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Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy President’s Day! On Today's show we're replaying some of our favorite interviews from the year. Atul Gawande explains how a simple checklist can help doctors save lives – and why so many of his colleagues have resisted using it. Also, science writer Richard Ellis on the lives of polar bears....which are seriously endangered. Then, Jonathan Dee discusses his latest novel, The Privileges. Plus, actor/director and producer Griffin Dunne talks about the life, and last novel, of his late father, Dominick Dunne.

The Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande, general surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, explains how more training and advanced technologies don’t seem to prevent experts from making costly mistakes, but ...

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On Thin Ice

Science writer Richard Ellis talks about how the polar bear has become a symbol of how climate change threatens life on the planet. In On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear, he looks at why the world population of polar bears has shrunk by half in ...

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Privileges

Jonathan Dee talks about his novel The Privileges, about a couple who have always believed in a privileged life for themselves and their children, but that life isn’t arriving fast enough to suit them.

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Griffin Dunne on Dominick Dunne

Griffin Dunne, son of the late Dominick Dunne, discusses his father’s life and last novel, Too Much Money. Dominick Dunne was an author, film producer, and special correspondent for Vanity Fair for 25 years, covering the lives and trials of celebrities.

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