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The Link Line: The Art of Indoctrination

The University of Wisconsin's main campus in Madison has relished, at least since the anti-war movement of the 1960's, its image as one of the most radical and leftist colleges in America. In order to cement that status well into the next century, the university is now selling and nationally distributing a package of "Health-Line" audio cassettes "addressing concerns of the body, emotions and intellect." Warning: these tapes are definitely hazardous to your health.

One of the purchasers of the Health-Line series is Switchboard of Miami, Inc., which describes itself as "a private, non-profit, multi-service agency" serving South Florida "since 1968" by offering "a 24-hour telephone crisis counseling, suicide prevention, information and referral hotline, as well as counseling and prevention programs." The centerpiece of this switchboard "counseling" is the University of Wisconsin-Madison tapes, purchased in January 1990 for $1,800 by money donated by the Dade County United Way; the program was renamed "Link Line." The Dade County school system, the nation's fourth largest, has officially approved the Health-Line tapes and encouraged, through posters and information cards, its teen and preteen students to call Link Line for "healthy" views on sex, drugs, and other subjects of keen interest. The local ABC television affiliate, WPLG, is...

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