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The American Health Podcast is created by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a project of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Initiative works to tackle some of the most pressing challenges to public health in the United States: Addiction and Overdose, Environmental Challenges, Obesity and the Food System, Risks to Adolescent Health and Violence. Visit to learn more.

Jan 27, 2020

Almost every gun involved in a crime was first purchased legally. How do guns move from legal to illegal markets, and into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them? A recent episode of a podcast called In Sickness and In Health* tackles that question. We’re rebroadcasting that episode on this installment of the American Health Podcast.

In Sickness and In Health explores issues of health and social justice. Its third season focused on gun violence in America, covering topics from urban gun violence to extreme risk protection orders to suicide. The episode that we’re rebroadcasting is called “How Do Criminals Get Their Guns?” It includes interviews with experts Daniel Webster and Cassandra Crifasi, who lead the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

*In Sickness and In Health has since been renamed American Diagnosis.