RERELEASE: There Are No Accidents with Jessie Singer

By December 27, 2022 Uncategorized

Book cover of "There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster - Who Profits and Who Pays the Price" by Jessie Singer. Book cover has white background to look like crumpled paper. Lettering is in black with the exception of "No Accidents" which is in red.

***Happy holidays! This is a rerelease of our interview with Jessie Singer, the author of There Are No Accidents, which originally came out in February 2022 as Episode 80. It’s one of our favorite episodes from 2022. We’ll be back with new episodes in January.***

What do we mean when we say something is an “accident”? When a motorist kills a pedestrian or cyclist it is often described in the press and the criminal justice system as a “car accident” — even when there is a clear cause such as a driver who was drunk, distracted or speeding. According to a new book by journalist Jessie Singer, events that most people describe as accidents are anything but. Singer argues that who lives and dies by accident in America is not random but utterly predictable. Using the word, she says, protects the powerful and leads to “the prevention of prevention.”

You can find the full transcript of this episode here.

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