Pete Nicks

Incidents of police misconduct here in the Bay Area and nationwide have fueled widespread public concern. That’s what inspired filmmaker Pete Nicks to make his documentary movie “The Force,” which is out right now.

One serious effect of the recession is many people’s inability to afford health care. And when people aren’t insured, they bring their medical problems to the only place required to take them: the public hospital emergency room.

In Oakland, that emergency room is at Highland Hospital. The documentary The Waiting Room takes us into the lobby and behind the scenes with the doctors, nurses, and patients who spend their hours there. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with director Pete Nicks.