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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vermont will be the first state to offer single-payer healthcare. Kevin Outterson, professor at Boston University’s school of public health, discusses the bill to be signed into law today. Plus: The New York City Opera tries to cope with a small budget by leaving its longtime home at Lincoln Center; basic ways to use your tech gadgets more efficiently; Jill Lepore of The New Yorker connects the country’s past to the present; and summer film preview with Slate’s Dana Stevens.  

Vermont's Single Payer Singularity

Kevin Outterson, associate professor of Law and associate professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Law, discusses Vermont's efforts to introduce a single payer healthcare system.

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Tech Tricks

David Pogue, weekly tech columnist for the New York Times, goes back to the basics with tricks you might have missed that make gadgets work better.

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City Opera Blues

Erica Orden, reporter for the Greater New York section of the Wall Street Journal, reports on the City Opera's financial difficulties and its decision to leave Lincoln Center.

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Past and Present with Jill Lepore: Darrow and Labor Rights

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, concludes her stint as our weekly guest for the month of May. She will discuss how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States.

Today's historical moment: The 1898 right to strike case and Clarence Darrow's defense.

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Summer Films

Dana Stevens, Slate film critic and co-host of the Culture Gabfest, previews films being released during the summer season.

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