Mortality: Stories about facing death

Science communicator Anthony Morgan receives an invitation to be vacuum-sealed to the bottom of a helicopter -- for science, and as a medical student, Elorm Avakame befriends a patient who is dying from alcoholism.

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Responsibility: Stories about leadership

On her first day working in the Obama White House, microbiologist Jo Handelsman receives some bad news, and after a confrontation with a student, math teacher Sage Forbes-Gray begins to question whether she's the ally she thought she was.

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Pride: Stories about coming out in science

Science educator Charlie Cook experiments with coming out to students, and marine biologist Shayle Matsuda adapts to his new identity as a transgender man while on assignment in the Philippines.

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Forever: Stories about unbreakable bonds

Writer Alison Smith reconnects with her estranged father after he develops Alzheimer's disease, and science journalist Peter Brannen mourns the loss of his mother while studying the earth’s biggest mass extinction.

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