In an effort to reduce the number of unnecessary tests and treatments that inflate health-care costs, some prestigious medical groups have joined the "Choosing Wisely" campaign, which recommends that American doctors weigh the costs, not only the effectiveness, of treatments for their patients. Our guest: Dr. Barry Meisenberg, an oncologist and leader in quality-of-care innovations at Anne Arundel Medical Center; he says patients are not served by adding expense for the expectation of little clinical benefit. Original air date 8/28/14
Blogger Dru Peters, who helps run her family's Sunnyside Farm in Dover, Pa., is urging consumers to use technology to locate where their local fruits and vegetables comes from. She calls the practice "ground-truthing," and we'll hear how it's done. We'll also examine what food labels really mean with Patty Lovera, assistant director for the DC-based policy group, Food & Water Watch. Also, Jo Robinson, author of the national best-seller "Eating on the Wild Side," talks about what it takes to get the most nutrients out of your produce.
Just days before his tour of duty in Vietnam was scheduled to end, Marine Lt. Robert Timberg's vehicle struck a Viet Cong land mine. The explosion resulted in third-degree burns to Timberg's face and much of his body. Timberg, who later became a reporter and White House correspondent for The Baltimore Evening Sun and The Sun, recounts his fraught journey toward reclaiming his life in a new memoir, "Blue-Eyed Boy." Original air date 8/11/14