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The Tuskegee Study - The World is Weird 1

May 13, 2020

Episode 06 | The Tuskegee Study - The World is Weird 1

Host: Derek DeWitt

The tale of a 40-year clinical study with overtones of both race and class, shows just what some people are willing to do once they have otherized their fellow humans. If they're willing to do that, the reasoning goes, what else might they be willing to do? This builds distrust, which feeds conspiracy theories.

This is the shameful story of the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. A true thing that happened, because the world is weird.


  1. 02:47 - What Is Syphilis? Signs, Symptoms & Stages
  2. 05:52 - A Short History of Detection & Treatment
  3. 06:44 - The Lay of the Land, Pre-Tuskegee 
  4. 08:45 - The Tuskegee Study Begins
  5. 13:26 - Despite the Henderson Act, the Study Continues
  6. 14:47 - A Whistleblower & an Ending
  7. 16:17 - The Government Reacts
  8. 20:01 - We Did Nothing Wrong - We Just Targeted Poor People
  9. 21:34 - Not the Only Such Study
  10. 23:16 - A Pattern of Racially Motivated Abuse by the Medical Establishment
  11. 24:38 - African Americans Get Worse Healthcare
  12. 26:56 - A Bit of Both - Poverty & Race Go Hand in Hand in the US
  • Music by Fanette Ronjat

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