Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system
Our treatment of those in emotional distress manifests itself everyday. Too many Oregonians struggling with mental health issues can be found heavily medicated and warehoused. Or, they are turned out onto the streets to become the victims of crime or institutional violence as in the case of James Chasse. This is an issue that goes beyond public policy reform. It is one that calls for a fundamental reexamination of the "broken brain" model of psychiatry upon which those policies are based.
On this episode, we feature excerpts of a 2-hour interview we did with Rita “Bo” Brown.
Bo Brown is most well known to us as a member of The George Jackson Brigade, a Seattle based revolutionary group. To learn more about the George Jackson Brigade in general, we recommend the recently published books by Daniel Burton-rose, Guerilla USA, and Creating a Movement with Teeth.
Rita "Bo" Brown, was originally from Klamath, Oregon, and moved to Seattle in the 60’s to find community she’d lacked in Klamath. She soon found lesbian bars, and political activists. She became radicalized while in prison for a “social crime”, and was reading the George Jackson book “Soledad Brother” when he was murdered in California, in 1971.
The women we heard on the show and linked below were all but lost until Rosetta Reitz, a feminist and jazz historian, started the record-label Rosetta Records. Brad talks about how the self-image of Blues as a male-dominated genre was shook up in 1979 when Rosetta re-released many of these women for the first time after having been lost in record collections and the public domain. Rosetta died in 2008. However, an unfortunate accident caused us to lose Brad's connection in the last minute of the interview.
Today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement shown to the left, features an ongoing discussion about the Egyptian revolution, a review of the film Biutiful, an article about the revolutionary arab spirit, and the almost forgotten women of blues and the jazz historian who rescued them.
Tonight we bring you Crystal Cooper. Crystal is a recovery mentor with Bridges to Change. She spoke about her job as a mentor at the 2010 Out 4 Life Re-entry Conference. On tonight's show we share with you the presentation she gave at the conference.
The Vagina Monologues, a play created by Eve Ensler, has ignited a global V-Day movement to stop violence against women and girls. Hear how this political theater has broken taboos and transformed pain to power around the world. Featuring performers of the upcoming PCC production, thoughts from Eve Ensler, Majora Carter, Jane Fonda and more. See: news.pcc.edu/2011/01/vagina-monologues/
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Membership Drive episode of the Old Mole which includes discussions of what's ahead for the revolutionary events in Egypt; how Portland's feminist bookstore In Other Words featured in the TV series Portlandia; and the coming Festival of African Films.
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