Richard Rothstein is a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute. He has written extensively on the effect of inequitable education on black and minority children in the US. His latest piece for the EPI, focuses on the complicity of the Federal government in creating policies that supported discrimination of blacks at every level of society in Ferguson, Missouri and how those policies are rampant not only in Ferguson but across the country. Don Merrill talks with Mr. Rothstein about the period of time when discriminatory policies became embedded in our cities, why blacks have gotten the worst of it and why a data intensive investigation of the problem doesn't equal the political will to solve it.
27:36 minutes (25.28 MB)
Despite a common public perception that it has largely gone away, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), better known as electroshock or shock therapy, is still a widespread practice.
As we reported on Tuesday, this Saturday, May 16 is an international day of protest against electrock.
Survivors of ECT and their allies will gather in local communities around the world to protest the widespread use of a practice that they say has limited effectiveness and causes lasting damage.
In the Portland area, both Kaiser Permanente and the Oregon Health Sciences University utilize electroconvulsive therapy, and numerous other facilities in the region also engage in the controversial procedure. 15:25 minutes (21.17 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson-Norton about the Fight for $15 movement. They consider the progress they've made in the national and local conversation around the minimum wage, and Bill wonders whether a more radical vision of worker control on the job and in the economy might be seen in these developments. 6:17 minutes (5.75 MB)
The Oregon Supreme Court recently overturned the efforts of the Oregon Legislature to correct some of the funding problems as they affect PERS. I interviewed more than a half-dozen legislators in 2014 about what they thought about the PERS funding issue and how they would deal with it. This piece is a look back at the comments of those legislators and their thoughts in light of the recent ruling.
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This is a Bread and Roses web exclusive. Delphine Criscenzo speaks with Therese Shechter, the producer of the new documentary “How to Lose Your Virginity? What if all we had to lose were our virginity myths?” A local organization, A Fourth Act is bringing the film to Portland on May 21st along with Therese but only if 65 people buy their tickets in advance. Visit https://www.tugg.com/events/19332 to reserve your ticket. You will be asked to purchase your ticket but the amount will only be deducted once the screening takes place. You only have until May 14th to reserve your ticket.
40:39 minutes (37.22 MB)