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Public Health On Call Series—Gun Violence Prevention

A three-part podcast series focusing on the prevention of gun violence in the U.S.


Gun violence is a public health problem—and a preventable one at that. 

In a three-part podcast series from Public Health On Call, guest host Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, talks with a diverse group of experts and community leaders to explore solutions for gun violence.

BONUS EPISODE: The Massacre in Uvalde, Texas (May 25, 2022)

Cass Crifasi, director of research and policy at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions, talks with Josh Sharfstein about the deadly misperception that there’s nothing to be done about gun violence. They discuss what could have prevented this senseless tragedy—and what must be done to prevent further loss of life.


EPISODE 1: What a Study of Mass Shootings Can Tell Us About How to Prevent Them (May 17, 2021)

Mass shootings are very rare, but they receive a lot of media attention and have enormous social costs. Guest host Daniel Webster talks with Jillian Peterson from Hamline University and James Densley from Metropolitan State University about The Violence Project, research that collects data about the life history of mass shooters and their psychological profiles. They discuss what they’ve learned, how this research can inform interventions, and why evidence suggests that many of the ways we’re currently trying to prevent violence are all wrong.


EPISODE 2: A Focus on Police Violence (June 4, 2021)

Police violence is one of the most observable manifestations of structural racism in the U.S., but is addressing this a matter of finding the “bad actors” or rethinking the system altogether? Guest host Daniel Webster talks with Tracey Meares, professor of law and founding director of The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law. They discuss why America’s approach to public safety must be examined, how some jurisdictions are implementing change, and what we can do better to prevent suicide.


EPISODE 3: Interrupting Gun Violence in Urban Neighborhoods, (June 14, 2021)

While gun violence has increased in most cities, Richmond, California, has seen a marked decrease in the last decade thanks to an organization that works with the people most likely to be the victims of gun violence: the shooters themselves. Guest host Daniel Webster talks with DeVone Boggan, founder, and CEO of Advance Peace. They discuss approaches to violence that center well-being, how the organization’s fellowship system engages young people involved in lethal firearm offenses, and how investment in programs like these translates not only to saving millions of public dollars, but to truly disrupting cycles of violence.