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This episode is about how we explain why bad things happen. We hear the story of Michael Jindra, a cultural anthropologist who challenges the common narrative around health disparities in the United States. Our topics include free will, systemic racism, and personal responsibility.

Michael’s blog: Covid, Health Inequality and the Avoidance of Behavioral Explanations.”

To engage deeper with these ideas, check out our related posts:

  1. “Politics, Evolution, and Gender: A Heterodox Firestorm and Lessons Learned” by Glenn Geher
  2. “Education is Related to Greater Ideological Prejudice” by Sean Stevens
  3. “Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth” by Musa al-Gharbi

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This episode was hosted by Zach Rausch. The artwork was inspired by Jindra’s piece and was created by Lexi Polokoff. You can follow her on Instagram @lexipolokoffart