Ep. 369: "5 Days at Memorial" and How Doctors Decided Who Lived and Died During Hurricane Katrina
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Dr. Sheri Fink is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of the New York Times bestselling nonfiction book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital about the horrible choices that doctors had to make as Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans.
Dr. Fink reflects of the challenges of managing one's ups and downs during difficult times such as the coronavirus pandemic and the Age of Trump, the importance of coping mechanisms such as gallows humor, and how doctors and other people who are confronted with life and death as part of their jobs navigate that world.
She also shares how social capital, various forms of inequality, and human failings more generally contribute to how doctors and other caregivers decide the value of a human life as seen during the extreme crisis that was Hurricane Katrina as well as on a more routine day-to-day basis as well.
Chauncey DeVega continues to highlight how the mainstream American news media is refusing to consistently explain to the American people the realities of the existential threat to their safety, security, and future represented by the MAGAites, the Republican neofascists and the larger White right.
To that point, Chauncey offers a close reading of Trump’s vile speech in Youngstown, Ohio and how it mirrors the themes and warnings contained in the landmark book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer.
There is also an “Easter egg” at the end of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.
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