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The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks Commissioner Search; Comptroller DiNapoli; Mount Sinai Irregularities; Composting Pilot Program

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The search for the new city parks commissioner is ongoing. New York Magazine’s Chris Smith explains why it’s complicated. Then: New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli talks about this year's Wall Street bonuses and a new report that shows New Yorkers spend too much on housing. Plus: author and Bloomberg News reporter Bob Ivry on his new book, The Seven Sins of Wall Street; an investigation into irregularities at Mount Sinai Hospital; and a check-in on the city’s pilot program for composting as it prepares to expand this spring. 

The Takeaway

Is Bossy the New "B" Word? Should it be Banned? | Traveling the 1,179 Mile Journey of the Keystone XL Pipeline | Living to 100: Science Takes on Life Expectancy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Keystone XL: The 1,179 Mile Journey from Alberta to Nebraska | Rethinking E-Waste Recycling | Is Bossy the New "B" Word? Should it be Banned? | The Dangers of the Debo Adegbile Vote | For the First Time Ever, Snowboarding Hits the Slopes at the Paralympics | Decoding the Tech Jargon at SXSW | Living Longer: Life Expectancy and the Future of Health Policy 

Health Care Enrollments Up, But Still Well Short Of Goal

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The administration says 940,000 people signed up in February for a total enrollment of 4.2 million. The White House is hoping for 6 million by the end of this month.

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Whole Genome Scans Aren't Quite Ready For Your Doctor's Office

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wouldn't it be great to be able to scan your genes and find out your disease risk? Those scanners exist. But a test of their usefulness for medical care found them not as accurate as one would hope.

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Young People Lag Behind In Health Insurance Enrollment

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One-quarter of the people who have signed up for private insurance through the federal and state exchanges are young adults. Insurers are counting on their participation to keep premiums manageable.

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All Things Considered

To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns'

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

President Obama's pitch for his health care law has brought him to an awkward place: "Between Two Ferns." In a bid to up the enrollment of young people, Obama visited Zach Galifianakis' Internet show.

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All Things Considered

Genetic Sequencing May Not Be Ready To Become Routine

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sequencing someone's genetic code may seem a good way to raise warnings on health risks. But results can be a confusing mess of information that only leaves patients and doctors needlessly scared.

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All Things Considered

March Marks A Crucible For Obamacare As Deadline Nears

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Facing a deadline, the Obama administration is desperate to boost enrollment in health care exchanges. Still millions from their goal, they're stepping up outreach and forgetting politics — for now.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Growing PTSD Crisis Among Civilians

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Americans in violent neighborhoods are developing PTSD at rates similar to combat veterans. But some doctors say they're afraid to screen for it because their patients won't be able to get treatment.

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Questions Remain About Whether Doctors Can Curb Children's Drug Use

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the absence of evidence about what works best to discourage drug use among teens and kids, doctors are left with their own judgment and clinical experience to fall back on.

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Obesity Linked To Lower Grades Among Teen Girls

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The reason for the link isn't clear, but researchers say obesity's effect on self-image and self-esteem might be partly to blame.

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Tiny In-Nose Filters Aim To Keep Allergies At Bay

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tiny Nose Filters sounds like a prog-rock band on NPR. But these filters do exist. They're designed to block allergens, and one study says they help. Other allergists aren't yet convinced.

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Soundcheck

Pick The Songs For Our Running Playlist

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This year, Soundcheck is offering up no fewer than two of its producers to Sunday's New York City Half Marathon. Help us build a playlist to carry us across the finish line. 

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On Identity, Depression And Listening: Andrew Solomon Answers Your Questions

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Writer Andrew Solomon on depression, identity, and listening in tough situations.

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Deadline Nears To Buy Or Switch Obamacare Coverage

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

People who were stymied by website snafus when trying to sign up for health insurance may be able to get retroactive subsidies or choose a different plan.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Sovern on 60 Years at Columbia; "A Doll's House" at BAM; Hospitals and PTSD; Robert Wagner on Hollywoon

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On today’s show: Michael Sovern describes serving as president of Columbia University throughout the 1980s and into the 90s, helping to turn the university  around after the student unrest of 1968. Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan talk about starring in BAM’s production of “A Doll’s House.” We’ll find out why hospitals still don’t have a systematic approach to diagnosing PTSD in civilians. Robert  Wagner looks back at Hollywood’s Golden Age—the stars, the parties, and the movie business he was a part of in the 1940s and 50s.

The Takeaway

Another Cold War? Russia Can't Afford It | Music Identity from SXSW to Seattle | J. Craig Venter on Living Well to the Age of 150

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How Does a Plane Go Missing? | Another Cold War? Russia Can't Afford It | Florida Race Offers Swing State Insights | Inside the Paralympics: The Biathlon | From SXSW to Seattle: Music and Music Identity Across America | J. Craig Venter on Living Well to the Age of 150

As Health Law Takes Hold, Rate Of Uninsured Falls

Monday, March 10, 2014

More people reported being covered by insurance they purchased themselves or by Medicaid. The percentage who said they were covered by employer plans fell slightly.

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All Things Considered

Casinos, Sites Of Excess, Might Actually Help Families Slim Down

Monday, March 10, 2014

A recent study finds that a casino's expansion was associated with an increase in family income in its community. In turn, that increase in household income helped lead to a decrease in childhood obesity.

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Memories Can Go Astray When We Step Outside Our Bodies

Monday, March 10, 2014

Virtual reality can make people feel like they are experiencing the world outside of their bodies. The sensation can make it hard for the people to remember what happened to them.

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