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This is a show about the moments that change us, fundamentally and forever. Each week, host Stephanie Wittels Wachs (Lemonada’s co-founder and award-winning queen of darkness and light) is sitting down with a new guest to explore happy/sad stories of survival, resilience and transformation. After three seasons of exploring the "last day" of people’s lives in an effort to understand mass epidemics, Steph was ready for a change herself. Some “last days” are hopeful. Some are tragic. But at the heart of every “last day” is also a new beginning. Laugh/cry with us.
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Last Day: Teaser

Last Day: Teaser

2019-06-1704:244

Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Zooming-in on a person’s last day of life, we explore how they got there and how we, as a society, have gotten here. Join the Lemonada/Last Day community on the Flick Chat App to continue the conversation.  Episodes 1 and 2 will be released on September 25, 2019.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Let’s talk about what’s killing us, the stuff that’s hard to comprehend and getting worse every day. Lemonada co-founder and author Stephanie Wittels Wachs confronts massive epidemics with humanity, wit, and a quest for progress. Starting with overdose deaths and the opioid crisis, we zoom in on a person’s last day of life, exploring how they got there and how we, as a society, have gotten here. The first two episodes of Last Day will be released together on September 25, 2019. Join our host, producers and fellow listeners to continue the conversation after Last Day airs each week in our Flick chat room by clicking this link from your phone: https://flick.group/lastday Transcript available at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Meet Stephanie Wittels Wachs, host of Last Day, and sister of the late Harris Wittels, comedian-writer-producer-actor, who died in 2015 of a heroin overdose. Harris’ close friends, Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari, also join Stephanie as she introduces the concept of the show and why it’s critical that it exists. Continue the conversation on your phone athttps://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions availableshortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, by Stephanie Wittels WachsHumblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, by Harris Wittels You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes: Harris Returns (Parks and Rec! Comedy! Don't Stop or We'll Die!) returns to make it weirder!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2: Stefano’s Last Day

2: Stefano’s Last Day

2019-09-2534:492

On this episode, we retrace the steps of Stefano Cordova, Jr. on his last day of life. Stefano died of a fentanyl overdose on October 23, 2017 in Allston, MA. This is where our story begins. Continue the conversation on your phone athttps://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Terrible, Thanks for Asking Episode #12: Horrible and Wonderful and Figuring it OutSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode, Stefano Cordova Jr.’s family tries to make sense of Stefano’s overdose death and how they all got here. Then, Dr. Sam Snodgrass, a behavioral pharmacologist with a doctorate in biopsychology, explains how his own addiction to opioids is a disease and why understanding that is key to helping people with substance use disorders. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Broken No MoreLOLA With Friends Like TheseSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4: Was It Painful?

4: Was It Painful?

2019-10-0944:103

Most of us have seen an opioid overdose depicted on TV or in movies, but what happens in real life? On this episode, Stephanie talks to Karen Host, Senior Director at Cataldo Ambulance, and Dr. Jay, an emergency room doctor, about the anatomy of an overdose, whatit’s like to save a life, the immediate aftermath, and the complexity of prescribing opioids for pain in the midst of an opioid crisis. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Manova Town Hall RegistrationAs Me with Sineadmybillie.com/lastdaycasper.com/lastday (promo code LASTDAY)With Friends Like TheseSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5: Shame City

5: Shame City

2019-10-1638:06

In this episode, Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison walks us through detox. Then, Stephanie is joined by Dr. Robert Meyers, the architect of Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), to discuss the “put your own oxygen mask on first” approach to interventions.Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptionsavailable shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Dr. Nzinga HarrisonCRAFTHellofresh.com/LASTDAY80simplisafe.com/lastdaySee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6: The Magic Formula

6: The Magic Formula

2019-10-2350:383

Today marks the 2-year anniversary of Stefano’s death, and his family is still asking: “How did this happen?” For most families dealing with addiction, treatment can feel like a Rubik’s cube. What works? What doesn’t? Are there Yelp reviews? On this episode, Stephanie talks to David Sheff, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about the morass of confusion that is the rehab industry and Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison about the importance--and effectiveness--of treating the whole person.  Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. David Sheff Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison Eleanor Health Everlane/lastday Native (promo code LASTDAY) Do You Need A Ride?  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7: 20,000 Fewer Funerals

7: 20,000 Fewer Funerals

2019-10-3051:013

We’ve tried arresting people. We’ve tried shuffling them from place to place. We’ve tried shaming them into sobriety. What would happen if, instead, we met people where they’re at? Stephanie talks to Ithaca’s Mayor Svante Myrick and Bronx harm-reductionist Hiawatha Collins about the inequities of our justice system and how we can do better, including treating all people with dignity and respect, going into communities and reducing potential risk, and creating medically-staffed safe spaces for drug use. It may sound controversial, but according to data worldwide, it could mean 20,000 fewer funerals a year in America.Step into the no-judgment zone. All are welcome here.  Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/. Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Show Notes: • Harm Reduction Coalition• Insite Supervised Consumption Site• Parks & Recreation • Lola (promo code LASTDAY)• Pod Save the PeopleSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8: America Is Insane

8: America Is Insane

2019-11-0646:261

While “opioids” has become a political buzzword, national policy on opioids is virtually nonexistent. Our system is nowhere near able to meet the needs of those who desperately need help. So what’s it going to take to move the needle, so to speak? Stephanie sits down with Congressman Patrick Kennedy to talk about legislation and funding (see: lack of funding) for mental health and addiction; Sarah Gad about her dramatic journey from Cook County jail inmate to congressional candidate; and Andy Slavitt about what we should be looking for if we care about this issue as we head into election season.Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com. Show Notes: The Kennedy ForumSarah Gad for CongressAndy Slavitt mybillie.com/lastdayEncyclopedia WomannicaMental Health for USSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9: Kids At Ground Zero

9: Kids At Ground Zero

2019-11-1355:503

This week, we talk about the variety of ways that children are affected by the opioid crisis. Also, Stephanie has a breakdown because it’s hard to accept the things you cannot change. In this episode, she sits down with Peter who describes the process of adopting three kids born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; The Seattle Times’ Claudia Rowe who gives an overview of how this epidemic is impacting kids in the foster care system; and Kendra Cram and Ryan McGraw from Minford Elementary in Ohio, who have created a program that addresses social and emotional learning for kids who have been impacted by trauma. Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Claudia Rowe for the Seattle TimesNew York Times story on Minford ElementaryCasper.com/lastday (promo code LASTDAY)hellofresh.com/LASTDAY80Talkspace (promo code LASTDAY)Good Kids: How Not to Raise An A**holeAn Arm and A LegDopeySee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, Stephanie sits down with Garth Mullins, who hosts an award-winning podcast in Canada called Crackdown, which is also about drugs. The difference? Garth is coming at it from the perspective of a drug user. The plan was to talk about international solutions and Garth's recent reporting in Portugal (which they do discuss) but they also compare notes as two podcasters making shows based on personal trauma. And in the process, Stephanie has a huge revelation. The holidays are approaching, whether we like it or not. Whatever you’re going through, we would love to hear your stories, your concerns, and your tips for making it through to the new year. Even if you just want to share a happy memory of your person! Share your holiday stories with us at 1-833-4LEMONADA or via voice memo at hey@lemonadamedia.com.  Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday.Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/.Last Day is presented by www.newchapter.com.Crackdown PodcastCrackdown Podcast: The Portugal Paradox Garth Mullinseverlane.com/lastdayNative Deodorant (promo code LASTDAY)Mejuri.com/lastdayGood Kids PodcastYour Primary Playlist Podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11: Wake Me Up

11: Wake Me Up

2019-12-0451:321

This week, we circle back to where this story began — on the ground, in Boston, with Jess. Joined by new voices (Gary Mendell, Michael Botticelli, Mayor Marty Walsh) and familiar ones (Stefano’s wife, Paige), Jess delves into what it’s been like to produce a show that’s so deeply personal. By the end of the episode, she’s finally able to answer the question that drove her to create the show in the first place: What could I have done differently? Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Shatterproof.orgKnock and Talk - BostonMichael Botticelli’s TED Talk: “Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one.”Grayken CenterBoston’s Office of Recovery ServicesGood Kids PodcastStamps.com (promo code LAST DAY)mejuri.com/lastdaymybillie.com/LASTDAY Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12: What I Know Now

12: What I Know Now

2019-12-1139:52

This week, Stephanie sits down with the parents—Stefano’s and her own—to dig into where everyone is with their grief, understanding, and personal responsibility around what happened to their sons. Hint, hint: The moms and dads are in very different places. Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be suitable for all listeners. Broken Justice podcastCasper.com/LASTDAY  (promo code LASTDAY)SimpliSafe.com/LASTDAYTalkSpace.com (promo code LASTDAY) Policygenuis.comReset podcastIn this episode, Steph’s mom makes an off-handed comment about suicide. If you or someone you love needs support, reach out to Suicidepreventionlife.org or call 1-800-273-8255. Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We asked. You answered. This week, we hear from Last Day listeners about why the holidays are so hard, different, stressful, all of the adjectives. Stephanie chats with Dr. Neha Kumar, a clinical psychologist, about tips to get through the season and ways we can honor our loved ones who are no longer with us. Drug and alcohol counselor Wilma Hawkinson discusses being newly sober during the holidays and the importance of making new memories; Miss Ian Callaghan, Executive Director of San Francisco Drug Users Union, provides useful advice for those who have someone with active addiction in their lives; and comedian James Tison explains how boundaries keep holiday gatherings healthy. Plus, a very special letter from Santa. Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  San Francisco Drug Users' UnionJames TisonVistaprint.com promo code LASTDAYNativedeodorant.com promo code LASTDAYMylola.com promo code LASTDAYReset podcastEleanor HealthBoomtown podcastTranscriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/Continue the conversation on your phone at https://flick.group/lastday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14: Last Day of Use

14: Last Day of Use

2020-01-0853:361

This season started with the question: How did we get here? How did Stefano and Harris overdose and die in their early 30s? How did our country lose 400,000 lives to opioids since 1999? In the new year, we turn our attention to other last day stories, and other kinds of last day stories. Brittany and Ahren are high school sweethearts who built a life and a family together, when “the blues” came into the picture. Brittany and Ahren talk about Ahren’s addiction, his last days of using, one ugly night, their joint recovery, and what gives them hope for the future. Plus, addiction medicine doctor Dr. Charles Reznikoff shares his approach to early recovery.  Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Dr. Charles Reznikoff, M.D.Casper.com/LASTDAY promo code LASTDAYNativedeodorant.com promo code LASTDAYwealthfront.com/LastDayTranscriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
 A few years ago, Laurie McTeague noticed her teenage son, Ian, was uncharacteristically depressed. So she went snooping around on his phone and discovered that he’d been widely experimenting with nearly every drug under the sun. What followed was years of relentless searching for effective adolescent treatment while her son continued to relapse again and again. As a parent, how do you navigate this?  Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Losswww.lemonadamedia.com/lastdaysurvey rothys.com/lastdaywww.lemonadamedia.com/shopTranscriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16: Doing Dopey

16: Doing Dopey

2020-01-2201:01:351

Dave and Chris co-hosted 142 episodes of Dopey, a recovery podcast about “drugs, addiction and dumb shit,” when the worst thing that could have ever happened, happened: Chris relapsed and died. This week, Stephanie sits down with Dave, who’s still hosting Dopey, to chat about Chris’s last day, recovery, and the transformative power of losing someone you love. Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners. DOPEY PODCAST - The Dark Comedy of Drug Addiction | Heroin | Cocaine | Meth | Weed | Drugs | LSD | Recovery | SobrietyEverything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and LossBroken Justice on Apple PodcastsLastday.robinhood.comMouthpeace with Michael & Pele Bennett on Apple Podcasts‎Food, We Need To Talk on Apple Podcasts‎Family Ghosts on Apple PodcastsTranscriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dr. Gabor Maté is a world-renowned trauma expert who can (and will) deconstruct your happy childhood in a matter of minutes. At least, that’s what he did to our host, Stephanie. We start this episode with the question, “Why?” Why would someone get addicted to opioids? In this riveting interview, Dr. Maté expands our definition of trauma, breaks down how childhood trauma leaves wounds and how addictions of every kind are an attempt to soothe those wounds, and explains that healing is possible. Please note, Last Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Somatic Experiencing from Peter Levine Sensory Motor from Pat Ogden Emotional Feeding Therapy MDMA and other psychedelic therapy studies Compassion Inquiry from Dr. Gabor Maté Internal Family Systems therapy from Richard Shwartz Ketamine Therapy  EMDR Therapy Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Disorder https://drgabormate.com/ Mouthpeace with Michael and Pele Bennett wealthfront.com/LastDay lastday.robinhood.com Transcriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Brandy and Wilma are two women who have a lot in common. They both grew up in California, they both experienced profound childhood trauma, and they both turned to drugs to soothe their pain. But their stories end very differently. Brandy died 10 years ago, at 28 years old. Wilma is now in her 50’s, approaching 10 years sober and living a busy, meaningful life. In this episode, we look at cycles of trauma and how facing it head-on can make all the difference in recovery.Please note, this episode of Last Day contains graphic details of physical and sexual abuse along with strong language and mature themes. It may not be appropriate for all listeners.casper.com/lastdaybetterhelp.com/lastdayWater By The Spoonful at Stages Pod Save the PeopleInternational Association for Suicide PreventionNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255The Trevor ProjectBefrienders WorldwideTranscriptions available shortly after air date at https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/last-day/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Cristina Corales

You must be joking! You think people want to hear this rubbish?

Jun 8th
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WeldingInVa

The 2nd has been restricted so many times already. The GCA, the Brady laws, The Hughes ammendment and so on. The rights enshrined in it have been whittled down, restricted and people are done with being told what's acceptable to own by a bunch of rich douches who are protected by the very same guns the demand are banned. You wanna know why gun crime is exploding? Because liberal DA's and the federal prosecutors refuse to charge under the existing laws. Its supposed to be a 5 year mandatory minimum for illegal possession by a felon. Giving an armed felon who has prior charges a suspended or 1 year sentence means they will just keep committing gun crimes. I have no interest in hearing this Kimber shill, Fudd try and tell me a damn thing. The 2nd isn't about hunting. Stop pretending it is. Shall. Not. Be Infringed. And fuck you and every single Karen who continues to try and restrict constitutional protections.

Jun 6th
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Jocelyn Allan

listened to this episode, coincidentally, the day after Uvalde, Texas. The NRA feels like a domestic terrorist group. I really enjoyed the cogent logic of speaker Ryan. Why are these voices not heard? Why are none of our voices heard? Whose children have to die? How many is enough?

May 26th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Made me think a lot. Nevertheless, the objective of a car is not the same as the objective of a gun...

May 19th
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Savannah Moran

My friend was caught cutting and broke down. Whenever I try to ask him about it, he says "because it's fun" when I feel like he's just deflecting it...

Mar 29th
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LindDes

So, a friend is a suicide researcher / psychology trained...at the VA. so appreciate all the work these federal servants do, so much. I know how much they care.❤❤❤

Jul 1st
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

I love this podcast. Your personal experience and reporting is highly relatable. Thank you so much.

Jun 28th
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Yousif Muhammadi

𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒔𝒐 𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 ......

May 9th
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Amy Mochal

I am not usually a commenter on podcasts or anything really. This episode MOVED me. I want Jenny to know how absolutely amazing her story is. The system absolutely failed her husband, and the entire family. Jenny demonstrated so much resilience over and over again. Not many people could be in her position and respond in the way she did. And since I'm here writing, Stephanie, I have listened to season 1 and am working on season 2. I appreciate your angle on these tough topics. I am a trauma survivor, special education public school teacher, and single mother with a partner in recovery. I admire you for taking your experience and turning into an opportunity for others.

Apr 19th
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Nadia Ahmadi

Thanks for great episod 👍

Mar 18th
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Tamo

Thank you <3

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Thnk you for the fantastic episode ❤️

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Christina Mahs

My daughter suffered with severe depression as a teen. We sat through many long ER waits and evaluations. We were always turned away even though she admitted plans to commit suicide. I worked so hard to keep her alive. By God's grace she is 26 today. She still suffers with depression but she refused to try to get help now. I wish help was easier to find and not so stigmatized.

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BC

"No baby, no noise," baby makes noise in the background

Dec 16th
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Lin

Whoa! Essential listening!!🌟 Regardless of whether you are affected by addiction or not, this episode is incredible. Hear for yourself......

Nov 28th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Hearing Tali's psychological profile I recognised many traits of Asperger's Syndrome, as I was also diagnosed. I'm currently fighting a depression and this episode really resonated with me.

Nov 18th
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