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The pandemic reminds us that when it comes to health, there’s so much more out there to understand—like how new genetic discoveries could change our relationship with our genes or how climate change could accelerate the next pandemic. In season 3, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, physician and former city health commissioner, talks to doctors, scientists, culture makers, and policy leaders to dissect how science, policy, and culture shape health. New episodes of America Dissected every Tuesday.

The pandemic reminds us that when it comes to health, there’s so much more out there to understand—like how new genetic discoveries could change our relationship with our genes or how climate change could accelerate the next pandemic. In season 3, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, physician and former city health commissioner, talks to doctors, scientists, culture makers, and policy leaders to dissect how science, policy, and culture shape health. New episodes of America Dissected every Tuesday.

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The pandemic reminds us that when it comes to health, there’s so much more out there to understand—like how new genetic discoveries could change our relationship with our genes or how climate change could accelerate the next pandemic. In season 3, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, physician and former city health commissioner, talks to doctors, scientists, culture makers, and policy leaders to dissect how science, policy, and culture shape health. New episodes of America Dissected every Tuesday.

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English


Episodes

Health in Concrete with Katrina Forrest & Chrissie Juliano

10/12/2021
Densely-populated with lots of turn-over, cities are perhaps the worst place to be in a pandemic. And yet in the latter half of the COVID-19 pandemic, people living in cities have been safer than their rural and suburban counterparts. Abdul explores why cities matter when it comes to public health. Then he speaks with Katrina Forrest, co-Executive Director of the CityHealth initiative and Chrissie Juliano, Executive Director of the Big Cities Health Coalition, to discuss the threats and...

Duration:00:37:42

Getting PrEP’d with James Krellenstein

10/5/2021
PrEP — or “pre-exposure prophylaxis” — has been a game changer in HIV prevention, that is, for people who can access it. But Big Pharma has, once again, put its profits over its patients. Abdul talks about the latest in HIV prevention and speaks with James Krellenstein an AIDS activist and co-founder of PrEP4All. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/americadissected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:43:43

Texas v. Roe with Alexis McGill Johnson

9/28/2021
Abortion bans don’t stop abortions, they just make them less safe. Not only does Texas’s Draconian new abortion ban violate the reproductive rights of millions of people in Texas, it empowers abortion bounty hunters to do what government should not. Abdul talks about the dangerous precedent Texas’s law sets, and speaks with Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood about what comes next. Take Crooked's listener survey: crooked.com/survey For a transcript of this episode,...

Duration:00:37:57

Food, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

9/21/2021
The COVID-19 vaccines have put the FDA front-and-center in our national COVID-19 response. Between the lag for full COVID-19 vaccine approval, the approval of a questionable new Alzheimer’s drug, and the booster it’s worth asking where the FDA goes from here. Abdul talks to Dr. Scott Gottleib, former FDA Commissioner and author of a new book about the pandemic. Take Crooked's listener survey: crooked.com/survey For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/americadissected....

Duration:00:51:08

Rights & Responsibilities on the Res with Rebecca Nagle

9/14/2021
Native American tribes were among the hardest hit by COVID-19, losing tribal elders to the virus—and with them irretrievable pieces of their culture and heritage. But no group in America has done more to assure their communities are vaccinated and protected. We speak to Rebecca Nagle, activist, journalist and host of Crooked Media’s This Land podcast about how Native American tribes took on the collective responsibility of vaccinating their communities and what our country can learn from...

Duration:00:37:05

The 20 Year War with Zarlasht Halaimzai

9/7/2021
This week, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11. The securitization at home and the “war on terror” that followed fundamentally reshaped our country and those in which our country made war. War is the antithesis of public health. We speak with Zarlasht Halaimzai, an Afghan woman who founded the Refugee Trauma Initiative, which takes on the human fallout of violence and displacement, about the lasting consequences of America’s war on terror. Take Crooked's listener survey:...

Duration:00:39:03

A Labor of Love with Randi Weingarten

8/31/2021
As children head back to school, masks should be on the shopping list. But, despite CDC recommendations, in many states they won’t be. Abdul talks about the critical work of protecting children in schools and speaks with Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, one of America’s most powerful teacher’s unions about worker safety in the pandemic and in our schools. Take Crooked's listener survey: crooked.com/survey For a transcript of this episode, please visit...

Duration:00:40:36

Football on the Brain with Dr. Kathleen Bachynski

8/24/2021
As football season approaches, Abdul talks about his years on the field and his growing ambivalence to the sport in the face of new research about its health consequences.He interviews Prof. Kathleen Bachynski, author of “No Game for Boys to Play” about the public health impact of football. Take Crooked's listener survey: crooked.com/survey For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/americadissected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:44:45

A Second Opinion with Dr. Anthony Fauci

8/17/2021
Nobody has come to represent the role of science in taking on this pandemic quite like Dr. Anthony Fauci. He joins Abdul for their second conversation about where we’ve been, where we are now, and how to face down anti-science trolls, even when they come in the shape of US Senators. Take Crooked's listener survey: crooked.com/survey For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/americadissected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:33:01

Delta, Delta, Delta with Dr. Angie Rasmussen

8/10/2021
Why is the delta variant a game-changer? Abdul dissects how the delta variant has changed our approach to COVID-19—and what could be in store. He speaks with America Dissected’s resident virologist Dr. Angie Rasmussen about why the delta variant is so transmissible and how it should change our approach to COVID-19 in general. Take Crooked's listener survey: crooked.com/survey For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/americadissected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:43:43

The Green New Heal with Rhiana Gunn-Wright

8/3/2021
We can’t talk about infrastructure without centering climate—and we can’t talk about climate without centering structural racism. Abdul dissects the indelible link between infrastructure, climate, and health. He interviews Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Climate Policy Director at the Roosevelt Institute (and a long time friend!) about that link, and what this moment should teach us about where our public policy should go from here. Take Crooked's listener survey: crooked.com/survey For a transcript of...

Duration:00:41:16

Big Pharma’s big fraud with Dr. Aaron Kesselheim

7/27/2021
Abdul dissects the FDA’s disastrous decision to approve the new Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab despite the evidence that it fails to improve symptoms—and its aftermath and implications for the future of Big Pharma. He speaks with Professor Aaron Kesselheim, a prescription drug policy expert and a former member of the FDA Advisory Panel, who resigned at the FDA ignored the panel’s overwhelming opposition to approve it the drug. Take Crooked's listener survey: crooked.com/survey For a transcript...

Duration:00:42:23

Pandemic Olympics with Peter Vanderkaay

7/20/2021
Abdul breaks down the risks--and rewards--inherent in holding an international athletic competition in the middle of a pandemic. He speaks with four-time US Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Peter Vanderkaay about the Olympic experience and how this summer’s Olympics might be different. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:32:45

Whose problem is it anyway? with Wayne Brady

7/13/2021
Abdul dissects why our society makes it so hard for people with mental illness to get care. Then he interviews comedian and performer Wayne Brady about his experience with mental health and what he thinks it will take to end the stigma around mental illness. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/americadissected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:41:04

Mental health is a social justice issue with Dr. Ashwin Vasan

7/6/2021
Abdul dissects the various ways that people with mental illness are stigmatized, marginalized, and oppressed in our society. Then he talks to Dr. Ashwin Vasan, President and CEO of Fountain House, a nonprofit organization focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for people with serious mental illness, about their work to make mental health the next social justice issue. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/americadissected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:45:57

A Tale of Two Crises: Opiates vs. Crack (from Season 1)

6/22/2021
We bring back an episode from Season 1 that remains relevant today: The Opioid Crisis has wreaked havoc across America, taking lives and devastating families, neighborhoods, and communities. But this isn’t the first time we’ve suffered a deadly drug crisis. In today’s episode, Abdul tells the tale of two crises: the opioid epidemic of today and the crack epidemic of the 1980s, contrasting the government’s and media’s responses to these crises—and what they tell us about the nature of drug...

Duration:00:31:43

Preventable with Andy Slavitt

6/15/2021
Abdul dissects the critical role of trust in public health--and how the pandemic challenged it. He interviews Andy Slavitt, a former Obama health official and former member of the Biden COVID-19 Task Force on going from an outside commentator on the pandemic to the White House and what he learned about COVID-19 from inside the belly of the beast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:40:23

A Global Vaccine for a Global Pandemic?

6/8/2021
Abdul dissects the incentives that drive Big Pharma and how they tend to get in the way of getting medications to those who need them most. Then he interviews Priti Krishtel and Tahir Amin of the Initiative for Medicines, Access, and Knowledge about their work to take on the pharmaceutical industry and deliver vaccines to the world. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/americadissected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:45:49

Pro-politics but anti-life in Texas with Nancy Northup

6/1/2021
Abdul dissects the politics underneath Texas’s new anti-choice bill. Then he speaks with Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights about the wave of anti-abortion legislation sweeping the states, and what they mean for the fight over Reproductive Rights in the US. For a transcript of this show, please visit crooked.com/americadissected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:43:47

Antiracist healthcare? with Prof Ibram X. Kendi

5/25/2021
Abdul dissects health inequities to understand why America’s focus on healthcare rather than public health is part of the problem. Then he speaks with Professor Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times Bestseller “How to be an Anti-Racist” about taking on racism in public health and healthcare. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/americadissected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:46:06