Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how the emerging Obama administration is walking the line between public interest and private profit in two areas: health care and education. It features several great drum solos from the jazz world (mostly curtailed in the webcast for copyright reasons), and Larry Bowlden's review of Unseen Sights, a novel about mental health and its costs.
One drum piece is heard in its entirety (following Larry's book review); it's by Glen Sheidt of Iretsu.
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Public health is a public good -- so it should be a public responsiblity. But many other public goods are poorly served by profit-making private interests. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge shows how the debate about a national health care program can, and should, lead to something more.
How many of the problems with our health care will, and will not, be solved by what's on the table in the national health care debate that will take place in the Obama years? Paul Gorman of Physicians for a National Health Care Program, and a Portland physician, talks with Bill Resnick and explains the options and what has worked best in other countries.
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
This program revolves around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond. Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system? Why are other nations better at this than the US? And we hear a review of Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.
Host Dr, Helen Caldicott gave a lecture in October of this year to medical colleagues in Calgary, Alberta Canada. She describes the medical and environmental risks associated with the complex process of the nuclear fuel cycle, and climate change.
Healthwatch is on break this month. Instead we hear Health and Healthcare Forum with host Roberta Hall. Her guest is Margaret Kummerow, a German-born practical nurse who learned Spanish while living in Chile. She interprets for Spanish-speaking women patients at community clinics.
Dr Helen Caldicott traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee as a guest of OREPA, the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance. Director of OREPA Ralph Hutchison took Dr Caldicott to the Y12 National Security Complex, which was involved in developing the nuclear weapons that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the second world war. Currently operated by B&W Y12, the plant plays a 'vital role in the Department of Energy's Nuclear Weapons Complex.'
Ralph Hutchison has lived on the doorstep of the facility for many years, and he joins Dr Caldicott on If You Love This Planet to explain the capabilities - and dangers - of the Y12 plant.
Healthwatch is on break. Instead Roberta Hall hosts Health and Healthcare Forum from the Willamette Valley. Her guest is Paul Hochfeld, an emergency room physician, critic of the US health care system, and producer of the video Health, Money and Fear.
Labor doula and Icarus Project student organizer Annie Robinson talks about her experience in the mental health system as an adolescent, and how it led to her interest in changing medical birthing procedures and becoming a doula. Annie discusses the trauma caused by doctor interventions in childbirth and its lasting effects on both children and mothers.