MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9.
PROGRAM # 7060 12:00 PM PT
HELPING IMMIGRANT DOCTORS. A dire shortage of health care workers is only expected to grow when millions are expected to gain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. To help meet the critical need for bilingual health care professionals, there are some efforts to help immigrants health workers who were trained in their home countries to get back into their professional fields. What are new work opportunities for displaced doctors and nurses in the U.S. healthcare workforce? And how does the law intend to increase the healthcare workforce in underserved areas?
Guests: José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA., Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Education, Welcome Back Initiative Director, Co-Director, Community Health Works of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, www.welcomebackinitiative.org ; Katherine Flores, MD, Director, Latino Center for Medical and Education Research, Fresno, CA
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10.
PROGRAM # 7061 12:00 PM PT
IMMIGRATION REFORM WOES. As the U.S. House gets back into session this week, immigration reform legislation faces an uphill battle. With issues like the attacks in Syria and federal spending in the forefront, Republican leaders have said they have no plans to bring immigration reform to the floor. This edition looks into the prospects for immigration reform in the House and the efforts to urge Republican leaders to schedule a vote.
GUESTS: Maribel Hastings, Senior Adviser, America’s Voice, Washington DC, www.americasvoiceonline.com; Larry Kleinman, Executive Committee Member, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Woodburn, OR, www.fairimmigration.org; Carlos Morán, Board Member and Immigration Spokesperson, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Cleveland, TN, www.nhclc.org.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11.
PROGRAM # 7062 12:00 PM PT
THE TWO 9/11 ATTACKS. For the U.S., this day marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. In Chile, this day marks 40 years since Pinochet’s brutal coup d’état that overthrew the democratically-elected President Salvador Allende. For the U.S., 9/11 brought a state of war that has lasted more than ten years. For Chileans, it meant 17 years of military dictatorship. Social observers who lived both experiences are invited to comment on the lessons.
GUESTS: Ariel Dorfman, former adviser to the late President Salvador Allende, author and Professor of Literature, Duke University, Durham, NC, http://www.adorfman.duke.edu/index2.html; Victor Toro, top leader in the resistance to Chile’s military dictatorship, survivor of the Pinochet dictatorship prisons, activist seeking political asylum in the U.S., New York, New York.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12.
PROGRAM # 7063 12:00 PM PT
EXPULSION CRISIS IN RURAL SCHOOLS. Kern County in California’s Central Valley, expels thousands of students more than any other county in the state. Many of the children forced to leave school come from immigrant and farm working families. A new bill in the state legislature by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) aims to help expelled students get a second chance at returning to school. Is expulsion an effective disciplinary measure? Why so many youth of color end up suspended?
Guests: Virginia Melchor, mother of expelled student, Lamont, CA; Elizabeth Aackhus, Staff Attorney, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), Delano, CA; Angelica Salinas, Supervisor of School Instruction, District level administrator, Arvin Union School District, Arvin, CA.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13.
PROGRAM # 7064 12:00 PM PT
MEXICO EDITION. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14.
PROGRAM # 7065 12:00 PM PT
ABORTION BANS AND LATINA HEALTH. After Texas passed a controversial law that further criminalizes abortions, advocates for Latinas say the law will limit access to vital preventive health services like Pap smear and breast cancer exams for 2.5 million Latinas, who are among the least likely to be insured. Meantime, in California, Bakersfield’s city council is preparing to vote on a resolution banning abortions and Kings County is moving to cut all funding to the county’s only reproductive health clinic. A discussion on this issue is aired live on KIQI in San Francisco and KATD in Sacramento, CA.