Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? "In Sickness and in Wealth"

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? "In Sickness and in Wealth"

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 7:00pm

This is a story about why some people get sicker more often, die sooner, and what causes people to fall ill in the first place.

Unnatural Causes parts 1 & 2 of 4, airing Friday, September 2 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2), criss-crosses the country investigating the stories and findings that are shaking up conventional notions about what makes us healthy or sick. It turns out there’s much more to our well-being than genes, behaviors and medical care. The social, economic, and physical environments in which we are born, live and work profoundly affect our longevity and health – as much as smoking, diet and exercise.

In Sickness and in Wealth - Friday, September 2 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

What connections exist between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts, and skin color? Four individuals from different walks of life demonstrate how one’s position in society – shaped by social policies and public priorities – affects health. 

 

When the Bough Breaks/Becoming American Friday, September 2 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

Hour 2 is made up of two segments. When the Bough Breaks examines the mystery of the Black-white infant mortality gap, while Becoming American sheds light on the shifting health status of newly arrived Latino immigrants.

 

Bad Sugar/Place Matters - Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

Hour 3 is made up of two segments. Bad Sugar explores the causes and effects of diabetes within two Native American communities. Place Matters connects the dots between health, wealth and zip codes.

 

Collateral Damage/Not Just a Paycheck - Friday, September 9 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

Hour 4 consists of two segments: Collateral Damage traces the health challenges of Marshall Islanders from the South Pacific to Springdale, Arkansas, while Not Just a Paycheck explores the toll taken by layoffs and job insecurity in western Michigan.

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