Health

August 19, 2014 | NPR · In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it’s affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing “defensive medicine.”
 

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August 19, 2014 | KHN · Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There’s been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here’s help.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh’s health care market.
 

August 18, 2014 | KHN · Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That’s starting to change.
 

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August 15, 2014 | NPR · The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.
 

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August 15, 2014 | KHN · An analysis of hospital charges in California couldn’t explain the wide variation in listed prices for routine lab work. Teaching hospitals and government-run hospitals charged the least.
 

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August 15, 2014 | ProPublica · Future outbreaks of superbugs that resist treatment will test the American health care system’s ability to respond. A prominent patient advocate says we need to be ready.
 

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August 14, 2014 | NPR · Location, location, location too often trumps medical need, some doctors say. But another solution to making the distribution of scarce organs fairer worries some transplant surgeons and patients.
 

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August 13, 2014 | KHN · These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.
 

 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The mission earlier this summer, based on intelligence from released hostages, “was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location,” the Pentagon reported.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

Arts & Life

August 20, 2014 | NPR · Daniel Kehlmann’s F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show’s creator, writers and actors.
 

Music

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera’s labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America’s largest performing arts organization.
 

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August 20, 2014 | WXPN · The Pennsylvania band performs a set of alternately (and simultaneously) fun and menacing rock ‘n’ roll on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The guitar virtuoso seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead, taking a line from the former’s iconic “Marquee Moon” as a song title.
 

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