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What happens if the Dept. of Veterans Affairs gets privatized? 7 MIN, 33 SEC

Dr. Ronny Jackson is Trump’s nominee to be the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He’s replacing David Shulkin, who was slow to implement the Trump administration’s plan to privatize the VA. We look at how privatizing the VA would affect patient care and the health of the VA.

Guests:
Nikki Wentling, Stars and Stripes newspaper (@nikkiwentling)

New wave of veterans are running for office this year 6 MIN, 26 SEC

Democrats are pinning their hopes for the midterms on a record number of millennial candidates with military backgrounds. Could these vets be key in helping Dems take back the House?

Guests:
Michael Kruse, Politico (@michaelkruse)

More:
How Veterans Are Powering the Democrats’ 2018 Hopes

How cure to one illness creates another source of suffering 22 MIN, 56 SEC

One unintended fallout of the opioid crisis: people who suffer from chronic debilitating pain are having trouble getting meds they need just to live a normal life. We have a report from the frontlines of pain.

Guests:
Brian Goldstone, writer and anthropologist (@brian_goldstone)

More:
The forgotten victims of America’s opioid crisis

In TV, women have been 'stealing the show' for the past 30 years 17 MIN, 2 SEC

From “Roseanne” to “Gilmore Girls” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” women showrunners like Roseanne Barr, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Shonda Rhimes have changed the TV industry over the past three decades. A new book looks at how they’ve fought for creative control, struggled with being “liked,” and introduced more nuanced characters and stories.


Author Joy Press. Credit: Kieran Press-Reynolds.

Guests:
Joy Press, author, “Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television” (@Joypress)

Government spending bill undercuts minor league ball players' suit over salaries 7 MIN, 2 SEC

Major League Baseball season starts today. But down in the minor leagues, players are often barely scraping by financially, with some making as little as $3000 for an entire season. Players have filed a lawsuit to change that, but a little-noticed provision in the recent spending bill makes it unlikely much will change.

Guests:
Mary Pilon, author of “The Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle With Mental Illness.” (@marypilon)

CREDITS

Photo: Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or
Devan Schwartz

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