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Race, Violence & Medicine

Race, Violence & Medicine

By Dr. Brian Williams
Constructive dialogue about social issues at the intersection of race, violence, and medicine.
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The Role Social Identity And Self Identity Play In Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion w/ Kamilah Collins

Race, Violence & Medicine

The Cuts That Cure w/ Herb Phelan
Trauma surgeon and author, Arthur Herbert joins us to discuss his debut novel The Cuts That Cure. Arthur was born and raised in small town Texas. He worked on offshore oil rigs, as a bartender, a landscaper at a trailer park, and as a social worker before going to medical school. For the last seventeen years, he's worked as a trauma and burn surgeon, operating on all ages of injured patients, and continues to run a thriving practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. Receiving rave reviews, one NYT bestselling author described The Cuts That Cure as "A tale of intrigue and suspense, with a villain that will keep you awake. A page turner you don't want to miss!" This is a special episode you do not want to miss.
July 06, 2021
Carceral-Community Epidemiology w/ Eric Reinhart
Health justice researcher, Eric Reinhart, discusses the intersection of mass incarceration and public health.
March 09, 2021
“Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation” w/ Jamie Thompson
Award-winning journalist Jamie Thompson discusses her book about the July 7, 2016 mass shooting that killed five Dallas police officers.
February 06, 2021
“Gun Fight” w/ Constitutional Law Professor Adam Winkler
Adam Winkler is a professor of constitutional law at UCLA who joins us to discuss his book “Gun Fight: The Battle Over The Right To Bear Arms In America.”
December 04, 2020
COVID-19, healthcare equity, and criminal justice reform w/ Dr. Meghan Novisky
Dr. Meghan Novisky, assistant professor of criminology at Cleveland State University, discusses the intersection of COVID-19, healthcare access in prisons, and criminal justice reform.
August 24, 2020
Do Federal Agents Belong In Chicago Without Permission From Local Government?
Dr. Alex Piquero, Chair/Professor of the Department Sociology at the University of Miami explains why this watershed moment for racial justice in America should not fail because we let perfection be the enemy of progress. Follow Dr. Piquero on Twitter @DrAexPiquero.
July 23, 2020
"Flamethrower" w/ US Marine Corps veteran Bryan Mark Rigg
Veteran of the US Marine Corps and Israeli Defense Force, military historian Bryan Mark Rigg discusses his latest book, "Flamethrower: Iwo Jima Medal of Honor Recipient and U.S. Marine Woody Williams and His Controversial Award, Japan's Holocaust and the Pacific War."
July 11, 2020
NYPD Homicide Detective Says "Yes" To Ending Qualified Immunity, But "No" To Defunding The Police.
One month after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, retired NYPD homicide detective and hostage negotiator Alfred S. Titus, Jr. shares his perspective on qualified immunity and defunding the police.
July 03, 2020
Transparency & Trust: The Role of Civilian Oversight of Police w/ Jesuorobo Enobakhare
As a volunteer public servant appointed by the Mayor of Dallas, TX, to Chair the Community Police Oversight and Board, Jesuorobo Enobakhare works to promote public safety through enhanced collaboration between civilians and law enforcement.
June 29, 2020
Qualified Immunity & The Murder of George Floyd w/ Clark Neily
Clark Neily, the Vice President for Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, explains why qualified immunity "Is the cornerstone for our near-zero accountability policy for law enforcement."
June 12, 2020
Physician Activism in the Era of COVID-19 w/ Dr. Andrew Goldstein
In season 2 we first met physician-activist Dr. Andrew Goldstein (Twitter: @AndrewMakeTweet) in the episode "When Healthcare and Politics Unite." Currently, he is serving at the epicenter of the COVID-19 in New York and explains the importance of physician activism in response to the pandemic.
April 15, 2020
Retired Sgt. Kenny Kissiedu: 20 Years in the NYPD
Sgt. Kenny Kissiedu shares his story of growing up in Bronx, NY to become a 20-year veteran of the NYPD.
March 29, 2020
Social Justice & Community Policing w/ 20-year NYPD veteran Dr. Darrin Porcher
Dr. Darrin Porcher is a 20-year veteran of the NYPD, professor of criminal justice at Pace University, and frequent contributor to Fox, CNN, and MSNBC. In this episode, he talks about the intersection of social justice and community policing, and the challenges of gaining trust with disenfranchised communities. Connect with Dr. Porcher on Twitter: @DrDarrinPorcher, and connect with me at
March 22, 2020
Police Talk 101 w/ T. Hop the Super Cop
Senior Corporal Terrance Hopkins (b.k.a. T. Hop the Super Cop) explains the unique challenges of being an African-American law enforcement officer in a polarized world. He shares his journey from an impoverished childhood in Oklahoma to become a 29-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, President of the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas, and host of the weekly radio show Police Talk 101. 
March 14, 2020
Road Trips, Segregation, and Whole Hog BBQ w/ Daniel Vaughn
Daniel Vaughn, the barbecue editor for the Texas Monthly, shares the untold history of black-owned barbecue joints in Texas and talks about his latest cookbook, Whole Hog BBQ: The Gospel Carolina of Barbecue with Recipes from Skylight Inn and Sam Jones BBQ. You can catch up with Daniel on Instagram and Twitter, where he posts under the handle @BBQSnob.
February 24, 2020
Faith, Purpose, & Leadership w/ Rev. Matthew Ruffner
Rev. Matthew Ruffner is the senior pastor at the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, and recognized as one of the top "20 under 40" leaders in the city. He shares his journey that led him past potential careers in politics and business to a seminary school in Atlanta, GA.  Rev. Ruffner's advice on finding purpose in one's life and what it takes to be an effective leader are universal themes to which I know many can relate. You can learn more about Matthew on Instagram @matthewruffnerphpc, and you can catch up with me at
February 12, 2020
A Better Definition Of Violence
What is the definition of violence? I thought I knew until Dr. Laurie Punch, an associate professor of trauma and acute care surgery at Washington University in St Louis, expanded my understanding of the concept. Dr. Punch is an accomplished surgeon, TED speaker, and community leader who has been invited to speak before the U.S. Congress. Hear her explain why violence is more than physical injury to a person and what we all can do to reduce it.  Follow Dr. Punch on Twitter @laurie_punch and I invite you to catch up with me at
January 19, 2020
Why it's time to reconsider the label "minority" in academic medicine
Dr. Sylk Sotto is the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity at Indiana University School of Medicine. She explains her discomfort with labeling people as minorities, and how we can use more inclusive language in academic medicine. Follow Dr. Sotto on Twitter @drssotto. And I invite you to visit my website at
January 05, 2020
"The Arsonist In The Office" w/ Pete Havel
Author and speaker Pete Havel shares his personal story of resilience while giving practical tips on how to navigate toxic work environments. Learn more at Also, I invite you to connect with me at
November 24, 2019
Sex Offenders, SCOTUS, and the Separation of Powers w/ Clark Neily
What does a Supreme Case about the Sex Offender and Notication Act (SORNA) have to do with the separation of powers detailed in the US Constitution? Clark Neily, Vice President of Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute in Washington DC. explains how SCOTUS is at the center of changing how legislative policy is made and executed in America. And I invite you to connect with me at
November 17, 2019
Dismantling White Supremacy: Whose Job Is It Anyway? w/ Carrie Stewart
Carrie Stewart is an Intercultural Communication Consultant. She explains the work she does to promote constructive dialogue about America's legacy of racism and how to dismantle the structures perpetuating white supremacy. And I invite you to connect with me at
November 10, 2019
A Candid Talk About Gender Identity w/ Dr. Michaela West
Trauma surgeon Dr. Michaela West shares her courageous story of embracing her identity as a transgender woman. Hear how the transition impacted her career, relationships, and sense of self. And I invite you to connect with me at
November 04, 2019
"Poverty Powerball" w/ Derrich Phillips
Derrich Phillips shares his story from a childhood of extreme poverty and violence, to combat service in the US Army, to his current successes as a speaker, author, and entrepreneur. We discuss his book Poverty Powerball where he shares life lessons on how to "turn adversity into your winning ticket."  Do you need a speaker for your next event? I invite you to visit my website, or contact me on Twitter or LinkedIn. Thank you for subscribing to Race, Violence & Medicine.
October 27, 2019
Forget Obama & Ignore Trump? Dr. Brian Dixon's Plan To Fix US Healthcare
Child psychiatrist Dr. Brian Dixon shares his innovative plan to solve the American healthcare crisis. We discuss his book and learn how you - yes you - are as culpable as the government, insurance companies, hospitals, and more for contributing to the waste within this trillion-dollar industry. And while I had him as a captive audience, I asked Dr. Dixon how I could talk to my daughter about gun violence. She has been having nightmares as a result of the active shooter drills at school, and Dr. Dixon kindly shared his sage expertise.  Do you need a speaker for your next event? I invite to visit my website, or contact me on Twitter and LinkedIn. Thank you for subscribing to Race, Violence & Medicine.
October 18, 2019
How Achieving Workplace Diversity Is Like Baking A Cake
Beverly Thompson is a diversity and inclusion specialist who explains that diversity is "not just about race." With that mantra we spend the remainder of our conversation talking about... baking cakes. Take a listen and you'll understand why.  I invite to follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, or check out my website at
September 23, 2019
Privilege, Activism & Zen Meditation
Second-year medical student, and graduate of the elite Hockaday school in Dallas, TX, Lilly Lerer shares her journey from Buddhist monastery to student-activist. Listen to learn what she means by knowing that her "privilege was at play" as she worked to promote healthcare equity on Chicago's South Side.  I invite to follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, or check out my website at
September 13, 2019
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists From Immigrant Families Talk Social Justice In Medicine
On this episode, my last before moving from Dallas to Chicago, I met Suja John and Steven Vela for happy hour. We shared food, drinks, and heartfelt goodbyes while discussing their proud immigrant heritage and passion for serving the underserved.  I invite to follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, or check out my website at
September 05, 2019
Blogging While Black w/ Shawn Williams
How does a blogger end up alongside major media covering a presidential debate? Shawn Williams, Vice President at Allyn Media, is a published author (Blogging While Black) and community leader improving the lives of African-Americans in Dallas. Hear him break down his life as a blogger, podcaster, and community advocate on the Season 2 closer for Race, Violence & Medicine. I already have a great lineup of guests for new episodes coming in the fall! In the meantime, to be notified about my summer listening series, sign up for my newsletter here.
June 23, 2019
From White House Intern To Change Agent w/Areesa Somani
What is it like to read President Obama's mail? Areesa Somani describes her experience doing just that as a White House intern to now working in the One America Movement where she facilitates bridge-building conversations in communities across the country. Follow me at or sign up for my newsletter here.
June 16, 2019
Men's Health Month w/ Dallas Cowboys Veteran Timmy Newsome
For Men's Health Month we visit with Dallas Cowboys veteran Timmy Newsome. One of six kids who grew up on a farm he tells how he had zero aspirations to play in the NFL when he went to college, but an unexpected storied collegiate career landed him with the Dallas Cowboys.  I had the opportunity to hear him share words of wisdom with a group of men in South Dallas and convinced him to share his journey with you. Listen to how his life changed course while standing in line to register for classes at college, leading him to where he is now a business owner, public speaker, and men's health advocate.  To keep up with me check out or sign up for the newsletter here.
June 09, 2019
Gun Violence (Pt. 5): How The Judiciary Has Abdicated Its Duty To Protect Your Rights
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. Don't miss a thing! Sign up for my newsletter here.
June 07, 2019
Gun Violence (Pt. 4): Violence Comes In Many Forms w/ Dr. Tanya Zakrison
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. Don't miss a thing! Sign up for my newsletter here.
June 06, 2019
Gun Violence (Pt. 3) - "Purpose over Position" w/Dr. Joseph Sakran
On Episode #3 of our gun violence series we visit with trauma surgeon Dr. Joseph Sakran. He shares how a life-threatening gunshot wound to the neck at age 17 propelled him on a journey to where he is now a national figure advocating to reduce firearm related injuries and death in America. Tune in to learn what Dr. Sakran means when he says his life is about "pursuing purpose over position." Don't miss a thing! Sign up for my newsletter here.
June 05, 2019
Gun Violence (Pt. 2): The Survivors w/ Kathy Shorr
Documentary photographer Kathy Shorr shares her journey from experiencing a home invasion at gunpoint to photographing 101 survivors of gunshots, most of whom were filmed at the location of their shootings. Join us as we discuss her book "Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America."  This is Episode #2 in our weeklong series examining gun violence. Don't miss a thing! Sign up for my newsletter here.
June 04, 2019
Gun Violence (Pt. 1): Deconstructing Structural Violence w/ Dr. Rob Winfield
 "Let's talk about the root causes of gun violence, not just the guns themselves." The words of trauma surgeon Dr. Rob Winfield who kicks off our week-long series covering firearm violence. Dr. 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. Don't miss a thing! Sign up for my newsletter here.
June 03, 2019
The Intersection of Diversity & Marketing w/ Veleisa Burrell
What challenges do women of color face in the profession of marketing? Veleisa Burrell, President of Narrative Evolution, shares her journey from corporate America to founding her own communications company, and her passion for amplifying the voices of women of color.  To learn about your host, check out
May 20, 2019
Science Writer, Author, & Disease Detective - Dr. Seema Yasmin
Dr. Seema Yasmin is an Emmy-award winning journalist, author, medical doctor and professor. In this episode she discusses her book, "The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man's Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic." It chronicles the story of her mentor who was killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and charts the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the life of a scientist who fought to end the outbreak.
May 13, 2019
The Role Social Identity And Self Identity Play In Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion w/ Kamilah Collins
Stereotype bias, imposter syndrome, and authenticity. What does it all really mean? The interplay of social versus self identity informs our daily interactions. Kamilah Collins, an equity and inclusion consultant, explains how malalignment of these two identities can impact you as an individual, and impair organizational dynamics.
May 05, 2019
Turning Bystanders Into First Responders w/ Dr. Josh Bobko
What would you do in the aftermath of a disaster such as a mass shooting? Dr. Josh Bobko, founder of First CARE Provider, describes the work his organization does to equip bystanders with the knowledge to serve as first responders. 
April 29, 2019
Human Trafficking: It's Not Just About Sex w/ Dr. Vania Bright
While our group waited for a table for Sunday brunch, Dr. Vania Bright, a sociologist visiting from Minneapolis, MN, had me enthralled discussing her dissertation on human trafficking. Once I learned she had a flight to catch in a few hours, and with time on our hands, we continued our discussion on the record. Listen to Dr. Bright reframe the narrative on human trafficking, and deconstruct stereotypes that are a disservice to the exploited who are suffering in plain sight.
April 22, 2019
Surgery, Violence, and Culture w/ Dr. Simon Fitzgerald - host of "Knife at the Gunfight"
Dr. Simon Fitzgerald is a trauma surgeon in New York City, and hosts of one of my favorite podcasts - "Knife at the Gunfight." Join us as Dr Fitzgerald shares his thoughts about the intersection of the surgery, violence, and culture. You can follow Dr. Fitzgerald on Twitter @SlyFitz. And don't forget to check out the latest at
April 14, 2019
Faith (Pt. 4): The Intersection of Faith And Social Justice w/ Rev. Daniel Kanter
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter is senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Texas, and author of the book "Faith For The Unbeliever." I am also a member of his church. On a sunny Sunday afternoon following service, I cornered him to get his thoughts on the role religion can play in the pursuit of social justice. If you want to learn about "radical inclusivity" this episode is for you - whether you are a person of faith or not. Learn more at
April 07, 2019
Faith (Pt. 3): The Neverending Pursuit Of Racial Justice w/ Rev. Michael W. Waters
Michael W. Waters is founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Dallas, Texas. As pastor, professor, award-winning author, activist, and social commentator, Waters’ words of hope and empowerment inspire national and international audiences.
March 30, 2019
Faith (Pt. 2): "Worshiping God And Serving Humanity" w/ Almas Muscatwalla
Almas Muscatwalla believes that "worshiping God and serving humanity" are the only two purposes of life. She is the Executive Director of Faith Forward Dallas, an active member of the Ismaili Muslim Community, and serves on the board for the Dallas-Fort Worth Muslim Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC). In the middle of a cafe after the lunch rush, Almas shared why she works to strengthen relationships between peoples with diverse perspectives. 
March 23, 2019
Faith (Pt. 1): God & Guns w/ George Mason
We visit with George Mason, senior pastor for the Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. He shares his thoughts on the intersection of gun violence and religion, and how to have constructive dialogue with someone who believes in their "god-given right" to own a gun.
March 10, 2019
“Bringing Light Not Heat To Public Discourse” w/ Bruce Bond
Bruce Bond is co-founder of the Common Ground Committee. It is a citizen-led initiative free of a political agenda and financial influences that is committed to “Bringing Light Not Heat To Public Discourse”.  Bruce brings together thought leaders and influencers of opposing opinions to show that people can work together and find common ground on important issues without compromising values.
March 05, 2019
Prosecuting Sex Crimes w/ David Henderson
David Henderson is a trial lawyer and world champion public speaker. Before his current role as a civil rights attorney, Dave served in the Special Crimes Division of the district attorney’s office. He has tried over 70 jury cases to a verdict, ranging from civil cases to human trafficking to capital murder.  In 2010 David won the Toastmasters World Championship competing against over 30,000 contestants from 113 countries. Listen to him describe the emotional toll of litigating sex crime cases, and how public speaking makes him a better attorney.
February 24, 2019
Fighting Cancer In The Era Of Precision Medicine w/ Rome Madison
Rome Madison epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit. He has scaled the mountain of adversity to become a genomic industry expert, author, public speaker, and more. Listen as he shares his story of tenacity, and breaks down the role precision medicine has in the future of cancer therapy.
February 17, 2019
The Destructive History Of The Language Of Hate w/ Dr. Beth Griech-Polelle
Beth A. Griech-Polelle is the Kurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust Studies and Associate Professor of History at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. In her book "Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust" she explains the pivotal importance of the destructive power of discriminatory language in the persecution of Jews, and how easy it was to recruit healthcare professionals to participate in the Holocaust.
February 09, 2019
Branded A Criminal: From The Clinic To The Courthouse And Back w/ Dr. Jarret Patton
Doctor Jarret Patton offers sound advice to aid those who, like him, have been under attack from medical boards, certification agencies, hospital systems, legal systems, or the public at large.
February 01, 2019
Blazing A Trail For Black Men In Medicine w/ Dr. William Lynn Weaver
I found myself sharing an Uber with the legendary Dr. William Lynn Weaver en route to the airport in Austin, TX. Capitalizing on a once in a lifetime opportunity, my captive but gracious guest shares his thoughts on persistent racial inequities in the profession of medicine.
January 25, 2019
Injury & Violence Prevention w/ Shelli Stephen-Stidham
How does one become an expert in the prevention of injury and violence? Well you start off as a sports journalist of course. That is the route Shelli Stephen-Stidham travelled to gain a national reputation as an injury and violence prevention expert. Tune in to hear her explain the important role you play in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in your community.
January 17, 2019
Rachel Thompson Confronts Childhood Sexual Abuse, Suicide, Love, & Healing
In her book award-winning book "Broken Places" Rachel Thompson shares her story as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and confronts the topics of suicide, love, and healing.
January 10, 2019
Undivided Nation w/ The Leaverton Family
In Jan 2017 Erin and David Leaverton quit their jobs, sold their home, bought an RV, and set out on a 50-state road trip with their three children. Averaging one state per week their goal was to meet Americans from every corner of the country and every walk of life. Hear how their views on race have changed after trading in the traditional American dream for an Undivided Nation cross-country adventure.
January 04, 2019
"How To Raise A Doctor" w/ Dr. Dale Okorodudu
To close out Season 1 of "Race, Violence & Medicine," we visit with Dr. Dale Okorodudu. He is a Pulmonary & Critical Care physician in Dallas, TX, serial entrepreneur, and the author of "How To Raise A Doctor: Wisdom From Parents Who Did It!" Dale shares crowdsourced advice for future doctors, his inspiration for the book, and how it came together during midnight sessions while writing on the floor of his closet.
December 21, 2018
Bridging Divides With The One America Movement
Our series on the One America Movement concludes with its Director - Andrew Hanauer. He shares his vision of ending polarization in America by bringing us together across racial, religious, political and geographic divides to address pressing social problems such as poverty and racial tension.
December 16, 2018
Born Into The Movement: The President of Black Lives Matter, New York
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.
December 09, 2018
Let's Talk Racism, Islam, And Shared Humanity
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.
December 02, 2018
Why You Must Join The Fight For Healthcare Equity
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.
November 18, 2018
Diversity Drives Excellence In Medicine: The Role Of HBCUs
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.
November 15, 2018
The End Of Imposter Syndrome
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.
November 11, 2018
Let's Change The Narrative On Gun Violence
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.
November 08, 2018
Diversity, Trauma Surgery & Servant Leadership
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.
November 07, 2018
Beyond the Operating Room: Surgery & Social Justice
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.
November 03, 2018
City Of Dallas Proposition C - Know Before You Vote!
Millie Domenech gives a compelling counter-argument to Tamara Harrington from our last episode, and says vote "No" on Proposition C. Dive in to hear why.
October 27, 2018
What Is A Proposition? Know Before You Vote!
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.
October 27, 2018
On Call For Democracy - Midterm Elections Update
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.
October 26, 2018
RVM Book Club: "Nine Secrets For Getting Elected"
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.
October 20, 2018
Immigrants Get Stuff Done
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."
October 14, 2018
On Call For Democracy
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.
October 12, 2018
When Healthcare And Politics Unite
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.
October 06, 2018
From The Battlefield To South Chicago
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.
October 03, 2018
Criminology 101
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.
October 03, 2018
The Case For Civilian Oversight Of Police
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.
October 03, 2018
"Hitler's Jewish Soldiers" w/ Bryan Rigg
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.
October 03, 2018
Ali from BAM! On I Am Royalty Radio
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.
October 03, 2018
What Does BBQ Have To Do With Race, Violence, Or Medicine?
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.
October 03, 2018
Teens, Activism & The Performing Arts
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.
October 03, 2018
"Hate Crime" w/ Joyce King
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.
October 03, 2018