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This week you'll meet Paula Norcott and Nina Emlen, our expert guest hosts this season! Both are perinatal professionals, doulas, entrepreneurs and mothers living and working with new moms in Maine.

The first topic they'll tackle is perhaps the most contentious - and potentially the most dangerous - health issue facing today's new parents, and really, public health at large: vaccine hesitancy and refusal. They interview sociologist and author Jennifer Reich, who researches how and why families choose to vaccinate their children or not. Discover what the data says about vaccine safety, how the history of vaccines is actually wound up in a social justice movement, and how families are navigating issues of individual health versus civic duty.

Links: Calling the Shots


Producers: Katie Wilson + Caitlin Scholl

Editing + Sound Design: Ian Carlsen

Theme song: America! by Bill Callahan

Paula Norcott, Nina Emlen


Jennifer Reich

Other Music: This Land is Your Land by Woodie Gurthrie,

S3E1 Part I: To Vax or Not to Vax?

recorded by Caitlin Scholl