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Nursing Programs Struggle To Keep Up With Demand
Hospitals across the United States are dealing with a shortage of nurses -- and nursing programs are struggling to keep up. Why training new nurses has become more challenging. Also, a conference in Nashville gives anti-vaxxers the opportunity to spread more conspiracy theories.
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Morning Edition
Nursing Programs Struggle To Keep Up With Demand
Hospitals across the United States are dealing with a shortage of nurses -- and nursing programs are struggling to keep up. Why training new nurses has become more challenging. Also, a conference in Nashville gives anti-vaxxers the opportunity to spread more conspiracy theories.
9:00 am – 10:00 am
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Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich Asks: Are American Workers on a General Strike?
Employers are struggling to find workers, even after hiking up wages. Employees are quitting at record rates. To former labor secretary and UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich, these are signs that American workers may finally have the bargaining power to push back against low wages, long hours and bad working conditions. “You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions” he wrote in an opinion piece for The Guardian. Hundreds of thousands of workers in industries ranging from health care to coal mining, have hit the picket lines, in a massive wave of labor actions being dubbed “striketober”. Could the labor trends we be in the middle of an unofficial general strike? We’ll talk to Robert Reich about this moment - and the future of -- labor rights.
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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Rethinking Postpartum Mental Health Care in the U.S.
Every year about 500,000 Americans who give birth experience anxiety, guilt and insomnia after their baby is born -- and some are even suicidal. The postpartum mental health care they receive varies greatly. Mother and Baby Units are considered the gold standard of inpatient psychiatric care for new mothers in England and several other countries, but none exist in the U.S., despite mental health issues being one of the leading causes of maternal death. We’ll look at the differences in postpartum mental health care in the U.S. and the U.K, and learn about California’s first inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Science Friday
The History of Filipino Nurses
It’s Filipino-American History Month. And one in every four working Filipinos is a frontline healthcare worker. Join Ira Flatow on Science Friday for the deep history, and continuing story, of Filipino nurses. Plus an exit interview with National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Here & Now
Democrats’ Spending Plan
Democrats are struggling over what's in and what's out of their big spending plan... and President Biden is trying to keep them all together. Plus, an update on how women in Afghanistan are faring after the Taliban's takeover.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Takeaway
The Great Resignation
Workers at several prominent companies across the U.S. have been going on strike in recent weeks. They’re expressing grievances similar to people quitting their jobs as part of the so-called Great Resignation, including the need for higher wages, better benefits, and improved quality of life. We check in on labor organizing right now, the success of these efforts, what support looks like in Washington, and more.
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