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Episode 35: Health Care Lessons and Princes Great and Small

Good evening, podcast listeners! We have a real treat for you this week, as the authors of two articles in the upcoming issue of the print magazine stop by to speak with Richard.

First off, Paris-based entrepreneur and writer Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry takes a look at why rising health care costs in the U.S. aren’t producing longer life expectancies (hint: public health is affected by more than the amount of money thrown at it), and likens Obamacare to a regulated utility. He explains why the accelerating pace of technological change isn’t reducing costs in the health industry the way it is in most other sectors, and discusses what Americans can and cannot learn about health care from other countries.

Then, Professor Jakub Grygiel of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies elaborates on the theme of his piece in the November/December issue of the magazine: how Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince can serve as a corrective to Machiavelli’s Il Principe. In particular, he focuses on how knowledge cannot be based exclusively on material or tangible characteristics, and the fact that humans are social creatures not purely for reasons of survival, but rather because we value the company of others. Richard then asks what, if anything, this discussion can do to help us understand the West’s often-fraught relationship with Russia.

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Published on: October 6, 2014
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  • Anthony

    Health Care and Insurance are not synonymous and should not be conflated (What Americans Won’t Learn About Health Care). Also, knowledge cannot be based on material characteristics and how is fear of the other one source of social cohesion as counterpoised to need for other as another (Two Princes). Episode 35 interviews authors making above assertions.

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