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Healthcare Costs, Robots Stealing Jobs, Stargazing

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jul 3, 2019 10:00 pm
  • 1:40:19

Possible Unintended Effects of Published Healthcare Costs Guest: Matthew Grennan, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania When you go to the hospital, there’s no knowing how much anything will cost. But President Trump’s new executive order directs the Department of Health and Human Services to create a policy requiring hospitals to be open and transparent about pricing and quality. The Trump administration’s hope is that consumers will be able to shop around for the best deal and healthcare costs will go down. Will it work?  Robots Are Stealing our Jobs – or Are They? Guest: Eric Dahlin, Professor of Sociology, Brigham Young University Soon, your Uber driver will be a robot, your mechanic will be a robot, your restaurant server will be a robot, until almost all jobs are taken over by robots. At least, that’s the fear. But Brigham Young University sociology professor Eric Dahlin has found that we don’t need to be so scared of a robo-pocolypse. In fact, robots could be good for the job market in same areas. Expert Advice for Brilliant Stargazing Adventures Guest: Sarah Barker, Astrophysicist, Author of “50 Things to See in the Sky” With our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, we’re constantly looking down at lights. So much so that we often forget to look at the lights above us. Astrophysicist Sarah Barker says we’re losing something by ignoring the stars. Her forthcoming book, “50 Things to See in the Sky” gives stargazing tips, and you don’t even have to leave the city or own fancy equipment to rediscover the heavens. Apple Seed Guest: Sam Payne of the Apple Seed Sam Payne shares a story related to Independence Day and the Statue of Liberty. Addressing Mid-Youth Crises with Alternative Care Guest: Michael Fendrich, Associate Dean of Research at the School of Social Work, University of Connecticut Visits to the emergency department have considerably escalated for youth with a mental health crisis. One study shows that type of ER visit has gone up by more than 40% in the past decade. But emergency departments often can’t give kids and teens the help they need when it comes to mental health –that’s not what the ER has traditionally been for. That’s where Mobile Crisis Intervention Services steps in. These programs are giving youth in distress another place to turn. National Parks in the Southwest Guest: Becky Lomax, Author of “USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks” There are some national parks in the US that are so breathtaking, you just can’t miss them. But that also means that they’re super crowded. Today we’ll be exploring parks in the southwest, which includes the second and fourth most visited parks: The Grand Canyon and Zion. Becky Lomax is on the line to help us have the best trip even in super busy parks.