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How did race become such a flash point in modern society, and why does it remain contentious in our genomic age?
In this first-of-its-kind trans-disciplinary podcast, biological anthropologist Jim Bindon joins with cultural anthropologist Lesley Jo Weaver and historian of science Erik L. Peterson to explore our species centuries' long debates over how to define biological and behavioral difference, and why it continues to matter today.
See more about us at: http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/

Speaking of Race Speaking of Race

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 32 Ratings

How did race become such a flash point in modern society, and why does it remain contentious in our genomic age?
In this first-of-its-kind trans-disciplinary podcast, biological anthropologist Jim Bindon joins with cultural anthropologist Lesley Jo Weaver and historian of science Erik L. Peterson to explore our species centuries' long debates over how to define biological and behavioral difference, and why it continues to matter today.
See more about us at: http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/

    Caste

    Caste

    In this episode, Jo invites Alan Goodman back to review Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste. They provide some context from a science and history perspective on both caste and race.

    Here’s the source that Alan refers to: Egorova, Y. (2009). De/geneticizing Caste: Population Genetic Research in South Asia. Science as Culture, 18(4), 417-434. doi:10.1080/09505430902806975
    Speaking of Race, Race in India playlist: https://soundcloud.com/user-88955638/sets/race-in-india
    Wilkerson, I. (2020). Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. New York: Random House.

    • 38 min
    Redlining, Health, and Voting

    Redlining, Health, and Voting

    Did you know that how your neighborhood was assessed by a government agency over 70 years ago had an impact on your health and even your voting rights today? In this episode we talk about how the Home Owners Loan Corporation gave systemic racism in the U.S. a huge boost with their neighborhood ratings from the 1930s to the 1950s!
    Script: http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/uploads/1/1/0/5/110557873/redlining_health_and_voting.pdf

    Sources:

    AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (9/23/2020). Growing Disapproval of Protests Against Police. Retrieved from https://apnorc.org/?post_type=project&p=2761
    Herndon, A. W. (9/26/2020). How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://nyti.ms/2S0hDRJ
    Hoffman, J.S., V. Shandas, and N. Pendleton (1/13/2020). The Effects of Historical Housing Policies on Resident Exposure to Intra-Urban Heat; A Study of 108 US Urban Areas. Climate 8(12). Available at: https://www.mdpi.com/2225-1154/8/1/12/pdf
    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/article-abstract/2747697
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1476-069X-8-50
    Jones, B. (5/26/2020). Coronavirus Death Toll is Heavily Concentrated in Democratic Congressional Districts. Retrieved from: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/05/26/coronavirus-death-toll-is-heavily-concentrated-in-democratic-congressional-districts/
    Kolbert, E. (6/20/2016). Drawing the Line–How redistricting turned America from blue to red. The New Yorker. Retrieved from: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/06/27/ratfcked-the-influence-of-redistricting
    Kranish, M. and R. O’Harrow. (1/23/2016). Inside the Government’s Racial Bias Case Against Donald Trump’s Company, and How He Fought It. Retrieved from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-the-governments-racial-bias-case-against-donald-trumps-company-and-how-he-fought-it/2016/01/23/fb90163e-bfbe-11e5-bcda-62a36b394160_story.html
    Lockwood, B. (6/16/2020). The History of Redlining. Retrieved from: https://www.thoughtco.com/redlining-definition-4157858
    McGhee F. (9/5/2018). The most important Housing Law Passed in 1968 Wasn’t the Fair Housing Act. Retrieved from https://shelterforce.org/2018/09/05/the-most-important-housing-law-passed-in-1968-wasnt-the-fair-housing-act/
    Plumer, B., N. Popovich, and B. Palmer. (8/24/2020). How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/24/climate/racism-redlining-cities-global-warming.html
    Remigio, Richard V., et al. (2019). Association of extreme heat events with hospital admission or mortality among patients with end-stage renal disease. JAMA Network Open 2.8.
    Retrieved from:
    Richardson, J. et al. National Community Reinvestment Coalition: Redlining and Neighborhood Health. Retrieved from: https://ncrc.org/holc-health/
    Schifano, Patrizia, et al. (2009). Susceptibility to heat wave-related mortality: a follow-up study of a cohort of elderly in Rome. Environmental Health 8.1: 50. Retrieved from:
    Stone, B., Hess, J. J., & Frumkin, H. (2010). Urban form and extreme heat events: are sprawling cities more vulnerable to climate change than compact cities?. Environmental health perspectives, 118(10), 1425-1428. Retrieved from: https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/full/10.1289/ehp.0901879
    Wines, M. (6/27/2019). What is Gerrymandering? And How Does it Work? Retrieved from: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/27/us/what-is-gerrymandering.html
    Wong, K. V., Paddon, A., & Jimenez, A. (2013). Review of world urban heat islands: Many linked to increased mortality. Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 135(2). Retrieved from: https://asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/energyresources/article-abstract/135/2/022101/365904/Review-of-World-Urban-Heat-Islands-Many-Linked-to?redirectedFrom=fulltext

    • 30 min
    SOS interview of Gravlee and Mulligan

    SOS interview of Gravlee and Mulligan

    In this episode, we share an interview with Clarence Gravlee and Connie Mulligan, who talk about their cutting-edge research on racism and its effects on our genes (yes, you heard that right!). They show how experiences of racism have direct effects on the telomeres (the caps on the ends of our DNA) that control aging and cell death, literally wearing down our bodies over time and contributing to many of the race-based health disparities we see today. This work is right in line with our race and health mini-series, as well as our recent episode on racism and the COVID pandemic.

    Resources:

    Our miniseries on race and health: https://soundcloud.com/user-88955638/sets/race-and-health
    Our recent episode on racism and the COVID pandemic: http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/racism-in-the-pandemic
    Rej, Gravlee, and Mulligan’s article: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ajhb.23375
    The Sausage of Science podcast: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/human-biology-association-2/sausage-of-science

    • 22 min
    What is Speaking of Race

    What is Speaking of Race

    A brief discussion of what Speaking of Race is all about.
    Transcript and links: http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/uploads/1/1/0/5/110557873/what_is_speaking_of_race.pdf
    Episodes mentioned:
    What you don’t see when you don’t look https://youtu.be/1pwQuN4AM7k
    THE PROTESTS ABOUT THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/the-protests-about-the-death-of-george-floyd
    THE BEGINNING OF RACE http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/the-beginning-of-race
    RACE IN BRAZIL http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/august-26th-2018
    RACISM AND BLACK BODIES http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/racism-and-black-bodies
    RACE IN INDIA, PART 1 http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/race-in-india-part-1
    RACE IN INDIA, PART 2 http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/july-15th-2018
    MONOGENISM AND POLYGENISM http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/monogenism-and-polygenism
    RACE AND THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/race-and-the-human-genome-project
    RACE AND ATHLETICS http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/race-and-athletics
    DNA ANCESTRY TESTING AND RACE http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/dna-ancestry-testing-and-race
    SCIENTIFIC RACISM http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/podcast/scientific-racism

    • 9 min
    Sausage of Science Promo

    Sausage of Science Promo

    A short suggestion about a sister-podcast on anthropology and science.

    • 32 sec
    Scientific Racism

    Scientific Racism

    In this episode we discuss a speaker who came to UA in Fall 2019 to give a presentation about the evolution of human diversity—but it was actually a presentation of scientific racism in evolutionary clothing. Erik and Jim were part of a panel that rebutted his presentation and we share our experience with Jo.
    For a transcript and sources, click here: http://speakingofrace.ua.edu/uploads/1/1/0/5/110557873/scientific_racism.pdf
    Low quality (especially the audio) videos of our presentations are available:
    Jim’s presentation: https://www.facebook.com/ALLELEseries/videos/1011372252533221/
    Erik’s presentation: https://www.facebook.com/ALLELEseries/videos/955242114852838/.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

Yuval.Darda ,

Very close to be perfect

One mistake, the genetic variation among human is less than the genetic variation among different chimpanzees. The total human variations are severely affected by the migration, founder effect, and bottle neck event.

nmlal ,

I love the topics and information

But I need y’all to relax. There is no naturalness in the way you speak. Just take a breath and stop trying to force it. Let you’re real personality come through.

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Important discussion, done well

Truly fantastic, hope it is heard widely.

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