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Health and Happiness: Better Healthcare, Making Art from Pain

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Dr. Sixto Caro speaks with patient Jose Rodriguez at the Medspan Associates clinic in New York. (Stan Honda/Getty)

New York Times medical reporter Gina Kolata offers guidance about how to sort through the wealth of medical information we encounter every day, and how to make better decisions about our health and get better care from our doctors. The creators and narrator of “Welcome to Night Vale” tell us about their unusual podcast. Ben Lerner discusses his acclaimed new novel, 10:04. Ian Buruma argues that the most meaningful way people can respond to power and cruelty is to create art.

Why We Make Health Care Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

 There's a sea of medical information out there. The New York Times' Gina Kolata advises us on how to wade through it and get the best care from our doctors.

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The Creepy World of 'Welcome to Night Vale'

The creators of the hit podcast "Welcome to Night Vale" joined us for a chat, and listeners jumped in with tons of questions--and some awesome fan art.

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Grappling with Mortality and the Rising Sea Level in Ben Lerner's Novel 10:04

Ben Lerner's new novel picks up where his acclaimed previous novel, Leaving Atocha Station, left off.

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How Art Can Reveal Dark Impulses Under the Veneer of Civilized Behavior

Artists such as Max Beckmann, George Grosz, and Yokoo Tadanori, and filmmakers Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kurosawa Kiyoshi were affected by fascism and its consequences.

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