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Scene On Radio (Seeing White, episodes 1-14) aired 2017
An extensively detailed series exploring what it means to be White/origins of racism.

Code Switch – This racism is killing me inside 1/9/18
The story of Shalon Irving, who passed away after giving birth to her daughter. Black women in the United States are 243 percent more likely than white women to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes. There’s evidence that shows this gap is caused by the “weathering” effects of racism.

MIGS on the Mic – Exploring Racism Through the Lens of Black Surgeons Part 1 (11/1/20) and 2 (1/24/21)
Given the recent racial climate in the United States, AAGL- Young Alumni Network, in conjunction with AAGL, has sought to understand experiences with racism and racial inequality in our community in an effort to increase awareness and become better allies.

Hidden Brain – Between Two Worlds 11/9/20
Determination, hard work and sacrifice are core ingredients in the story of the American dream. But philosopher Jennifer Morton argues there is another, more painful requirement to getting ahead: a willingness to leave family and friends behind. This week, we explore the ethical costs of upward mobility.

The Happiness Lab – 10. How to be a better ally 6/28/20
You might detest bigotry and injustice, but have you done anything to address these problems? There are many reasons we stay silent and inactive when we know we should intervene to defend the rights of others. We look at the psychology underpinning our reluctance to act and the ways in which we can match our moral beliefs with concrete actions.

Hidden Brain – How They See Us 2/8/21
Stereotypes are all around us, shaping how we see the world – and how the world sees us. On the surface, the stereotypes that other people hold shouldn’t affect the way we think or act. But our concerns about other people’s perceptions have a way of burrowing deep into our minds. This week, social psychologist Claude Steele explains the psychology of “stereotype threat.” Select to view.

Holy post – Race in America
Channel: Phil Vischer
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We need to talk about race. Why are people angry? Why so upset? Didn’t we elect a black president? Pass civil rights laws? Isn’t racism illegal now? Three years ago my brother Rob and I co-taught a class that discussed issues of racial injustice. That class turned into a popular podcast episode, which we’ve now turned into this video. Why are people still angry? Let’s take a look at race in America…

How racial bias works – and how to disrupt it
Channel: TED
Jennifer L. Eberhardt
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Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a heavy toll in the form of unconscious bias. In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt explores how our biases unfairly target black people at all levels of society – from schools and social media to policing and criminal justice – and discusses how creating points of friction can help us actively interrupt and address this troubling problem

The most intense heartfelt description of racism I ever filmed
Channel: David Hoffman
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Interview with journalist, civil rights advocate, lawyer Roger Wilkins, speaking about his experiences

James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)
Channel: The Riverbends Channel
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Historic debate at Cambridge University on the question “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

Baldwin on Dick Cavett
Channel: E Land
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James Baldwin responds forcefully to Yale philosopher professor Paul Weiss on the Dick Cavett Show

Recent Articles:
Without Sanctuary 3/4/21
S. Michelle Ogunwole, MD
New England Journal of Medicine

How Medical Education Is Missing the Bull’s-eye 6/25/20
LaShyra Nolen, B.S.
New England Journal of Medicine

The Invention of the Police – The New Yorker 7/20/20
Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery.

Prevalence and Nature of Sexist and Racial/Ethnic Microaggressions Against Surgeons and Anesthesiologists
JAMA 3/24/21 (select to view)

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