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Seven patients at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center have been infected with a drug-resistant superbug called CRE, and the hospital is warning others who might’ve been exposed. We look at the problem of medical errors and patient safety. Next, an expert panel is recommending that the federal government create a sugar tax to combat our obesity problem. How bad is sugar really for our health, and would a tax help? In our weekly Internet roundup, we mark the 25th anniversary of Photoshop by looking at how it has changed photojournalism and beauty standards. Then, continuing a weeklong series of interviews with the filmmakers behind this year’s Oscar-nominated documentaries, Madeleine speaks with the co-director of Finding Vivian Maier. And finally, with the Academy Awards coming up on Sunday, we take a look at the red carpet economy.

Banner Image: UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, from the south-west looking across Westwood Bl.

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

UCLA and Hospital Safety 8 MIN, 53 SEC

Seven patients at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center have been infected with a drug-resistant superbug called CRE. Two of them have died. UCLA is reaching out to another 179 patients who were treated with the same contaminated equipment. Meanwhile, estimates for how many people die as a result of medical errors made by hospitals range from about 100,000 to 400,000 a year. At the higher end of those numbers, medical errors would be the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer. What goes into hospital safety ratings, and why did the Ronald Reagan Center only score a C in a recent ranking?

Guests:
Trudy Lieberman, Contributing Editor, Columbia Journalism Review

A New Warning About Sugar 8 MIN, 40 SEC

Sugar and red meat are the villains du jour when it comes to what we should and should not eat. Today, an important advisory committee issued its recommendations for the USDA food guidelines. The federal government adjusts its food pyramid -- or plate, now -- every five years and is expected to make a final decision later this year. The panel recommends that we pay taxes on sugary drinks and snacks. They also say we should eat less red meat and consider the environment when we decided whether or not to eat a burger. Both recommendations are likely to be fought vigorously by the food industry. We catch up on the food fight.

Guests:
Robert Lustig, UC San Francisco (@RobertLustigMD)

Fat Chance

Robert H. Lustig

Web Roundup: Photoshop Culture 8 MIN, 11 SEC

Photoshop turns 25 years old today, and in the last quarter of a decade, the word “Photoshop” has taken on a meaning much bigger than the product itself. It’s one of those brand names that’s become a common verb -- and a topic of debate. What are the ethics of Photoshop? What role, if any, should it play in photojournalism? And how has Photoshop -- and the magazines that use it -- created unrealistic expectations of beauty? We talk about this and other web-related stories in our weekly Internet roundup.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

“Finding Vivian Maier” 13 MIN, 39 SEC

In 2007, a Chicago man named John Maloof bought a box of photo negatives at an auction house for a couple of hundred dollars. The box turned out to be a cache of incredible street photographs from an artist no one had ever heard of. Those who knew her only knew her as a curmudgeonly, enigmatic nanny. Since then, Maloof has gone on to be her champion: printing and archiving thousands of her photos, creating two books on her work, and holding shows around the world. He’s also co-directed a movie about her called Finding Vivian Maier. Madeleine speaks to Maloof as part of a series of interviews this week with the filmmakers behind this year’s Oscar-nominated documentaries.

Guests:
John Maloof, photographer and documentary filmmaker (@johnmaloof)

The Economics and Politics of the Red Carpet 9 MIN, 14 SEC

The Oscars will be a done deal by bedtime Sunday, but the wrangling over who won the red carpet will have just begun. There’s an entire industry devoted to the pursuit of red carpet perfection. Stylists make big bucks during awards season to source the perfect gowns and jewelry and shoes, while actresses like Jennifer Lawrence or Cate Blanchett often strike incredibly lucrative, exclusive deals with fashion houses. We explore the red carpet economy.

Guests:
Robin Givhan, Fashion Editor, Washington Post

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