Chase Crossno, MPH to reframe the way you think about communication.

Practically Speaking

Data Visualization

With the explosion of data available at one’s fingertips, there is a growing need to transform raw data into meaningful information that can be used by decision makers. In this episode of Practically Speaking, Dr. Lisa Sullivan covers several proper data visualization techniques to clearly communicate data and statistical results.


Social Media Presence

Whether you’re doing it for yourself or for your organization or institution, understanding how to use social media to reach your audience can be an invaluable tool. Join Michelle Samuels, Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator for BU School of Public Health, to learn how you can leverage the power of social media to reach your goals.

Practically Speaking

Social Media

Whether you’re doing it for yourself or for your organization or institution, understanding how to use social media to reach your audience can be an invaluable tool.

Practically Speaking

Stress Management and Compassion in Challenging Times

We all know that everyone experiences stress on a daily basis—from our work or our extracurricular activities, and news of recent tragic events. Research indicates that stress can have a real impact on our physical and mental health as well as our relationships, leading us to be less compassionate.

Free Associations Episode 6 | October 24, 2017

Are artificial sweeteners the cause or the cure?

Matt, Chris and Don examine if artificial sweeteners are good or bad for your weight, pontificate on conflicts of interest in studies, and discuss what shall only be called “baloney” (so that we don’t get a PG-13 rating).

Free Associations Episode 8 | November 7, 2017

Could kids in Uganda do this podcast better than we can?

Matt, Chris, and Don decide whether school kids in Uganda can be taught to evaluate the validity of health claims (hey, isn’t that our job?), talk about generalizing study results and Chris finds the answers in rubbing his bald spot.

Free Associations Episode 7 | October 31, 2017

Freaky associations between flu vaccine and miscarriage?

Matt, Chris, and Don drop their Halloween candy to debate whether H1N1 flu vaccine can cause spontaneous abortions, attempt to discern whether or not it is ok to divide up your data, and Matt has an anecdote about The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Free Associations Episode 9 | November 21, 2017

Is watching hockey the same as exercising?

Matt, Chris, and Don get checked into the boards on this new study on watching hockey and heart rates (seriously), get called for high sticking over their take on how big a study needs to be, and Chris warns us about the dangers of pizza deficiency syndrome. (Special episode with video!)

Free Associations Episode 10 | December 5, 2017

It's alive!!! A live podcast, featuring fat and carbs?

Matt, Chris, and Don feed a live audience burritos before asking whether fat and carbs are killing us, wrestle with whether the ranking of a journal defines the quality of the articles within, and Chris finally teaches us why bees don’t use back scratchers.

Free Associations Episode 10.5 | December 12, 2017

Live episode Q&A (Bonus)

Bonus content! Matt, Chris, and Don answer questions from a live audience.