Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America

Fossil Fuel Divestment
Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment

A generation ago students demanded their universities pull investments out of South Africa to fight Apartheid. Today, activists want to fight climate change emissions using the same tactic. Steve Curwood talks to Harvard students who are asking the college to pull investment from all fossil fuel stocks.
Source: Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment
A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America

Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society; Co-author, How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
Lisa Aliferis, KQED Health Editor - Moderator

Brawley asserts finance is inextricably linked to health care in America’s current system. Even the very procedures patients undergo are frequently determined more by doctors’ expected payment for performing them than their actual appropriateness in mitigating the ailment with which the patient is afflicted.
Source: Dr. Otis Brawley: Fighting Patient Mistreatment in America

Beluga Whale
The Whale that Spoke Human

A new paper from neurobiologist Sam Ridgway argues that at least one beluga whale could imitate human speech patterns. Emmett FitzGerald reports on Noc, the cetacean with the remarkable vocal powers.
Source: The Whale that Spoke Human
Steve Dishart
The Cost Of Climate Change

Scientists expect more severe storms like Sandy as a result of climate change and insurance companies are paying attention. Steve Dishart, former communications manager for reinsurer Swiss Re, tells host Steve Curwood that rates will rise and some properties will be uninsurable as climate change brings about more weird weather.
Source: Insuring for Climate Change
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Music includes Symphony of Science - Our Biggest Challenge, Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth, Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone, FDR - 1937, Molly Mason & Russ Barenberg - Angel Band, David Rovics - After The Revolution, Roymond - Just Blue, Excerpt from the movie Clueless, Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues, Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground, Chilly Winds - Odetta, Jose Alfredo Jimenez con Mariachi Vargas - Mexican Hat Dance

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To the Harvard Student interviewed about the endowment and climate change. I applaud their aggressive stance. They need to save the planet from fossil fuels and also blind institutional lethargy in responding to signals, be they environmental or market. But, she leaves something out. Harvard also has a responsibility for public interest because of the tax exemptions it enjoys on that endowment and on every $ in tuition it collects, or revenue from any research grant. That tax-exempt status as an NFP is for public service, not private service. Harvard needs to teach the law codes and constitutional principles a little more, obviously.

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