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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nobel laureate economist and New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman shares his thoughts on how the economy is doing and how to make its recovery stronger. We’ll take a look at Henry Ford—a Michigan farm boy grew up to become one of our most influential innovators. Dave Barry talks about his latest novel about a destination wedding in Florida that goes awry. Plus, Dr. Leana Wen on why she thinks the art of the medical diagnosis is being lost and what that means for us as patients.

Paul Krugman on the Economy

Are we on the road to recovery? Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman talks with Leonard Lopate.

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The Life of Henry Ford

Sarah Colt, director of the documentary “Henry Ford,” and Greg Grandin, professor of history at NYU and author of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, discuss the life of Henry Ford, a farm boy who became the most influential American innovator of the 20th century. Ford created the Model T, the most successful car in history, and introduced the groundbreaking five-dollar-a-day wage, ushering in the modern world as we know it. One of the nation’s richest men, he was a hero to many ordinary Americans, although he battled his workers and bullied his own son, despised the wealthy, and blamed Jews for what he deemed society’s degeneration. “Henry Ford” will premiere on American Experience on January 29, 9:00-11:00 p.m. on PBS, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Ford’s birth.

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Dave Barry's New Novel, Insane City

Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry talks about his latest novel, Insane City, a dark comic story of a destination wedding in Florida. The groom and his friends become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.

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When Doctors Don’t Listen

Dr. Leana Wen examines the doctor-patient relationship and argues that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, written with Joshua Kosowsky, uses real-life stories of bad diagnoses to show how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. They offer follow-up questions patients can incorporate into every visit to the doctor’s to get the best medical care.

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Guest Picks: Dave Barry

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his latest novel, Insane City, about a destination wedding that goes totally and hilariously awry. He also told us what he's been listening to recently, thanks to his daughter. Find out what else he's been reading, watching and eating!


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