Popular Culture and Mental Health

As we turn to a new year of The Measure of Everyday Life, we recently sat down with Alex Kresovich. He’s a music producer. In fact, he is RIAA-Platinum certified and a Billboard #1 music producer and songwriter who has worked with artists like Panic! at the DiscoCee Lo Green, and Niykee Heaton. He also is a social science researcher whose work has appeared in outlets such as JAMA Pediatrics. He has a fascinating story to tell about how his own life story led him to investigate what rap lyrics might tell us about a growing awareness of mental health concerns and efforts to improve wellbeing among artists and their fans.

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We had a wide ranging conversation which offered a chance to highlight the 2017 track by Logic, featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, that introduced the hotline number 1-800-273-8255 to millions of listeners. We also had a chance to talk about Alex’s own efforts to bridge his career as a producer and academic research on communication and health.

Here’s the episode.

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