Episode 249: Alison Bechdel On ‘The Secret To Superhuman Strength’; Advocates Push Colleges To Hire More Black-Owned Firms To Oversee Investments

Excerpted from “The Secret to Superhuman Strength” by Alison Bechdel. (Alison Bechdel/HMH Books & Media)

Alison Bechdel’s new graphic novel depicts her life through fitness. This week on NEXT, we talk with Bechdel about ‘The Secret to Superhuman Strength,’ which is more about a state of being than six-pack abs. Plus, advocates make the case for colleges to hire more diverse financial firms to manage billion-dollar endowments. And scholar-activist Katharine Morris reflects on her experience at the intersection of racism, environmental justice and public health, and her framework for moving forward.


Alison Bechdel, cartoonist and author of the new graphic novel “The Secret To Superhuman Strength.” Previous works include “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” and “Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.”

Katharine “Kat” Morris, a scholar-activist who graduates from the Masters of Public Policy program at the University of Connecticut this month. Her TEDx Talk is “How To Collaborate for Environmental Justice.”


Kirk Carapezza, Managing Editor and Correspondent for higher education at WGBH News
Amid Racial Reckoning, A Push To Diversify College Investment Strategies

Angus Chen, reporter at WBUR’s CommonHealth
‘It Just Stays With You’: The Corrosive Health Effects Of Decades Of Anti-Asian Violence

Andrea Shea, senior arts reporter at WBUR’s The ARTery
In A Chaotic Year, Jazz Pianist Yoko Miwa Found Solace By Making A New Album

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