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Madam Secretary, Nuclear Threats and International Security

Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord

Madam Secretary, which starred Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst who becomes U.S. secretary of state (and eventually president), mixed Washington politics with international intrigue and even some old-fashioned family domestic drama during its six-season run on CBS.

Secretary McCord negotiated several global nuclear treaties (China/Russia and India/Pakistan), and managed risky international situations and domestic terrorist dangers with wise aplomb.

2017 Sentinel Awards

Eleven honorees were celebrated for outstanding TV storylines at the 2017 Sentinel Awards, a glittering red-carpet event held in Hollywood that featured celebrities, writers and producers. Even journalist and news correspondent Katie Couric got in on the act.

Abortion Studies

We completed an evaluation study on the impact of an abortion storyline on ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. It found that viewers who watched the episode “Papa Don’t Preach” were more knowledgeable about medication abortion than those who had not seen the episode, and had more positive attitudes about whether abortion should be legal.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)—One episode “Papa Don’t Preach,” Season 16, aired Nov. 7, 2019

HH&S Newsletter (Winter 2021)

The edition highlights include "The Countdown," our storytelling event from the world of nuclear threats; how TV and telemedicine can make a difference in abortion care; being a protector can help save lives during COVID-19; and the pandemic's mental health impact

2020 Sentinel Awards

There were no red carpets, banners, media lights or tables festooned with flowers, candles and dinnerware, but the 2020 Sentinel Awards, celebrating their 20th anniversary, did have plenty of one important thing: Heart.

HH&S Newsletter (Fall 2019)

Our fall issue gives an idea of HH&S’ busy calendar recently—the 2019 Sentinel Awards, with special guests that included Ava DuVernay, Norman Lear, Sam Levinson, Camilla Luddington, Chris Sullivan and Isabella Gomez; events on addiction and mental health, nuclear risk, maternal health, reproductive rights, and older adults; experts weighing in on killer robots, and so much more.