For our May Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome writer Harriet A. Washington, who will be interviewed by Randy Cohen, creator of the radio program, Person Place Thing, an interview show based on this idea: People are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers. Person Place Thing is produced with JCC in Manhattan and sponsored by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with Humanities NY.
Harriet A. Washington has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. As a writer and editor, she has worked for USA Today and several other publications, been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University. She was the Editor of the Harvard Public Health Review and has written for The New England Journal of Medicine. Her books include "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present" (2008), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction; "Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future" (2012) and most recently, "Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We 'Catch' Mental Illness" (2016). Ms. Washington is currently working on a new book on the underappreciated consequences of environmental poisoning.
Randy Cohen is a writer, whose humor pieces, essays and stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Young Love Comics). He has won four Emmys, receiving three for his writing for Late Night with David Letterman and one for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book is "Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything."