About Sick

We trust doctors to keep us healthy. What happens when a doctor betrays that trust?

Sick is a new investigative podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy. The first season explores the complications of fertility medicine, one Indiana doctor’s abuse of power, and the generations of lives he affected. 

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Sick is a production of WFYI, Side Effects Public Media and PRX. This program was made possible in part by the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, a private company funded by the American people.

About the hosts


Jake Harper and Lauren Bavis are award-winning reporters for Side Effects Public Media, a radio reporting collaborative focused on public health and policy based at WFYI in Indianapolis. 

Jake Harper

Jake started his job in 2015 shortly before the announcement of an HIV outbreak in southern Indiana, and since then has focused his reporting on addiction, Medicaid and access to health care. His investigations have covered medical industry influence in state and national government, a clinical trial that skirted federal regulations and various barriers to evidence-based addiction treatment. His stories have been broadcast at stations across the Midwest and nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Latino USA and Here & Now. In his spare time, Jake makes music and candles.

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Lauren Bavis

Lauren moved to Indiana in 2012, where she began her career as a print journalist. She reported on health and social services for The Herald-Times newspaper in Bloomington. Her work has been recognized by the Indiana chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and Associated Press Media Editors, the Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association and the Hoosier State Press Association. She graduated from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she majored in journalism and new media. Right now, Lauren is probably reading a book or petting her dog. Preferably at the same time.

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Lauren Bavis and Jake Harper

Season One Staff

Edited by Curtis Fox and Dave Rosenthal

Original music by Jordan Munson

Sound design by Story Yard

Photos by Elizabeth Caudle, Pinch Design Co.

Graphics by Maura Broderson