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Welcome to Social Medicine On Air, a podcast where we explore the field of social medicine with healthcare practitioners, activists, and researchers. Social medicine hopes to work for a world of justice and health - especially for the most marginalized - and connects clinical care to the deeper causes of health and illness. Through our conversational interviews, we hope to create a warm and welcoming space to learn about social medicine and meet the amazing people you'll find there.

Hosted by Brendan Johnson and Jonas Attilus, produced by Raghav Goyal, and with design by Clara Brand.

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Welcome to Social Medicine On Air, a podcast where we explore the field of social medicine with healthcare practitioners, activists, and researchers. Social medicine hopes to work for a world of justice and health - especially for the most marginalized - and connects clinical care to the deeper causes of health and illness. Through our conversational interviews, we hope to create a warm and welcoming space to learn about social medicine and meet the amazing people you'll find there.

Hosted by Brendan Johnson and Jonas Attilus, produced by Raghav Goyal, and with design by Clara Brand.

    BONUS: Osama Tanous on History, Zionism, and "Othering"

    BONUS: Osama Tanous on History, Zionism, and "Othering"

    Important content that didn't make it into the hour-long episode. Listen to Osama Tanous discuss the danger of "othering," the history of the idea of Zionism, the challenges of talking about Palestine, and more. 

    • 12 min
    15 | The Long War: Settler Colonialism and Health in Israel-Palestine | Osama Tanous

    15 | The Long War: Settler Colonialism and Health in Israel-Palestine | Osama Tanous

    Osama Tanous joins us to speak of the medical impacts of life in the long occupation of Palestine. We discuss what 'settler colonialism' is, the challenge of apolitical 'humanitarian' approaches, the political-medical-historical-economic connection, and the way that Palestine exemplifies the medical effects of structural violence. 



    Osama Tanous MD is a Palestinian pediatrician based in Haifa and is in the late stages of his Masters in Public Health from Tel Aviv University. He is currently a Fulbright Hubert Humphrey fellow in public health and health policies. Osama is a researcher for the Galilee society and a clinical instructor at the Technion. His research interests include structural violence, settler colonialism and health disparities.



    Related Resources:


    Osama Tanous, "The Dilemmas of Practicing Humanitarian Medicine in Gaza," MERIP, bit.ly/3bzcY4b




    The Red Nation webinar, "Friday Night Forums 5: Palestine and the Blockade on Gaza w/ Osama Tanous, Noura Erakat & Ziad Abbas", bit.ly/38wdMVz




    Jewish Voices for Peace's Health Advisory Council webinar with Osama Tanous, bit.ly/3qfwXZZ




    Osama Tanous, "A New Episode of Erasure in the Settler Colony," Critical Times In the Midst (blog), bit.ly/3i3FiNm




    Osama Tanous, "Coronavirus outbreak in the time of apartheid," Al Jazeera, bit.ly/3nCBGTH




    Osama Tanous, "COVID-19: Health Disparities Put Palestinians inside Israel at Risk," Institute for Palestine Studies, bit.ly/3sgcxSl




    Osama Tanous, "When Pandemics Hit Militarized Urban Spaces," Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, bit.ly/2LDZc5A

    • 1 hr 6 min
    14 | Mental Health, Individualism, and the Economy | "It's Not Just In Your Head"

    14 | Mental Health, Individualism, and the Economy | "It's Not Just In Your Head"

    Podcast crossover episode! 



    Harriet and Max, hosts of the "It's Not Just In Your Head" podcast, join us today to discuss mental health, how capitalism accelerates inequality and social breakdown, and how most approaches to mental health care support neoliberal individualism. They explain the connection between personal and social liberation, our need for one another, the value and pitfalls of medication-based approaches, the need for a strong labor movement and organizing, and how mental health is inextricably bound to social conditions. 



    "It's Not Just In Your Head" is a podcast with Harriet Fraad (@harrietfraad) and Max Golding, two mental health professionals who explore how our capitalist economic system impacts our emotional lives, from precarious housing and employment, to unaffordable healthcare, to endless debt -- it's not just  in your head! Dr. Harriet Fraad is a mental health counselor and activist in New York City with over 45 years of experience, who writes and speaks on the intersection of politics, economics, and personal life; her work can be found at harrietfraad.com. Max Golding is a licenced marriage and family therapist from California who is interested in tenant and labor organizing, and connecting the struggle for mental health with other struggles for justice and liberation.



    Their recommended resources:


    Mark Fisher. (2009). Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? Winchester, UK: Zero Books.






    Capitalism Hits Home (podcast) with Dr. Harriet Fraad & Julianna Forlano, link






    Kate Pickett & Wilkinson, Richard. (2010). The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. London: Penguin Books.

    • 56 min
    BONUS: Howard Waizkin Interviews Jonas and Brendan

    BONUS: Howard Waizkin Interviews Jonas and Brendan

    Curious about the hosts of the show? First, listen to Howard Waitzkin's episode from last week, then catch him here turning the tables on the hosts. We discuss our backgrounds, imposter syndrome, our paths to medicine, class, priviledge, accompaniment, spirituality, liberation theology, and the roots of social medicine in South America. 





    Resources relating to this episode:




    Howard Waitzkin, “Is Our Work Dangerous? Should It Be?,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 39, no. 1 (1998): 7–17, bit.ly/2Jx4UoV






    TEDx Talks, The Success of Nonviolent Civil Resistance: Erica Chenoweth at TEDxBoulder, 2013, bit.ly/39SGocR.






    Clodovis Boff and Leonardo Boff, “A Concise History of Liberation Theology,” bit.ly/2LmHovz






    Paul Farmer and Gustavo Gutiérrez, In the Company of the Poor: Conversations Between Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, ed. Michael P. Griffin and Jennie Weiss Block (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2013), bit.ly/3gsaJQI






    Paul Farmer, “Sacred Medicine,” Sojourners Magazine; Washington (Washington, United States, Washington: Sojourners, January 2014), bit.ly/3n1zhCF

    • 37 min
    13 | Life Beyond Capitalism? | Howard Waitzkin

    13 | Life Beyond Capitalism? | Howard Waitzkin

    Howard Waitzkin speaks with us today about reimagining life and medicine after capitalism. A humble giant in the field of social medicine, Howard helps to unpack how capitalism is destructive for the earth, for healthcare systems, and for social life. How can individuals and communities work towards non-violent, "rinky-dink" action against the systems which are destroying us? 



    Howard Waitzkin MD PhD is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and former director of community medicine at the University of New Mexico, a prolific scholar and practitioner of social medicine, and a tireless activist across North and South America for universal and accessible healthcare. His own family background of poverty led him to life-long questions on inequality, public health, oppression, capitalism, and medicine. 



    Resources written by Howard:


    Rinky-Dink Revolution: Moving Beyond Capitalism by Withholding Consent, Creative Constructions, and Creative Destructions, by Howard Waitzkin, (Ottawa: Daraja Press, 2020), bit.ly/2VsxyKj 




    Howard Waitzkin, “Is Our Work Dangerous? Should It Be?,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 39, no. 1 (1998): 7–17, bit.ly/2Jx4UoV




    Howard Waitzkin et al., “Social Medicine Then and Now: Lessons From Latin America,” American Journal of Public Health 91, no. 10 (October 2001): 1592–1601, bit.ly/39yHwC2




    Howard Waitzkin, “One and a Half Centuries of Forgetting and Rediscovering: Virchow’s Lasting Contributions to Social Medicine,” Social Medicine 1, no. 1 (February 25, 2006): 5–10. bit.ly/2I0uh1E




    Out soon: Social Medicine and the Coming Transformation, by Howard Waitzkin, Alina Pérez, Matt Anderson (New York: Routledge, 2020) bit.ly/2JI2JPm

    • 1 hr 9 min
    12 | Accountability and Advocacy in Global Health Financing | Leena Yumeen and Maria Pennella

    12 | Accountability and Advocacy in Global Health Financing | Leena Yumeen and Maria Pennella

    Today we hear from Leena Yumeen and Maria Pennella, and discuss the importance of accountability in global health funding. They explain the importance of advocacy in influencing these systems and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of not backsliding on the fight against global killers like tuberculosis.



    Leena Yumeen is an Advocacy Fellow with the Fund for Global Health, an organization focused on increasing the effectiveness of global health programs and international health aid through research and lobbying. She is pursuing a Bachelors in Political Science at Columbia University, and has also worked with Partners in Health on congressional lobbying and citizen outreach.



    Maria Pennella received her bachelors in health sciences from the University of Central Florida. Since graduating in 2018, she has worked for a cultural exchange program in Tanzania and become involved as an Advocacy Fellow with the Fund for Global Health. “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally”, is her guiding quote that pushed her to get involved in lobbying for equitable global health funding and policies within US Congress.



    Their recommended resources:




    Farrer L, Marinetti C, Cavaco YK, Costongs C. Advocacy for health equity: a synthesis review. Milbank Q. 2015;93(2):392-437. Full Text.




    Mandavilli, A. (2020) '‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus.’, The New York Times, 3 August. Article.




    WHO Tuberculosis & Covid-19 Q&A: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/tuberculosis-and-the-covid-19-pandemic




    The Fund for Global Health on accountability and outcomes reporting: https://www.fundforglobalhealth.org/outcomes-reporting

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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One of the Best!

One of the best podcasts out there for helping medical students and physicians understand the limits of a medicalized framework for illness/health. Fascinating conversations with a wide array of scholars, activists, and physicians trying to reimagine health.

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Viva la revolución!

Great to hear these champions of justice interview social medicine practitioners. Brilliant discussions!!

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As an educator/artist who also does work as a standardized patient this podcast is a wealth of conversations and insight into how to support the learning of current medical students and also think through how I can better advocate for patients through my work.

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