FROM Michael Behar
Can We Cure Disease by Shocking the Nervous System? Painkillers, steroids and other drugs are often effective, but they can be expensive, hard to administer and accompanied by lethal side effects. Medical professionals and some investors say the entire drug industry may some day be replaced by what's called bioelectronics. This sort of electroshock therapy is a way to get the nervous system to communicate with the immune system — in effect, telling the body to heal itself. It's a promising new industry described in this Sunday's New York Times magazine by author Michael Behar.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.