Friday, February 4, 2005

  • Tort Reform: The Big Payoff for Corporations, Curbing the Lawsuits that Hold them Accountable

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    In his State of the Union address, President Bush urged lawmakers to rewrite tort law rules to do away with class action lawsuits. We take a look at medical malpractice with Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy. [includes rush transcript]

  • Study: Soaring Medical Bills Account for Half of All U.S. Bankruptcies

    Surgery

    A new study in the journal Health Affairs has found that half of all personal bankruptcies in the United States are now caused by soaring medical bills. We speak with the author of the report, Dr. Steffie Woolhandler. [includes rush transcript]

  • Bush Taps Iran-Contra Figure Elliot Abrams to Promote Democracy

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    President Bush promoted Elliott Abrams to be his deputy national security adviser. Abrams played a key role in the Iran-Contra scandal and pleaded guilty in 1991 to withholding information from Congress. We speak with veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry who exposed Iran-Contra in the 1980s. [includes rush transcript]

  • Black History Month Tribute to Paul Robeson

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    In this first week of Black History month, we pay tribute to the great actor, singer, athlete, scholar: Paul Robeson. We hear a recording of Robeson, courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives. [includes rush transcript]

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