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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Story Behind the Story

Thursday, June 05, 2014

New York Times reporter James Risen’s appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court, so he may have to serve prison time for protecting his source. The Supreme Court reporter at The New York Times, Adam Liptak, discusses what’s next for his colleague and for press freedom. Plus: the city’s new health commissioner, Dr. Mary Bassett; Storycorps is about to launch a new series of stories from the LGBT community; Joe Klein of Time discusses Hillary Clinton’s new memoir and her future; one plan for reform in the wake of the VA healthcare scandal; and a rare chance to talk local hockey in June as the Rangers compete to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 20 years.  

The Camel Did It: Scientists Nail Down Source Of Middle East Virus

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Since the deadly MERS virus was detected two years ago, scientists have struggled to figure out how people catch it. A new study confirms that camels are a key source.

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Doctors Hesitate To Ask Heart Patients About End-Of-Life Plans

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Most people diagnosed with heart failure die within five years, yet doctors often don't ask them about how they want to prepare for death, a study finds. They cited lack of confidence as one reason.

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All Things Considered

Privacy Law Frustrates Parents Of Mentally Ill Adult Children

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Even if parents are providing health insurance, they often can't find out what's happening when their adult children suffer from severe mental illness.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supportive Housing as Healthcare

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

As part of WNYC's series exploring health and healthcare in The Bronx, which was recently named the least healthy county in New York State, WNYC reporter Amanda Aronczyk explores whether housing should be considered healthcare. New York State thinks so, and is funding "supportive housing" through the state's Medicaid program. Brenda Rosen, executive director of Common Ground, joins the conversation to discuss Common Ground's role in developing "supportive housing."

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VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Problems at the VA are not new; the system has struggled for years to deliver health care in a timely manner. Most of those enduring long waits are older vets from Vietnam, Korea and World War II.

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WNYC News

When Jean Met Sonia

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

With three kids and a full-time job, Jean's life was already full when she was diagnosed with cancer. Then she met Sonia.

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For New College Grads, Finding Mental Health Care Can Be Tough

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Finding and paying for a psychologist or psychiatrist can be difficult at any age. But young adults just making their way in the world face particular challenges.

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WNYC News

Take This Apartment and Call Me in the Morning

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

There's no doubt Lissette Encarnacion needs her subsidized, supportive housing. But is her apartment a form of healthcare? And if so, who pays for it?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Stakes are High

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Belmont Stakes are this weekend, and a horse named California Chrome has a shot at the Triple Crown – which would be the first in 36 years. CBS news reporter Brad Telias explains why the race is so tough and more about the history of the Belmont racetrack. Plus: an explanation of how houses and cars can be seized…even when no crime has been committed by the property owner; advice for parents of 20-somethings; and a look at whether “supportive housing” should be considered – and paid for – like healthcare. 

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Democracy, Loyalty, and a Carbon Competition

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

1. Criticism Mounts Against POW Bowe Bergdahl | 2. Egyptian Democracy Put to the Test | 3. Mastering the Boston Accent is Wicked Hard | 4. China Announces 2016 Emissions Cap | 5. 25 Years After Tiananmen, Activist's Fight Goes On

Norovirus: Far More Likely To Come From Restaurant Than Cruise Ship

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Cruise ships account for only 1 percent of reported norovirus cases, while 25 percent come from contaminated food. Sick workers at restaurants and cafeterias often spread the virus.

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All Things Considered

Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In response to the crisis in lengthy wait times for medical care, Congress and veterans groups again are debating the proper role of private sector solutions.

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The Health Data Revolution Enters An Awkward Adolescence

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Huge amounts of information about your health, your doctor and your hospital lurk in private and public databases. But putting that information to work to improve health care remains a challenge.

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Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A new study argues that taxing sodas and sugary drinks by the calorie would spur consumers to cut back. A 6-cent tax per 12-ounce can would lead to 5,800 fewer calories consumed per year, it found.

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'Wait To Worry' About Challenges

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

When his cancer went into remission, columnist Steven Petrow was overwhelmed by the fear that it would return. But it taught him a philosophy that helped him cope: wait to worry.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Medicare Ends Coverage Ban for Sex Changes

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Medicare can no longer ban coverage for sex reassignment surgery, according to a Health and Human Services board decision last week. Amy Whelan, senior staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the groups which worked on this case, talks about what the decision means for trans rights, private insurance, and views of gender dysphoria.

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The Takeaway

Life After Captivity: What's Next for Bowe Bergdahl

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Stephen Farrell, reporter for our partner The New York Times, knows firsthand what being held hostage by the Taliban can be like. He reflects on what newly-released American POW's recovery process will likely entail in the coming weeks and months.

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All Things Considered

A Cut That Won't Heal Transforms One Woman's View Of Obamacare

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Tammy Boudreaux was uninsured in December, and not sure that she wanted any part of HealthCare.gov. Ultimately she persevered to sign up for a health plan. We checked back to find out why.

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All Things Considered

Despite Law, Rape Victims Sometimes Pay For Medical Services

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Federal law seeks to keep sexual assault victims from paying for forensic exams, but in some states they may have to cover tests and treatment for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.

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