Bill Resnick talks with History Professor Patricia Schechter of Portland State University's faculty union, the American Association of University Professors, about why faculty are ready to strike after 10 months of bargaining. They discuss faculty stability, pay equity, and educator-led education and the importance of broad and lifelong learning and the liberal arts, as against administration focus on the needs of short-term business profit. Both students and faculty are in economically untenable positions, with mounting pressures and mounting debt. But students and faculty are in solidarity in supporting each other and the need for lifelong learning.
Jan Haaken talks with Oregon author and historian, Diane Goeres-Gardner about her new book "Inside the Oregon State Hospital: a history of tragedy and triumph". They delve into the ideas and motivations behind the book, some of the cases of hospitalized people she looks at, and changing views toward treating mental illness in Oregon over the generations. They consider women and madness, how different powerful actors resolve the ambivalences around whether the Oregon State Hospital is indeed a hospital or prison, and briefly and finally the eugenics movement in State hospitals. 12:22 minutes (11.32 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with local education activist Hyung Nam about high stakes testing in US schools. Hyung talks about how he was threatened with firing from Wilson High School for asking critical questions about high stakes testing, but also for raising other critical questions about teacher's academic freedom. Hyung explains how business interests are driving "education reform" to turn education into a business. This is happening, he says, in the broader context of capitalism's perpetual crisis (stagnating wages, recessions, collapsing tax bases, etc.), which is transfered to the sphere of education in terms of greedy or lazy teachers. 20:17 minutes (18.57 MB)