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Makers of “medical devices” have attacked Obamacare because they don’t like the tax it imposes. Not Stuart Karten. The LA-based designer of stylish hearing aids, handheld ECG monitors and health data-gathering sensors says this is a golden era for medical device design. Later in the show, Lisa Napoli and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp discuss LACMA’s new Alexander Calder show and why designers and architects love his work.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caroline Chamberlain

Main Topic Alexander Calder at LACMA 7 MIN, 16 SEC
Most people know Alexander Calder as the inventor of the mobile, a kinetic sculpture that hangs in space. But like his friend Georgia O'Keeffe, he is a familiar and beloved figure to such an extent that it obscures the fundamentally radical impulse of his art. LACMA's senior curator, Stephanie Barron, recognized this dilemma around the perception of his work and acknowledged it in the title of her show, Calder and Abstraction: From Avant Garde to Iconic.

Guests:
Lisa Napoli, KCRW arts reporter (@lisanapoli)
Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, Contributor, 'Art Talk'

Main Topic Is it a Golden Age for Medical Devices? 19 MIN, 27 SEC

In the midst of all the grumbling around Obamacare you’ve probably heard that medical device makers have not been happy -- because the cost of expanding health insurance is meant to be partially offset by a tax on medical devices. But one designer, Stuart Karten of Karten Designs, says this is a short-sighted way of looking things, and that this is the start of a golden age for an exploding American industry.

Guests:
Stuart Karten, Karten Designs

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