Episode 251: Reflecting On ‘Surviving The White Gaze’; Why Green Burials Are Surging In Popularity

A green burial site at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Rebecca Carroll’s new memoir details her experiences as a Black child raised by adoptive white parents in rural New Hampshire. This week on NEXT, Carroll talks about “Surviving The White Gaze.” Plus, epidemiologist and physician Dr. Sandro Galea on the impact of structural issues on public health — and how we should prepare for the next pandemic. And we learn about the practice of “green” burials, and why they’re becoming more popular.


Dr. Sandro Galea, physician, epidemiologist and dean of the Boston University School of Public Health. Galea is author of the forthcoming book “The Contagion Next Time,” which will be released this fall.

Rebecca Carroll, cultural critic, host of the podcast “Come Through with Rebecca Carroll: 15 Essential Conversations about Race in a Pivotal Year for America,” and author of the new memoir “Surviving The White Gaze.”


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