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Program includes an excerpt of a discussion with Shilts about his book "And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic."
Tribute to Charlotte Towle with Ner Littner, Pearl Rosenzweig, Alan Wade and Dame Eileen Younghusband.
Activists Tom Vickery and Dale Muehler discuss the Rainbow Bridge coalition for gay and lesbian disabled people. Vickery and Muehler discuss the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation and the planning that went into this. Studs plays “Song of the Soul” - Cris Williamson (1975), "You Could Never Shame Me" - Merle Louise & Brent Carver (1992), "Best Friend (The Unicorn Song)" - Margie Adam (1976), and "Power" - Holly Near (1982).
Discussing the book, "The Politics of Medicare," and interviewing the author Theodore Marmor. Associate professor of Center of Health Administration studies at University of Chicago. Mr Marmor has been part of policy planning with the department of welfare, for medicare. He talks about National Healthcare or at the least affordable healthcare for all. He speaks of Medicare not covering all expenses specifically prescription drugs.
"Hospital: An Oral History of Cook County Hospital" covers what was once the largest public hospital in the United States. With 6,000 employees, Sydney Lewis learned that County Hospital was a small city onto itself. One may have a long wait at the hospital, but Lewis found because of it's good health care, there was a kind of a loyalty toward County. With Chicago and its diversity, it was good for the people to see African American doctors and nurses that were black and brown, too.
Sybil Leek discusses the history and beliefs of witchcraft, modern medicine compared to natural medicine, and animal familiars. "The Gloucester Witch" performed by John Allison has been removed.
Sontag reads from "Illness as Metaphor" and discusses differences between diseases, particularly tuberculosis and cancer, regarding historic understanding and cultural representation.
Discussing the book "Is there no place on earth for me?" with the author Susan Sheehan.
Susan Nussbaum, founder of Access Living and Michael Pachovas founder of Disabled Prisoners Program discuss the upcoming Disabled Americans Freedom Rally in the backdrop of the International Year of the Disabled Persons and President Reagan's budget cuts. Society needs to understand that expenditures are required to secure the rights of disabled people to live active, productive lives. They need to be able to get out of their apartment buildings or homes, travel on sidewalks and ride buses. That may require access ramps, working elevators, cut curbs, and hydraulic buses to lower steps.
A round-table debate about the Montessori educational theory. Four early childhood development professionals speak of the pros and the cons of the program. Speakers include: Fay Bauling advisor at Wilson Jr. College, Dr. Urban Fleege of DePaul University, Dr. Ner Littner from the Institute of Psychoanalysis, and Hannah MacLaren, head teacher from Ancona School.
Studs interviews three Cook County Hospital doctors: Dr. Tessa Fischer Dr. Mark Bonnell Dr. David Moore Main topic of conversation is the 18-day residents and interns strike at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, October-November 1975. At the time it was the longest doctors’ strike in U.S. history. Topics include: Patient care, benefits and wages, and working conditions. The distinction is made between a "strike" and what the doctors call a "job action".
Studs Terkel interviews two representatives from Abbott Laboratories: Richard Kasperson, V.P. of corporate regulatory affairs, and Dr. Robert Janicki, V.P. of corporate clinical research. The topic of conversation is the prescribed use of Cylert, which was a trade name for the drug Pemoline. Cylert was used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Janicki and Kasperson respond to claims that the drug was overprescribed to school-aged children.
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.
Humanitarian and author Sally Trench discusses her book “Bury Me in My Boots,” her work with the homeless communities in England, her journeys, and her belief in self-help with Studs Terkel. Both Trench and Terkel read an excerpt from Trench’s book “Bury Me in My Boots.”