Health

Medical Malpractice

December 15, 2004

President Bush wants to reduce the amount of money juries can award to plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases in order to discourage what he calls frivolous lawsuits and to stem the rise of malpractice insurance costs. A look at what's...

Jim Wooten: "We Are All The Same" (The Penguin Press)

December 6, 2004

An American newsman tells the story of a South African boy who put a human face on his country's devastating AIDS epidemic. Nkosi Johnson was infected with HIV from birth and lived only 12 years, but his legacy was enormous.

Richard Restak: "Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber" (Harmony)

December 1, 2004

More than 19 million Americans suffer from some form of acute anxiety. Dr. Restak explains how to manage the daily anxieties that plague us and ways to harness the positive effects of this often misunderstood condition.

World AIDS Day

December 1, 2004

Leaders in the global fight against HIV and AIDS join Diane for an update on the success stories and the many challenges ahead in stopping the spread of this devastating epidemic.

Carl Honore: "In Praise of Slowness" (Harper San Francisco) (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2004

A self-described speedaholic calls for perspective and balance in our lives. Canadian journalist Carl Honore examines how our world got so frenetic, how this pace affects us, and a worldwide movement to slow down.

Food and Drug Administration

November 23, 2004

The Vioxx recall is just the latest of several episodes this year that have prompted criticism of the FDA and Senate hearings. A panel talks about the drug approval process, post-marketing safety surveillance, and how the agency's work...

Kay Redfield Jamison: "Exuberance" (Knopf)

October 29, 2004

In her previous books, author and professor of psychiatry Kay Redfield Jamison examined bi-polar disorder, suicide and depression. She now turns her attention to exuberance and explains why it may be the most misunderstood of human...

Security in Iraq

October 26, 2004

We'll talk about new threats to on going security efforts in Iraq including the massacre of dozens of newly trained Iraqi troops and reports that three hundred tons of explosives are missing from an Iraqi military site.

Barlett & Steele: "Critical Condition" (Doubleday)

October 18, 2004

Two Pulitzer-Prize winning journalists explore what's gone wrong with America's health-care industry and offer a prescription for getting it back on the right track.

Gillian Gill: "Nightingales" (Ballantine)

October 14, 2004

Most of us think of Florence Nightingale as "The Lady with the Lamp" -- a Victorian-era nurse and social reformer. In this new book, we learn more about the family that raised her and the times in which she lived.

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