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WBOI Presents: Forced Sterilizations At The Border


The subject of this show is not intended for all listeners. In September, a nurse who worked at an immigration detention center filed a whistleblower complaint alleging, among other things, that immigrant women received questionable hysterectomies. The focus of our episode this week is forced sterilizations, the history of the eugenics movement, and human rights abuses.


Forced Sterilizations At The Border is a discussion led by Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. This conversation was recorded via Zoom.

Panelists include:

Janet Badia, Professor & Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Steve Carr, Professor of Communication & Director of the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Ann Livschiz, Associate Professor & Associate Chair of the History Department at Purdue University Fort Wayne

Special thanks to Andy Downs, and his guests for making this program possible. Our music is by Mark Waldick, Noah Campodonic, and Kurt Roembke. Our web producer is Loyal Vandenburg. Our WBOI interns are Monica Blankenship, Steve Mullaney, and Sydney Wagner.