The CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan, has been chosen to be Secretary of Education in the Obama Cabinet. What does his track record suggest is ahead for schools? It's not a progressive picture. Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article by Henry A. Giroux and Kenneth Saltman that appeared on t r u t h o u t.
Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated -- Socialism is coming back in full force in Europe, according to an article by Neil Clark in the New Statesman. Tom Becker reads, and adds a caveat by the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how the emerging Obama administration is walking the line between public interest and private profit in two areas: health care and education. It features several great drum solos from the jazz world (mostly curtailed in the webcast for copyright reasons), and Larry Bowlden's review of Unseen Sights, a novel about mental health and its costs.
One drum piece is heard in its entirety (following Larry's book review); it's by Glen Sheidt of Iretsu.
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How many of the problems with our health care will, and will not, be solved by what's on the table in the national health care debate that will take place in the Obama years? Paul Gorman of Physicians for a National Health Care Program, and a Portland physician, talks with Bill Resnick and explains the options and what has worked best in other countries.
The sound track for "Locked Up - Locked Out" tells about the California organization, All Of Us Or None. This national organizing movement, started by formerly incarcerated people whose goal is to build political power in the communities most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the Prison Industrial Complex is dedicated and determined to help turn the tide of oppression, violence and pain in our communities to be a part of the solution to the problems that cause our people to populate the prison system in disproportionate numbers.
Public health is a public good -- so it should be a public responsiblity. But many other public goods are poorly served by profit-making private interests. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge shows how the debate about a national health care program can, and should, lead to something more.