Concerns Build For The Americans With Disabilities Act, Drug Manufacturers And The Opioid Epidemic, West Virginia Teacher Strike

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28 counties in the state of Wisconsin have taken legal action against drug manufacturers for their role in the opioid crisis. We learn more about the impact of the companies. We also take a look at the proposed changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act and find out more about the West Virginia teacher’s strike.

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  • Advocates Say New House Bill Could Weaken The Americans With Disabilities Act

    The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 620, known as the ADA Education and Reform Act. Proponents of the bill say that it will help prevent what they say are “frivolous” lawsuits. But disability rights advocates say it could dismantle portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We’re joined by Alison Barnes, a Professor of disability and elderly law for the Marquette University Law School, about the bill.

  • Are Drug Manufacturers Accountable For The Opioid Epidemic?

    In Wisconsin, 28 counties are taking legal action against drug manufacturers for their role in the opioid epidemic, and last week, the US Justice Department announced it would support the lawsuits and others like it around the country. We talk to an expert on the crisis about how companies have influenced opioid prescriptions, research, and publicity.

  • West Virginia Teachers Reach A Deal After Nine Day Strike, Oklahoma Teachers Could Picket Next

    Teachers in West Virginia have been on strike for nine days . Teachers left the classroom to protest stagnate wages and have called for vacant teaching positions to be filled. West Virginia lawmakers agreed to terms today, effectively ended the strike. But trouble could be brewing in Oklahoma over similar issues. We speak with Jennyerin Steele-Staats, an Autism Specialist for Ripley High School, about why she and her colleagues wanted to go on strike. We also talk to Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, about the health of education in the United States.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Alison Barnes Guest
  • Dr. Andrew Kolodny Guest
  • Jennyerin Steele-Staats Guest
  • Paul Reville Guest

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