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Masking Ourselves: The Psychological Implications Of Covering Our Faces

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Following the CDC recommendation to use a face mask in public could put African Americans at risk for racial profiling and discrimination.

To wear or not wear a mask – that is the question during this pandemic.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by psychologist Alison Phillips, of Iowa State University, to explore the psychological and sociological dimensions of donning a face mask.

Also in the conversation, how is race a factor in masking ourselves? Jazzmine and Jordan Brooks join the program to highlight the African American experience of publicly wearing a mask and the discrimination that may result.   


  • Alison Phillips, associate professor of psychology, director of the healthy habits lab at ISU
  • Jazzmine Brooks, equity and inclusion coordinator in the office of equal opportunity at ISU
  • Jordan Brooks, director of equity and inclusion at ISU Design
Matthew is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River