Bringing the conversation about trauma, addiction, and other complex social issues into the American family room

 Watch the live show on Wednesday's at 7 pm EST

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About the Show

The EXIT TEAM television series is a live show that discusses the complex social issues of trauma, addiction, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.  Join cohosts Dr. Allison Burns, PharmD, RPh, RCP and award-winning author Ritchie Farrell as they bring these difficult topics into the family rooms of Americans to meet viewers where they're at and provide a roadmap of resources and tools to build healthier lives.   

Upcoming Shows

Next show: July 18 at 7 pm EST

Want to watch a previous show?  Watch the all of the shows below or on BNN-TV's Video on Demand (VOD)


Micky and Michael 

Air Date: May 2, 2018

Featuring in-studio guest World Champion Boxer Micky Ward and actor Michael Madsen remote from Malibu

Boxing champion Micky "The Fighting Irish" Ward opens up about his childhood sexual abuse and his brother's lifelong struggle with addiction as he rose to fame in the boxing ring.  The Oscar-winning film "The Fighter" was later written to illustrate Micky's journey.


Actor Michael Madsen's long career spans 25 years and more than 170 films in which he has played memorable characters, including Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut film Reservoir Dogs. Michael discusses his personal struggle with drugs and alcohol on the road to Hollywood stardom. 

Safe Injection Facilities Coming to Boston, Senator Brownsberger and Boston City Councilor Baker

Air Date: May 16, 2018 

Featuring in-studio guests Senator William Brownsberger and Boston City Councilor Frank Baker 

Senator Will Brownsberger and Boston City Councilman discuss the possibility of putting a Safe Injection Facility in Boston. Senator Brownsberger proposed bill S 1081 that calls for a state-run Safe Injection Facility (SIF), also known as a Safe Consumption Facility that will allow drug users to inject, snort, or swallow illegal substances under the medical supervision of a doctor or nurse to curb drug overdose deaths. Drug users will be provided clean needles, cookers, and other drug consumption devices at no cost to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and other blood borne infections.  If bill S 1081 passes, the SIF will most likely be placed in Councilman Frank Baker's district, which has made many of his constituents uneasy.  

Boston's Opioid Epidemic with City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George 

Air Date: June 6, 2018

Featuring in-studio guest Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George

The hosts address the state of Boston's current opioid epidemic with Boston City Councilor and former Boston public school teacher Annissa Essaibi George. As a parent and public school teacher of 18 years, Annissa discusses the need to ramp up education and prevention in the public schools and at home. She also touches upon the issue of homelessness and its relationship to substance abuse. 

The Circle of Addiction, A Different Kind of Tears with Producer Jim Wahlberg

Air Date: June 20, 2018

Featuring in-studio guest producer Jim Wahlberg 

Jim Wahlberg releases the trailer for his movie movie THE CIRCE OF ADDICTION and speaks about the projected audience in Boston and around the United States.  Jim gets real about the impact of the Opioid Epidemic. He discusses how he rose above the tough streets of Dorchester and own personal substance abuse to become the executive director of the Mark Wahlberg out Foundation.  Jim works hand-in-hand with his brother Mark to set up events and functions around teh country to support charities like the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester where they spent time as kids. 

Free Refills, How a Harvard Physician Confronted His Addiction 

Air Date: July 11, 2018

Featuring in-studio guest Dr. Peter Grinspoon, MD

Dr. Peter Grinspoon, author of "Free Refills," explains how as a Harvard-educated doctor he became addicted to opioids. Dr. Grinspoon discusses how he went from writing his own prescriptions to reclaiming his life and medical career. He now works as a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.  

Massachusetts State of Addiction #ioad2018

Air Date: July 18, 2018

Featuring in-studio guests Mike Duggan and JoAnn Bocca-Rivieccio and singer/songwriter Daphne Willis remote from Nashville

Mike Duggan, founder of Wicked Sober, and JoAnn Bocca-Rivieccio, member of Somerville Overcoming Addiction, join independent recording artist and Sony writer Daphne Willis to discuss the Massachusetts State of Addiction, an awareness event being held in the Boston Common on August 31st from 6 to 9pm. The event will feature 19 grassroots organizations and community partners. 


Daphne discusses the origin of her song "Somebody's Someone," which has gained national attention,as well as her upcoming performance at the State of Addiction event.