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Monday, June 21, 2010

Drilling for natural gas Drilling for natural gas (World Resources/flickr)

We continue our five-part series on HIV-AIDS by examining how the ethical issues surrounding the virus have and have not changed over the decades—from the ban on gay men donating blood to who should pay for life-saving treatments.

Then, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington talk about the documentary “Restrepo,” which chronicles the deployment of American soldiers to the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan. And the director of “Gasland” discusses the hazards of natural gas drilling. Plus, a look at the high rate of maternal illness and death around the world—especially in Africa and South Asia.

Ethical Implications of HIV/AIDS

We continue our five part series AIDS: Then & Now with a look at how ethical issues around the virus have and have not changed over the decades. We’ll talk with  Dr. Robert Klitzman, Director of the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center at Columbia University, about why a number of states have statutes criminalizing HIV transmission and the recent court ruling which upholds the ban on gay men donating blood.

We continue our five part series on HIV/AIDS with a look at how ethical issues around the virus have and have not changed over the decades. We’ll examine why a number of states that have statutes criminalizing HIV transmission and the recent court ruling which upholds the ban on gay men donating blood. Plus, the ethics of disclosure for HIV+ individuals and enduring questions about just who should pay for treatment. We’ll talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, Director of the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center at Columbia University

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Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's “Restrepo”

Award-winning journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington discuss their documentary “Restrepo.” It chronicles the deployment of a platoon of American soldiers to one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan, capturing the day-to-day reality of modern warfare. “Restrepo” won the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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Drilling for Natural Gas

Josh Fox, director of “Gasland,” discusses the possible hazards of domestic natural gas drilling. When he received an unexpected offer of $100,000 for the natural gas drilling rights to his property in the Delaware River Basin, on the border of New York and Pennsylvania, he resisted the urge to accept.  Instead, he set off on a cross-country journey to investigate the environmental risks of agreeing to the deal.

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Saving Women’s Lives

We’ll speak about the high rate of maternal illness and death worldwide, especially in Africa and South Asia. A study published in the Lancet in April 2010 revealed that the number of annual maternal deaths has declined slightly in the last 30 years.

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Leonard's Questions: Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington came on The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his favorite books, activities and more!

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Leonard's Questions: Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger revealed he is a fan of chess after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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