Who We Are
The Nocturnists is a live show and podcast where health professionals share stories from the world of medicine. Based in San Francisco and hosted by physician Emily Silverman, our show is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about health, illness, and human connection.
Welcome to the family.
Emily Silverman / creator and host
Emily is an internal medicine physician 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.
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.
alberto hernandez / sound engineer
Alberto is a SF-based audio engineer, music mixer, and producer with experience in radio, audiobooks and podcasts. Born in Mexico City, and coming from a multi-national (Mexican and German) family, Alberto has had the opportunity to be immersed in many different cultures. He loves good food and drink, traveling, music, and sharing adventures with friends and family.
bee logan / social media manager
Bee is a storyteller who worked in medical education for several years. Prior to joining The Nocturnists, she earned an M.S. with honors from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Master en Journalisme from Sciences Po. Her work has appeared in Agence France-Presse and Mechanical Engineering Magazine. Beyond writing, she is passionate about science, education, travel and watching all the dessert-baking videos on Instagram.
chloe lessard / podcast intern
Chloe is a science writer and audio journalist with a background in public health. She is drawn to the inherent mystery and humanness of medicine, and is a firm believer in the power of stories to elicit change. She recently completed a concurrent masters in epidemiology and health journalism. In her free time she volunteers as a birth doula, takes photos, reads, and dances.
kirk klocke / assistant producer
Kirk is a Minneapolis-based writer, editor, and producer. He has written for numerous publications and organizations, including Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Marine Science and Technology Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and Elite Daily. He is an aspiring narrative non-fiction author and documentary producer, and volunteers as a news assistant at Minnesota Public Radio. In 2019 he co-founded the arts & culture blog notquitesunday and tweets at @citizenkirk.
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