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Sep 18, 2020

Fire season in the western US is starting earlier and ending later each year and has seen larger, more intense fires in the last 10 years. How do these fires impact the health of people living nearby and, as smoke plumes spread across the US, can they impact the health of people further away? In this bonus episode, Dr....


Jun 25, 2020

Public health’s focus on the root causes of disease and injury mean the intersecting crises of COVID-19 and racism provide a critical opportunity for the field. Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the sector’s reckoning with...


Jun 19, 2020

A year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a landmark statement about the impact of racism on child and adolescent health. Dr. Maria Trent, the lead author of this statement, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the many ways that racism undermines health over a lifetime. Trent also discusses how to...


Jun 15, 2020

The protests following the homicide of George Floyd reflect serious questions about the legitimacy of the police. Law professor and philosopher Ekow Yankah talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the nature of legitimacy and the longstanding double standard that has led the nation to a moment of reckoning on race. He...


Jun 10, 2020

Leaders of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Dr. Daniel Webster and Dr. Cass Crifasi have studied the relationships between communities and police forces for years. The researchers, with colleagues, recently released a new report looking at enforcement of gun laws in Baltimore. In the wake of the...