Dr. Andrew Johnstone also sees the need for reform, but he thinks the best solution is the free market. He says he's practically broke because insurance companies are dictating what he can charge, what drugs he can prescribe, and what tests he should run.
Last week, the Bancroft family voted to sell Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal to media mogul Rupert Murdoch. When she heard the news, Nancy Block could relate. She's in the 4th generation of a family that has owned newspapers since the 1920s. Her family owns the Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Also in this episode: a man who worked opn the booster rockets for the Challenger space shuttle reflects on that disaster.
Selma Yablonick Constant graduated from the City College of New York in 1950. She'd planned to become a teacher. However, she was asked to leave the school of education because she walked with a cane. Selma had polio as a kid and was considered disabled. Also in this episode, poet Paul Guest.
Mel Miskimen has been listening to our series about summer jobs and how they can change us. Mel just knew she had to tell us about her job as a "toe checker" at the local pool after graduating from high school.
Reality TV may seem like a recent phenomenon. But programs featuring real people were all the rage back when television was in its infancy. Just ask JoAnne Rushton and Debra Cotich. In 1957 their mother, Evelyn Stuart, starred in one the biggest hits of all time - Queen for a Day. Also in this show: Listener Follow-up: May I Take Your Order?
Whenever disaster strikes -- like the earthquake in China or the cyclone in Myanmar -- aid workers head to the scene and are lauded for their long hours and unstinting devotion. For more than a decade, Nathaniel Raymond lived that life. But he didn't realize the high personal cost of doing aid work non-stop. Now he's trying to deal with the down side of doing good. Also in the show: Tasting water for a living.