Finding Your Calling - Vivian Huang

“I thought that being a doctor, I could level the playing field a little bit. That by being a doctor I wouldn't have to face sexism or gender inequality.”

Photo by Jason Falchook

Finding Your Calling

In this hour, stories about finding your calling. A speech writer has a defining moment at the White House; a young Carl Bernstein gets his first job as a copy boy in a news room; a firefighter charges into his first big blaze; and a doctor struggles with duty and identity while serving in a medical camp in Syria. Hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

David Litt sings for the love of country and his job.

Carl Bernstein tries to not mess up on his first day of work at a newspaper.

Nick Baskerville gets in over his head at his first big job as a firefighter.

Vivian Huang comes face to face with her family history while treating a patient in Syria.


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16:58
“Have You Met Him Yet?”

by David Litt

David Litt sings for the love of country and his job.

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12:31
The Copy Boy

by Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein tries to not mess up on his first day of work at a newspaper.

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05:26
Burning Down The House

by Nick Baskerville

Nick Baskerville gets in over his head at his first big job as a firefighter.


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09:21
Triage on a Syrian Chicken Farm

by Vivian Huang

Vivian Huang comes face to face with her family history while treating a patient in Syria.

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A photo of Vivian taken for Doctors Without Borders.

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The cave, which previously housed apples and olives, where Vivian and her surgical colleagues worked until a lack of space and an increase in medical activities required a move to a larger, permanent structure, which used to be a chicken farm.

For more on the difficulties of providing surgical care in a war-torn Syria, visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p...

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  • The Drift - Uncanny Valley
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  • The TV Theme Players - The Golden Girls Theme
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  • Dr. John - Ti-Na-Na
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  • Stellwagen Symphonette - Dapper Dan
  • Stellwagen Symphonette - Cold Storage
  • Jami Sieber - Tell It By Heart
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