Our team


Emily Silverman / Host and Creator

Emily is an academic hospitalist at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where she seeks out projects that resurrect the narrative soul of medicine. She wrote a series of prose-poems based on her experiences as a resident, and is currently working on her first book. Her writing is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about science, human nature, and what it means to live and die well. In her spare time she enjoys teaching herself how to play electric guitar, listening to podcasts, and traveling with her husband Boaz. She tweets @ESilvermanMD.



Ali Block / Executive Producer

Ali is a family medicine doctor in San Francisco. Every day she has the privilege of bearing witness to her patients’ experiences of birth and death, illness and wellness, and joy and grief. She and her husband Tim are executive producers on a documentary film called Dr. Feelgood, which explores the ethical dilemma of opiate prescriptions.


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Marina Poole / Podcast Producer

Marina is a multimedia creator with an interest in how storytelling can work to help people connect in a time of increasing distraction. After studying Documentary Studies and having the opportunity to collaborate on various short films, photo, and audio projects, she has returned to her Bay Area home to continue pursuing impact storytelling.



adelaide papazoglou / Program coordinator and head of story development

Adelaide is an anthropologist, filmmaker, doula, and aspiring physician whose work has hovered at the intersection of human affliction and narrative form. She has worked on a broad range of projects from short fiction and experimental films to feature-length documentaries. She is interested in the relationship between bodies and institutions, emerging forms of biocitizenship and biosociality, and how queer theory informs all scholarship. As a doula she also has the privilege of bearing witness to the birth of babies and parents.




stephanie muscat / designer

A strong proponent of staging constructive collisions between disciplines, Steph is interested in tackling the gaps between reality, observation, and understanding from all possible angles. Her work explores the space between science and art, and is virtually visitable at stephaniemuscat.com.

Our story coaches


Ali Block, Bryan Berlin, Melissa Brandt, Elizabeth Inglese, Kirk Klocke, Elana Lancaster, Meghan O’Brien, Nora Orton, Kyle Marian, Eliana Munro, Roshan Nebrajani, Adelaide Papazoglou, Jeff Rose, Pallabi Sanyal-Dey, Emily Silverman, Sarah Stroe, Charlie Varon