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States and counties sue opioid makers while death toll increases 8 MIN, 28 SEC

New federal numbers show that life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the second consecutive year. Health officials are pointing to opioids as the problem. Even as President Trump has declared a “health emergency” over these drugs, the problem just seems to get worse. Now states, cities and counties are suing the drug makers. We find out what they hope to accomplish in these suits.

Guests:
Andrew Noymer, UC Irvine (@AndrewNoymer)
Paul J. Hanly Jr., lawyer representing local governments suing opioid makers

More:
As Overdoses Mount, Cities and Counties Rush to Sue Opioid Makers
Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

Inside California's rehab industry 10 MIN, 17 SEC

Detoxing from drugs or alcohol is the most dangerous and most expensive phase of rehab. But a third of all California rehab centers aren’t staffed by doctors. Many of these so-called “non-medical” facilities are so risky that a lot of other states forbid them. And some California clinics have had multiple people die on their watch. The O.C. Register has been investigating Southern California’s rehab industry.

Guests:
Teri Sforza, OC Register (@TeriSforza)

More:
Detox can end in death at some ‘non-medical’ Southern California rehabs

Future of tech has nothing to do with pixels, Snapchat, or the digital world 13 MIN, 23 SEC


Neil is co-author of "Designing Reality." Photo by John Werner.

Fab Labs and Fab Cities are the harbingers of the digital technology revolution we are entering in the 21st century. That’s according to a new book, “Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution.” The first two revolutions have given us access to the internet through personal computers and smartphones. The third digital revolution is about making stuff in the real world: fabrication. Its impact may be even greater than the first two.

Guests:
Neil Gershenfeld, Bits and Atoms, co-author of “Designing Reality.”

Why you should see 'Phantom Thread' over 'Downsizing' 15 MIN

Our critics review “Downsizing,” in which a couple lives in a community of people who’ve shrunk to 5 inches; “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” a comedy starring The Rock and Kevin Hart; “The Post,” which follows newspaper publisher Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee as they expose government secrets; and “Phantom Thread,” which Daniel Day Lewis says will be his last film.

Guests:
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Servises (@katiewalshstx)
William Bibbiani, co-hosts the podcasts Canceled Too Soon and Critically Acclaimed. (@williambibbiani)

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