Welcome to You Make Me Sick, presented by the Health Team at Environmental Defense Fund! This monthly podcast features conversations with leading experts in the field of environmental health. We hope you enjoy listening in!
Hurricane Harvey’s Toxic Aftermath
Hurricane Harvey tore through the Houston region in August 2017, dumping torrential rains, damaging homes and businesses, and upending people’s lives. In this episode, we talked with Dr. Elena Craft, a senior scientist at EDF, about another aspect of the storm’s devastation: toxic chemical releases.
Spaceflight and human health with Dr. Allison Anderson
What is it like to be in space? Space travel certainly comes with sweeping views of Earth and the prospect of otherworldly exploration, but it also takes a significant toll on the human body. In this episode, UC Boulder professor Dr. Allie Anderson talks about the health challenges presented by spaceflight and what the future of space medicine looks like.
Climate change and health with physicians Jay Lemery and Cecilia Sorensen
A changing climate poses clear threats to the environment and global ecosystems, but it also presents risks to human health. In this episode we talked with University of Colorado physicians Jay Lemery and Cecilia Sorensen about how climate change can harm our health and how the medical community must adapt to this new driver of disease.
Mobile air quality monitoring with Dr. Joshua Apte
We all know clean air means better health. What if we could know how much air pollution we encounter during our daily routines? On this episode we chatted with UT Austin professor Joshua Apte about a cool new project launched by EDF and Google to map air pollution at very fine scales using Google Street View cars outfitted with air quality sensors. Dr. Apte shares the project’s early results and what they mean for public health.
Black lung disease with Dr. Edward Petsonk
The air in and around coal mines is full of tiny mineral particles created during the mining process. Inhaling too much of this air can cause what’s called coal workers’ pneumoconiosis – better known as black lung disease. For a while, greater awareness and improved mining conditions led the number of cases to drop, but that trend has reversed in recent years. We talked with Dr. Edward Petsonk of West Virginia University about the resurgence of black lung disease and the impact that this illness has on miners and local mining communities.
Lead and the developing brain with Dr. Bruce Lanphear
Our first interview was with Dr. Bruce Lanphear, a professor at Simon Fraser University with expertise in children’s environmental health. His research ranges from childhood exposures to pesticides, mercury, tobacco smoke and other chemicals of concern. In this episode, we sat down with him in the EDF Washington office to learn specifically about how lead exposure affects children.
Fun, accessible, knowledgeable
This podcast is easy to listen to, keeps my attention, and teaches me new information. Worth listening to!
Super informative - definitely recommend
A fun listen!
Great analysis and interview. I wish there were more podcasts like this, that are informative and provide non-scientists a window into how complex systems work. Can't wait to hear more!