Dick speaks with Dr. Mila Means in Wichita, Kan. about her effort to open a medical clinic that performs abortions. She has been slowed down by new regulations for abortion clinics and trouble raising the funds.
Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report this week. It looks back over decades of economic unrest and war that led to thousands of deaths and countless displaced Liberians. Emmanuel Dolo was a young boy in Monrovia when the Liberian civil war separated him from his family. He later learned his father was killed in the violence. After he watched a woman die in the street, Emmanuel vowed that when he grew up, he'd find a way to help people.
Alex Hanna is a University of Wisconsin Ph.D. student and teaching assistant right at the center of protests against the education cuts in occurring in the state - he’s even sleeping at the state capitol. While he doesn’t buy the argument that the action is similar to what’s sweeping across the Middle East, he does see a couple of parallels, and he’s a good one to judge: he was also a part of the protests in Egypt.Also in this episode: working at the very first Borders bookstore. And: and update with the owners of the Harry W. Schwartz bookshops.
Teachers and principals are also feeling the effects of a budget pinch. We first spoke with Joyce Irvine back in September. She was the principal who had to give up her job under new federal guidelines for her school to qualify for federal funding. We checked in to see what's happened since.
The debate over the future of Guantanamo Bay continues. In this hour, we look back at another time when controversial prisoners were moved to the US, and what that meant to one young boy who lived near the camp.Also in this episode: for the last three years, we have been following the story of one Gunatanamo Bay detainee, Mr. Al Ghizzawi, through his lawyer, Candace Gorman.
When William Sneller had a heart attack, the emergency treatment came with some additional bad news: he would have to travel to a hospital in another state for his critical care. Nationwide, there is a shortage of doctors who specialize in caring for critically ill patients in the ICU. To meet the need, some hospitals are turning to technology, what they call "E-ICU's." Also on the show: the role of midwives, from two different perspectives.
These days when you hear a story about health insurance it’s usually people complaining about rate increases or refusals to pay claims. But there’s a new twist in how some insurance companies are saving health care dollars. It involves paying the salaries of extra nurses in doctors’ offices to help chronically ill patients stay on top of their conditions … and out of the hospital. Anita McCole was one of the first to be employed by Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. She tells Dick how it works and why it’s some of the most rewarding work she’s ever done. Also, a PhD cartoonist.
HIV/AIDS is spreading across the American South, and African American women are one of the groups most vulnerable to getting infected. DeVondia Roseborough is HIV-positive and speaking frankly with young women in her community—including her own teenage daughters—about what they should do to avoid HIV. Also on the show: one man's quest to unlearn the homophobic lessons he picked up as a child.