Lost Women of Science Launches Fifth Podcast Season

Lost Women of Science Launches Fifth Podcast Season

“The Doctor and the Fix: How Marie Nyswander Changed the Landscape of Addiction”






Amy Scharf (LWoS)                                     Eowyn Burtner (LWoS)            

amy@lostwomenofscience.org                          admin@lostwomenofscience.org

March 29, 2023 - San Francisco, CA – The Lost Women of Science podcast series announces the launch of its fifth season, The Doctor and the Fix, which focuses on the extraordinary life and work of psychiatrist Marie Nyswander. In the 1960s, Dr. Nyswander and her team at Rockefeller Institute in New York City started to experiment with a drug called methadone as a treatment for heroin addiction – and they achieved remarkable results. With a reputation as a bold – perhaps even reckless – defier of convention, Marie Nyswander turned the world of addiction upside down for decades to come. 

Lost Women of Science Season 5 will launch on Thursday, March 30, 2023, with the first of five episodes. The season trailer is now available at: LostWomenofScience.org. New episodes will be released every subsequent Thursday. The show is available for free across all major podcast listening platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast and Amazon Music. The podcast will continue its partnership with public media organization PRX and Scientific American magazine. This season of Lost Women of Science is underwritten by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Schmidt Futures. 

Katie Hafner, co-executive producer and co-host of Lost Women of Science, said, “Like most everyone else, I knew nothing about Marie Nyswander when I began this project. Now that I’ve learned about her life – and life’s work – I’m convinced that Marie Nyswander should be a household name, especially when it comes to addiction treatment.”

Lost Women of Science Season 5 once again proudly features producer and co-host Carol Sutton Lewis, founder, and host of the blog and podcast Ground Control Parenting, a resource for parents of Black and Brown children, with a particular focus on issues of identity and education. Carol added, “Dr. Nyswander’s work with patients suffering from the effects of substance abuse led her to the groundbreaking yet widely unpopular view of addiction as a disease and of methadone as a viable way to treat that disease. I‘m excited that we are shining our LWoS spotlight on this medical pioneer!”

About Lost Women of Science:

The Lost Women of Science Initiative is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit with two overarching and interrelated missions: to tell the story of female scientists who made groundbreaking achievements in their fields, yet remain largely unknown to the general public; and to inspire girls and young women to pursue education and careers in STEM. As a full, mission-driven organization, the Lost Women of Science Initiative plans to digitize and archive its research and make all primary source material available to students, educators, and historians of science. To learn more, or to donate to this important work, please visit LostWomenofScience.org, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @lostwomenofsci 

About Scientific American:

The award-winning magazine Scientific American covers the advances in research and discovery that are changing our understanding of the world and shaping our lives. Founded in 1845, it is the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States and now reaches more than 10 million people around the world each month through its website, print and digital editions, newsletters and app. Authoritative, engaging features, news, opinion and multimedia stories from journalists and expert authors—including more than 200 Nobel Prize winners—provide need-to-know coverage, insights and illumination of the most important developments at the intersection of science and society. Scientific American is published by Springer Nature. As a research publisher, Springer Nature is home to other trusted brands including Springer, Nature Research, BMC and Palgrave Macmillan. ScientificAmerican.com

About PRX:

PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology, and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio of iconic public radio programs such as ‘The World,” “This American Life,” “The Moth Radio Hour,” “Latino USA,” “Snap Judgment,” and “Reveal,” PRX is also home to a growing body of podcast productions, including via the Radiotopia podcast network and the TRAX podcast network for tweens. PRX.org