December 26, 2021
Today I am glad to bring writer Jon Mooallem, to #COVIDcalls for a discussion of his new book This Is Chance!: The Shaking of An American City, A Voice that Held it Together
Jon Mooallem is a longtime writer at large with The New York Times Magazine and a contributor to numerous other radio shows and magazines, including This American Life, The Daily, 99% Invisible, California Sunday and Wired. He's frequently talked about his reporting on radio and television shows (like Fresh Air, Radiolab, and The Colbert Report) and at the TED conference in Vancouver. Occasionally, he collaborates on live storytelling and music projects with members of the Decemberists.
Jon's most recent book, THIS IS CHANCE!, tells the story of the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake and radio reporter Genie Chance. The Wall Street Journal called it "A powerful, heart-wrenching book, as much art as it is journalism." Amazon, Buzzfeed and Brainpickings selected THIS IS CHANCE! as one of the best books of 2020 and it’s in the process of being adapted into a film. His last book, Wild Ones was chosen as a notable book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, NPR’s Science Friday, and Canada’s National Post, among others. He lives on Bainbridge Island, next to Seattle. During the pandemic, he's primarily been a father. Also, he built a fence.
This Is Chance!: The Shaking of An American City, A Voice that Held it Together
December 26, 2021
Today I welcome Tom Hipper and Esther Chernak for an update on the Omicron variant and public health in the USA.
Dr. Esther Chernak. Esther is a professor in the Department of Environmental Health, Drexel University School of Public Health, and has a position in the Drexel University College of Medicine. She is the director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication at Drexel. Prior to joining the Drexel faculty in 2010, Dr. Chernak worked at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for over 25 years. She is a regular contributor to COVIDCalls.
Tom Hipper is the Associate Director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC) at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, where he recently managed a CDC-funded grant project designed to address the disaster information needs of children with special health care needs. He is Assistant Teaching Faculty at Drexel University, where he teaches courses in crisis and risk communication. Mr. Hipper is also a Fellow of the Center for Risk Communication.
December 26, 2021
Today I welcome Kristin Urquiza, founder of Marked by COVID. Kristin Urquiza, is the Co-founder, and Chief Activist of Marked by COVID
Kristin is a graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy where she has a Master of Public Affairs. She is an environmental advocate at Mighty Earth, where she works to hold corporations like Cargill accountable to their industrial agricultural practices that displace indigenous people from their lands and drive deforestation in places like the Amazon rainforest and beyond. Additionally, Kristin works closely with Liberation in a Generation, a group working to narrow the wealth gap between people of color and white families in the United States within a generation.
December 21, 2021
Today I welcome Cassie Alexander back to CCalls, author of Year of the Nurse: A 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Memoir.
Cassie Alexander is a registered nurse of fourteen years -- burn, critical care transport, and ICU -- and a paranormal romance author. Her most recent book is Year of the Nurse: A 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Memoir about her experiences working in a covid ward in 2020.
December 16, 2021
Today I speak with Chimere Smith, writer and activist on behalf of Black women in America with Long COVID.
Chimére L. Smith is a writer and thought leader who has appeared on MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin, The Washington Post, Medium, and on PBS NewsHour. Since June 2020, she has used her social media platforms, engagement in grass-root Covid-19 support groups (notably Body Politic and BIPOC Women Long Covid “Long Hauler” Support Group), and strong media presence to raise awareness about the importance of Black voices in conversations on the prevention, treatment, and research of Long Covid in urban communities. In December 2020, she was a featured patient-led panelist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) workshop on Post-Acute Covid. Chimére is an independent member of The Long Covid Alliance and a recently-appointed board member of Body Politic. In April 2021, Smith was praised for her heart-wrenching and brazen testimony during a bipartisan Congressional hearing on Long Covid after becoming the first Black woman to detail her Long Covid experience.
December 14, 2021
Today I welcome public historian Jason Steinhauer, author of History Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past.
Jason Steinhauer served as Founding Director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest; is currently a Global Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson Center and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute; a contributor to TIME and CNN; a past editorial board member of The Washington Post "Made By History" section; and a Presidential Counselor of the National WWII Museum. In 2020, he founded the History Club on Clubhouse, which he hosts regularly. The club has more than 100,000 members and averages 2,500 participants per week.
December 10, 2021
Today I welcome William W. Li, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller “Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.”
William W. Li, MD, is an internationally renowned physician, scientist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.” His groundbreaking work has led to the development of more than 30 new medical treatments and impacts care for more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease and obesity. His TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has garnered more than 11 million views. Dr. Li has been featured in USA Today, Time Magazine, The Atlantic and O Magazine. He is president and medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation and is leading research into COVID-19.
December 10, 2021
Today I welcome KAIST students SeungChan Choi, Junha Yoon, and JaeHoon Kim for a group discussion on COVID-19 in Korea.
December 9, 2021
Today I welcome Dolly Jørgensen--Professor of History, University of Stav-anger, Norway. Her current research agenda focuses on cultural histories of animal extinction, and she recently published Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age: Histories of Longing and Belonging (MIT Press, 2019).
Dolly Jørgensen is Professor of History, University of Stav-anger, Norway specializing in histories of environment and technology. Her current research agenda focuses on cultural histories of animal extinction, and she recently published Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age: Histories of Longing and Belonging (MIT Press, 2019). She is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Humanities and co-directs The Greenhouse environmental humanities program area at University of Stavanger.
December 8, 2021
Today I welcome Martha Greenwald is the Founding Director, creator, and curator of the The WhoWeLost Project.
Martha Greenwald is the Founding Director, creator, and curator of the The WhoWeLost Project, which includes the websites WhoWeLost.org and WhoWeLostKY.org. She is the author of the poetry collection Other Prohibited Items, which won the Mississippi Review Prize for Poetry. In 2020, she was the first prize winner of the Yeats Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Rattle, Nurture, Slate, Best New Poets, The Threepenny Review, and numerous other journals. She has been both a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Pearl Hogrefe Fellow at Iowa State. She taught creative writing, literature, and ESL at the high school and college level for nearly twenty years. She is working on another poetry collection, a memoir called "Shivah Bullies," and seeking a publisher for an anthology of stories from the WhoWeLost Project.