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Studs discusses dreams, consciousness and computers with psychologist, computer scientist, and author Dr. Christopher Evans. Topics of conversation include the need for humans to dream, contemporary research on sleep and rest, and computer technology. Dr. Evans draws analogies between the behavior of the sleeping and dreaming human brain and the functions of modern computers.
Lear's husband is a doctor who has heart failure, and together, the couple deals with the medical professionals who make errors and who get angry when a second opinion is requested. Nothing prepared Lear for the utter helplessness and rage that she experienced.
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.
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)
Drs. Quentin Young, Lambert King and Robert Maslansky discuss public hospitals in the United States. Young is the chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cook County Hospital, King is the medical director of Cermak Memorial Hospital, and Maslansky is the director of medical education at Cook County Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Williard Gaylen, a physician and professor of psychiatry at Columbia, discusses how feelings define humanity. He explains that there are no "bad" or "good" feelings, because even anxiety and guilt are strictly human emotions. Dr. Gaylen also talks about how envy is the only useless feeling. Two recordings of people talking about pride and guilt are also played.
Dr. Theodor Rosebury discusses the history and myths of communicable and sexually transmitted infections, how they are represented in media, and the impact of shame.
Dr. Theodor Rosebury dissects cultural ideas around cleanliness and shame as presented in his book "Life of Man".
Making people aware that toxic chemicals in our everyday lives can cause cancer has been one of Dr. Samuel Epstein’s main goals. According to his book, “The Politics of Cancer,” the government really won’t step in until there is a public outcry.
Dr. Sam Borushek discusses his time as a doctor serving the indigenous groups in Guatemala, especially regarding the preventable health issues of the indigenous people.
Interview with Dr. Linda Murray and Dr. Quentin Young which discusses how closing public hospitals can affect minorities and less privileged communities. Also talks about the expectations of medical students and the dynamics of medical school.
With regards to surgeries, patients must ask questions. In Dr. George Crile, Jr's book, "Surgery: Your Choices, Your Alternatives," Dr. Crile warns of undergoing a surgery if it's truly not warranted. Crile's most important piece of advice to patients, is to always remember that with any surgery, death is a real possibility, should there be a complication.
Psychologist and computer scientist Dr. Christopher Riche Evans discusses dreams, the human brain, and computers. [Last minute and a half is a different interview. No mention of the subject.]