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Sam Harris picks a fight with God

Sam Harris picks a fight with God

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, an amazing 92% of Americans believe in God or a universal spirit—even one in five of self-identified atheists believe in a higher power. Ardent secularist Sam Harris isn’t deterred by those numbers, and in fact has made it his life’s mission to force the faithful [...]

Getting personal with your genome, thanks to George Church

Getting personal with your genome, thanks to George Church

George Church’s pioneering research on the human genome helped launch the Human Genome Project, but mapping the genome was just the start. Now Church’s Personal Genome Project is seeking the next step—allowing individuals to have their own genome sequenced so that they may use this information to understand their risk profiles for disease, their physical [...]

Are romantic comedies one big set up?

Are romantic comedies one big set up?

Skeptics say Valentine’s Day was invented to make us miserable. What about movies? Whether we like it or not, many of us get our ideas about love from Hollywood. In most romantic comedies, boy meets girl, and a few silly events later, wedding bells chime happily ever after. If we look beyond the cinematic surface, [...]

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 [...]