Obamacare Rollout; Sequester Cuts; Amsterdam Bikes

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post checks in on the progress of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and what the policy will mean for women. Plus: a look at what the sequester cuts means for research labs in the area. Then, details from the Save the Children report about conditions for mothers and newborns around the world; what New York City can learn from Amsterdam’s bike culture; and the growing culture of domesticity.

Is Obamacare on Schedule?

Deadlines for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act are approaching. We check in on the progress with Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post and Wonkblog. Plus: a followup on our crowdsourcing projects around the cost of birth control pills and mammograms. How much will Obamacare change the cost of women's health?

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The Sequester's Real: Biomed

The automatic spending cuts are starting to be felt in a variety of areas that receive government funding. Sarah Gonzalez, New Jersey Public Radio reporter, discusses her reporting on how the sequester is leading to a cut in funding and the closing of labs in the local biotech industry.

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A Cycling City

What can NYC learn from Amsterdam about incorporating more cycling in its traffic flow?  Pete Jordan, author of In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist, relocated there and shares its bicycling history.

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State of the World's Mothers

Worst places in the world to be a mom: Congo, Somalia. Best: Finland. USA: Meh.

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The New Domesticity

Emily Matchar, author of Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, examines why so many women are "going home" to knit, pickle, and blog about it. Why now, and what does it mean for gender equality?



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Open Phones: Weight Loss Surgery

We learned yesterday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had Lap-Band weight loss surgery in February. We open the phoens: Have you had Lap-Band or another kind of weight-loss surgery? What was the experience like? Are you considering it and have questions about the process? Comment here or call 212-433-9692 at 11:40. Joining us to answer questions about bariatric surgery is Dr. Hans Schmidt, chief of bariatric surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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