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Sentinel Health Lab's 'Invisible Illness' podcast to launch second season

Keene Sentinel - 1/22/2024

Jan. 22—The Monadnock Region Health Reporting Lab will debut the second season of its podcast on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The series, Invisible Illness, is hosted by Sentinel Health Solutions Reporter Olivia Belanger, produced by Sentinel Digital Community Engagement Journalist James Rinker and edited by Will Wrobel. Sentinel Visual Journalist Hannah Schroeder contributed photos and videos.

Each episode features a different local person with a mental or physical diagnosis that's not outwardly visible. The podcast aims to shed light on their daily experiences and debunk misconceptions about these illnesses.

In the new season, a Keene resident describes what it's like living with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, or C-PTSD, and a Swanzey resident talks about how her life has changed since being diagnosed with dysautonomia.

This season, which consists of two episodes, will also be available in a video format on The Sentinel's website and YouTube. Full transcriptions of both episodes will be included.

These additions were made possible with funding from the American Press Institute and editing support from Wrobel.

"When we launched season one, we had no idea what its reception would be," Belanger said. "The fact that people not only listened, but wanted more episodes, means so much to us. After months of hard work, I can't wait for people to finally be able to watch and listen to season two."

The first episode of season 2 will be available Jan. 31 on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and sentinelsource.com/healthlab/invisibileillness. You can listen to the first season now.

Funding for the Monadnock Region Health Reporting Lab comes from several sources, including The Sentinel and several local businesses and private donors. We continue to seek additional support. The newsroom maintains full editorial control over all content produced by the lab. James Rinker is The Sentinel's digital community engagement journalist. He can be reached at jrinker@keenesentinel.com, or at 603-355-8569. Follow them on Twitter @JamesRinkerKS

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