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70 Million: When a State Treats Drug Addiction Like a Health Issue, Not a Crime
Apr06

70 Million: When a State Treats Drug Addiction Like a Health Issue, Not a Crime

  A year ago, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize drug possession. The goal is to reverse some of the negative impacts of the War on Drugs by approaching drug use from a health-centered basis. Reporter Cecilia Brown visits an addiction and recovery center in Portland that’s gearing up for what they hope will be an influx of people seeking treatment. Image Credit: Miracles Club Like this program? Please click here and...

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Fallen Heroes 2021: bell hooks, Nawal El Saadawi, Carrie Dann, Margo St. James, and more
Dec29

Fallen Heroes 2021: bell hooks, Nawal El Saadawi, Carrie Dann, Margo St. James, and more

Making Contact · Fallen Heroes, 2021   Thousands of social justice leaders in communities all over the world passed away this year. In our annual Fallen Heroes episode, we share words of inspiration from, and about, some grassroots activists that may not have been very well known outside their particular communities. Special thanks to the following for use of audio: Clandestino Institut Outlaw Poverty, Not Prostitutes produced by...

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Bio Hackers versus Big Pharma: Tackling the Rising Cost of Insulin
Mar24

Bio Hackers versus Big Pharma: Tackling the Rising Cost of Insulin

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans are worried about their health insurance. The cost of treating the illness, if a patient ends up in the ICU, can run into the tens of thousands of dollars without coverage. Which most people just can’t afford. Today we bring you a piece we produced last year about a related topic -the rising cost of insulin, and the effectiveness of medicare for all. As the cost of insulin...

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Reckonings: From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller
Nov19

Reckonings: From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller

From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller ‘I was getting people to make decisions based on misleading information that could have life or death consequences.’ That’s Wendell Potter, the former head of public relations for CIGNA. As the executive spin doctor for one of the biggest health insurance companies in the country, he was responsible for concocting tales that enabled CIGNA to deny coverage, discredit...

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Bio Hackers versus Big Pharma: Tackling the Rising Cost of Insulin
Sep10

Bio Hackers versus Big Pharma: Tackling the Rising Cost of Insulin

Tackling the Rising Cost of Insulin As the cost of insulin continues to skyrocket patients are dying from trying to ration their medication. It’s an extreme example, but not unusual – the cost of insulin mirrors the broader health crisis in the United States. Medicine is too expensive and inaccessible. And as insurance companies continue to raise prices, more and more people are put at risk, especially if...

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