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Fading Minds: Why there's still no cure for Alzheimer's
In the late 1970s, the newly formed National Institute on Aging redefined senility as a disease – specifically, Alzheimer's disease. They said that with enough support they could find a cure, but after 40 years and billions of dollars, there is still no treatment. In this hour, we hear from people who shaped early Alzheimer's research, we explore promising dementia treatments that have received short shrift because it's hard to make money on them, and we look at racial disparities in dementia and what they can tell us about why people develop cognitive problems as they age.
Uprooted: The 1950s plan to erase Indian Country
In the 1950s, the U.S. government launched a campaign to assimilate Native Americans by eliminating reservations, terminating tribal governments, and persuading Native people to move to cities. Hundreds of thousands of Native people relocated to distant cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Oakland, and Los Angeles. This documentary presents the voices of people who survived a devastating plan to solve "the Indian problem."
Soldiers for Peace
Soldiers for Peace takes a deep look at why a significant number of Vietnam veterans felt compelled to oppose the war rather than simply try to put it behind them when they returned home. Through first-person storytelling, it explores the way their conceptions of patriotism changed and evolved as their faith in the Vietnam War and the American government dissolved.
Spotlight on Indigenous Relocation
An honest, insightful discussion of the ongoing trauma and mental health impacts from the U.S. government's American Indian Relocation Program - designed in the 1950s to assimilate Indigenous people into white-centric society and eliminate tribal governments and culture. Indigenous experts delve into the impacts of historical trauma in their community and the resiliency factors that empower so many to overcome persistent systems of discrimination.
Hosted by Anton Treuer, Ph.D. (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe), Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. Panelists include:
- Delores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D. (Caddo of Oklahoma, affiliated with Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana), Director of Indian Country Child Trauma Center and Native American Programs at University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
- Ann Bullock, MD (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Chief Clinical Consultant of Family Medicine and Director of the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention at Indian Health Service
- Dorene Day (Nett Lake, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa), Midewiwin kwe, Anishinaabe midwife, traditional practitioner, educator, trainer
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