Mar 15, 2020
Jonathan Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
He is the author of several books, including Prozac on the Couch and The Protest Psychosis. His new book is Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland.
Dr. Metzl explains how the novel coronavirus pandemic will further expose social inequality in America. He also shares what his contacts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have told him about their frustration and anger at not being allowed by the Trump regime to properly conduct research about the novel coronavirus.
Dr. Metzl is also deeply concerned that the partisanship of Donald Trump and his Republican Party will literally kill people in those states that refused the Medicaid expansion because of racist hostility to Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Metzl also shares his hope that the coronavirus pandemic will force the American people to unite and work together for mutual benefit across lines of politics, race, class and other identities.
Chauncey DeVega dreams about what it would be like to have a competent, intelligent, good, wise, and literate president who loves America and believes in the Common Good. Chauncey also shares how the very rich and other plutocrats are preparing to survive (and profit from) the novel corona virus pandemic.
And Chauncey DeVega offers up a wonderful animal story about a good human being who sells scrap metal to help take care of feral and stray cats.
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