In The Interview: Episode #12, Ciara Pressler interviews Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, author, historian, and fitness expert.
Natalia and Ciara talk about…
- The idea of public and individual health
- Remaining cautiously optimistic about social justice and radical change
- Refusing to accept hollow progress
- The perfect conditions that had to emerge in order to lead to the current mass mobilization for social change
- Ethical responsibility of the fitness industry
- Current events in the context of American history
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is an associate professor of history at The New School in New York City, co-host of the Past Present podcast, host and creator of the upcoming History Channel series, “The Unlikely History of Everyday Objects,” and the author of Classroom Wars and a forthcoming book on post-war fitness culture in the United States. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, and The Huffington Post, and she is Well+Good’s fitness historian. She has been featured as an expert historian on venues such as Brian Lehrer TV, the Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. Her work in wellness has been covered by many publications including The Guardian, Well+Good, Univision, and Fox 5 NY.