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Every week, Sree invites a special guest to read the Sunday edition of The New York Times.  Read about the guest of this week's program and find out how and where to watch, or revisit some of our past programs.

This week's episode: August 21, 2022

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Our guest on this week’s edition of @Sree’s Sunday #NYTReadalong is Dr. Olajide Williams, founder and Board Chair of Hip Hop Public Health, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that works with iconic Hip Hop influencers –– like founding artist Doug E. Fresh, and Artist Advisory board members Chuck D, Darryl DMC McDaniels, and Ashanti –– using art, music, and science to create memorable content wrapped in hip hop and powered by science to inspire, educate and engage young people and ultimately save lives.


Dr. Williams is the Chief of Staff of the Department of Neurology and a tenured professor and Associate Dean of Community Research and Engagement at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is co-Chair of the Academy of Community and Public Service, co-Chair of Columbia University’s Medical Campus Anti-Racism Task Force, and co-director of the Columbia University Community Wellness Center.  

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Also known as the “Hip Hop Doc,” Dr. Williams is a board member of the Partnership for a Healthier America whose honorary chair is former First Lady Michelle Obama, where he helps guide health equity-related activities. Dr. Williams is also an expert on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in communities of color and COVID-related health disparities.

Dr. Williams, through his work with Hip Hop Public Health, is particularly interested in supporting the mental health of children. This is particularly important at the start of another school year and after two and a half years of living in a pandemic.

Dr. Williams has received numerous awards and accolades including being named on Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People list, Root 100’s most influential Blacks in America list, Advertising Age’s Creative 50 list, and consecutive New York Magazine’s Best Doctors list.

About @Sree's #NYTReadalong

We have been reviewing the print edition of the Sunday New York Times for six and a half years.  The show is produced by Digimentors. Neil Parekh is the executive producer and occasional guest host. Paula Kiger helps produce the show, engaging with the audience on Facebook and LinkedIn.  Thank you to MuckRack for your support of @Sree's Sunday #NYTReadalong

Past episodes: 2022

August 14

#NYTReadalong | Don Yaeger (Author, Podcast host, Fmr. Sports Illustrated Assoc. Editor) Our guest on this week’s edition of @Sree’s Sunday #NYTReadalong is Don Yaeger, an 11-time New York Times best-selling author and longtime associate editor for Sports Illustrated. He is the host of the Corporate Competitor Podcast, where he interviews CEOs and talks about the lessons they learned through sports. As a journalist, Don has pursued some incredible stories. He hiked through Afghanistan with the mujahedeen as they fought the Soviets; spent a year working with the FBI on a Sports Illustrated cover story on pedophiles in Youth Sports; lived with football legend Walter Payton and his family as Payton was dying; traveled around Europe and the Middle East interviewing Iraqi athletes tortured by Saddam Hussein’s son Uday, chairman of the Iraqi Olympic Committee; traveled with candidates from both parties during presidential campaigns and chronicled the high-profile Duke lacrosse scandal. Don began his career as a reporter for the San Antonio Light where he rose through the ranks to pen investigative features for the daily. He later moved on to the Dallas Morning News. Following his time in Dallas, Yaeger worked as a political editor for the Florida Times-Union. Yaeger’s first book, Undue Process: The NCAA’s Injustice for All, was published in 1990. In the nearly 30 years since, he has penned 28 more books, including eleven New York Times best-sellers covering scandals at Notre Dame and Duke; co-authoring biographies of football and baseball stars and writing books on George Washington, Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson. He is currently working on a book about the Savannah Bananas baseball team.

July 22

#NYTReadalong | David Gelles (Author, NYT Climate Desk) Our guest on this week’s edition of @Sree’s Sunday #NYTReadalong is David Gelles, a correspondent on the Climate desk at The New York Times, covering the intersection of public policy and the private sector. Before joining the Climate team, he spent eight years as a reporter for the Business section, covering CEOs, tech, media, Wall Street and more. David was the Corner Office columnist from 2018 to 2022, and previously worked with the Well team to expand The Times’ coverage of meditation. He is the author of “The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America—and How to Undo His Legacy,” earlier this year, and “Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out,” published in 2015.

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