114 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 3.9K Ratings

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.

    Uh-Omicron

    Uh-Omicron

    Omicron has now made landfall in the US. We are learning more about the variant every day—good, bad, and ugly. We turn to Dr. Angie Rasmussen, America Dissected’s resident virologist to get into the nitty-gritty and help us understand what it means for us and the future of the pandemic.
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    • 42 min
    Teeth with Mary Otto

    Teeth with Mary Otto

    Because of an accident of history, we think of our teeth as being wholly separate from the rest of our bodies. They even have different doctors. But teeth really are the entryway to the body, and the state of oral health in America says a lot about our inequities in general. Abdul talks to Mary Otto, journalist and author of Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America. Abdul also offers his perspective on the current COVID-19 surge and the new Omicron variant.


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    • 48 min
    Cannabis Capitalism with Prof. David Jernigan

    Cannabis Capitalism with Prof. David Jernigan

    The movement to legalize cannabis has marked some major wins, helping us better understand its benefits and addressing the way it's been used to systematically over-police and incarcerate Black and brown people. And yet cannabis is big business, as venture-backed companies have swooped in to monetize newly legal cannabis, putting their bottom line ahead of public health concerns. Abdul talks to Prof. David Jernigan, author of a new book on the public health implications of cannabis.



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    • 43 min
    The Last Best Chance with Prof Jisung Park

    The Last Best Chance with Prof Jisung Park

    Our health is inevitably tied to the health of our planet. At COP26, the world’s leaders tried to save it—but did they do enough? We speak to Prof. Jisung Park, an environmental economist, about how climate change is shaping inequality, and about what we hoped for and what we got from COP26.



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    • 56 min
    The Contagion Next Time with Prof Sandro Galea

    The Contagion Next Time with Prof Sandro Galea

    Were we set up to fail? And how does our failure affect the most vulnerable people in society? Abdul reflects on the nature of prevention itself. He speaks with Prof. Sandro Galea, Dean of the Boston University School of Public Health and author of the new book “The Contagion Next Time.”


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    • 44 min
    Be-JUULed with Lauren Etter

    Be-JUULed with Lauren Etter

    Decades of public health efforts turned America’s young people against smoking. And then JUUL made it cool again. Abdul speaks with Lauren Etter, author of “The Devil’s Playbook,” about how a tool designed to help people quit hooked a whole new generation to nicotine.



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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.9K Ratings

3.9K Ratings

96Francesca ,

Love Abdul

This podcast is so incredibly informative. Every week I am blown away by how educated and persuasive Abdul is. And the topics are so interesting each week. Love this podcast.

Fakewater ,

Dr Abdul takes America’s pulse

This show has gotten me through the pandemic with in depth and candid analysis of the latest in public heath across a variety of sectors. Really great interviews and fantastic information.

Guerrerov218 ,

Public Health is Political sorry not sorry!

For those saying this is more political than medical… public health is more about policy unfortunately. Of course for the greater good of THE PUBLIC but saying you would like it to be less politicized is not possible. Dr. Abdul makes these topics digestible and interesting to listen to. 1000% recommend.

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