Wellness isn't just about mindfulness, exercise, or the perfect skin. Politics, media, culture, science — everything around us — interact to shape our health. On America Dissected, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed explores what's really making us sick and what we'll need to take on — be it racism, corporate capitalism, or snake oil salesmen — to keep all of us healthy. From insulin price gouging to ineffective sunscreens, America Dissected cuts deeper into the state of health in America. New episodes every Tuesday.
Want to know where to start? Here are some fan-favorite episodes to search:
Cannabis Capitalism with David Jernigan
Weight Weight Don’t Tell me with Harriett Brown
Black Scientists Matter with Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett
The Invisible Kingdom of Chronic Illness
Chronic illness is debilitating. But it’s not just the pain and dysfunction it causes, but the anxiety of not really knowing when it’ll strike — or get worse. Abdul reflects on the ways that science has been diverted by the goals of the healthcare industrial complex away from answering questions at the edge of chronic illness. Then he sits down with author Megan O’Rourke, author of Invisible Kingdom, a book about the experience of living with a chronic autoimmune disorder, about her experience, how it changed her, and what she wishes more people understood about it.
Defunding Public Health? One County Tried. It Didn’t Go Well.
Ottawa County, Michigan made national news last year after a MAGA take over of its County Commission. Their first major act? To try to defund their public health department. Abdul reflects on the impending risk of this across the country. Then he sits down with Adeline Hambley and Marcia Mansaray, the leaders of the Ottawa County Health Department to learn what happened — and what they did next.
How Cars Got More Deadly
More pedestrians are dying in auto accidents. Abdul reflects on the public health challenges that cars pose in general. Then he sits down with Dr. Deborah Kuhls, a trauma surgeon who studies pedestrian fatalities to understand why and how to stop it.
Sickle Cell and All the Diseases We Choose to Ignore
Sickle Cell Disease is a debilitating genetic disease that almost exclusively affects Black folks. While genetic breakthroughs have made a cure possible, the high price tag may keep them away from people who need them. Abdul reflects on the way that society shapes the scientific questions we ask — and whose diseases we take seriously. Then he interviews Dr. Titilope Fasipe, a pediatric hematologist who treats sickle cell disease — and has lived with the disease her whole life.
A Public Health Catastrophe in Gaza
In less than four months, more than 25,000 people have been killed by Israeli bombardment in Gaza. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of devastation. Abdul reflects on how the way we talk about this will shape how the international community values human life. Then he interviews Dr. Tanya Haj-Hasan, a pediatric intensive care doctor with Doctors without Borders and creator of the social medial channel “Gaza Medic Voices.”
Has Public Health Lost Its Way? This Public Health Dean Thinks So.
Abdul sits down with Prof. Sandro Galea, Dean of the Boston University School of Public Health to talk about his new book, Within Reason, in which Galea argues that the pandemic uncovered an “illiberal,” even, at times, authoritarian, strain within the public health community.
Public Health Primer
Anyone remotely interested in public health should listen to these podcasts regularly. If one is in public health, the show is a masterclass on timely topics. I regularly send the show to my students and to colleagues and practitioners in the field. Onward!
Crooked should do more work like this
Shame on Crooked, outside of this one episode. Your coverage has been egregious. Politics are comprehensive; everything is connected. Lead us.
Thank you for speaking up in support of Palestinians in no uncertain terms. To put it lightly, I’ve been disappointed in the rest of Crooked Media’s response to the war. Your viewpoint is sorely needed, and I appreciate you for sharing it.