Earlier this month in Washington D.C., former government officials and cabinet members sat around a table to discuss our nation's reliance on oil. But they didn't show PowerPoint slides - they played a game. The simulation is called Oil ShockWave, and enacts what might happen in an actual oil crisis. Gene Sperling, former economic advisor to President Clinton, played the role of secretary of the Treasury. Also in this episode: a similar simulation focused on citizen reaction. And: a shoplfting season
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.
There's a project underway to identify a type of American Elm that's resistant to Dutch Elm disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking people across the country to help them identify healthy trees.