In 2020, we’re all asking how we get through this. I think all of us are searching for some hope, trying to find ways of looking at the world that could help us chart a path to a better future even when times are this bad. Ayanna Pressley is someone who shows you that path forward even when things seem bleak. She helps us imagine how much better life could be if we collectively have the will and determination to make the right changes. And in a sense, she inspires you with the fact that there is so much to do exactly because so much is going so wrong. To talk to her is to realize three things. Firstly, a recognition of the massive historical injustices that people of color face and that continue to play a huge role in our society. Secondly, the fact that these injustices didn’t happen by accident. They were choices, they were decisions, they were laws that were put in place on purpose to establish an unjust system. And third, the empowerment that can coexist with a recognition of these deep harms and the realization that it is finally within our grasp to set some of them right. So, listen to what Representative Pressley has to say and then plug in and do something about it. Make a plan to vote. Text bank. Send some postcards. We have a bigoted climate arsonist to eject from office and swing states with working phone lines. We have a senate to take back, a house to hold, and even after all that work is done, a country to convince that we need real changes now.
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We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.
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