The New Republic senior editor Jonathan Cohn discusses power players of health care reform, including the insurance lobby, the pharmaceutical lobby, the American Medical Association and Congress. Cohn is the author of Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis — and the People Who Pay the Price, in which he makes a case for universal health care coverage through a government-regulated, single-payer system. He writes about health care for The New Republic’s blog The Treatment.
A behind the scenes look at how the case against Former State Senator Vince Fumo was built and made in court. We talk to Assistant U.S District Attorneys ROBERT ZAUSMER and JOHN PEASE and FBI Special Agent VICKI HUMPHREYS.
A recent series of cyber attacks on the U.S. and South Korean websites has highlighted vulnerabilities in cybersecurity. The attacks hit government and commercial sites including the U.S. Treasury Department, the Secret Service and the Federal Trade Commission. We talk with Princeton University professor EDWARD FELTEN about cyberwarfare and cybersecurity.
Much like the group’s namesake, Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear grabs hold and doesn’t let go. Its spare acoustic melodies blend with plaintive piano figures, dusty strings and enough pop elements to connect emotionally. Grizzly Bear began as the name Edward Droste gave to his psychedelic home-recording experiments. The 2004 album Horn of Plenty tore through underground circles quickly, at which point the group expanded to include three additional members on guitar, reeds and electronics. Grizzly Bear’s second disc (Yellow House) and subsequent Friend EP bolstered the band’s growing reputation. Grizzly Bear’s highly anticipated third album, Veckatimest, is a compellingly eclectic experience. Full of inventively arty and hypnotic arrangements, Grizzly Bear pushes pop’s boundaries like few other modern bands. Its members recently sat down with World Cafe to discuss the production of Veckatimest, as well as their reactions to the album’s leak three months before its official release.