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Maternal Deaths Plummet Worldwide

The British Journal, The Lancet, reports that worldwide, the number of women dying during childbirth or while pregnant has plummetted 35 percent in the past 30 years. Some fear the decline could mean less funding for health programs for pregnant women. We look at the statistics and the controversies with Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet.

Gun Owners Push To Carry Handguns Out In The Open

File image of a person openly carrying a handgun. (AP)
File image of a person openly carrying a handgun. (AP)

Have you noticed more guns being carried out in the open? Gun control advocates say that could be because gun activists are trying to get more people to carry guns where you can see them. Many states already allow people to "open carry" guns without special permits or training, and gun activists say they want people to take advantage of those laws to "normalize" guns. We speak with John Pierce, co-founder of and Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Cell Phone Businesses: A Model For Stopping Global Health Problem

A report released today says that more people in India have access to a cell phone than to a toilet, and worldwide, over a billion people lack any type of latrine, causing a public health hazard that claims 2.5 million lives a year. To solve the problem, the report says, look to ways in which governments and entrepreneurs work together to bring cell phones to the poor. We speak with report author Dr. Zafar Adeel, Director of the United Nations University's Canada-based think tank, The Institute for Water, Environment, and Health.

'Overboard!' Recounts Being Marooned In The Middle Of The Ocean

The "Almeisan" as seen from the rescue ship. (Courtesy U.S. Navy)
The "Almeisan" as seen from the rescue ship. (Courtesy U.S. Navy)

In May 2005, on a pleasure cruise to Bermuda, the sailboat Almeisan was caught in a storm which overturned and severely damaged the boat. As the five member crew attempted to board the life raft, a wave swept the captain and first mate into the ocean. Rescue attempts for all five were hampered by continuing rough conditions. We speak to Mike Tougias, who writes about the Almeisan in his new book "Overboard! A True Blue-Water Odyssey of Disaster and Survival" and Chris Ferrer, one of the survivors of the accident.

We also speak to Loch Reidy, the first mate of  the Almeisan, who found Captain Tom Tighe after they were swept overboard, and struggled to stay alive in the ocean, miles from the ship.

Music From The Show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • Steve Earle, "Transcendental Blues"
  • James Horner, “Yours Forever”
  • Natalie MacMaster, “Farewell to Peter”

This program aired on April 14, 2010.


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