European leaders hammered out a deal early Thursday morning to pull Greece back from the edge of default and provide a bigger buffer of cash for other vulnerable EU countries. The details, though, remain to be worked out, and many experts question whether EU leaders have the political will and economic firepower to end the financial crisis and prevent more widespread meltdowns in the Eurozone. Host Neal Conan talks with Steven Erlanger of The New York Times, Rana Foroohar of TIME Magazine, and EU Ambassador to Washington Joao Vale de Almeida about what's in the deal and what's at stake for the European Union.
HPV Vaccine For Boys
The controversial vaccine to prevent the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, in girls, is now being recommended for all 11 and 12 year old boys. A panel of experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted this week to approve the recommendation. The vaccine helps protect men against some anal and throat cancers that can occur because of sexual activity. It may also protect women, indirectly, by reducing transmission of HPV, which can cause cervical cancer. Public health officials have been trying since 2006 to get parents to have their daughters vaccinated against the disease but vaccination rates remain low, for a number of reasons. NPR Science Correspondent Richard Knox explains why and talks about what parents with host Neal Conan.
It's open enrollment season for many health insurance plans — including Medicare. The window to change coverage plans for roughly 40 million Americans covered under the federal health plan comes early this year. In addition to the usual questions, the new health care law brings a number of changes, a long-term care program died before it saw the light of day and many expect the political battles over the deficit to further affect Medicare recipients. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner about Medicare, open enrollment, and why many are critical of one of America's most familiar entitlement programs.
Occupy Wall Street Update
The Occupy Wall Street protests that have spread far beyond Zuccotti Park in New York appear to be wearing out their welcome. In cities from Atlanta to Chicago to Oakland, residents and business owners have complained about clogged sidewalks, filthy parks and loud protests. Riot police in Oakland used tear gas to disperse crowds, and in Atlanta, a state senator was among those arrested. Demonstrators continue to assert their right to public protest and have sparked gatherings all over the world. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR's Margot Adler about the spreading protests and varying responses of local governments.