Full episode 149: Bedside Diplomacy Prologue Share a clip Transcript ByIra Glass Host Ira Glass talks with Robert Lipsyte, author of In the Country of Illness, who tells a story of how one lady in New York won the hospital staff over to her side with one conversation. (4 minutes) More in Health and Health CareView all 757: The Ghost in the Machine Dec. 31, 2021 Act Two: Father of Invention There’s a machine lots of us encounter as a big impersonal, mechanical apparatus, that has a ghost in it. 735: Bloody Feelings Apr. 9, 2021 Act Five: Un-Break My Heart Producer Sean Cole scrubs in to observe heart surgeon Dr. 735: Bloody Feelings Apr. 9, 2021 Act One: Started From Phle-Bottom, Now We’re Here When Adele wrote into our show last summer, she described herself as “the worst phlebotomist in the whole hospital.” Producer Diane Wu couldn’t resist calling her up to find out exactly what she meant by that. More by Ira GlassView all 765: Off Course Mar. 18, 2022 Act One: The Audition Ira’s story of Yibin Li continues. 763: The Other Mr. President Feb. 25, 2022 Act Three: Maybe Pay Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain Disinformation and propaganda works differently in Putin’s Russia than it did during the Soviet Union. 763: The Other Mr. President Feb. 25, 2022 Act Four: A Matter of Principal (podcast only) Protestors came out across Russia after the Ukraine invasion.