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Stateside: USOC’s silence enabled Nassar; doctors’ mental health; the life of a conductor

Rahael Gupta
Michigan Radio
Rahael Gupta is the founder of Physicians Connected, a nonprofit that seeks to destigmatize mental health issues among medical professionals.

On today's show, Believed co-host Kate Wells breaks down a recent report that found top officials at the U.S. Olympic Committee knew former sports doctor Larry Nassar was sexually abusing his patients, yet took no disciplinary action against him. Plus, a conversation about the changing field of classical music between a graduate student and aspiring conductor, and the retired music director for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Silence, inaction from U.S. Olympic Committee enabled Larry Nassar’s abuse, says new report

Stateside’s conversation with Michigan Radio’s Kate Wells

  • On Monday, a shocking investigative report revealed that top officials at the U.S. Olympic Committee knew that disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar was sexually abusing his patients — and did nothing to stop him.
  • Michigan Radio reporter and Believed co-host Kate Wells has been covering Nassar’s story from the beginning. She joined Stateside to talk about the biggest takeaways — and failures — revealed by the report, and what she believes it will mean for the U.S. Olympic Committee. 

How do you want to die? Using technology to start conversations about end of life care.

Stateside's conversation with Elisabeth Michel

  • Facing the reality of one’s own death is uncomfortable, which is why many people tend to put off making important end-of-life choices for as long as possible. University of Michigan School of Public Health grad Elisabeth Michel is CEO and co-founder of Canopy, an Ann Arbor-based health and tech company that helps people make end-of-life decisions, and then share them with loved ones and medical providers.

Theater Talk: Holiday shows include a mix of beloved classics and an irreverent newcomer

Stateside’s conversation with David Kiley

  • ‘Tis the season to head over to your local theater for some good old-fashioned holiday cheer. David Kiley is editor and publisher of Encore Michigan. He gave us an overview of shows being offered by theater companies across the state, including A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Merry Christmas to Everyone! (Except Christina) at The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale, and The Little Prince at the Flint Repertory Theatre. 
  • Support for arts and culture coverage is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Young doctor: Physicians who hide mental health struggles contribute to stigma

Stateside’s conversation with Rahael Gupta

  • People choose to study medicine because they want to help heal others, but what happens when they find themselves facing their own mental health challenges like anxiety and depression? University of Michigan medical student Rahael Gupta struggled with those mental health problems, an experience that prompted her to found a nonprofit called Physicians Connected. Gupta told Stateside why she thinks people in the medical field have a hard time opening up about their mental health issues, and how she hopes her organization will help reduce stigma surrounding that topic. 
  • If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-8255.

Passing the baton: A maestro and aspiring conductor riff on changing classical music industry

Stateside’s conversation with Chelsea Gallo and Leonard Slatkin


  • Stateside's ongoing Work in Progress series features conversations between two people at opposite ends of the same career path. Conductor Chelsea Gallo is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, and Leonard Slatkin is Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. They talked about how Slatkin got his start in conducting, Gallo's experience as a woman in the industry, and the importance of encouraging people with marginalized identities to get involved in music. 

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