Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter New York, says he was "born into the movement." From his April 4th birthday which is connected with several civil rights icons to being raised by activist parents, Hawk was destined for the life he has now - liberating the oppressed in mind, body, and spirit. Hear the story about his presence at a Trump rally led to a moment of reconciliation with those who viewed him as the enemy and launched him to national prominence.
The daughter of Pakistani immigrants, Afia Yunus has vivid tales of the racism she endured as a Muslim girl coming of age in the Florida Panhandle. The experience strengthened her resolve to serve humanity. As a teen, witnessing lawyers fight against the erosion of civil rights after 9/11 propelled her to become an immigration attorney. A personal and professional transformation occurred after the 2017 "Muslim Ban." She was compelled to "get off the hamster wheel of life" and apply her legal expertise as an activist.
Join us as Afia explains how we must redefine "safe spaces" as she works toward celebrating our shared humanity. It is a value she learned from her cardiologist father whose compassionate care of a heart attack patient led to a lifelong friendship with an unlikely ally - a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.
What do the right to bear arms, judicial abdication, and the Cato Institute have in common? Clark M. Neily III - author of "Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce The Constitution's Promise Of Limited Government." He explains why protecting your rights is not the same as restricting governmental overreach. Hear why he would grade the Judiciary a C- at best, and learn how his role in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008 definitively established your right to own firearms.
What is healthcare equity and why should you care? Teresita Oaks gives a master class explaining why it matters to everyone, from the migrant farm workers in Arizona to the coal miners in West Virginia.
To call Dr. Mallory Williams a trauma surgeon does a disservice to the many facets of his identity. He has trained at some of the premier institutions in the country, served multiple combat tours as a Colonel in the US Army, and continues to hold it down at home with his family. Everytime I speak with Dr. Williams, he drops some new pearl that nudges me to raise my personal bar for excellence. Listen to him share his role as an educator and the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in driving excellence in medicine.
No matter how accomplished you are, Dr. Nii Darko will inspire you to achieve more. He is a trauma surgeon, podcaster, published author, and runs his own surgery staffing company.
Beginning with his roots in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Darko shares his journey busting through imposter syndrome to become a successful entrepreneur who epitomizes his trademarked brand - Docs Outside The Box.
This episode with gun violence expert Dr. Megan Ranney was recorded the day before the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA. When I learned of the shooting, Dr. Ranney was already dominating my Twitter feed calling for action. I took that as a sign to get her show to you today - not later this month as planned. This show is dedicated to the victims, families, friends and communities living with the impact of gun violence.
As a teenager in rural Kentucky, Dr. Andrew Bernard tagged along with his mother to the operating room where she worked as a nurse anesthetist. Taking a different route to the same destination, he became a trauma surgeon, a pillar in his community, and is now President of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma - one of the main societies of trauma providers in the country. During our interview he shares his perspective on healthcare inequities, diversity and inclusion, and leadership.
Dr. Rishi Rattan, a self-described "failed engineer," can tell you the precise moment he decided to become a surgeon - and it had nothing to do with being in the operating room. He shares how critical race theory, intersectionality, and social justice inform his practice as a trauma surgeon.
In a specialty where praise is a proxy for clinical acumen and surgical skills, Dr. Rattan also embodies that often overlooked quality that is of equal importance - humanity.
Trauma surgeon Dr. Rob Winfield describes a unique approach to combatting urban gun violence - actually collaborate with the victims to determine sustainable solutions. Learn how he leverages his role at the University of Kansas Medical Center to do just that. Also, he shares the innovative way the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society - yes, horticulture - reduced violent crime in Philadelphia.
Have you ever stood in the polling booth, paralyzed with confusion, trying to decipher the propositions at the end of the ballot? Tamara Harrington from Leadership ISD decodes these often poorly-understood initiatives, also called ballot measures, and the critical role citizens play in determining what your government can do.
We first met Dr. Andrew Goldstein in "When Healthcare And Politics Unite," and did a follow-up interview in "On Call For Democracy." He returns to give another update on the work he and thousands of other healthcare professionals are doing leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections.
Do you need a break from the rancor surrounding the 2018 mid-term elections? Then check out the October selection for the Race, Violence & Medicine Book Club - "Nine Secrets For Getting Elected" by Kit Bobko.
Kit is a two-term mayor and city councilman with 20 years of experience in politics. His book is a must read if you’re contemplating running for office, or just want to learn what happens behind the scenes in the lives of candidates.
From Columbia - the country - to Harvard Medical School and beyond, Dr. Paula Ferrada is shattering barriers to achieving gender equity in the workplace. As a trauma surgeon she is moving the needle on social justice in medicine while raising the bar for excellence in a male-dominated field. Hear how she navigates a profession where there is "Equal distribution of talent, but not equal distribution of opportunity."
In "When Healthcare And Politics Unite," Dr. Andrew Goldstein explained the unique role healthcare experts serve in determining the decision-makers for health policy. He returns this week with an update on the work On Call For Democracy is doing leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections, and what you can do to get involved.
Do you know how 'structural' violence combined with 'cultural' violence results in 'direct' violence? We visit with trauma surgeon and public health expert Dr. Tanya Zakrison who shares her expertise.
During our interview, she deconstructs these topics and more while taking us on a fascinating journey of social justice in America - one that includes riding shotgun with the Black Panther Party. But I can't write that story as well as she tells it, so hit play and listen.
What role can healthcare workers serve in political advocacy? Many - if you follow the example of Dr. Andrew D. Goldstein. He is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at NYU who dedicates half of his time to progressive organizing and activism.
His latest endeavor is "On Call For Democracy" - a grassroots organization of thousands of health professionals mobilized to get out the vote for pro-health candidates. Dr. Goldstein shares his story of growing up in a diverse community, and how that experience fueled his passion for social justice in medicine.
The number of African-American men choosing careers in medicine is decreasing. In 1978 there were 542 black men entering medical school. By 2014 that number decreased to 515.
Meet Dr. Ken Wilson, a Colonel in the US Army, and a trauma surgeon based in Chicago, Illinois. He is an example of black male excellence, and is working to reverse this downward trend. Learn about his journey to medicine, far-forward battlefield experience, and mission to bring healthcare equity to South Chicago.
Making complex science accessible to the lay public is a skill Dr. Alex Piquero has mastered. Ranked as the #1 Criminologist in the world, Dr. Piquero explains how he employs evidence-based research to tackle divisive social issues such as criminal justice reform, immigration, and the NFL National Anthem controversy.
On Sep. 6, 2018 Botham Jean was fatally shot by an off-duty Dallas Police officer - while in his own apartment. Details surrounding the shooting have refueled the debate about police use of force against black men and the role of civilian oversight of law enforcement.
From the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, Lauren-Elaine Brown shares her journey as an activist and the work she is doing to help reform police oversight in Dallas, TX.
Bryan Rigg received his B.A. with honors from Yale University and his Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University. A former U.S. Marine Corps officer and volunteer in the Israeli Army, he was a professor at the American Military University.
Bryan joins us for the August Race, Violence & Medicine Book Club to discuss his book - Hitler's Jewish Soldiers. His seminal work won the prestigious Colby Award and was featured on NBC-TV's Dateline.
We had technical difficulties with our scheduled call-in guest, but Ali stepped in to deliver a clutch interview. She is the host of BAM! (Body and Mind) and has been with I Am Royalty Radio since its 2015 launch.
Join us for an engaging discussion with Ali about the history of I Am Royalty Radio.
- Get the inside story about her show BAM! (Body and Mind)
- Learn the difference between terrestrial radio, celestial radio, and podcasts.
- Get a sneak peek at the expanded line-up of new shows coming soon.
Tune into BAM Thursday nights 8 pm - 10 pm CST on I Am Royalty Radio.
Having a neighbor like Daniel Vaugh - BBQ editor for the Texas Monthly Magazine - I could not pass up the opportunity to do an episode on Texas BBQ. But what does that have to do with Race, Violence, or Medicine? More than you think.
- Have you heard of the Negro Motorist Green Book?
- Do you know the story behind the oldest black-owned BBQ joint in Dallas, TX?
- And how did the confluence of white and black immigrants lead to the rise of commercial BBQ in Texas?
Daniel Vaughn - a journalist, food critic, and historian - takes us on a cross-country journey to answer these questions and more while sharing engaging tales about the intersection of race and barbecue.
Why did a group of teen stage performers join the NRA? And how do they combine activism with the performing arts?
The Cry Havoc Theater Company stopped by Race, Violence & Medicine for a lively discussion about gun violence and creating their next production - Babel. These teens will impress you with wisdom that belies their age.
On June 7, 1998, James Byrd Jr., a forty-nine-year-old black man, was walking home from a party when three white men in a pickup truck offered him a ride. They drove Byrd out to a lonely country road, tied him to a logging chain, and dragged him three miles to his death.
Joyce King, an award-winning journalist and native Texan, was assigned to cover the story, which drew international media headlines. In "Hate Crime," she provides a chilling re-creation of the slaying and the subsequent trials.