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.

Guests:

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.”

Contributors:

Kirk Carapezza, Managing Editor and Correspondent for higher education at WGBH News
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Angus Chen, reporter at WBUR’s CommonHealth
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Andrea Shea, senior arts reporter at WBUR’s The ARTery
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