Phil Brown – Full Interview

(Duration 63:08)

Contents

Full Interview

Part 1 – Early Career & Woburn Leukemia Clusters (9:06)

  1. From your early work in forensic psychiatry, how did you become interested in environmental health and justice? 0:40
  2. How did Anne Anderson, you, and others get involved studying the cancer clusters in Woburn? 4:40

Part 2 – A New Epidemiological Paradigm (14:00)

  1. How did you come up with the concept of “popular epidemiology”? 8:30
  2. What do you mean by the “public paradigm.” 10:40
  3. What are some of the problems that you’ve identified with the dominant epidemiological paradigm? 13:10
  4. Can you say more about the limitations of the biomedical model? 16:00
  5. Can you highlight the difference between “popular epidemiology” and “critical epidemiology”? 18:10
  6. How would you summarize Sarah Steingraber’s distinction between upstream and downstream approaches to health? 19:50

Part 3 – Advocacy Science vs. Politicized Science (12:12)

  1. What are “advocacy scientists”? 21:20
  2. Is advocacy science bad science? 23:20
  3. What aspect of your work have people found most controversial? 28:00
  4. What about the problem of politicized science? 29:50

Part 4 – Precautionary Principle (7:24)

  1. What is the precautionary principle and what role do you think it should play in our regulatory system? 32:20
  2. What are the origins of the precautionary principle in the U.S.? 36:40

Part 5 – Moving Forward (13:00)

  1. What message do you have for citizens and policymakers? 38:30
  2. What advice do you have for the average consumer for staying healthy and the average citizen for promoting reform? 41:20
  3. What message would you have for commercial enterprises that are producing and selling many of these chemicals? 45:00
  4. Why aren’t corporations moving more rapidly toward green chemistry? 46:30

Part 6 – Five Favorites (13:25)

  1. What mentors had the greatest influence on your work? 50:20
  2. What do you consider to be the best wide-audience book, article, or movie related to your field? 53:30
  3. What do you consider to be the most important academic book or article? 56:20
  4. Which of your scholarly publications would you recommend to viewers? 58:40
  5. Which activist or community organization do you most admire? 60:00
Title Duration
Part 1 – Early Career & Woburn Leukemia Clusters 9:06
Part 2 – A New Epidemiological Paradigm 14:00
Part 3 – Advocacy Science vs. Politicized Science 12:12
Part 4 – Precautionary Principle 7:24
Part 5 – Moving Forward 13:00
Part 6 – Five Favorites 13:25
Full Interview 63:08

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