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Insight: Geographical Disparities In Medical Treatment / Sacramento Music Festival / Sacramento Steampunk / Catriona McPherson

Geographical Disparities In Medical Treatment Sacramento is the model for a new collaboration between San Francisco hospitals and insurance provider Blue Shield, which is intended to rein in the high variation of patient care between hospitals.  Joining us to talk about the sometimes extreme variations of patient care from hospital to hospital is Emily Bazar, a reporter for the Center for Health Reporting who has recently published a two-part series in the San Francisco Chronicle about geographical disparities in medical treatment and what is being done to solve this problem.  We'll also speak with a representative of Blue Shield, who can tell us how the collaboration works.   
Sacramento Music Festival Sacramento's bedrock Memorial Day festival, the Jazz Jubilee, is now the Sacramento Music Festival, although Dixieland will still have a strong presence.  We'll speak with Mike Testa of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau about the city's decision to jettison the all-things-jazz approach to the festival in order to attract a younger, more diverse audience.     
Sacramento Steampunk A tongue-in-cheek variant of cyberpunk, steampunk is a sub-genre of culture and music that draws its inspiration from steam-era science fiction authors and artists like Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Mary Shelley.  We'll talk to a member of the Sacramento Steampunk Society about the latest steampunk event: The Great Basin Costume Society: The Victorian Steampunk Ball, which is happening this Saturday at the Piper's Opera House in Virginia City.
Catriona McPherson  A mystery novelist from Scotland who lives near Davis has a new book out titled "Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains." (This segment originally aired August 19, 2011.)
Listen to "Man Overboard" by Puscifer; a steampunk style song.
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About our guest host: Sacramento-native David Watts Barton has been involved in Sacramento's music and cultural scene for more than 30 years as a writer, performer and fan. He now serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Sacramento Press and regularly fills in on Insight.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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