Guests: Harriet Washington, Ron Elving
Air pollution, industrial waste, poor sanitation, and other environmental health hazards all disproportionately affect communities of color. Black, Latino, and Native American populations have greater exposure to lead paint, arsenic, and other heavy metals as well as pesticides and dangerous microbes. Science writer HARRIET WASHINGTON’S joins us to talk about her new book, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind, which examines why marginalized people have borne the brunt of these environmental hazards and the consequences to their brains, bodies and lives. But first, we review yesterday’s testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress and what we learned from NPR senior editor and correspondent, RON ELVING.