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.
And join us for special interviews, lectures and commentary from 10:30AM to 4PM.
Speakers will include Chris Hedges, author of "The Death of the Liberal Class;" Dick Gregory, comedian and social activist; Michael Parenti, professor and author of numerous books; author and teacher Mark Crispin Miller, a tribute to the late Chalmers Johnson and much, much more. More details at http://kboo.fm/publicaffairs
API Pride, acid violence and the documentary Finding Face, and more
We talk with the community organization API Pride about their upcoming Lunar New Year's Banquet, and interview professor Patti Duncan about her documentary “Finding Face,” which documents the controversial case of Tat Marina, a young woman who was attacked with acid in 1999. There's also another edition of Pop Watch, looking at Asian Pacific Americans in the media, and another Angry APA Minute.
Veteran journalist Reese Erlich discussed his experience by actually talking (imagine!) to some of the people vilified by our government as terrorists. His new book is Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire.