Obama Pushes for Universal Healthcare
President Obama's $3.5 trillion dollar budget includes a $634 billion down payment on universal health care. The money will come from raising taxes on the wealthy, and cutting payments to insurers, hospitals, doctors, and drug makers. Our guest is Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times.
Early Cancer Detection
When some cancers, including ovarian cancer, are detected early 90% of patients have a ten year survival rate. When the cancer is caught late only 10% survive. Still, most cancer research money goes towards curing cancer, rather than detecting it. Wired deputy editor Tom Goetz explains why. We also talk with Don Listwin, founder of the San Jose-based, Canary Foundation, a private research group in the vanguard of early detection.
George Mitchell gets credit for brokering peace in Northern Ireland. Can he do the same for the Middle East? Mitchell is visiting Jerusalem today trying to re-energize the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Meantime, Richard Holbrooke, is the administration's man in another hot spot, South Asia. The BBC's Louise Hidalgo examines the challenges facing these special envoys.
Snow Emergency Remix
Massachusetts resident Cosmo Catalano received a snow emergency alert on his cell phone and was inspired - not to move his car, but to make a techno remix. Catalano joins us to share his creation.
- Hear Full Version of Cosmo Catalano's Snow Emergency Remix
Tap dancer Jane Goldberg looks back on her life in tap in her new book "Shoot Me While I'm Happy: Memories from the Tap Goddess of the Lower East Side." In the 70s Goldberg sought out the forgotten stars of tap, studied with them, and ended up helping spark the revival of tap, during which Gregory Hines and Savion Glover became stars.
Music from the show
Tortoise, "I Set My Face to the Hillside"
Four Tet, "Unspoken"
This program aired on February 26, 2009.