Last week host Jenna Flanagan spoke to UC Berkeley Professor, Dr. Amani Nuru-Jeter about the physical effects of racism on the body. This week Jenna explores methods for managing that stress. Madeline McCray, a mental health advocate, and Haylin Belay, a sexuality educator and witch, join Jenna to explore both traditional and non-traditional approaches to self-care.
Can racism affect your health? Dr. Amani Nuru-Jeter, associate professor of community health sciences and epidemiologist at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, joins host Jenna Flanagan to examine the long-term impact of racism on our physical well-being. Dr. Nuru-Jeter assesses how social circumstances may contribute to a variety of health outcomes, including premature aging and changes in our DNA.
Is it possible to be lonely in New York City? Surprisingly, even with 8.4 million people surrounding you, the reality is that human connection is not guaranteed. The case of 72 year-old George Bell exemplifies this notion. Bell died alone in his Jackson Heights apartment during the summer last year, but no one knew exactly when. The circumstances of his […]
The release of Marvel Comics latest fantasy fiction film, “Black Panther,” has ignited a nationwide conversation around positive representation of people of color in media and entertainment. Host Jenna Flanagan brings us to the recent Black Comixs Expo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a free day-long expo celebrating comics of color, where she explores diversity in storytelling.
As the conversation around the fallout from the accusations of sexual assault made against Aziz Ansari continue, Jenna Flanagan gets two perspectives on its affect on the women’s movement and the nature of dating. Women’s March artistic director and author of “Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes of the Protest Heard Around the World” Paola Mendoza continues her conversation with […]
Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University history professor, joins host Jenna Flanagan for a conversation about the social construction of race and her book “A History of White People.” Dr. Painter explains how the notion of race evolves with time and outlines her position on current racial frustration in the United States.
Scott Aukerman, host of the popular podcast “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” joins host Jenna Flangan to talk about the art of improv comedy and his role as the show’s “boring” character. Aukerman also shares how he came up with the name for the show and sheds light on how it offers a comedy classroom for those looking to break into the […]
MetroFocus co-host and veteran news anchor Jack Ford joins Jenna Flanagan to talk about sneaker culture and the humble beginnings that led to his intense interest in athletic footwear. Flanagan also brings us inside SneakerCon, a gathering of shoe fanatics and 500 vendors at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC. There she talks to Yu-Ming Wu, co-founder of […]
Legendary New York City photographer Ricky Powell joins host Jenna Flanagan to talk about the neighborhood connection that got him one of his biggest gigs and reflects on his three decades as a professional photographer. Known for his candid street images, capturing moments during hip-hop’s “Golden Age” and the downtown art scene in New York City, Powell’s subjects ranged from […]
Host Jenna Flanagan takes us to rural, upstate New York and reminisces about holidays spent with her family. Jenna also shares her gratitude with the MetroFocus Podcast family: our listeners, our guests, and all of those that help make this podcast possible. We’ll be back with new episodes on January 3, 2018. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! MetroFocus airs […]
Journalist, author and podcaster, Kathleen Horan joins host Jenna Flanagan to talk about sharing the intimate stories of New York’s most interesting strangers. In her podcast “Mortal City,” Horan uses her ability to notice more in order to elicit stories that personify the gritty magic that makes living in New York worthwhile. MetroFocus airs 7 nights a week on the […]
Actor, director, educator, executive producer of PBS’ “Reading Rainbow,” and lifelong children’s literacy advocate, LeVar Burton, joins host Jenna Flanagan to talk about his podcast “LeVar Burton Reads,” during which he hand-picks a different piece of short fiction, and reads it to listeners. While Burton is a proponent for literacy and reading, he also lauds the ritual of being read […]