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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Kayla Mitchell and friend shopping on Jamaica Ave. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The Shutdown Showdown: A Public Image War | Understanding the Debt Limit Showdown | One Man's Experience With Obamacare Exchanges | Med Students Earn Credit For Editing Wikipedia | Can We Make Guns Safer? | Is Body Image A Public Health Issue?

The Shutdown Showdown: A Public Image War

While the shutdown has had a very real impact, particularly on the 800,000 fuloughed government workers, with the near-constant speeches by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, the shutdown has become a battle of public relations. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, examines who will come out on top in the 2013 image war.

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Understanding the Debt Limit Showdown

Just around the corner an even bigger national fiscal catastrophe is looming. In September the U.S. Treasury warned Congress that if the nation's debt limit is not raised by October 17th the U.S. will run out of cash to pay off its debts. What exactly is a debt ceiling? And why will so much be at stake in this next political fight? James Surowiecki, a financial columnist for The New Yorker, joins The Takeaway to explain.

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One Man's Experience With Obamacare Exchanges

The online healthcare marketplaces are up and running and Americans have rushed to see what they have to offer. Hugh Meade, a carpenter and independent sign contractor living in Oklahoma City, was among them. Hugh has been priced out of purchasing health insurance for much the last 10 years, but Tuesday he logged on to the marketplace in the hope of finding coverage he can afford.

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States That Rejected Medicaid Expansion Leave Millions Without Healthcare

Can we really call the Affordable Care Act universal healthcare? According to new data analyzed by our partner The New York Times, of the 26 states rejecting Medicaid expansion, roughly 2/3 of the nation's uninsured working poor call those states home. Joining us on the line to help explain these numbers is Sabrina Tavernise, health reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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Med Students Earn Credit For Editing Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a site that generally doesn't sit well in the world of academia. But in a new effort pursued at the University of California at San Francisco, medical students will be able to get course credit for editing Wikipedia articles about diseases. Dr. Amin Azzam is a health sciences associate clinical professor at U.C.S.F and he will be teaching the one-month course of Wikipedia editing this December.

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Can We Make Guns Safer?

Could we prevent accidental shootings if we had the technology to somehow make guns ”child-proof?" Michael Recce, an associate professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, developed a technology that would make it almost impossible for a gun to be discharged by anyone but its owner. Jim Schaff is the vice president of marketing for Yardarm Technologies. The company is developing a “wireless trigger safety” application for firearms, which links a gun’s geospatial position to the cell phone of its owner.

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Is Body Image A Public Health Issue?

Should body image be viewed as a public health issue? And if yes, is city hall the best forum to discuss these issues? The Takeaway is joined by Samantha Levine, an aide to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who conceived of the NYC Girls Project and is serving as its project director. And Emily Rems is managing editor of Bust, a magazine that covers news and culture from feminist perspective. They feature models and editorial content with a wide range of women and body types.

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