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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May 16, 2022

Country Star & US Army Veteran Craig Morgan | #MentalHealthAction Day

This is the first of two episodes this week in honor Mental Health Action Day which this year falls on Thursday, May 19th. Dr. Ron Hirschberg talks with U.S. Army Veteran and country music artist Craig Morgan….

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May 09, 2022

U.S. Army Veteran & cancer survivor Brandi Benson on her mission to "defeat with purpose"

Today’s episode features a conversation with Brandi Benson, U.S. Army veteran and author of the book “The Enemy Within: A Young Soldier’s Unexpected Battle with Cancer.” Brandi, a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, cancer survivor, and outspoken mental health…

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Apr 25, 2022

What Yoga, Bird Watching, and Home Base All Have in Common - with U.S. Army veteran Joshua Maloney

Today’s episode is another installment of Home Base Nation: Veteran Stories with Joshua Maloney, a Cape Cod-based U.S. Army and Army Reserves veteran. Josh is no stranger to Home Base, having participated in our Training for First…

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Apr 11, 2022

Home Base Strong: The Journey of Dr. Patrick Downes Before and After the Boston Marathon Bombing

Dr. Patrick Downes is a psychologist at Home Base and a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Speaking with Patrick, you immediately can see that this is someone who embodies the essence of someone who serves…

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Apr 04, 2022

A Coincidental Conversation in an Uber: Wise Words from a First-Generation Cuban-American Vietnam Veteran

Picture this: you get into an Uber on your way to the airport in Los Angeles, and after some light exchanges with your driver, you learn that he is a Vietnam veteran. The infamous LA traffic fades…

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Mar 28, 2022

Combat, Comedy & Feeling the Laugh Again - A Conversation with U.S. Army veteran, comedian, and musician Thom Tran

Thom Tran wears many hats, just like his dad. He’s a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant and paratrooper, a first generation Vietnamese-American, a Purple Heart recipient, and a ‘triple-threat’ entertainer – an actor, musician, and comedian. Thom’s…

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Mar 21, 2022

When a Rock D.J. Deploys - A Conversation with Mistress Carrie and General Jack Hammond

Boston Rock DJ Mistress Carrie stops by Home Base Center of Excellence to catch up with Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond, to talk about their time spent together in Kabul, Afghanistan 11 years ago, during her 2nd…

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Mar 14, 2022

Home Base Nation: Season Four Starts March 21st

Home Base Nation is back for season four on March 21st! Today, amidst the global fear and exhaustion that exists for both military and civilian communities, we know that we can’t lose hope, and we bring you…

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Mar 03, 2022

(Season Four Teaser) The War in Ukraine & Military Mental Health - With Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond & Mistress Carrie

We sat down on Tuesday to record an upcoming episode with Mistress Carrie, Boston’s beloved Rock DJ, spouse of an active-duty Marine, in conversation with our very own Brigadier General Jack Hammond. The two met in 2011…

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Dec 27, 2021

Words of Strength and Healing From Our Guests - Happy and Healthy 2022!

As we end Season Three and 2021, host Dr. Ron Hirschberg revisits some of the words of solace, strength and healing from our inspirational guests – with Sebastian Junger, Bob Woodruff, Marine Veteran Kirstie Ennis, Jake Tapper,…

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Producer and Host

Ron Hirschberg, MD

Assistant Producer, Editor

Lucy Little

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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