In this era of climate crisis, the world is burning—and so are our bodies.
That’s the premise of Rupa Marya and Raj Patel’s new book, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, which takes a close look at food and farming, human health and environmental health, politics and economics, and how these are all shaped by histories of colonialism and racism.
For this special pledge drive show, they join us to talk about what “deep medicine is,” why our food system needs an overhaul, and what it would take to decolonize medicine and agriculture to create a more just society for all—which is to say, a more healthy society for all.
Rupa Marya is an associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, where she practices and teaches internal medicine. She is co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition, a collective of health workers committed to addressing disease through structural change, and co-author of Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2021).
Raj Patel is a research professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy (Picador, 2010) and Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System (Melville House, 2012) and co-author of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (University of California Press, 2018) and Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2021).