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Innovation in Africa; Dave Barry on Parenting; Benjamin Black's New Novel; Why Health Care Is Divisive and Difficult to Reform

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A Ghanaian ex-pat tells us about her journey to discover how ordinary Africans are coping with the challenges they face every day – and the creative and innovative solutions she found. Dave Barry shares his take on parenting in his new book called You Can Date Boys When You’re 40. Benjamin Black discusses channeling Raymond Chandler for his latest novel, The Black-Eyed Blonde. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, former special White House adviser on health care reform, talks about why it’s become such a divisive issue and how he thinks the ACA will improve health care.

Finding Simple, Creative Solutions in Africa

While the West is focused on foreign aid, are we missing the success stories happening in Africa?

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Dave Barry Took His Daughter to a Justin Bieber Concert and Lived to Tell the Tale

Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Dave Barry talks about navigating family and parenthood—and what happened when he accompanied his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert. In his new book You Can Date Boys When You’re 40: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About he writes about family trips, bat mitzvah parties, and dating to funeral instructions, the differences between male and female friendships, and the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Reinventing Raymond Chandler's Private Eye Philip Marlowe

Benjamin Black tells how he brought Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the streets of Bay City, California. His novel The Black-Eyed Blonde is set in the early 1950s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and a beautiful and expensively dressed new client hires him to find her former lover. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City’s richest families and comes to understand how far they will go to protect their fortune.

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What Makes Health Care Such a Divisive Issue

Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel explains how the Affordable Care Act reforms are reshaping the health care system. He also looks at why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue and why reform has bedeviled presidents of the left and right for more than a century. Dr. Emanuel is a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a special adviser to the White House on health care reform. He’s the author of  Reinventing American Healthcare: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex. Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.

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Guest Picks: Ezekiel Emanuel

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel was here on March 4, 2014, to talk about the Affordable Care Act and why health care reform is a political minefield. he also let us know that he loves baking, good food, and theater.

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Guest Picks: John Banville AKA Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black (John Banville) stopped by to talk about his latest novel on March 4, 2014. He let us know what he's been reading lately, and what foods he loves.

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