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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The Medicare patch is a bramble of thorny political issues. (Shutterstock)

On today’s show: Dr. Leana Wen explains why she thinks that diagnosis is becoming a lost art—and why doctors need to listen more closely to their patients. We’ll find out about Abigail Adams and her bond with her two sisters. Mira Jacob talks about her latest novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. And we’ll talk with comedy writers Adam Resnick and Will Tracy about how they write funny, what can go wrong and life behind the scenes on a successful show, and Mike Sacks, who wrote a book about the top comedy writers.

How to Get Better Health Care from Your Doctor

Is diagnosis a lost art? Hear how to avoid dangerous tests, get the right diagnosis, and ask the important follow-up questions to avoid grave mistakes.

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Abigail Adams and Her Sisters

The story of the Abigail Adams’ relationship with her two sisters, which unfolds against the backdrop of America in its transformative colonial years.


The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, a Novel by Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob discusses her novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which moves from 1970s India to suburban 1980s New Mexico to Seattle during the dot com boom. The story about the bonds of love, the pull of hope, and the power of making peace with life’s uncertainties.


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Comedy's Dirty Secrets

Get a look backstage at The Onion, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night shows. Comedy writers explain the mysterious world of comedy: how they work, what can go wrong, and what success feels like.

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