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PBS’s UNNATURAL CAUSES Documentary Series

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 4, 2008 by Elvert Barnes


Last Sunday afternoon, on WETA, I watched an episode of PBS’s Unnatural Causes:  Is Inequality Making Us Sick?.

The episode, “In Sickness and In Wealth” is a story about health, but it’s not about doctors or drugs. Set mostly in Louisville, Kentucky, it’s a detective story out to solve the mystery of what’s stalking and killing so many Americans before their time. The program uncovers the connections between healthy bodies and healthy bank accounts – and why residents of so many other nations, including many poorer countries, live longer and healthier lives. Solutions, evidence suggests, may lie not in more pills but in more equality.

Episodes #2 and 4, “When The Bough Breaks”/”Becoming American” are listed on this weekend’s and Tuesday’s WETA schedule.

To learn about the Unnatural Causes Documentary Series or to purchase the DVD visit their website.