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)
Ted Ferrioli is the Republican Minority Leader in the Oregon Senate. He talked with Don Merrill about collegiality in Salem, the importance of doing what's best for his constituency and his opinion on the effect of the American Legislative Exchange Council on lawmaking.
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KBOO's Robin Ryan speaks with Portland houseless advocate Ibrahim Mubarak, who was arrested last Thursday while documenting police and private security violating the rights of houseless individuals underneath the Burnside Bridge in Portland. 9:16 minutes (4.24 MB)