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Emergency Room Costs; Poet Richard Blanco; Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones; Slow Reading

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Monday, December 23, 2013

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New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal talks about the latest installment in her series examining the high cost of health care in the US. This one looks at why bills for emergency room visits can vary so much. Richard Blanco talks about delivering the Inaugural poem earlier this year and the inspirations and challenges behind it. Ralph Fiennes on directing and starring in the new film, “The Invisible Woman,” about a secret love affair between Charles Dickens and a young actress. And we’ll be joined by his co-star, Felicity Jones. David Mikics explains why, in an age of smartphones, tweets, and links, reading more slowly—and deeply—is more important than ever.

The High Cost of Emergency Room Care

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal discusses the latest in her series “Paying til It Hurts,” about the high cost of health care in the United States compared to other developed countries. She’ll talk about the cost of emergency room care and looks at how ambulances, once free, now operate as businesses and contribute to America’s medical bills. Her latest stories in the series are “Think the E.R. Is Expensive? Look at How Much It Costs to Get There” and “As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500.”

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Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco talks about delivering the inaugural poem at President Obama’s second inauguration in January 2013. In For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journal, he reveals the inspiration and challenges—including his experiences as a Latino immigrant and gay man—behind the creation of the inaugural poem, "One Today," as well as other poems commissioned for the occasion.

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Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones on "The Invisible Woman"

Ralph Fiennes discusses directing and starring in “The Invisible Woman” with Felicity Jones. It’s a romantic drama, which revolves around the secret love affair between Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and a young actress Nelly Ternan (Jones), and is based on Claire Tomalin's. “The Invisible Woman” opens at Lincoln Plaza and the Angelika theater on December 25.

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Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

In the age of computers and smartphones we skim and glance at whatever catches our eye and then move on. David Mikics talks about the importance and joy of really reading, of giving your full attention to writing and good books. Slow Reading in a Hurried Age is a practical guide for anyone who yearns for a more meaningful and satisfying reading experience.

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Dr. Hawa Abdi and her medical team

Favorite Interviews of the Year

A few of the Lopate Show staff's favorite interviews of the year.

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Favorite Books of the Year

Some Lopate Show staff members and contributors share our favorite books of the year.

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