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Introducing Ethically Sound: A Podcast Series from the Bioethics Commission

bioethics_twitter-v3-08Since the Bioethics Commission was established via Executive Order by President Obama, the Bioethics Commission has put forth 10 reports on a variety of ethically challenging topics, and has provided recommendations on topics ranging from synthetic biology to neuroscience to whole genome sequencing. As the Bioethics Commission’s tenure comes to a close, we are issuing a new podcast series called Ethically Sound.  Beginning Monday, we will release one podcast per week for ten weeks, beginning with the podcast on the report Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research.

The podcasts focus on a particularly salient ethical challenge that was addressed in each report, and illustrate how these ethical challenges impact our communities and how the Commission’s work can influence how these challenges are handled. Each of the 10 podcasts will open with an introductory vignette from a speaker closely associated with the topic, who will recount his or her personal or professional experiences and thoughts about that ethical challenge. The podcasts will also feature an interview with one of our Commission members, who will recount how the Commission addressed these ethical issues and what challenges they faced along the way.

All of our podcasts are hosted and narrated by the Commission’s former Communications Director Hillary Wicai Viers. Listeners will be able to access the podcast directly on our website, as well as through the Bioethics Commission’s SoundCloud page and iTunes page. Listeners can also follow the podcast using the hashtag #EthicallySound or following us on twitter @bioethicsgov.

The podcast series is our most recent project aimed at bringing the Commission’s work to a variety of audiences. Other available materials include educational modules that can be adopted for classrooms at all levels, by professionals, and by interested individuals. The Bioethics Commission’s reports can be downloaded for free at, and the Commission’s educational materials can be accessed and downloaded for free at We welcome your feedback and comments at

The first podcast, featuring Dr. Suzet McKinney, Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District Commission and Commission Member Col. Nelson Michael, will be available on September 12 at

You can listen to the podcasts from our website, and from our SoundCloud,  YouTube and iTunes pages. Listeners can also follow the podcast using the hashtag #EthicallySound or following us on twitter @bioethicsgov.


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