The following question drives and inspires me. How might we open up capacity and possibilities for people to feel and experience meaningful and dignified lives? This question emerged through my undergraduate studies as a human geographer, and I first examined it as a public radio and podcast producer for NPR and The On Being Project.

In the present and informed by my experiences in public radio, I aspire to practice that caregiving and possibility-opening through medicine — applying the precision and rigor of the sciences towards humanistic ends.

I am a current member of Goucher College’s post-baccalaureate, premedical program in pursuit of the labor of a physician. I am intrigued by medicine’s breadth and depth while drawn towards the potential to reduce racial disparities in health, increase medical access for marginalized communities, and apply population level health interventions. Amongst other specialties, I am interested in family, preventative, and infectious disease medicine as well as child and adolescent psychiatry.

I’d love to be in dialogue with you about the nature and art of caregiving, ontologies of medicine, the “arts of living on a damaged planet” as coined by Anna Tsing, and how we might build resilient, flexible institutions for future generations and the children growing up in our increasingly precarious world.

Still, I have hope — renewed by the tenacity of the human spirit in all we have done and might become.

With care,


Tony Liu is a student in Goucher College's postbaccalaureate premedical program, an aspiring physician, and a former public radio and podcast producer from Salt Lake City, Utah. He is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. 

For The On Being Project, Tony produced the nationally-broadcast, Peabody-award winning program, On Being with Krista Tippett, and served as lead-producer and co-creator of the podcast, Poetry Unbound, which reached #1 in Apple Podcast's Arts Chart. Prior to The On Being Project, Tony worked as a producer for NPR's TED Radio Hour, Morning Edition, and RadioWest. His work has been featured in Outside MagazineThe New York Times, and The Guardian

Tony graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 as a Morehead-Cain Scholar, where he studied human geography, anthropology, and religious studies. He enjoys running and playing, writing, and listening to music in his free time. 

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