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Last Day is a weekly podcast about epidemics hosted by American author, voice actor, and activist Stephanie Wittels Wachs and produced by Lemonada Media. Each episode features Wittels Wachs interviewing celebrities, experts, and listeners sharing personal narratives about processing trauma, rebuilding after grief, and protecting loved ones from addiction, suicide, and the stigma surrounding them. The podcast premiered on September 25, 2019,[1] and its first season was an honoree in two categories at the 2020 Webby Awards[2] and was nominated for a 2020 iHeart Radio Award.[3]

Lemonada Media launched the show's second season in October 2020.


In 2017, Stephanie Wittels Wachs appeared as a guest on the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking[4] discussing her struggle coping with her brother Harris Wittels’ death from an overdose. Jessica Cordova Kramer, then an executive producer of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the People,[5] heard the episode and subsequently contacted Wachs.[6] Cordova Kramer had also lost her brother, Stefano, to an overdose earlier that year.[7] In September 2019, the two debuted the podcasting network Lemonada Media’s very first offering: Last Day.

The first episode of Last Day features interviews with Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari about their friend and colleague, Harris Wittels. The first season goes on to chronicle the last day in the life of Cordova Kramer’s brother, Stefano. Through the series, Wittels Wachs interviews politicians, doctors, and the families of those who have suffered from substance abuse disorders to find solutions through treatment and legislation. The season was made in partnership with Shatterproof,[8] a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming addiction treatment, ending stigma, and supporting communities. The podcast received attention for its episode with guest Dr. Gabor Maté, dissecting trauma and the role it plays in addiction. Other guests included Jeremiah Fraites, DeRay Mckesson, and Dr. Nzinga Harrison, whose appearances led to her own spin-off show, In Recovery.[9]  

Season 2 of Last Day covers suicide as an epidemic.[10] For this season, Lemonada Media partnered with The JED Foundation,[11] a nonprofit devoted to protecting emotional health. Notable guests have included Yeates Conwell, Mike Heylinger, and Chamique Holdsclaw.

Season 1 Episode List[edit]

Episode Title Guest(s) Runtime Release date
1 Meet Stephanie, Meet Harris Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman 44:48 9/25/2019
2 Stefano’s Last Day" Jessica Cordova Kramer 35:59 9/25/2019
3 And Now, We Rewind the Tape Dr. Sam Snodgrass 47:46 10/2/2019
4 Was It Painful? Karen Host, Dr. Jay 45:53 10/9/2019
5 Shame City Dr. Nzinga Harrison, Dr. Robert Meyers 39:58 10/16/2019
6 The Magic Formula Dr. Nzinga Harrison, David Sheff 52:33 10/23/2019
7 20,000 Fewer Funerals Svante Myrick, Hiawatha Collins 52:26 10/30/2019
8 America is Insane Patrick Kennedy, Sarah Gad, Andy Slavitt 47:43 11/6/2019
9 Kids at Ground Zero Claudia Rowe, Kendra Cram, Ryan McGraw 57:41 11/13/2019
10 Surviving Is Revolutionary Garth Mullins 53:25 11/20/2019
11 Wake Me Up Gary Mendell, Michael Botticelli, Mayor Marty Walsh 53:40 12/4/2019
12 What I Know Now 41:39 12/11/2019
13 How to Survive the Holidays Dr. Neha Kumar, Wilma Hawkinson, Ian Callaghan, James Tison 51:41 12/18/2019
14 Last Day of Use Dr. Charles Reznikoff 54:34 1/8/2020
15 A Parenting Nightmare 57:04 1/15/2020
16 Doing Dopey Dopey's Dave 1:03:22 1/22/2020
17 Trauma (with Dr. Gabor Maté) Dr. Gabor Maté 49:45 1/29/2020
18 Tell Me About Your Childhood 1:00:43 2/5/2020
19 Mommy, Again 41:32 2/12/2020
20 Love Is the Why DeRay Mckesson, TeRay Ross 50:55 2/19/2020
21 The Blame Game 55:25 2/26/2020
22 28 Days Isn’t Enough 1:04:53 3/4/2020
23 Recovery For Life Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison 57:49 3/11/2020
24 On the Front Lines Isaac Beverly, Dopey's Dave 51:16 3/18/2020
25 Finale Jessica Cordova Kramer 51:10 3/25/2020
Epilogue Josh's Last Day Jeremiah Fraites 43:38 4/15/2020

Season 2 Episode List[edit]

Episode Title Guest(s) Runtime Release date
1 Beyond the Bridge Kevin Briggs, Kevin Berthia, Courtney Knowles 1:05:59 10/21/2020
2 Is Suicide Contagious? 57:33 10/28/2020
3 The Great Darkness Ian Hockley and Lee Shull, Janis Whitlock 1:00:09 11/4/2020
4 We Don't Want to See Our Parents Unhappy Yeates Conwell, Marguerite Reynolds 1:03:49 11/11/2020
5 Psychological Autopsy Sharon, Noa, and Batia Kritzer, Janis Whitlock 1:03:30 11/18/2020
6 I Feel Nothing Jason Kander, Tara Consolino, Rajeev Ramchand 56:28 12/2/2020
7 A Mental Health Emergency Jenny Heddin, Jackie Danziger 56:32 12/9/2020
8 Overcoming Childhood Trauma Chamique Holdsclaw, Mike Heyliger, Michele Giordano 57:45 12/16/2020
9 Suicide Prevention Has Nothing to Do with Suicide Prevention Dr. Billie Jo Kipp, Shavaughna Underwood, Patrick Kennedy 1:01:38 1/13/2021
10 Why Do People Cut Themselves? Dr. Robin Hornstein, Dr. Janis Whitlock 1:01:40 1/20/2021
11 How Do I Get to Tomorrow? Ana Marie Cox, Air Britt 55:41 1/27/2021


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  5. "Jessica Cordova Kramer - Co-founder/CEO, Lemonada Media". Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  6. "How the Death of Her Brother Pushed This Texan to Create America's Most Original Podcast Network". PaperCity Magazine. 2020-01-07. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
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  8. "I'm supporting Shatterproof!". Shatterproof. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
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  11. "Media Room". The Jed Foundation (JED). Retrieved 2021-01-26.

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