Abdul El-Sayed is running for Governor of Michigan


Abdul El Sayed is running for Governor of Michigan.

Adbul recently left his position as Director of the Department of Health in Detroit, where he had been the youngest-ever health official of a major American city. Born and raised in Michigan, Abdul played lacrosse at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor before studying at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. After receiving his medical degree from Columbia, Abdul spent several years as a professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health before returning to Michigan to oversee Detroit’s health system.

He and his wife, who is also a doctor, are currently pregnant with their first child.

In this episode, Adbul and I discuss the parallels between science and politics (6:14); how he found himself running the health department of the city of Detroit (14:21); the balance of privilege and work ethic that he sees through the lens of being the child of an immigrant (18:13); the call to responsibility for American millennials that has grown since the election (31:18); and the broader economic implications that have driven some of Michigan’s infrastructural failures (36:42).

If you like what you hear, donate to Abdul’s campaign.