Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast. Patients First. Always - Ft. Colonel David King, Trauma Surgeon

Colonel David King, Trauma Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, and combat veteran in the U.S. Army Reserve discusses service, military support and above all, compassion for our patients during this trying time.

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Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 Series (2): Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast. Patients First. Always - Featuring Colonel David King, Trauma Surgeon

Dr. Ron Hirschberg talks with Colonel David King, Trauma Surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, and combat veteran in the U.S. Army Reserve about service, military support and above all, compassion for our patients during this this trying time. Through multiple overseas deployments and as one of MGH's physician leaders following the Boston Marathon Bombing, Dr. King's recent tweet resonates: "Be cool. And be calm. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Work through the objective. Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. Focus on the mission. This panic-craziness has to stop. Think clearly. Do things that help and make sense. Don’t be proactive. Patients first. Always."

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Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 Series (1): Lessons From Our Military And How We Can Help Ourselves And Each Other - Featuring Brigadier General Jack Hammond

We are all at war with COVID-19, and anytime there is war, there are people who strive to keep us safe every day. These are not only the dedicated servicemembers who fight overseas, but the people who are on-call to battle the threats right here at home. This episode features a conversation with Brigadier General Jack Hammond on how we can help ourselves and each other during times of crisis, and what the military can do to help.

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Feb 17, 2020

Warrior-Healer: Inside A Song By Air Force Veteran Blair Morin and James House

Air Force Medics are trained in healing others wounds while armed and ready for combat. How does that double responsibility impact the medic, the healer and warrior over time - and what is coming home like? Air Force Veteran Blair Morin and acclaimed Nashville songwriter James House got together for a writing session to explore these questions in the song, Warrior-Healer.

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Feb 02, 2020

LIVE at the JFK Library and Museum - A Conversation with Marine Veteran Shaggy

In November 2019, we held our annual Veterans Day Dinner at the JFK Library and Museum, in Boston. It was a night to honor veterans and show the comradery of service members and their families. Home Base COO, Michael Allard and Executive Director, Brigadier General Jack Hammond welcomed Shaggy to the stage to recognize him for his service as a Marine in the 10th Regiment, and for a live conversation with Home Base Nation's host Dr. Ron Hirschberg.

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Jan 28, 2020

More Than Just Headaches: 7 Truths Behind Military Traumatic Brain Injury

After two decades of conflict overseas, it is estimated that more than 93% of Combat Veterans have experienced artillery, rocket, or mortar attacks, making traumatic brain injury (TBI) the second most common injury sustained in the military. Although more than 2 million people are diagnosed with a TBI each year, there are still many misconceptions surrounding brain injury. Dr. Ron Hirschberg sits down with world-renowned traumatic brain injury expert Dr. Ross Zafonte, Home Base Executive Director Brigadier General (USA ret.) Jack Hammond, and Home Base Chief Operating Officer Michael Allard to unlock seven truths behind military traumatic brain injury.

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Jan 20, 2020

Dancehall and Deployments - Featuring Marine Veteran Shaggy

"None of us are pure. I'm a hybrid guy. I'm a hybrid in music, in life, in race" says Marine Veteran Orville Richard Burrell, the two-time GRAMMY winning Dancehall and Reggae artist - Shaggy. Join the conversation on hybrids: Military and Music, Jamaica and America, Black and White, and brotherhood overseas and on the stage.

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Jan 06, 2020

Recalibration - Featuring Retired Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills

Meet Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills: Entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, husband and father of two. Travis inspires everyone, civilian and military alike with his infectious Never Give Up Never Quit mantra, and in his New York Times Bestseller, Tough As They Come, the Army veteran takes you on a journey to and from war and to some of the greatest years of his life after being injured. Travis is one of five surviving quadruple amputees since the start of the post-9/11 conflicts. He'll share his story with us, and we'll discuss his recalibration to life at home, and recovery to a new chapter that brings fulfillment and purpose once again.

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Dec 28, 2019

Diner Debrief - Companion Episode to: From Injury to Inspiration

Hello Home Base Nation! We invite you to listen to the previous episode featuring Lee and Bob Woodruff on 12-23-19, prior to tuning in to this Diner Debrief. For this week’s Diner Debrief, we are joined by two servicemember colleagues for some thoughts and perspective after listening to the episode, From Injury to Inspiration - Featuring Lee and Bob Woodruff. Marine Veteran Brendan McCaffrey and Army Warrant Officer One Armand Hunter will comment with host Dr. Ron Hirschberg about protecting our civilian journalists who are serving in their own way, needs for all of our TBI survivors, and brotherhood and family-hood.

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Dec 23, 2019

From Injury to Inspiration - Featuring Lee and Bob Woodruff

As travelers, bestselling writers, and award winning journalists, Lee and Bob Woodruff have always been interested in culture, language, goverment and of course, family. But when Bob was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in January of 2006, he (and they) became “interesting” in an unexpected way. They became faces of a family affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI), a signature injury of the post 9/11 conflicts, right in the middle of sky rocketing numbers of service members with these same injuries, and would become a source of and hope and inspiration for thousands of servicemembers, veterans and military families. Join us for a conversation on recovery, family and the creation of a growing foundation that would serve so many who have served.

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Dec 09, 2019

Finding Purpose...Again - Featuring Marine Veteran Kirstie Ennis

Marine Veteran Kirstie Ennis has realized through a unique blend of perseverance and giving back, that at age 28, she has found her purpose for the second time in life. Join us for a conversation about growing up with Marine role models and becoming one, and why each day is an opportunity to serve in different ways than she every thought she would - Through the lens of a Marine who became a Paralympian, Mountaineer and Philanthropist.

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Nov 25, 2019

Whose Freedom Are We Fighting For? - Featuring Spike Lee

To learn more about the African American experience in time of war, we spoke with Academy Award winning director Spike Lee - who bridges the civilian-military divide through his storytelling with film. In 2008, Spike released the historical fiction film Miracle at St. Anna which tells the story of the Black infantry, or Buffalo Soldiers, and how they helped liberate Italy from Mussolini and the Nazis in WWII. His new film, Da 5 Bloods is slated to release Fall 2020, and is about four African American soldiers who return to Vietnam in search of their fallen squad leader. In this episode, we'll discuss patriotism and putting one’s life on the line for a country that at the time was acutely struggling with its own failures in equality right at home.

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Nov 09, 2019

The Anthropology of Service - Featuring Sebastian Junger

For our first episode, join us for a discussion on community and belonging, an odd sense of nostalgia for times of war and crisis, and the power of feeling connected by national service with #1 New York Times Bestselling author, director, and combat journalist Sebastian Junger.

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Oct 28, 2019

Season 1 Trailer

Home Base Nation highlights conversations with authors, artists, politicians, athletes, and the inspirational veterans and military families who stand up and fight for us every day.

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About the Host

Dr. Ron Hirschberg is a physician who specializes in neurological and trauma functional recovery, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the PM&R Consultation Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. In college, Ron studied cultural anthropology and is a lifelong musician, having produced three albums, including the 2016 Acadia National Park documentary, Second Century Stewardship. In 2016, he founded the division of Arts and Neuroscience at American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, cultivating music-medicine collaborations with artists and scientists. As a PM&R physician, Dr. Hirschberg has been a consultant at Home Base’s Intensive Clinical Program (ICP). His research at Home Base includes collaborative songwriting intervention (CSI) along with Dr. Louisa Sylvia, Director of Health and Wellness.

Producer and Host

Ron Hirschberg, MD

Associate Producers

Cassandra Falone
Charlotte Luckey

Chairman, Home Base Media Lab

Peter Smyth

Advisory Board

Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond
Michael Allard
Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) William Davidson
Warrant Officer 1 Armand Hunter
Stefanie Ryan
Photography with Joe Wallace and the MGH Photo Lab
Music by Darden Smith of Songwriting With: Soldiers
Engineering and consulting with Chuck Clough of Above The Basement
Home Base Nation is a production of the Home Base Media Lab in Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.


The views expressed by guests to the Home Base Nation podcast are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by guests are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Home Base, the Red Sox Foundation or any of its officials.

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