Episode 108: Dictatorships, State Capitalism, Monarchy, Oligarchy, Plutocracy, Kleptocracy, and Empire

This week we focus on the dark side of governmental power: dictatorships, state capitalism, monarchy, oligarchy, plutocracy, kleptocracy, and empire.

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This week’s calendar entry is “oppress/repress.”
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Episode 105: Government and Politics—More Than Just Words

This week we begin a discussion of words related to government and politics, starting with “government” and “politics” themselves. First we go over problems with Washington, but not in the way you might think!

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What is the “Slough of Despond” Paul mentions?
This week’s calendar entry is “government.”
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Episode 104: Finishing Up Health Care Terms: Networks, HMOs, Pre-existing Conditions, HIPA, and Primary Care Physicians

This week we finish up our discussion of useful vocabulary related to health care, including talk about networks, pre-existing conditions, HIPA, Obamacare vs. the ACA, and primary care physicians.

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About “Yankee Doodle” in The New York Times.
This week’s calendar entry is “sick/sic.”
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Episode 103: Long-term Care Insurance, Health Savings Accounts, Death Panels, and Even More on Health Care

This week we talk more about health care, including long-term care insurance, health savings accounts, death panels, and Charlie Gard.

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The New York Times’ Ron Lieber on the ethics of adjusting your assets to qualify for Medicaid.
This week’s calendar entry is “able to.”
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Episode 102: Yet More Health Care Terms to Know and Love (or at least know)

This week we continue our discussion of health care. Unfortunately, we all need to know a whole lot of complicated and confusing terms to get through our current health care debate.

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This week’s calendar entry is “realize/realise.”
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