Home Base Nation

Featuring discussions on serving those who’ve served, with the civilian and military leaders of a grateful nation. Hosted by Dr. Ron Hirschberg, Director of Health and Wellness at Home Base. Latest episodes below

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Jun 01, 2021

37,000 Flags for the Fallen with the Mass Military Heroes Fund and Home Base - Memorial Day on Boston Common - 2021

Leading off this bonus episode is Executive Director of the Mass Military Heroes Fund, Diane Nealon, followed by reflections from both civilian and military flag planters while honoring 37,000 fallen heroes in Massachusetts, including Home Base Executive…

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May 29, 2021

Beyond The Battlefield: Stories Of War That Bring Us Together - Featuring Army Veteran Jessica Rivera and Green Beret Kevin Trujillo

For this special Memorial Day episode, we are honored to invite back two US military service members who had told their stories to a virtual audience in May 2020. We listened together, then had the opportunity to…

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May 09, 2021

Common Goals - Featuring Boston Bruins Defenseman Kevan Miller

Boston Bruins Defenseman Kevan Miller joins host Ron, along with Home Base’s Director of Warrior Health and Fitness / Army Veteran Ryan Vander Weit. They talk about the Pro Athlete / Warrior Athlete connection, common drive and…

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Apr 11, 2021

The Service of Sesame Street - Featuring Rocio Galarza, Vice President of US Social Impact at Sesame Workshop

In this episode we talk with Rocio Galarza, Vice President of US Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, about partnerships with the military community, DoD, and content experts, that create the energy behind our beloved “service-monsters” and their…

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Mar 24, 2021

Strengthening the Team, In and Out of Fenway – with Red Sox Athletic Performance Coordinator and US Air Force Veteran, Mike Roose

When you meet Red Sox Athletic Performance Coordinator Mike Roose, you see confidence, leadership, and compassion. Most of all you see a genuine person who is all about taking care of his team, whether overseas or on…

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Mar 11, 2021

New Age Of Psychedelics: Science, Trauma, and Treatment

In this episode, host Dr. Ron Hirschberg is joined by leadership at The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Neuroscience of Psychedelics, including Director of the Center and Psychiatrist-In-Chief Emeritus Dr. Jerry Rosenbaum, Founder of The Multidisciplinary…

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Mar 03, 2021

Battle Buddies - With Marine, Home Base Psychologist, and CEO of Frost Call, Dr. Wes Sanders

Dr. Wes Sanders is a clinical psychologist at Home Base Program for Veterans and Military Families, who served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for 8 years, and is CEO of Frost Call, a non-profit organization…

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Feb 22, 2021

How Can Writing Save Your Life? - With Poet Seema Reza, George W. Bush Stand-To Veteran Leadership Scholar

Seema Reza builds bridges. She has worked throughout her career on bringing the conversation to the community, and facilitating the sharing of the stories and emotion we all need. The veteran community has benefited from Seema’s work…

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Dec 23, 2020

Home Base 2020: Adapt Or Fall, Respect For All - Featuring Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond

Closing out 2020, Dr. Ron sits with Home Base’s Executive Director, Brigadier General Jack Hammond to talk about this unprecedented year at Home Base Program for Veterans and Military Families, and what lies ahead when to comes…

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Dec 07, 2020

Bias For Action - Featuring Amazon Leaders, US Navy Veteran Abby Malchow and US Marine Veteran Beau Higgins

In this episode, US Marine Corps Veteran Beau Higgins and US Navy Veteran Abby Malchow talk with Dr. Ron Hirschberg and Marine Veteran Brendan McCaffrey about the 7% of Amazon that are military connected, or Amazon Warriors….

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Nov 23, 2020

In Service To Warriors And Their Families - Featuring Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael Linnington, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project

Our special guest is CEO of Wounded Warrior Project Lieutenant General (Ret.) Mike Linnington, joining Home Base’s Executive Director Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond and COO Michael Allard, with host Dr. Ron Hirschberg, to discuss an ongoing…

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Nov 10, 2020

Dogs On Deployment! - Featuring Marine Veteran and CEO of DoD Alisa Johnson

In this episode, Dr. Ron talks with former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, KC-130J Super Hercules Pilot and founder of Dogs on Deployment, Alisa Johnson about serving both as a Marine and as a CEO of a team…

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Oct 27, 2020

Unity Of Purpose – Reflections On Boston Hope, A COVID-19 Field Hospital

Uncertainty. This was a word that often came up, especially during the early days in early April 2020 while admitting patients to the Boston Hope Field Hospital from our acute care hospitals. Now in late October 2020,…

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Oct 20, 2020

Prescribing Your Narrative – Featuring Physician and Creator of The Nocturnists Dr. Emily Silverman

In this episode, Dr. Ron talks with Dr. Emily about the art of the narrative, how it can be the medicine we all need. “Where do you want this story to go?” and “What do you want…

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Oct 13, 2020

Building The Foundation - Featuring CEO of Fisher House Foundation, Ken Fisher

In this episode, Dr. Ron talks with Mr. Ken Fisher, the chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation about how he is carrying his family legacy of giving forward, about building homes for families of those who…

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Oct 05, 2020

Recipes for success from the kitchen to the Pentagon - Featuring British Navy Veteran Chef Robert Irvine

Chef Robert Irvine joined the British Navy at the age of 15 and long after leaving the service continues to utilized his military training and determination to serve others. He brings discipline, talent and experience to home…

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Sep 24, 2020

Running For Strength And Service - Featuring ICU Nurse Ericka Coutts

Ron talks with Ericka, intensive care unit nurse outside Massachusetts General Hospital about her frontline work with patients, which has made her think of what our servicemembers may go through when returning home. After just completing her…

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Sep 21, 2020

Telling Their Stories - Featuring CNN Anchor and Author Jake Tapper

In this episode, we sit virtually with CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper who reflects on service and sacrifice, and how a passion project that began while holding his newborn son changed his life. Ron…

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Sep 11, 2020

Love Lives On - Featuring Air Force Veteran and TAPS Founder Bonnie Carroll

In this episode, Dr. Ron Hirschberg talks with Presidential Medal Of Freedom recipient and Founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Maj. Bonnie Carroll. Recorded in London -June 2019 during Home Base’s International Thought Leader Summit…

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Aug 31, 2020

Wounded But Not Broken - Featuring Green Beret Kevin Flike

We sat with Staff Sgt. Kevin Flike, a Green Beret who joined the Army in 2007, and in 2009 was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). Kevin was deployed twice to Afghanistan, including a mission…

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Aug 23, 2020

Winning Hearts and Minds - Featuring Green Beret Kevin Flike and JFK Presidential Library and Museum Director Alan Price

We sit with Staff Sgt. Kevin Flike, a Green Beret inspired by the same call to serve as President Kennedy during WWII. Kevin joined the Army in September 2007, and in September 2011 was severely wounded while…

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Aug 15, 2020

2020 Virtual Run To Home Base - September 26th

The Run to Home Base is our most critical, annual fundraiser and our primary source of funding for the clinical care and support for our veterans and their families who are impacted by the invisible wounds of…

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Aug 10, 2020

Healing The Patient, And A City - Featuring US Army Colonel David King and David "Big Papi" Ortiz

Colonel David King, Trauma Surgeon at MGH and Red Sox Legend David Ortiz are intimately connected – Doctor – Patient, Ironman – Power Hitter, Hero and Hero. They have both given their service to this country in…

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Aug 05, 2020

Season 2 Trailer

In this continued unprecedented time for us all, we remain committed to bringing you a second season of conversation and storytelling: on resilience over trauma, and recovery to our rew normal, while always shining a light on…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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Producer and Host

Ron Hirschberg, MD

Associate Producers

Brendan McCaffrey

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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