Humans are creatures of habit who crave control in sometimes uncontrollable circumstances. In this episode, OWZ regular Angie Smith, MD and Professor of Urology at UNC Chapel Hill and I discuss "control" in a variety of surgical settings. Control in the operating room, control in patient encounters outside of the OR, control over how we structure our lives, and how we achieve balance. Parallels are drawn to illness uncertainty for patients and the conversation weaves through vacations, Nietzsche, mirror neurons, and fear. I hope you enjoy.