Free Health Clinic Opens at the LA Sports Arena
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Hundreds of unemployed, uninsured or under-insured people showed up today for the first day of a four-day free clinic at the Sports Arena in downtown Los Angeles. We hear some of their stories, ask about their ailments and the prospects for follow-up care by Los Angeles County. What does it mean that such a clinic had to be held at all in the world's richest country? Also, a look back at radio's most creative pioneer, Norman Corwin. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the death of Moammar Gadhafi.
Banner image: Dental patients are treated during a free health clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on October 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Medical Treatment for Desperate Californians ()
On Monday thousands waited in line for hours just to get plastic wristbands, their tickets to a four-day free medical clinic at the Sports Arena in downtown Los Angeles. Today, the first wave showed up for the clinic itself, organized by CareNow, based here in LA, and staffed by volunteers and medical professionals, including cardiologists, dentists podiatrists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and others.
(In addition to the guests listed below, we also hear the voices of patients Patricia Hopkins, Kevin Singleton, Eva, and Tim Green.)
- Saul Gonzalez: Morning News Producer, @SaulKCRW
- Shari Doi: Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
- Shana Alex Lavarreda: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Remembering Norman Corwin ()
Norman Corwin, the legendary writer of books and radio programs, died this week at the age of 101. Corwin, who spent his last years at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, started there in 1979, and he was writer in residence until the day of his death. He was originally recruited by Professor Joe Saltzman, who once wrote and produced news programs and documentaries for Channel 2, when it was known as KNXT.
- Joe Saltzman: USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
The Death of Moammar Gadhafi ()
The dictator who terrorized Libya for 42 years was killed today, shot while trying to escape rebel forces in his hometown of Sirte. Since rebel forces deposed Moammar Gadhafi two months ago, he’s been on the run. Today, al Jazeera TV aired gruesome footage of armed men dragging a wounded, bloody person said to be Gadhafi. A separate clip showed his half-naked corpse, apparently shot in the head. When the Transitional National Council confirmed that he was dead, Libyans danced in the streets. We hear reaction from Tripoli, Tunesia, Qattar and Washington, DC.
- Borzou Daragahi: Financial Times, @borzou
- Mary Beth Sheridan: Washington Post
- Ronald Bruce St. John: author of books about Libya
- Lawrence Korb: Center for American Progress, @LarryKorb
- Shadi Hamid: Brookings Doha Center, @shadihamid
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