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President Obama's Healthcare Reform Plans

One of the many topics that President Obama is expected to speak about during his address to Congress tonight is healthcare reform and the need to contain costs. A government study out today shows that those costs will average more than $8,000 for every man, woman and child in the US this year. Are Americans ready to make do with less? Our guest is Dr. Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at Harvard University.

Talking to Iran

Can the U.S. and Iran have a relationship? Amid talk of improving ties, Iran just announced plans to test its Russian-made nuclear power plant. We'll speak with Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

Globalization Hits Home in Eastern Europe

Businesses that were once booming in Eastern Europe are now drowning in debt, as demand for their products plummets because of the global economic downturn. The BBC's Ian Brimacombe visits the Hungarian town of Komarom, where thousands of workers in the cell phone industry are losing their jobs.

Jerry Lewis Honored at the Oscars

We revisit a conversation we had with the Jerry Lewis, who was honored at Sunday's Academy Awards with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In a talk with Robin Young, Lewis remembers his longtime friendship and professional partnership with Dean Martin.

Music from the show

Moby, "Inside"
Tommy Dorsey, "Opus One"
Dean Martin with Jerry Lewis, “That Certain Party”

This program aired on February 24, 2009.


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