7.20.15: Sick Days, Telemedicine, and Social Media Rock-Stars

Jul 20, 2015

Showing up to work ill is an affliction -- it even plagues doctors. On today's show, we talk about why doctors don't take sick days. But soon, even going to the doctor may become part of the virtual reality lifestyle, as the use of telemedicine increases. Today, we also have an audio postcard from Madison, New Hampshire, from a weekend celebration of E.E. Cummings. Then, screeching fans, long bus rides -- sounds like a boy band on the road. Not exactly. We'll take a look behind the scenes of DigiTour, where stardom is measured not by number of records sold, but by number of followers on Instagram or Vine. And finally, we talk Statute Of Limitation laws to better understand the sexual assault cases against Bill Cosby. 

Listen to the full show.

Why Doctors Don't Take Sick Days

First do no harm. And yet, a disturbing amount of health care workers go to work when they're sick: it's the affliction of American culture. Jeffery Starke is a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and here you can read his article from the Jama Pediatrics Journal "When The Healthcare Worker Is Sick: Primum Non Nocere."

 

Telemedicine

Watching movies, making dinner, finding a date ... it can all be done online. Even going to the doctor might becoming part of this lifestyle. Abby Goodnough is a healthcare reporter for The New York Times, where we found her article "Modern Doctors' House Calls: Skype Chat And Fast Diagnosis."

Audio Postcard: A Celebration of E.E. Cummings

E.E. Cummings is one of the most beloved modern American poets. But he was also an enthusiastic painter, and his favorite subjects included landscapes from his summer home at Joy Farm in Silver Lake, New Hampshire. Word of Mouth Producer Molly Donahue brings us this audio postcard from a weekend celebration of Cummings' legacy.

And here is an E.E. Cummings poem for your day.

 

Sexts, Hugs, and Rock 'N' Roll

At least once per show, a voice over the loudspeakers urges "now, let's take some selfies!" It's DigiTour: six kids on tour -- as young as fourteen -- for being stars on social media. Ellen Cushing is a writer for Buzzfeed, where you can find her article "Sexts, Hugs, and Rock 'N' Roll: On The Road With The Teen Social Media Sensations of DigiTour."

Statute Of Limitation Laws

David Ruoff is a trail attorney with Howard & Ruoff in Manchester, New Hampshire, and president-elect of the NH Bar Association. He joined us to talk about statute of limitation laws, especially where the pertain to the sexual assault cases against Bill Cosby.