Health Care Reform Comes Down To The Wire
Karen Tumulty of Time magazine joins us to discuss the arm-twisting and more on Capitol Hill over health care reform.
Health Care Benefits Squeeze Cities
Cities and towns across the country are trying to figure out how to pay for the health care plans they offer their employees. The Boston Globe reviewed six months of municipal health plans in Massachusetts. The newspaper found that costs doubled from 2001 to 2008, adding one billion dollars to municipalities’ budgets. Sean Murphy of the Boston Globe joins us. We’ll also speak with Neil Bomberg, who lobbies Congress for the National League of Cities.
- Read a National League of Cities survey on how the recession and health care costs are affecting city budgets (PDF)
Who Owns Kafka
The BBC’s Katya Adler reports from Jerusalem on an international legal battle over the contents of safety deposit boxes once owned by 20th century author Franz Kafka; who owns them now, and what’s in the boxes?
A Scientologist Speaks Out On Church Abuse
Christie Collbran has been a Scientologist since the day she was born. Now, at the age of 33 and after the lengthy and costly process of leaving the organization, she says the leaders of the Church of Scientology are greedy and abusive tyrants who have perverted the original teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Completely cut off from her family and starting anew, Christie tells her story.
The States That Didn’t Make The Cut
America’s fifty states seem fixed now, but as Michael Trinklein points out, over the years there have been movements to create new states such as Texlahoma and Shasta. We talk to Michael about the wanna-bes, which he writes about in his new book “Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States that Never Made It.”
Music From The Show
- Calexico, “Crumble”
- Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
- Paul Simon, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
- The Wee Trio, “Flint”
- Christian McBride, “Brother Mister”
- David Goodrich, “Susquehanna Waltz”