Health Care, Again
President Obama came out with his proposal to reform the nation’s health care system today. The president plan uses the Senate bill as a starting point, with some tweaks. Among the new proposals: a Health Insurance Rate Authority, that would have the power to block insurance premium hikes; additional help for lower income Americans to get health care and delaying the onset of the so-called Cadillac tax on expensive policies. The plan does not include a public option and the White House says it will cost $950 billion over ten years. Our guest is Gail Chaddock, congressional reporter for the Christian Science Monitor.
‘Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows’
That’s what our guest social psychologist Melanie Joy sets out to explain in her new book of the same name. She says it’s because of carnism, the belief system which makes us disgusted by the thought of eating golden retrievers, but allows us to eat cows and pigs, even when they are just as intelligent as dogs.
More Questions For Toyota
Congress will begin 2 hearings on Toyota this week. Among those scheduled to testify, company head Akio Toyoda, and survivors of the family whose death in a crash this past August ultimately led to the recall of millions of Toyotas. The company released a statement saying their main priority is customer safety, but internal documents subpoenaed for the hearings seem to indicate the priority was saving money, and end-running safety regulators. We speak with Justin Hyde, Washington DC Correspondent for the Detroit Free Press.
Ice dancing and men’s and women’s hockey are on the program today. We talk about the action on the ice with Los Angeles Times sports reporter Helene Elliot.
Florida Woman Fights Court Order For Bed Rest While Pregnant
Samantha Burton was 26, six months pregnant, a smoker and in premature labor when doctors at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida last year won a court order keeping her in the hospital on bed rest, against her wishes. Her baby was stillborn. But, backed by advocates for civil liberties, she’s still fighting to overturn the court order. We speak with her attorney David Abrams, and William Meggs, State Attorney for Leon County, Florida, whose office argued the case for the hospital.
Icelandic Singer-Songwriter Takes On Country Music
Lovisa Elisabet Sigrunardottir has been called an Icelandic Patsy Cline. Country music’s Lucinda Williams says she’s one of the best new artists in years, and her new album “Farewell Good Night’s Sleep” is being released next month in the U.S. We speak with the artist, known as Lay Low.
Music From The Show
- The Lickets, “Meat City”
- Nathan Milstein, “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin”
- Freddie Hubbard, “Gibraltar”
- Art Blakey, “C.O.R.E.”Lay Low, “On My Own”
- Lay Low, “On My Own”
- Patsy Cline, “Crazy”
- Lay Low, “Little By Little”
- Lay Low, “The Reason Why My Heart’s In Misery”
- Lay Low, “My Second Hand Heart”
- Lay Low, “By And By”
- James Horner and Will Jennings, “My Heart Will Go On” performed by Celine Dion