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"The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide"

Aired on Tuesday, March 4th.
Aired on Tuesday, March 4th.

"The pandemic brought America's health inequities into stark relief, but [this book] illustrates that the problem isn't new, and that it is embedded more deeply than many of us realize.... Thrasher, a gay Black man, brings figures from the viral underclass to life in this engaging, enraging read." -- The Boston Globe

Our guest is Dr. Steven Thrasher, a noted LGBTQ scholar, social critic, and journalist whose newest book explores how viruses expose the fault lines of American society. That book is "The Viral Underclass." It shows that there are, indeed, vast inequalities in who's able to survive viruses in the US -- and that, moreover, the ways in which viruses spread, kill, and take their awful toll are much more dependent on social structures than on biology alone. And please note that Dr. Thrasher will deliver a free-to-the-public address here in Tulsa on Thursday evening, April 6th, at the invitation of TU's Oklahoma Center for the Humanities; more information is posted here.

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