Vermont has become the first state to enact a law leading to a single payer health care system. Vermont activist Traven talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what the law says, what kind of organizing led to the success, and the obstacles that still remain.
Both Air Cascadia and Locus Focus are off for the holiday.
Instead we'll hear a special program from the Pacifica Radio Archives celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides that began in May of 1961. This program features the 1961 interview with James Farmer, co-founder of the Congress On Racial Equality C.O.R.E. and Mathew Jones a field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
Tonight Circle A Radio is showcasing peer education media pieces produced by the Guerilla Theatre youth group from Outside In. We'll talk about HIV and STI transmition, how to make informed choices, and the importance of communication and peer education.
Host Marvin Simmons of Northwest Vets for Peace interviews Bob Chenoweth who was a prisoner of war in Hanoi for five years and a member of the Peace Committee while in prison. Members of the Peace Committee were deeply affected by their combat experiences and as a result re-examined their basic assumptions about the war. They made radio and print statements against the war while in prison. In this second part of a two-part interview Chenoweth discusses some of his experiences in prison.
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Robert Whitaker probed into clinical studies in prestigious scientific journals, some dating back more than 50 years. He noticed a shocking anomaly. Psychiatric drugs have repeatedly been shown to worsen mental illness, to say nothing of the risks of liver damage, weight gain, elevated cholesterol and blood sugar, and reduced cognitive function they entail.