Road to Resilience

Road to Resilience
Stories and insights to help you thrive in a challenging world. From fighting burnout and trauma, to building resilient families and communities, we explore what’s possible when science meets the human spirit. Powered by the best experts in the world.

The Indestructible Judith Hunt
Oct 6 • 12 min
Judith shouldn’t be alive right now.
The Price of Perfection
Sep 24 • 21 min
A mental health crisis derailed figure skater Gracie Gold’s career. Now, armed with new coping skills, she’s fighting to return to the Olympic podium.
Our Better Angels
Sep 11 • 13 min
To survive trauma, 9/11 responder Neil Carroll had to rethink what it means to be a man.
Three Generations of Autism Advocates
Aug 25 • 31 min
A mother-daughter team of autism advocates talk about finding joy and purpose in autism, and share how they’re working to help people with autism thrive.
I Am Not My Hair
Aug 13 • 16 min
Cancer survivor Shahonna Anderson on how tapping into her support network and embracing her new look helped her beat the disease.
Coping After a Natural Disaster
Jul 28 • 24 min
Newly returned from earthquake-damaged Puerto Rico, Psychiatrist Hansel Arroyo, MD, and Lyse Aybar, LCSW, share strategies they used to boost survivors’ resilience and reflect on how communities respond to natural disasters.
Unmaking Painful Memories
Jul 15 • 27 min
Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller, PhD, on how the science of fear memories is chipping away at the burden of memory.
Rewrite Your Script
Jul 1 • 21 min
Health equity researcher Lynne Richardson, MD, talks about how defying society’s “script” helped her build resilience, and explains why she’s hopeful that COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement will lead to progress on healthcare inequities.
Opening Up
Jun 19 • 13 min
Still processing his experience during the pandemic, Erik Blutinger, MD, reflects on what getting back to “normal” means for him and his patients.
Three Good Things
Jun 5 • 16 min
Three resilience-boosting techniques from the field of positive psychology.
The Recharge Room
May 22 • 23 min
David Putrino, PhD, on the science behind Mount Sinai’s recharge rooms and what high-performance teams teach us about collective resilience.
Emily & Kumail on Staying In
May 15 • 26 min
Writer/producers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani talk about navigating all the corona-feels.
The Givers
May 9 • 17 min
Eight nurses reflect on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Edge of the Unknown
Apr 29 • 17 min
Hospital Chaplain Rev. David Fleenor draws on multi-denominational spiritual teachings to find comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Signs of Hope
Apr 18 • 9 min
Amid signs that the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing in New York City, The Mount Sinai Hospital President David Reich, MD, talks about the pandemic’s next “chronic” phase.
Pandemic-Proof Parenting Tips
Apr 14 • 19 min
Developmental psychologist Aliza Pressman, PhD, answers parents’ questions about adjusting to the new reality, including tips on coping, self-care, and how to talk to kids about the pandemic.
Our Finest Hour
Apr 10 • 11 min
What can former POWs, special forces instructors, and resilient civilians teach us about weathering a historic resilience challenge like the COVID-19 pandemic?
How to Stay Sane While Staying Home
Apr 7 • 12 min
With more than 90 percent of Americans under stay-at-home orders, Psychiatrist Deborah Marin, MD, offers tips for safeguarding your mental health while social distancing.
Calm Through Chaos
Apr 1 • 17 min
An ICU nurse in New York City talks about the experience of treating COVID-19 patients, and explains how nurses in her unit are banding together to meet an unprecedented challenge.
The Only Way Out is Through
Mar 24 • 13 min
As the number of coronavirus patients in New York City continues to climb, Brendan Carr, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine for the Mount Sinai Health System, talks about the tough decisions he’s facing, and how he’s coping with enormous pressure to save…
The Body Heals the Mind
Mar 4 • 32 min
Trisha Meili, better known as the “Central Park Jogger,” talks about how focusing on the present moment and returning to running helped her bounce back from a traumatic brain injury.
Modeling Courage
Feb 19 • 24 min
Transgender activist Mahogany Phillips walked away from a successful career as a male model to focus on her transition. Later, she helped win low-income New Yorkers the right to gender-affirming surgery. In this interview, she talks about bullies, gender…
“I Made a Decision to Live”
Feb 5 • 19 min
Grievously injured on Sept. 11, 2001, Lauren Manning became a national symbol of resilience as she fought her way back to health. In this special interview, she talks about how pity and pain fueled her determination to heal.
Facing Climate Change
Jan 24 • 28 min
Environmentalist Karenna Gore goes beyond carbon emissions to the root causes of climate change and talks about how framing the crisis as a moral issue can help us adapt and mitigate its worst effects.
The Gospel of Curtis
Jan 7 • 23 min
NFL legend Curtis Martin went from a latchkey kid in a violent neighborhood to a Hall of Famer and celebrated philanthropist. His unlikely rise was powered by faith, hard work, and near superhuman discipline. In this interview, he talks about facing his…
10 Resilience Insights from 2019
Dec 26, 2019 • 18 min
Road to Resilience producers Jon Earle, Katie Ullman, and Nicci Hudson reflect on episodes from the past year and share the moments that stuck with them the most. What were your favorite resilience moments? Email us at
My Experiments With Truth
Dec 11, 2019 • 22 min
Oncologist Gabriel Sara, MD, is a maniac about the truth. Whether delivering a tough diagnosis, or sharing his feelings with colleagues, he refuses to sugarcoat. It’s a lesson he learned as a medical intern in war-torn Beirut, where the truth was a matter…
The Stuff With My Mom
Nov 27, 2019 • 19 min
Writer Marisa Bardach Ramel talks about how her mother’s cancer strained and strengthened their relationship, and reflects on how the act of writing brought them closer together when it mattered most.
Kids Who Can Deal
Nov 13, 2019 • 30 min
Parenting expert Aliza Pressman, PhD, talks about how to raise resilient kids.
Your Brain on Fear
Oct 30, 2019 • 17 min
A neuroscientist explains why fear memories are so tenacious and how doctors might someday treat them with surgical precision.
The Story of Bed 25
Oct 17, 2019 • 14 min
George flees anti-gay violence in his native Ghana and seeks asylum in the United States. This is the story of what happened next.
A Scientist’s Case for Optimism
Sep 30, 2019 • 18 min
Optimism researcher Alan Rozanski, MD, explains what optimism really means, why optimists are healthier than pessimists, and how to start seeing the glass half-full.
Unknown Exposure
Sep 11, 2019 • 28 min
A 9/11 health expert and a responder reflect on the lingering effects of working at Ground Zero.
The Comedian and the Brain Tumor
Aug 28, 2019 • 17 min
Comedian Jeannie Gaffigan talks about battling a life-threatening brain tumor with the help of her husband, Jim, her faith, and humor.
Measuring the Mental Toll of Child Separation
Jul 29, 2019 • 24 min
Mount Sinai researchers discuss a major study examining the mental health of children in immigration detention.
Forget Kumbaya: The Art of Self-Care
Jun 25, 2019 • 27 min
Overwhelmed by grief for her patients, an oncology fellow embarks on a self-care journey that leads to unexpected places
Dr. Krieger’s Three Resilience Tips
Jun 11, 2019 • 4 min
Neurologist Stephen Krieger, MD, shares resilience insights he’s learned from treating patients with multiple sclerosis.
Somebody to Lean On
May 29, 2019 • 21 min
The science is in: We’re stronger together. Multiple sclerosis patients Kate Milliken and Elizabeth Jones talk about the tight-knit MS community that made them more resilient.
The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma
Apr 24, 2019 • 42 min
Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond, filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD, discuss childhood trauma and healing.
Resilience Stories (Live!)
Mar 28, 2019 • 30 min
Two stories told live by neuroscience PhD students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
The Mystery Virus
Mar 8, 2019 • 18 min
Hepatologist Douglas Dieterich, MD, and humanitarian Leigh Blake tell the story of the virus that changed their life.
The Power of Optimism
Jan 30, 2019 • 14 min
Paralympian Deb Gruen explains how optimism helped her thrive despite a lifelong disability.
Thriving After a Devastating Loss
Dec 26, 2018 • 17 min
Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH, talks about how a personal tragedy led to her to study environmental stressors.
Managing Stress, Anxiety and Fear
Nov 28, 2018 • 26 min
Resident Benny Laitman and med student Jordyn Feingold discuss tips for managing extreme stress.
A Resilient Journey from Trauma to Success
Oct 31, 2018 • 23 min
Dr. Angela Diaz talks about how she overcame extreme poverty and depression.
Faith, Spirituality and Mindfulness
Sep 26, 2018 • 22 min
Psychiatrist Deborah Marin, MD, talks about the role that faith, spirituality, and mindfulness can play in resilience.
Building a Resilient Family
Aug 29, 2018 • 27 min
Dennis Charney, MD, and his son Alex Charney, MD, talk about raising resilience kids.
The Prescription to My Recovery
Jul 25, 2018 • 24 min
Dennis Charney, MD, faces his would-be assassin and dives deeper into the science of resilience.
An Unexpected Trauma
Jun 27, 2018 • 22 min
Dennis Charney, MD, uses his own “prescription to resilience” to heal after being ambushed by a gunman.
Welcome to Road to Resilience
Jun 15, 2018 • 2 min
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