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Jessie Wright-Mendoza

Jessie Wright-Mendoza

Jessie Wright-Mendoza is a radio and digital reporter based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has aired on NPR’s All Things Considered, WHYY’s The Pulse, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Inside Appalachia and on podcasts including Unfictional and Modern Notion. She previously produced podcasts for The Week and Popular Mechanics. You can follow her work at
African American life insurance

How Insurance Companies Used Bad Science to Discriminate

In 1881, Prudential announced that insurance policies held by black adults would be worth one-third less than the same plans held by whites.
North Korean healthcare poster

North Korea’s Anti-American Propaganda Improved Public Health

During the Korean War, North Korea suffered widespread epidemics of typhus and smallpox. The Communist party blamed U.S. germ warfare.
Ignaz Semmelweis

The Man Who Invented Modern Infection Control

He's hailed as the "father of infection control" and the "savior of mothers," but the truth about Ignaz Semmelweis is more complicated than that.