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One Forensic Pathologist Maintains That Our Gun-Control Debate Is Really a Public-Health Issue

Aired on Monday, November 19th.

Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Dr. Judy Melinek, a board-certified forensic pathologist practicing forensic medicine in California's Bay Area, where she is also the CEO of PathologyExpert, Inc. Lately, Dr. Melinek has been appearing in various media outlets (for example, Vox.com and PBS) as part of her ongoing efforts to re-frame the nation's never-ending gun-control debate as a woefully untreated public-health issue. As she recently posted on Twitter, rhetorically yet directly echoing the sentiments of many other physicians nationwide: "I remember Surgron General C. Everett Koop from my childhood & the impact he made on my generation. What is going to be your impact on public health? Will you make a stand against the gun industry the way Dr. Koop did against Big Tobacco?" Dr. Melinek is also the co-author, with her husband, of a 2014 memoir titled "Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner," which she discusses with us. The book was thus praised by Publishers Weekly: "In this engrossing tale of how Melinek became a forensic pathologist, she pulls back the sheet to show readers just what goes on after someone dies.... Armchair detectives and would-be forensic pathologists will find Melinek's well-written account to be inspiring and engaging."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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