Prescription for Justice

Doctors Gone Bad: Physicians, Dictatorships, and Warrior Cultures

This episode reviews the history of unethical human subject experimentation from World War II to the present, focusing on physicians who compromised their professional ethics and facilitated the rise of demagogues and the perpetuation of militarism. I discuss how the cooptation of an influential professional class by dictators and elected (but corrupt and secretive) rulers is necessary for such rulers to maintain and extend their authority, wage war, and carry out ruthless crimes against humanity. I review the development of standards of ethical human subject experimentation, describe ongoing abuses, and warn of history repeating itself under President Trump and other right-wing demagogues currently holding power.

Prescription for Justice - Teaching Social Justice pt2

Episodes covers the topic, Teaching Social Justice. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire wrote, “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity OR it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” My guest Hyung Nam studied political philosophy, worked with ''at-risk'' youth in both residential and school settings, and has taught social studies since 2000. He participates in social justice teacher groups and served on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools and the steering committee for the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference. We discuss how social justice can be taught, as well as the barriers to doing so. Note: episode 13 should be watched before episode 14.

Prescription for Justice - Howl - Ecological Destruction Endangered Species and Wolves

This episode of Prescription for Justice, is entitled “Howl: Ecological Destruction, Endangered Species, and Wolves.” The episode provides an overview of ecological destruction and endangered species, including up to date statistics, from our current mass extinction, along with a brief history of the Endangered Species Act . After an overview of these topics, my guest Danielle Moser, Wildlife Coordinator at Oregon Wild, joins me to talk specifically about wolves: how they are perceived, factors influencing their survival (including poaching), and what her organization is doing for ecological and species conservation in Oregon.

Prescription for Justice - Immigration Ethics and Philosophy

America is a nation founded by immigrants, exiles escaping religious persecution and fleeing violence and poverty. This episode covers the nature of humans as migratory species; the history immigration and nation states; and US immigration, especially myths about immigrants and the economy, immigration policies under Presidents Obama and Trump, Dreamers, DACA, and family separations. The latter phenomenon, a national disgrace, has resulted in widespread international condemnation and weakened our already tenuous position as a moral force in international politics. Our treatment of immigrants, especially those seeking asylum and their children, must change. This is not a political issue, but a moral and ethical issue, which I explore with my guest, Alex Sager, PhD, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Portland State University.

Women In Science

Throughout history women have been marginalized and had limited opportunities for formal academic learning and achievement in science. Today, women hold less than ¼ of the jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math. They often are paid less than men of similar accomplishments and suffer verbal and sexual harassment in academia and industry. And yet, thanks to mentoring, evolving federal policies to limit gender discrimination, and the “Me Too” movement, that is beginning to change. Today we explore the barriers faced by women in science and how those barriers are being dismantled. Guests are Allison Schaser, PhD, CCC-SLP, President of Women in Science Portland and Laura Stadum, J.D., Director and Title IX Coordinator, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department, Oregon Health and Science University.

Prescription for Justice - Complicit

This episode calls out those who are complicit in the disastrous presidency of Donald Trump, from evangelical Christians (comparing Trump’s actions to Christ’s words in the Bible), to members of the two main political parties, to the press, to uninvolved citizens. It discusses how while many think America is a great nation, in many ways it is not. It describes the ways in which concerned citizens can oppose Trump’s assault on democracy, diplomacy, health, and the environment, and suggests how we might really “Make America Great Again.”

Prescription for Justice - Contemporary Labor Issues

This episode will focus on the work force and will address wages, benefits, sick leave, retirement savings and wealth inequalities. We will also discuss the decline in union membership over the last 60 years, along with ongoing threats to labor's voice in the workplace. My guest Will Layng (Executive Director of Portland Jobs with Justice) and I will talk about current labor struggles.

Prescription for Justice - Gun Violence The War Against Ourselves

The number of Americans killed by firearms since 1968, including suicides, homicides, and accidental shootings, is 1.4 million, more than the 1.2 million killed in all the wars involving our country from the Revolutionary War to the present. In this episode Dr. Martin Donohoe will talk about the epidemic of gun violence in America, the surprising history of the National Rifle Association, and the need for sensible gun legislation.

Prescription for Justice - Air Pollution Purifying the Miasma

Together, air, water, soil, chemical, and occupational pollution cause over 9 million deaths worldwide each year, or 1/6 deaths worldwide. This is three times as many deaths as malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined. Our guest today is Mary Peveto, president, Neighbors for Clean Air, who earned a BA in History from Macalester College. We will talk about air quality here in Oregon and what our local and state governments can do to improve it.

Prescription for Justice - The Education System in the US

In this premiere episode of Prescription for Justice, the host, Dr. Martin Donohoe introduces the theme of the series which will explore ways to promote improved public heath and social justice in this country. In this first episode, Martin and is first guest Paul Donohoe, educator and brother, discuss ways of improving the education system in the United States today.

Prescription for Justice - Housing and Homelessness

This episode begins with a brief history of housing policy and homelessness in the United States and how poor living conditions effect our health and wellbeing. Our guest Allison McIntosh, Deputy Director of Policy and Communications at Neighborhood Partnerships, will discuss current issues in local and national housing policy, renter’s rights, and how Trump administration measures affect affordable housing programs.

Prescription for Justice - Nuclear Weapons and the Campaign to Abolish Them

This episode begins with brief history of the instruments of war leading up to a discussion of the health and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons. Our guest Chuck Johnson, Nuclear Power Program Director at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), will discuss the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the United Nations’ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Prescription for Justice - Reproductive Rights for Women

Talk show originating in Portland, Oregon with host Dr. Martin Donohoe. Martin is a physician-educator-activist and textbook author who addresses varied topics related to creating more just and healthy communities and a better world. Subjects include education, race, environment, human rights, food justice, criminal justice system, women’s rights, war and peace, etc.