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America faces an epidemic of overdose deaths from prescription pain medications as well as illegal heroin. We hear how new thinking about drug addiction has led to new ways for doctors and the pharmaceutical industry to deal with drug addiction.

Later on the program, America's World Champion soccer team complains about equal pay… for women. 

Photo: Brandon Giesbrecht

Obama Meets with Asian Leaders during Nuclear Summit 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Fifty-six world leaders are in Washington today for President Obama's final nuclear security summit.  One major issue is North Korea's recent provocations. This morning, the President met privately with the President of South Korea and the Prime Minister of Japan. David Nakamura covers the White House for the Washington Post.

David Nakamura, Washington Post (@davidnakamura)

Obama's op-ed on realizing our vision of a world without nuclear weapons

A Deadly Epidemic and New Rules for Drug Addiction 33 MIN, 17 SEC

"Drug abuse" has long been criminalized, but drug addiction is now recognized as a medical problem, and it's taking a staggering toll. Overdose deaths from opioids — prescription painkillers, as well as heroin -- are breaking records. Doctors and the pharmaceutical industry have both been part of the problem.  They're also considered essential to finding the right solution, which recognizes the problem not as the consequence of a character flaw but as a medical condition. Will new rules from the Obama Administration be enough to get the epidemic under control?  

Maia Szalavitz, neuroscience journalist (@maiasz)
Patrice Harris, American Medical Association Board of Trustees (@@PatriceHarrisMD)
Edward, former opioid addict
Akikur Mohammad, Inspire Malibu / USC Keck School of Medicine

National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse
Mohammad on big Pharma's shared blame for for America's opioid epidemic
Mohammad's 'The Anatomy of Addiction: What Science and Research Tell Us about the True Causes, Best Preventive Techniques, and Most Successful'

Unbroken Brain

Maia Szalavitz

Female Players Sue US Soccer over Wages 9 MIN, 34 SEC

Equal pay for women is required by American law but it's hardly a reality, and the inequity is especially conspicuous when it comes to sports.

The USWNT celebrates their First Place win as Captain Christie Rampone
raises the trophy at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers

Photo: rachael.c.king

Five key members of America's women's soccer team filed a complaint today with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They're charging US Soccer with wage discrimination. Elizabeth Mitchell is a feature reporter with the New York Daily News. She's been investigating the treatment of the women's team, and her lengthy report was published yesterday.

Elizabeth Mitchell, New York Daily News (@bizmitchell)

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