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Episode 9: The Power of PR with Grant Ennis

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Hello and welcome back to Money Power Health.


“Think global, act local!” “Be the change you want to see in the world!” “Every little bit counts!” We can all get on board with such sentiments, right? Well, todays guest Grant Ennis, would question that. He is the author of the book "Dark PR: How corporate disinformation undermines our health and the environment". In this new book, drawing on his experience working in the environmental, philanthropy, and public health sectors, he lays out the costs of commercial efforts to influence citizen action and discourse, individually and cumulatively. The book offers a wide-ranging appraisal of the narratives that he feels hold us back, the costs of our approaches to issues such as subsidies and tax breaks ,and, argues for the need to think more structurally, to organise, and to unite in broader coalitions if we wish to improve health in foundational, structural ways.

I hope you enjoy the conversation.

The book is available from Dajara Press in print or ePub: and from Audible as an audiobook:

The publication he mentions led by Mark Petticrew is available here: and our related paper on the pollution of discourse and the need for effective counterframing is here:

Dr. Terry Lynn Karl is the researcher he mentioned from Stanford in relation to electorialism:

The asian disease experiment was published here: Tversky, Amos, and Daniel Kahneman. "The framing of decisions and the psychology of choice." science 211, no. 4481 (1981): 453-458.

The full quote from Arundhati Roy that he refers to is here: [the] whole idea of 'you have to be a saint first and then be political' is [a] way of making sure that a whole lot of people are not political.” (Roy, Arundhati. “Interview and Q&A with Arundhati Roy.” In Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2013)

Music in the podcast was composed and performed by Daniel Maani. You can find out more about his music here:

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