New Podcast Series 2020

June 17, 2020

Introducing a new podcast series, "Black Lives: In the Era of COVID 19." Join Columbia University professors Samuel K. Roberts, Jr.Mabel O. Wilson and their guests as they discuss the impacts of COVID19 on Black life in New York City and beyond.

Episode #1 - Professor Malo Hutson, Planning, GSAPP, Columbia University
Episode #2 - Trammell Thompson, Progressive Action and MTA Subway Conductor
Episode #3 - Dr. Oni Blackstock, outgoing Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Health Department’s Bureau of HIV
Episode #4 - Keesha Middlemass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Black Lives: In the Era of COVID 19
Racial inequality. Income inequality. Structural inequality. Health inequality. The novel coronavirus crisis has exposed issues of inequity and injustice that continue to shape local and nationwide responses. Join Columbia University professors Samuel K. Roberts, Jr., Mabel O. Wilson and their guests as they discuss the impacts of COVID19 on Black life in New York City and beyond. Brought to you by the Institute for Research in African American Studies and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University.

Can be heard on these platforms.


Listen to recent episodes here:

Episode 1
In the Era of COVID 19: Professor Malo Hutson, on the Built Environment.
In the first episode of “Black Lives: In the Age of COVID19” Columbia University’s Samuel K. Roberts, Jr and Mabel O. Wilson speak with Professor Malo Hutson,, academic scholar and practitioner in the areas of community development, racial and ethnic inequalities, urban sustainability, and urban policy. Professor Malo Hutson discusses how the built environment impacts health in Black communities, especially in New York City.

Episode 2
Tramell Thompson on the Frontlines of NYC Subways
In this episode, our hosts Samuel Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson are joined by Metropolitan Transportation Authority conductor, union member, and community organizer Tramell Thompson. Mr. Thompson speaks about the impact of the novel coronavirus on New York City transit workers including the dangers, disparities, and loss experienced by some of the City’s most essential workers.