The Grindstone


Jobs, Food, and Crime: Economic Snapshots of a Pandemic

Season 4, Ep. 6

In the sixth episode of The Grindstone's COVID-19 Series, we explore the economic impact of the pandemic. We begin by revisiting the dilemma of choosing between our physiological and economic health. We then examine three specific aspects of the economy: the macroeconomic concern with the job market and current unemployment rates in the US; global food supply chains and the workers that comprise it who have been effected by COVID-19; and finally, the microeconomics of crime and crime reporting during the economic shutdown.

Today's episode features returning guests Dr. Kevin Harrelson, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ball State University, and Dr. Jillian Carr, Assistant Professor of Economics at Purdue University. We also welcome to the series for the first time Dr. Nilupa Gunaratna, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Purdue.

Enjoy and thanks for listening!

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Faithe Day: COVID-19, Race, and the COVID Black Taskforce

Season 4, Ep. 4
In the fourth episode of The Grindstone's COVID-19 Series, we return to our typical interview format to speak with Dr. Faithe Day, Assistant Director of COVID Black: A Taskforce on Black Health and Data.We discuss the COVID Black Taskforce, its mission, and how it was formed; the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black essential workers; environmental factors in healthcare inequities in communities of color; how COVID Black has responded to the recent murders of Black lives at the hands of white police officers and white civilians; balancing the need for peaceful protests and social activism with the need to remain physically distant and to wear face coverings; and what people can do to support the push for racial equity and to dismantle racist policies.Dr. Faithe Day is the Assistant Director of COVID Black and a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation within the Libraries and School of Information Studies and the African American Studies and Research Center at Purdue University. Dr. Day works on developing curriculum, data collection, and curation projects in collaboration with other scholars to identify critical frameworks and best practices to ensure an ethical and justice-centered approach to data curation, with a focus on Black and LGBTQIA+ community-based data and discourse. Some helpful links are below:COVID Black WebsiteCOVID Black Twitter: @COVIDBLK  Dr. Day's post in the AMSJ Blog "On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19"Thank you to Dr. Day, and thanks for listening!