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This week, we present an Our Body Politic encore: My interview with Steven Thrasher, LGBTQ scholar, journalist, and author of “The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Diseases Collide.” Thrasher offered insights from his book on how systematic marginalization determines who is most affected by public health crises like HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and monkeypox. Then, I spoke to Howard Polskin, president and founder of “TheRighting,” a newsletter, site, and social media feed that compiles and disseminates far-right political commentary to cross-pollinate the divided media audiences in the U.S. and combat disinformation in the news.