RSN’s KidneyTalk is an online bi-weekly, half-hour radio talk show that launched in June of 2006. This novel undertaking features RSN Founder & President Lori Hartwell. Periodically Stephen Furst, an accomplished television and movie actor/producer/director and transplant recipient is her co-host.

With Lori Hartwell’s 47 years as a renal disease survivor and Stephen Furst’s entertainment credentials, KidneyTalk provides the audience with practical advice on how to live a full and productive life despite CKD. Download free any time from the iTunes store. Click here for the Complete KidneyTalk Interview Index

Is It a Medical Emergency?
Dr. Elaine Kaptein is a nephrologist at USC. She has seen it all when dealing with people who have kidney disease. A common question she gets from patients is, “When should I go to the Emergency Room, and when should I wait?” Dr. Kaptein explains what constitutes an Emergency, and what is essential to bring and to know to save your life. Lori and Dr. Kaptein also share strategies for staying out of the ER, and emphasize the importance of being your own advocate. Listen to this life-saving interview. Listen Now

Recent Shows

Reaching 100 on Dialysis: Tips for a Long Joyful Life
Nicknamed the Energizer Bunny, Margaret Boetger learned at the age of 96 that her kidneys were failing. Her only option if she wished to live – she needed dialysis. Now 100 years old and thriving, Margaret shares with Lori how she enjoys every moment, travels to see family members, and makes the most of her life on dialysis. Here are some real tips on how to live a long, joyful life! Listen Now

Transitioning Pediatric Patient to Adult Facility
Being a teenager and dealing with dialysis presents one set of challenges. Transitioning to an adult facility brings different challenges for patients and their family members. Helen Currier, RN, is Director of Renal Care at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. This topic is a passion of hers. Lori and Helen discuss the issues that are unique to pediatrics, and share insights and best practices on how to prepare young patients for the responsibilities of managing their care in adult treatment settings. Listen Now

For the Love of Nursing and Patient Care
Mary Houglum, RN, has been caring for people who have kidney disease for 42 years. She recently retired, and she shares with Lori what she learned from her patients and the advice she would give health care professionals caring for them. Dialysis care "is a long term relationship, and everyone becomes like family," says Mary. Listen Now 

Support the Living Donor Protection Act
Recipients of the very special gift of a kidney are always grateful. Troy Zimmerman, VP of Government Relations, National Kidney Foundation, describes how the Living Donor Protection Act, introduced for the second time in February of 2016, will help people who donate a kidney and remove the barriers living donors are experiencing. Listen to this interview, be informed, and ask your Congressman to support House Bill HR 4616 and Senate Bill 2584. Listen Now

Unwanted Habits & Feelings: Hypnosis Can Be A Solution
Mary Rubino was on dialysis for 3 years and now has a successful kidney transplant. She experienced a range of distressing emotions while dealing with her illness, and pursued a career as a certified hypnotist because hypnosis helped her overcome them. She explains what hypnosis is, and how you can overcome fears, claustrophobia, anxiety, stress, and other emotional states, and live an extraordinary life. If you want to overcome unwanted feelings or habits, don’t miss this show. Listen Now

Cured from Hepatitis C
Diana Headlee-Bell, a long-time chronic kidney disease survivor, contracted Hepatitis C in 1999. She endured numerous treatments that caused side effects without much luck until she found her Golden Ticket: a cure that worked for her. She shares with Lori her journey, the cost of her treatment, her medication regimen and the outlook doctors have for her future. Listen Now

Writing a Letter to your Transplant Donor Family
Saying thank you to the family who gave the gift of life to save others is an important part to their healing. But, often people don’t understand the process. Litsa Williams is the Director of Community Service for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland which is 1 of 58 Organ Procurement Organization in the United States. She describes the process and shares some stories that have happened as result of sending a letter. Learn how one needs to go about reaching out to the family who gave the gift of life. Listen Now

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