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 to hope, collaboration, and taking care of our own body-mind-and-souls, so that we can best take care of each other.

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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 to hope, collaboration, and taking care of our own body-mind-and-souls, so that we can best take care of each other.

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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. Abby and Beau bring their own leadership skills to the table from wartime and deployments, to recruit veterans and their spouses and promote both civilian transition and well being amidst all the Amazonians.

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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 partnership in creating symbiotic models of care for veterans and military families, how it’s not so surprising that the logo on the WWP flag shows a service member carrying another service member on their back, and how Covid times bring the need for some improvisation and adaptability.

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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 that finds volunteer boarders for military members, veterans, and first responders' pets while deployed. Building a business along with husband and Navy Veteran Shawn Johnson, discovering new identities, and transitioning to civilian life with a strong nod to those invaluable skills learned from the Marine Corps are discussed.

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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, we are in yet another period of uncertainty, as the numbers of infections rise here in the US and abroad. But, as we move deeper into Fall and Winter, perhaps as a medical community we are in a better position to handle that uncertainty, given what we have experienced together. This episode highlights a conversation with Boston Hope’s Commander Brigadier General Jack Hammond, Deputy Commander Michael Allard, and Medical Directors Drs. Jeanette Ives Erickson and Giles Boland. Thanks for listening as we discuss this public-private, military-civilian effort, a collaboration that came together as Boston Hope.

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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 to happen next?" are questions Emily asks her patients and herself. She discusses how as physicians, nurses and others learn to tell their own narratives, perhaps they can teach their patients to do the same. The Nocturnist podcast in the middle of Covid-19, the mixed feelings on how common military medicine metaphors are used during these times, and how storytelling and science might need to work together a little more in the near future.

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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 have served, and our Grateful Nation that supports veterans and service members throughout the US and abroad. This conversation was originally recorded in June 2019, just before the Boston Red Sox met the New York Yankees in an unforgettable two game series in London, England.

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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 kitchens, small businesses and most recently to the Pentagon. In addition to being a world class chef, fitness leader, author and Food Network host he founded The Robert Irvine Foundation in 2014 to support veterans and military organizations. Dr. Ron is joined by cohost and Home Base dietician Nicolette Maggiolo in the kitchen to Zoom-sit with the British Navy Veteran to discuss military food and fuel, the 2020 season of his acclaimed show "Restaurant Impossible" that highlights COVID-affected restaurant families, and his amazing Foundation.

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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 5th Boston Marathon – as one of 34 runners for the David Ortiz Foundation, it was clear that Ericka's next stop would be to support the mental health needs of our servicemembers and their families - At the 11th annual Run To Home Base this weekend.

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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 talks with Jake about his bestselling book The Outpost: An untold story of American valor, how it's much more than the story of The Battle of Kamdesh on October 3rd, 2009, and about the book’s own evolution into becoming an epic movie this year.

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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 on the Invisible Wounds of War, we were honored to sit with Bonnie and discuss a life of service, the concept of complicated grief, and how love does live on after loss.

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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 with his 11 other comrades in September 2011 where he was shot and severely wounded during a Taliban firefight. In this episode, Kevin takes us from the pursuit of the green beret, to that firefight, and to his long but amazing recovery of body, mind and soul.

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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 deployed in Afghanistan. We are joined by Director of the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Alan Price. Mr. Price, also an Army Veteran, was appointed by President Obama as Associate Director of the Peace Corps in 2015. Together, we discuss the legacy of JFK in a life of service in times of peace and war.

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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 war - Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. Join Home Base Nation on September 26th, 2020 our annual, adaptive and memorable 9K Run or 5K Run/Walk. Tell us Why you Run / Walk and Where you Run / Walk by using #RTHB2020. (And remember to use PROMO CODE: HBNATION for $5.00 off Registration Fee)

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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 their own separate and unique way, with an interwoven healing of themselves and a community. At Home Base, we are always grateful for the MGH-Red Sox synergy, and having David and David here to represent these parent organizations brings it all home. Join us for a conversation with two Davids, about two periods of time, two types of trauma, and the ability to heal a city and ourselves.

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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 people Serving Those Who Serve. Season 2 of Home Base Nation begins 8/10/20.

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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 reactive...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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Producer and Host

Ron Hirschberg, MD

Associate Producers

Brendan McCaffrey

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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