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The Infectious Myth – Indigenous diet and health with Philip Brass – 03.14.17

David discusses the diet of indigenous people on the prairies before and after the invasion of Europeans with Philip Brass, a member of Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan, who works on community health, local food initiatives, traditional practices, and ceremonies. They discuss the reasons why the health of so many indigenous Canadians is worse than average. They delve into the history of colonization including forced removal to reserves, the old pass system that prevented them leaving the reserve, and the residential schools What are the challenges to reclaiming the indigenous knowledge about local foods for nutrition and for medicine?

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Infectious Myth – Adam Lankford on Guns – 09.01.15

In Episode 69 David interviews professor Adam Lankford who recently published research, at an American Sociological Society conference, showing that the strongest factor that he studied that correlates with the number of mass shootings in a country is the rate of civilian gun ownership. David and Adam talk about whether mass shootings are important, as they represent only a small fraction of total gun deaths, and what some of the characteristics of gun shooters are, compared to other murderers, and how they differ between the US and other countries.
Some of the surprising statistics is that mass shooters are almost all male, whereas a small but significant fraction of other gun murders are by women. Mass shooters in the US on average kill fewer people, perhaps because of faster and more effective police response. Mass shooters outside the US are more likely to target military facilities, whereas American mass shooters are more likely to target civilian areas, such as schools, shopping malls and movie theaters. Mass shooters do tend to be loners, and they often focus their feelings of despair on a specific group, but this targeting does not appear to be the main reason for their violence.
Professor Adam Lankford’s website is: http://adamlankford.com