Monday, September 12, 2022

ARCLight Podcast: "The Cost of Saving a Life" - An interview with Katie Standefer

 


The first episode of Season 2 of the ARCLight Podcast has dropped. In this episode, 2003 Hersey graduate Kati Standefer talks about her book, Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life. 

When she was 24, Kati went into cardiac arrest and ended up getting a cardiac defibrillator wired into her chest. That device, though, malfunctioned several years later, sending three powerful shocks to her heart. The device was supposed to save her life, yet there she was writhing on the ground in pain. That incident prompted a global journey of inquiry. She wanted to know what the cost was to create that device, not just on her, but on the people who mined the minerals and on the environment. This led her across the United States, and to Madagascar and Rwanda. On this episode of the ARCLight Podcast, Kati discusses that journey, the writing of the book and how Lightning Flowers was her "attempt to figure out how to keep being a living person."

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