Culture Fridays

Exploring the intersection between the arts and global health

Don't Eat Blackberries on September 29—and Other Food Superstitions

Some cultures around the world believe certain foods may affect your luck

Loretta Lynn and Beyond: Reproductive Rights in Country and Folk Music

A slideshow of songs highlighting the once taboo topics of birth control, virginity, and divorce in rural America


Foods That are Worse for You Than Halloween Candy

There's a surprising amount of sugar in some "healthy" foods compared to your favorite Halloween treats


Seventeen Years Later, HBO Film "Katrina Babies" Asks Child Hurricane Survivors How They Feel

"In America, especially during disaster, Black children are not even a thought"


Amplifying Indigenous Knowledge

The podcast "Seedcast" launches its second storytelling season


Spotify's COVID-19 Controversy

How artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell took a stand against COVID-19 disinformation


The New Animated Film "Flee" Will Change How You Think About the Refugee Experience

The documentary tells the real-life story of a man who fled Afghanistan as a child


Ukrainian Culture as Medicine

Six books and movies to soothe the heartbreak of the war in Ukraine


Around the World in Twenty-Five Toilets

A look at toilets and sanitation for World Toilet Day


New Netflix Release "Gather" Explores the Fight to Revitalize Native Foodways

Think Global Health talks with the film's director about food sovereignty


A Visit with the UCLA Art & Global Health Center  

A creative director and his team meld public health and art with communities around the globe


The Art of a Pandemic

COVID-19 street art from around the world


Going Viral

An Interview with author Alina Chan on her new book about the origins of COVID-19


Best of 2021

We published 365 stories on global health this year, here are our top picks


10 Good Things That Happened in Global Health in 2021

There were milestones and moments to celebrate, despite the shadow of COVID-19


The Global Sentiment of Gratitude

The wondrous ways communities around the world give thanks