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We start with a look at the healthcare landscape: Two of California’s biggest insurers apparently overstated the number of doctors within their networks who accept insurance obtained through the Affordable Care Act; and Target is launching in-store clinics in Southern California. Then, a look at the media’s handling of the Bill Cosby rape allegations. Writer Shane Harris discusses his new book about cyberspace and cyber warfare. And finally, a look at what’s new in the tech and culture world, including Uber’s string of bad press.

Banner Image: In-Store Clinic

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

Obamacare and Docs 8 MIN, 50 SEC

Regulators are reporting that two of California's biggest health care insurers have overstated the number of doctors within their networks who accept insurance obtained through the Affordable Care Act. According to the California Department of Managed Health Care, more than 25% of physicians listed by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California were either not taking patients signed up under California’s Obamacare exchange or were no longer at the location listed. What does the snafu mean for consumers?

Guests:
Shana Alex Charles, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Retail Clinics 8 MIN, 6 SEC

Let’s say you wake up with a sore throat, a fever or an earache. Instead of urgent care, now you can go to Target. The retailer opened four in-store clinics in Southern California this week, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente. These kinds of mini-medical offices are a booming business right now. They reflect a shortage of primary care doctors and a changing insurance system. But some people say we should proceed with caution. We hear from one.

Guests:
Richard Gunderman, Doctor and vice-chair of the Radiology Department at Indiana University and a contributing writer for The Atlantic.

More:
The Case Against Drugstore Clinics

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape 9 MIN, 17 SEC

NBC is backing off plans to develop a new comedy starring Bill Cosby because of the rape allegations against the comedian. And Netflix says it will postpone a Cosby comedy special. As more women come forward with accusations, the media is getting mixed reviews for its handling of the matter. We talk about how far the media has come and how far it still has to go when it comes to covering stories like this.

Guests:
Helen Benedict, Professor of journalism at Columbia University and author of “Sand Queen” and “Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes.”

America’s New Cyberwar 14 MIN, 22 SEC

The U.S. military has the most powerful force on the ground, on the sea, and in the air. Now it’s spending billions of dollars a year to win in cyberspace. We look at the rise of the military-internet complex with writer Shane Harris, whose new book examines the topic.

Guests:
Shane Harris, The Daily Beast (@ShaneHarris)

More:
@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

Uber and Its Media Faux Pas 7 MIN, 38 SEC

The car service Uber has been making headlines lately, and the news is almost always bad. The company’s been accused of price gouging, hiring unsafe drivers, and using cheap tricks against its competitors. All these negative stories have frustrated Uber executives, and one of them came up with an idea on how to strike back against the media…which of course, has led to more bad press. We untangle that story and other tech and culture topics of the day in our regular Internet roundup.

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

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