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Interviews with top scholars in public health, sociology, childhood development and more - created during production of the acclaimed documentary UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? - are now available as edited podcasts. UNNATURAL CAUSES is a series about health, but it's not about doctors or drugs. Instead, the film crisscrosses the country to find stories and evidence of the underlying social conditions that shape who gets sick in the first place. Produced by California Newsreel with Vital Pictures, this four-hour documentary series, broadcast nationally on PBS, explores what we can - and should - do about racial and socioeconomic inequities in health. New episodes will be available every other week.

UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? California Newsreel

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Interviews with top scholars in public health, sociology, childhood development and more - created during production of the acclaimed documentary UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? - are now available as edited podcasts. UNNATURAL CAUSES is a series about health, but it's not about doctors or drugs. Instead, the film crisscrosses the country to find stories and evidence of the underlying social conditions that shape who gets sick in the first place. Produced by California Newsreel with Vital Pictures, this four-hour documentary series, broadcast nationally on PBS, explores what we can - and should - do about racial and socioeconomic inequities in health. New episodes will be available every other week.

    Camara Jones (ENHANCED podcast), research director, Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Camara Jones (ENHANCED podcast), research director, Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Dr. Camara Jones discusses her work studying the health effects of everyday racism and the structural causes of health inequities. NOTE: Dr. Jones' opinions and comments are her own and they do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Camara Jones, research director, Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Camara Jones, research director, Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Dr. Camara Jones discusses her work studying the health effects of everyday racism and the structural causes of health inequities. NOTE: Dr. Jones' opinions and comments are her own and they do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Jack Shonkoff (ENHANCED podcast), director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

    Jack Shonkoff (ENHANCED podcast), director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

    In this original interview, Dr. Jack Shonkoff talks about new research on the importance of healthy, nurturing environments for the future of young children. He discusses the impact of toxic stress on brain development, how development is a product on genetics and experience, and how the U.S. fares poorly in comparison to other countries. He argues that the U.S. needs social policies that provide better choices for families with young children or we'll pay a much greater price later on.

    • 42 min
    Jack Shonkoff, director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

    Jack Shonkoff, director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

    In this original interview, Dr. Jack Shonkoff talks about new research on the importance of healthy, nurturing environments for the future of young children. He discusses the impact of toxic stress on brain development, how development is a product on genetics and experience, and how the U.S. fares poorly in comparison to other countries. He argues that the U.S. needs social policies that provide better choices for families with young children or we'll pay a much greater price later on.

    • 42 min
    Anthony Iton (ENHANCED podcast), Alameda County (CA) director of public health

    Anthony Iton (ENHANCED podcast), Alameda County (CA) director of public health

    In this original interview, Anthony Iton talks about the extraordinary health of recent Latino immigrants and what we can all learn from them. He also discusses the importance of hope, the power of community organizing, and why it's in all our best interest to tackle inequities sooner rather than later.

    • 42 min
    Anthony Iton, Alameda County (CA) director of public health

    Anthony Iton, Alameda County (CA) director of public health

    In this original interview, Anthony Iton talks about the extraordinary health of recent Latino immigrants and what we can all learn from them. He also discusses the importance of hope, the power of community organizing, and why it's in all our best interest to tackle inequities sooner rather than later.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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Best & Most Important Podcast Series

Anyone interested in the future of the United States of America in terms of democracy and progress should be sure to subscribe this broadcast and watch every episode. There is also a video series on PBS where I found out about this series. It's too bad it is not offered for sale or as a podcast, this is really critical information, no wonder some want to defund NPR.

Looking at the US we have America diverge from all the other developed Western countries while at the same time we have seen a number of metrics of life fall, and fall precipitously. Basically what this series illuminates is the negative effects of a powerful positive feedback loop which has hierarchicalized American life since 1967 and led to a larger gap between rich and poor, and healthy and unhealthy.

This is not all about money. This series shows how money, educate and stress contribute to keeping the very rich free or stress and thus able not only to afford to live great, but to live with less stress which allows their brains to work more efficiently, and their bodies immune system to function better.

The stress of being, or being able to be, disrespected, subordinate, particularly in America's abusive and violent culture, that also has developed in the media over these same years, leads to a handicap for all but the very top percentage of citizens, not to mention the misery inflicted on immigrants.

I cannot detail the whole logical argument here, that's why I recommend anyone to view these podcasts, and even email a request to make them available for purchase so this information that is so critical to the average American out.

5 Stars.

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