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Why Childbirth So Expensive in the US; Starting a Winery in France; the Novel On the Floor; Space Junk

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Leonard is back! He’ll speak with New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal about why it’s more expensive to give birth in the United than in the rest of the world. Ray Walker tells why—and how—he left a career in finance to start a winery in France. Aifric Campbell talks about her novel, On the Floor. We’ll find out about space junk and the problems it's causing.

Why Is Childbirth So Expensive in the United States?

Weigh in: Did you have unexpected costs for maternal care? What was your experience paying for maternal health care?

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Starting a New Life and Making Wine in France

Some people might entertain the idea of giving up their careers, moving to France, and making wine, but Ray Walker actually did it. He talks about leaving a secure career in finance to start a winery in France, even though he had little money, a limited French, and almost no winemaking experience. In The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France, he shares the history of Burgundy’s vineyards, how he honed his skills, and how he became a pioneer in his use of ancient techniques in modern times at his winery Maison Ilan.

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Aifric Campbell's novel On the Floor

Aifric Campbell discusses her novel On the Floor about a hard-living investment banker who has three days to decide her destiny. It has been 182 days of vodka and insomnia since Geri Molloy got dumped, and she Geri counts the days since her breakup with the same determination that has made her serious capital on her firm’s London trading floor.

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Space Lawyers: They're a Thing

More than 300,000 pieces of space junk are currently orbiting the planet. All those spent rocket stages, satellite fragments, and astronaut trash are starting to create major problems for space agencies. Wired Science writer Adam Mann talks about the risks posed by all that floating detritus and the idea of “space environmentalism.” He's the author of the article “Space: The Final Frontier of Environmental Disasters?”

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California Prison Strike

As of July 16, 2,500 inmates in California prisons remained on a statewide hunger strike. Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Paige St. John about the protestors’ demands—and about a lawsuit challenging long-term solidity confinement practices.

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