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America’s next hundred million

America’s next hundred million

By 2050—and the most conservative estimates—America will add another 100 million people to its population. What will that look like in terms of water rights, home prices, public education and health care? The prospects may seem dim now, but Joel Kotkin says the forecast is pretty sunny. Nourished by mass immigration in a predominantly elderly [...]

Vancouver Olympics Preview

Vancouver Olympics Preview

Nestled on the Pacific coast and flanked by the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the most scenic cities in the world. And with opening ceremonies starting tomorrow, it’s also a city swept with Olympic excitement. So what’s the buzz on the streets of Vancouver? And what sporting events are KPCC listeners most [...]

2010 Winter Olympics

2010 Winter Olympics

The Olympics start in a couple of days and we get the low down from the source in Vancouver. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Where does the money come from?

Where does the money come from?

If 90% of the patients at St. John's are uninsured how does St. John's manage to pay to keep the doors open? Patt discusses the public/private partnership that enables the clinic to accrue the $20 million dollars that it takes to provide high-quality comprehensive care to the community each year. Read the Full Story at [...]

Healthy Homes

Healthy Homes

Patt sits down for a panel discussion on social medicine and social advocacy. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

End-of-life care: AirTalk on the road broadcast

End-of-life care: AirTalk on the road broadcast

One of the most difficult issues to emerge during the national debate on health reform is how to best care for people in the final stages of life. What kind of treatment should a dying person receive? Who ought to pay for this care? And how are these difficult decisions made? "AirTalk" goes on the [...]

St. John’s Clinic: from the front lines of health care

St. John’s Clinic: from the front lines of health care

While the nation grapples with how to provide quality health care to the uninsured and underserved, a community clinic in South Los Angeles is getting it right. As part of KPCC's focus on health care reform, Patt visited St. John's Well Child and Family Center, where she spoke with medical practitioners, public health officials, local [...]

What came first: science or democracy?

What came first: science or democracy?

What has been the impetus and inspiration for the democracies of the world? Timothy Ferris argues that it was and is science, explaining how the political and scientific revolutions grew concomitantly, feeding off each other’s victories. Does that mean true democracy doesn’t exist in scientifically-deprived nations? And are the most scientific nations the most democratic? [...]

Why people experience pain differently

Why people experience pain differently

An estimated 50-million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and another 25 million suffer from acute pain as a result of injuries or surgery. Because pain is so complex and intensely subjective, it can be difficult to treat effectively. Studies suggest that cognitive therapy, behavioral modification, placebo and even the simple practice of slow breathing, can [...]

What lies ahead for PIGS of the European Union?

What lies ahead for PIGS of the European Union?

Many European Union countries have already adopted the Euro as their currency, and more hope to switch to the Euro in the future, but deficits in Greece, Spain and Portugal are threatening the EU's economic growth. The European Central Bank doesn't want to let in other countries facing financial troubles, causing Poland and other former [...]