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Friday, May 13, 2011

The legendary swimmer Diana Nyad talks about being honored with the 2011 Streb Action Maverick Award.  Filmmaker Annie Sundberg and the subject of the documentary “Burma Soldier,” Myo Myint Cho, talk about Burma’s abusive totalitarian system. Peter Ford talks about the volatile life, relationships, and career of his father, the renowned actor Glenn Ford. Plus, our latest Please Explain segment is all about generic drugs!

Legendary Swimmer Diana Nyad

Legendary swimmer Diana Nyad, who is being honored with the 2011 Streb Action Maverick Award talks about her sport and about being one of the greatest long distance swimmers in the world, and her plans, at the age of 61, to swim from Havana to the Florida coast without a shark tank this summer. In 1979 she swam the longest distance in history, swimming 102.5 miles from Bimini (in the Bahamas) to Florida. She also broke numerous world records, and set a record time circling Manhattan in 7 hours, 57 minutes.

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Burma Soldier

Filmmaker Annie Sundberg and Myo Myint Cho, the subject of their documentary "Burma Soldier," discuss the history of Burma from 1948. The film talks about when the country gained independence from Britain, and shows how it became the nation it is today.


Glenn Ford: A Life

Peter Ford talks about the volatile life and career of his father, the renowned actor Glenn Ford: star of the classic films "Gilda," "Blackboard Jungle," "The Big Heat," "3:10 to Yuma," and "The Rounders." Glenn Ford: A Life tells of his talent-driven career and is also a cautionary tale of the actor's relentless infidelities and long, slow fade-out.

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Please Explain: Generic Drugs

On today's Please Explain, we'll look into the science behind and history of generic drugs. Just how identical are they to their name-brand counterparts? Could they be part of the solution to America's rising health care costs? Are there certain instances when you shouldn't go for the generic option? Joe Graedon, author of The People's Pharmacy, will answer these questions and more.

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Guest Picks: Diana Nyad

Swimmer Diana Nyad tells us what she's been reading and watching lately.


The Top Ten Most Popular Generic and Brand Name Drugs

On today's Please Explain, Leonard is speaking to Joe Graedon, author of the book and website The People's Pharmacy, about generic drugs. I became interested in the topic when I was recently prescribed a generic antibiotic--and was floored by how much cheaper it was than the name brand I normally requested. Curious to see just how the costs between generics and brand-name drugs broke down, I used data from IMS Health and Drug Topics to compare the prices of the top ten name brand and generic drugs. The full list is in the chart below.

The results aren't too surprising--generics are all significantly cheaper--but now my curiosity has been piqued yet again: just what do these drugs do? Let us know in the comments if you've ever taken one - and share with us your stories of pharmacy shuffles!

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