October 2 - 440,400 Americans Die Every Year From Bad Hospital Care; Turkey's Parliament Approves Military Action in Iraq and Syria; A New Californian Gun Safety Law Spread Nationwide

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Part 1

We begin with the widening potential of more people being exposed to Ebola as the authorities have announced that up to 100 people may have come in contact with the Liberian patient in isolation at a Dallas hospital, considerably more than the 18 family members and ambulance personnel screened so far. Joining us is James Marone, a Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University, the Editor of “Health Care Policy in the USA and Germany”, “The Politics of Health Care Reform” and his latest book, “The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office”. We discuss how information and co-ordination of care often slips through the cracks in the American hospital system that is the most expensive in the world, but with one of the highest mortality rates from improper, bungled or negligent health care.


james marone


Part 2

Then we assess the likely outcome from the overwhelming vote in the Turkish parliament authorizing the Turkish military to enter Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State, and speak with Paul Sullivan who is a Professor of Economics at the National Defense University, a Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow on Future Global Resource Threats at the Federation of American Scientists, as well as a columnist for Turkiye Gazetesi. We discuss whether Turkey will commit boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria and whether they will invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty which would allow the U.S. to use NATO bases in Turkey.

paul sullivan


Part 3

Then finally we look into the significance of a measure signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown that makes California the first state in the country to allow private citizens to ask a court to seize guns from family members who might be a danger to themselves and the community. Joshua Horwitz, the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and author of “Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea”, joins us to discuss this important gun safety measure in a state that often leads the nation in tackling important issues that the rest of the country eventually deal with.  

josh horowitz