In the premiere episode, Creator of the Iconoclast Dinner Experience (IDE), executive producer and host of the Impolite Conversation Podcast Lezli Levene Harvell begins her first episode introducing the podcast and episode one of a five part series of conversations beginning at the height of the coronavirus, reflecting a timely perspective on the global pandemic how it shines a lights on our food supply chain, its impact on culture, Black businesses and potentially the Black middle class,
The first episode under the theme “Climate Change + COVID-19 + Communities of Color: Vol. 1 Déjà Vu” Lezli is joined by Jim Robbins, Montana based free-lance journalist for the New York Times, covering climate change and the environment, as well as Mary I. Williams, assistant director of community and student engagement at the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans, LA . The conversation between the three examines how climate change influenced an environmental shift where the coronavirus could not only survive, but thrive. Lezli also examines the cross section of environmental, economic, and social-cultural factors that contribute to how communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and how Black and Brown communities have been historically impacted by climate change over time.
Relevant and Recommended Reads
The Ecology of Disease – By Jim Robbins
Air pollution may be ‘key contributor’ to Covid-19 deaths – study
People of Color Are on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis
Podcast Team = Lezli Levene Harvell (Host & Executive Producer) / Hayley Vaughn (Producer) / Justin Bates (Sound Engineer)