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Linda Villarosa on Racism and Health

I’m joined by Linda Villarosa, journalist, educator, and author of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist book Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and the Health of Our Nation. She is also the former executive editor of Essence magazine as well as former health editor for the New York Times.  Currently, in addition to her writing, she teaches journalism at City College of New York in Harlem, and at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. 


In the interview we discuss the current state of health care discrepancies between whites and African Americans, the historical processes that still contribute to these discrepancies, and we offer some thoughts for improvements going forward.


Stevie Wonder’s  “Living for the City” starts us off, and the episode concludes with “How Long” from Toshi Reagon…


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