Daily Rounds: A Daughter's Death; Jobs Tumor In Hindsight; Lobbying For A Medicaid Waiver; Birth As Performance Art

Sorrowful 'Blue Nights': Didion Mourns Her Daughter | WBUR & NPR "When we talk about mortality, we're talking about our children. She means the responsibility we feel for them. Our fear that harm will come to them — from a swimming pool, an elevator, a bottle of Drano under the sink — that we can't protect them well enough. For Didion, the apprehensions arrived gradually. Just after they adopted Quintana Roo (they'd seen the name on a map of Mexico, liked it, and chosen it) the writer says she acted as if she'd gotten a doll to dress up, not a real baby."We had many dresses," Didion says. "We had 66 dresses that she got for christening presents. ... Everybody was clueless, everybody to do with this angel baby had no clue." (WBUR | 90.9 FM)

Delegation argues for extension of Massachusetts Medicaid waiver - Political Intelligence - A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe - "The senators and representatives requested that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services keep the funding for Massachusetts safety-net hospitals such as Boston Medical Center and the Cambridge HealthAlliance at $4.6 billion because any reduction, the letter said, would “impede Massachusetts’ landmark health reform” and imperil payments to doctors and hospitals caring for low-income patients." ( Hindsight Is Kind to Steve Jobs’s Decision to Delay Surgery - "But there is no way in this life to know what might have been — not in politics, baseball, romance or the stock market, and certainly not in sickness and health. Mr. Jobs’s wish to avoid or delay surgery was not unusual. And given the type of tumor he had and the way it was found, his decision to wait may not have been as ill considered as it seems at first blush." (

Live birth performance artist Marni Kotak delivers healthy baby boy - Arts Post - The Washington Post "Marni Kotak, an artist whose plans to give birth in a New York gallery as an act of performance art provoked criticism and concern, delivered a healthy baby boy Tuesday. Kotak, 36, gave birth to baby Ajax, weighing nine pounds and two ounces at 21 inches at 10:17 a.m., before an audience in a home birthing center she constructed at the Microscope Gallery." (The Washington Post)

Environmental Group Breaks the Silence on Population Control - "The idea is to start a debate about how overpopulation crowds out species and hastens climate change — just when the world is welcoming Baby No. 7 Billion. “Wrap with care, save the polar bear,” reads one of the packages. “Wear a condom now, save the spotted owl,” says another." (

This program aired on November 1, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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