A report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office on the FDA’s 2004 ruling against letting the "morning-after" birth control pill be sold without a prescription, found that "four aspects of [the] review process were unusual" and that the entire decision-making process was "not typical" when compared with similar cases. This has bolstered critics' charges that the Food and Drug Administration had yielded to political pressure from social conservatives, who fear that easier access to the drug would encourage promiscuity. Guests include Congressman Henry Waxman.
Conservators are supposed to look after the finances and daily affairs of the elderly when they’ve reached a point that they can’t look after themselves. But according to a new series in the LA Times, it seems many conservators are abusing that privilege and that probate courts, which are supposed to watch conservators' conduct and discipline those who abuse their authority, have failed dismally in this vital role. Larry talks to Jack Leonard, one of co-authors of the Times series as well as a conservator and an attorney specializing in the area of elder law.
In a report released today by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Inspector General, former CPB Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson is found to have violated the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. The report says Tomlinson interfered with PBS programming and appeared to employ “political tests” in the hiring of its new president.
In his new book Honky Tonk Parade, New Yorker senior drama critic John Lahr profiles some of the most compelling, elusive and important artists of our time. Reinventing the celebrity profile, Lahr’s gift is his ability to get inside the art and the artist and show how the work and the life intersect. John Lahr joins Larry Mantle to talk about a roster of great artists including August Wilson, Cole Porter, and Judi Dench.