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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Hospitals may exist to make people healthier, but they can also serve as incubators for nasty super-bugs like MRSA and Klebsiella pneumoniae which is even more resistant to antibiotics (and its first major outbreak was at a New York City hospital). Dr. Jerome Groopman writes about what one expert called “doomsday-scenario bugs” in this week’s New Yorker. Also, beware the internet trolls.

Guests:

Dr. Jerome Groopman

Pay As You Drive

Next week, New Jersey will adopt a new pay-as-you-drive insurance plan. The initiative aims to help cashed strapped commuters, as well as benefit the environment. Richard Hutchinson, general manager of Usage Based Insurance for Progressive discusses the company's plan. Also in the conversation, Jason Bordoff of the Brookings Institution. He ...

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Congestion in the Air

Jim May, President and CEO of Airline Transit Association, and Michael E. Levine, formerly a government regulator and senior airline executive now teaching Law at NYU, explain the Port Authority's decision to reject a Federal plan to auction off take-off and landing slots at New York City ...

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Beware the Trolls

The word 'troll' has taken on a whole new meaning in the internet age; Mattathias Schwartz, contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine talks about the 'creatures' that terrorize the internet.

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Clerkships at New York City Hospitals

Thanks to a new contract, students from a Caribbean-based medical school will receive clinical training at some of New York City's public hospitals. But the new deal could mean fewer clerkship positions for students from medical schools in New York. Charles Modica, Chancellor of St.George's University and Dr. Michael Reichgott ...

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Attack of the Pneumoniae

Doctors are scratching their heads over how to handle an increasing amount of drug resistant diseases. New Yorker staff writer and Harvard Medical School professor Jerome Groopman discusses the myth and reality of the "superbug."

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Collection, Creation, Compulsion

Is that old pile of newspapers or cabinet of broken salt and pepper shakers trying to tell you something? Author William Davies King discusses the art of amassing detritus in Collections of Nothing.

What do you collect?

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Charles Modica



Charles Modica

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Charles Modica, Chancellor of St. George's University, was on the Brian Lehrer Show on Wednesday to discuss a new contract that will allow students from a Caribbean-based ...

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