Episode 146: Making a move: Social movements and social change

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We hear from Onur Bakiner on the situation in Turkey, Chris Hedges on a pending revolution, Henry Giroux on social movements and youth, plus a comic book and the live in care giver program, and troubles with an important psychology book.

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The world watched this month as protestors in Turkey were met with extremely strong police crackdowns.  There were plenty of images of police brutality, but not a lot of information about who was protesting and why.  Onur Bakiner, is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University. He spoke with Irwin Oostindie about what he sees is going on in Turkey.

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The United States is on its way to a revolution, according to Chris Hedges. The Pulitzer prize-winning reporter has written and reported around the globe. For his latest project, he traveled to some of America’s most economically depressed areas with co-author Joe Sacco, then wrote about what he found. The book is called Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. The author, educator, journalist and activist to spoke in Ottawa in June at the Southminster United Church. The lecture was hosted by Octopus Books.

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Dr. Henry Giroux is a world renowned writer and thinker.  He has done work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory. He is currently the Global television Network Chair in Communications Studies in Hamilton, Ontario.  he is the author of over 50 books including Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future. Dr. Giroux spoke to Riaz Sayani-Mulji about the Quebec student movement, Occupy and the struggles of youth facing a world made by neoliberalism.

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The live-in caregiver program in Canada is part of Canada’s temporary worker program and has come under fire. There have been many accusations of abuse: Low basic wages, non-stop work schedules, and a lack of freedom for employees.  The stories that haven’t been told as much is how women are resisting the exploitative structure of the Live-in-Care program and creating community. Toronto based artists Althea Balmes  and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo are making comic book in collaboration with workers to tell the stories of how they resisted.  The project is called Kwentong Bayan[Kwen ton buy on]: Labour of Love. Marycarl Guiao spoke to the artists.

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or as it is sometimes know as “the DSM”)  is published by the American Psychiatric Association. The publication of the new DSM-5 this spring has some mental health professionals worried.  Brent Dean Robbins is Director of Psychology at Point Park University and co-chair of the International DSM-5 Response Committee. He spoke with Lorraine Chisholm about his concerns with DSM 5, beginning with how important this book is

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