WTOP Announces New “Colors” Podcast Episode Featuring Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Coronavirus & Infectious Disease Expert

WTOP Announces New “Colors” Podcast Episode Featuring Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Coronavirus & Infectious Disease Expert

Washington, D.C. (August 26, 2020) – Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, joins WTOP’s JJ Green and Chris Core, hosts of the podcast, “Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America,” for an exclusive discussion about race, risks and vaccines in the era of COVID-19.

During the episode, Dr. Fauci says African Americans face a “double whammy” when considering the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community.

“There are two elements that need to be clarified. One — the likelihood that African Americans will get infected versus whites or others. And, when and if they do get infected, the likelihood of their getting a serious outcome more so than whites. The answer is unfortunately, yes, to both,” Fauci tells Green and Core.

“Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America” launched in June, three weeks after the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show aims to provide a frank discussion around race relations in the United States.

“I’ve known Dr. Fauci for many years and have heard him address a lot of serious issues including Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Zika, and Anthrax, but his message this time has gotten my attention like it never has before,” said Green. “This is a national security crisis on the top level, but it’s a personal crisis for every single American, especially for Black and brown people.”

During the episode, Fauci also discusses voting in person and personal threats on his life. The episode will be released Friday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m.

Other episodes include guests and topics such as:

  • 10 | Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist answers the question: Is Milwaukee really America’s most racist city?
  • 9 | The Army’s Sergeant Major, Michael Grinston, on a discussion around racial identity struggles and the Army’s changes.
  • 8 | Super Bowl Champion Rick Walker on a discussion around how to beat racism.
  • 7 | The legendary Ernie Green of the Little Rock Nine speaks about his friend John Lewis and the angry white mobs they faced along with eight other African American students as they integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.
  • 6 | NFL Network’s Steve Wyche sheds some light on what Colin Kaepernick’s thinking after George Floyd’s death.
  • 5 | Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler answers the question, should police departments be “defunded” to address police brutality?” Also former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper shares an incredible lesson in race relations.
  • 4 | Journalism pioneer Dorothy Gilliam on a discussion about racism: Past, present, but not in the future.
  • 3 | Celebrated sports columnist, author and news commentator Christine Brennan on a discussion around America’s course correct on race.
  • 2 | CBS Network Broadcaster James Brown talks about how this is America’s moment to get race right.
  • 1 | WTOP National Security Correspondent JJ Green and commentator, Chris Core.

Subscribe to the podcast today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The podcast can also be found on WTOP.com and PodcastOne.

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Elly Rowe



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