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A depiction of a doctor and a patient. In today's 2nd hour, we'll talk about the challenges many doctors face in bringing compassion into an often overworked practice of medicine. (iStockphoto.com)

May 19th Show

by Gwen Outen
May 19, 2011

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Reaction To President Obama's Mideast Speech
President Barack Obama today lays out his vision for U.S. policy in the Middle East, offering economic aid to Tunisia and Egypt and coming down hard on Syria's government. The address from the State Department marks the president's first major speech on Middle East policy since the uprisings in the "Arab Spring" and the killing of Osama bin Laden. It also comes two years after President Obama traveled to Cairo, Egypt in an attempt to re-set relations with the Muslim world. Guest host Jennifer Ludden replays portions of the president's remarks, and hears reaction to the speech.

Talking To Kids About Money
For many young people, their first lessons on handling money come when they mishandle their finances. A poll conducted by a financial education non-profit found that 70% of teens said their parents were the most important influence on their spending habits, but less than half thought their parents were telling them enough. Guest host Jennifer Ludden talks with columnist Michelle Singletary and psychotherapist Gary Neuman about how people learn about money — what we're teaching our kids, and what we're not.

Red-Crested Tree Rat
The red-crested tree rat hadn't been seen by scientists for more than a century — until two weeks ago. The guinea pig-sized creature, with a fiery-red patch of fur on its head and a long black and white tail, was spotted by two conservationist volunteers working in Columbia, Lizzie Noble and Simon McKeown. Guest host Jennifer Ludden talks with Noble about this remarkable story of an encounter with an animal last seen in 1898.

Bedside Manner
Medical schools strive to teach students the importance of good bedside manner in communicating with their patients. In a recent piece in the Washington Post, infectious-disease physician Dr. Manoj Jain writes that, in the midst of examinations and difficult diagnoses, doctors often struggle to show compassion and that this "'touchy-feely' part of medicine' has become an afterthought in patient care." Guest host Jennifer Ludden talks with Dr. Jain and oncology nurse Theresa Brown about the challenges of showing compassion while dealing with difficult issues of life and death.

Oprah
After 25 years on the air, Oprah Winfrey bids farewell to her daytime talk show next week to concentrate on her new cable network and magazine. Over the years, she reinvented her program from covering tabloid stories to focusing on literature, spirituality, and self-improvement. In the process, she became a respected philanthropist, created and marketed her own brand, and launched new TV careers — from Dr. Phil to Rachel Ray. Guest host Jennifer Ludden talks with NPR's David Folkenflik about the evolution of Oprah's career.

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