Radio Atlantic: Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Why do black Americans die earlier than white Americans? Staff writers Olga Khazan and Vann Newkirk join Matt and Alex to discuss how poverty and prejudice shorten African-American lifespans.

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Nationwide, black Americans live three years less than white Americans. In places with a history of segregation, that life-expectancy gap can be as much as twenty years. Staff writer Olga Khazan joins Matt Thompson, Alex Wagner, and Vann Newkirk to share the story of Kiarra Boulware, a young black woman from Baltimore whose struggles shed a light on how people living only a few miles apart have such disparate health prospects


- “Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health” (Olga Khazan, July/August 2018 Issue
- “The 'Horrifying' Consequence of Lead Poisoning” (Olga Khazan, November 8, 2017)
- “The Lead-Poisoned Generation in New Orleans” (Vann R. Newkirk II, May 21, 2017)
- “How Income Affects the Brain” (Olga Khazan, May 15, 2018)
- “The Obesity Cure Is Out of Reach in the Heaviest States” (Olga Khazan, May 7, 2018)
- “Trump's EPA Concludes Environmental Racism Is Real” (Vann R. Newkirk II, February 28, 2018)
- “Food Swamps Are the New Food Deserts” (Olga Khazan, December 28, 2017)
- “What the 'Crack Baby' Panic Reveals About The Opioid Epidemic” (Vann R. Newkirk II, July 16, 2017)
- “The Fight for Health Care Has Always Been About Civil Rights” (Vann R. Newkirk II, June 27, 2017)
- “VIDEO: Environmental Racism Is the New Jim Crow” (Vann R. Newkirk II, June 5, 2017)
- “When You Can't Afford Sleep” (Olga Khazan, September 15, 2014)