Nancy Milio's book, "9226 Kercheval: The Storefront That Did Not Burn," is about community health services offered in a ghetto on the south side of Detroit, Michigan. As a nurse, Milio knew how important it was to offer quality health services to poor and uneducated individuals. With their real names changed, Milio talks about her experiences with Mrs. Watkins, Johhnie West and others at the center.
Mary Adelaide Mendelson, author of "Tender Loving Greed: How the Incredibly Lucrative Nursing Home 'Industry' Is Exploiting American's Old People and Defrauding Us All," discusses the state of nursing homes and the elderly. Mendelson discusses the isolation the elderly feel in nursing homes and how nursing homes have turned into a big business with little to no protection for the elderly. Studs plays "Hello in There" - John Prine (1971).
Leon DesPres, Quentin Young, and Bob Volen discuss being spied upon by the Police and the FBI. They discuss the nature of spying, protests, and lawsuits. Includes the song "Die Gedanken Sind Frei" sung at the end.
Depression, meds, psychiatry and being bi polar are all topics covered in Kay R. Jamison's book, "An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness." According to Jamison, being bi polar runs in one's family. It is in one's genes, as Jamison talks about her own personal battle with the disease. Jamison also reads passages from her book.
Discussing the work of Thresholds, a Chicago social service organization, and interviewing Jerry Dincin and Michael Sternberg. They discuss what Thresholds provides and how it helps people with their confidence and mental health. Includes a song called "Young Paul".
Jeanne Stellman discusses her book, "Work Is Dangerous to Your Health: A Handbook of Health Hazards in the Workplace and What You Can Do About Them," and workplace safety issues in a variety of industries. Topics of discussion include the importance of prioritizing health in the workplace and consulting workers on workplace safety issues, and industry responses to occupational hazards.
Joan Komaiko saw there were kids who could buy cartons of milk for four cents and the other kids who couldn't afford the milk, sat and watched the ones who drank the milk. Komaiko wrote a letter to the school board pointing out how kids couldn't do well at school because they were sent to school hungry. Dr. Quentin Young explained that the government needs to provide the children with breakfast and lunch at the schools because those two meals were probably the only meals children would receive that day.
James Comer and Alvin Poissaint discuss their book " Black Child Care: How to Bring Up A Healthy Black Child In American - A Guide to Emotional and Psychological Development". They discuss raising a Black child in America in the 1970's, amid racism. Clip played of Odetta "All the Pretty Little Horses"(Studs Terkel Archive WAV ID 1853133-3-1)
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Executive Director for the Illinois Nurses Association, Lea Acord; Director of the Northwestern University Center for Nursing, Lucille Davis; and Merilee Donovan, PhD, RN.