Health Writers welcomes Shane Varney, a former race car driver and currently an instructor for Driver’s Edge, a non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to one simple thing – teaching young drivers what’s not being taught in traditional driver’s education. Shane
discusses the difference between learning the rules of the road and learning how to operate a vehicle under emergency driving situations. The program is hosted by Steve Blank and features short comedy excerpts from George Carlin and Bob Newhart routines about driving.
To listen to our November 28th broadcast, click on the player below.
David Lohrentz, co-owner of Madison Sourdough, joins Health Writer Mary Moyer to discuss the advantages of cultivating and baking with heirloom wheats, as opposed to the dwarf varieties of wheat so common in the majority of today’s foods containing wheat.
To listen to our November 14th broadcast, click on the player below.
Independent journalist and longtime social worker Helen Redmond joins Health Writers Steve Blank and Mary Moyer to discuss the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act. In spite of some welcome reforms, many barriers to accessible health care remain wedged in place. Helen provides perspective by answering these crucial questions:
Should we be satisfied with a system designed to leave 30 million Americans uninsured even when fully implemented in 2019?
Should we be using public money to subsidize private health insurance corporations instead of using it to create socialized public health care?
Is the Affordable Care Act really a step toward single payer, as Harry Reid suggested in August? Or is the mandate to purchase private health insurance a step away from single payer?
How do we get to single payer from here?
To listen to our October 24th broadcast, please click the player below.
The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace is open for business, and U.S. citizens who are uninsured have until December 15th to enroll for a corporate health insurance plan if they want to be covered by January 1st and avoid any penalties. Health Writer Mary Moyer navigates the intricacies of choosing a plan that fits the needs and budgets of individuals and families with guests Emma Hynes of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and Brynne McBride, co-director at ABC for Health.
To listen to our October 10th broadcast, please click the player below.
Health Writer Chris Lang reports on new tobacco products that are being marketed to young people. These smokeless products, which often contain as much or more nicotine as cigarettes, are packaged like candy and breath mints in a last ditch effort to carve out a new, addicted market on an unsuspecting and vulnerable segment of our population.
To listen to our September 26th program, click the player below.
This program was partly produced through Public Health Madison and Dane County. Special thanks to Jeff Golden.
Governor Walker’s choice not to take expanded federal Medicaid funding has resulted in dramatically less healthcare coverage for Wisconsin adults while increasing costs to the taxpayers by an estimated $490 million over the next six years. Health Writer Mary Moyer discusses the “puzzling and sad” effects Wisconsin’s new state budget will have on access to healthcare with Jon Peacock, Research Director for WI Council on Children & Families, and Bobby Peterson, executive director of ABC for Health, an public interest law firm connecting children and families to health care benefits.
To listen to our September 12th program, click the player below.
Health Writer Steve Blank is joined by Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese of ItsOurEconomy.us and PopularResistance.org to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Why is it that so few people know anything about the most comprehensive corporate rights “treaty” ever negotiated? Because it’s a secret.
To listen to our August 8th program, click on the player below.