Published: 27-04-2023 12:50 | Updated: 27-04-2023 14:19

The podcast Riskzonen returns with new episodes – about health crises

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The podcast Riskzonen, featuring well-known KI staff members Mattis Öberg and Emma Frans, is back with a new season! The first episode will be released on 29 May, followed by three more, before a short break over summer, and then another four episodes will be released in the autumn. Each episode will feature the topic health crisis, in one way or another, ranging from relief efforts in war to antibiotic resistance. The new season is made in collaboration with the Centre for Health Crises.

Riskzonen is a podcast (in Swedish) about the dangers that loom, anxiety and how to handle the unpredictability of life, produced and presented by toxicologist Mattias Öberg and epidemiologist Emma Frans, both working at KI. Together they give the listeners a scientific perspective on events that have had an impact on the world and how we view risks.  

The podcast, which has already been done for three seasons, is back with new episodes! Something that is new about the fourth season is the collaboration with the Centre for Health Crises at KI, where Mattias is also an expert coordinator in the field of chemical and toxicological incident. Each of the eight upcoming episodes will in different ways have the theme health crises, ranging from heat waves to how we build health systems that are able to handle health crises, what is known as health system resilience. What they all have in common is that they create risks for both individuals and society. The episodes will follow the same format as in previous seasons of Riskzonen, meaning that each episode will cover a specific risk or threat, often illustrated through a real-life example, which Mattias and Emma then discuss and interviews experts in the field.

New episodes on Mondays

First up on the 29th of May, is an episode on how to coordinate relief efforts in crisis and disasters, with the war in Ukraine as an example. Johan von Schreeb, KI professor and director of the Centre for Health Crises, who has worked with the coordination of relief efforts to Ukraine, as well as to the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria in February, will be interviewed in the episode. He is one of many KI staff members who will feature in the new season of Riskzonen.

After that another three episodes, on antibiotic resistance, heat waves, and poisoning in public, will follow, and then Riskzonen will go on a short hiatus over summer, but comes back on the 21st of August, with another four episodes to be released in the end of August and beginning of September. The episodes are released every Monday and you find them where you find podcast.

”In doing Riskzonen, our ambition has always been to take about difficult things; risk, crises, threats and worry, and by talking about them make them more understandable and manageable. We want to look beyond the fear and the panic, at what we are actually facing when a crisis or a risk occur. And to know especially highlight the multifaceted topic of health crises, which is always relevant, but has received a lot of attention after the COVID-19 pandemic, feels very relevant right now, says Mattias Öberg, who right now also features in the Spotify Dok’s series Mörkt vatten, about the PFAS leak in Kallinge.