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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 [...]

This hurts you more than it hurts me – managing chronic pain in children

This hurts you more than it hurts me – managing chronic pain in children

For a parent, watching your child suffer is an excruciating experience. For some parents this struggle is a horrifying daily reality. With treatments that very from intensive prescription drugs to holistic solutions – how is a parent to know what is right for their child? Patt talks with a leading expert in the field of [...]

Love: What’s science got to do with it?

Love: What’s science got to do with it?

Just in time for Valentine’s day, anthropology professor and human behavior expert Helen Fisher talks with Larry about how scientific research can help lonely hearts connect. In her latest book, “Why Him? Why Her?” Fisher delves into four dominant personality types, which she says not only guide who we are, but who we love. What [...]

St. John’s Web Exclusive

St. John’s Web Exclusive

As part of KPCC’s focus on health care reform, our own Patt Morrison visited St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles, where she spoke with medical practitioners, public health officials, local politicians and patients. Here are stories of health care realities and hopes for health care reforms through the eyes of [...]

Patients

Patients

Patt sits down with some of the patients at the Clinic and askes what brings them there and what keeps them coming back. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Demon sheep run amok—California’s senate race takes a bahhhd twist

Demon sheep run amok—California’s senate race takes a bahhhd twist

Whether Carly Fiorina’s campaign intended for their new attack video against Tom Campbell to become an internet sensation or not, the now infamous “demon sheep” ad has gone viral. The bizarre metaphor that the video attempts to set up is of many politicians, or sheep, labeling themselves as fiscal conservatives but in reality being “fiscal [...]

No Yoo didn’t

No Yoo didn’t

Part of the territory of being an attorney is being unpopular, but John Yoo might possibly be the most well known, unpopular attorney of our generation. The former Bush justice official who was behind the infamous Bybee “torture” memo, turning P.O.W’s into “Enemy Combatants,” and giving the legal backing to unconstitutional wiretapping, to name just [...]