The New Home Ec | Hip-Hop And Free Speech | VA Patient Privacy

Jan 12, 2016

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been plagued by problems with major gaps in care ranging from long wait times to patient deaths. A recent ProPublica investigation finds even more problems hovering over the department. According to ProPublica, there are thousands of patient privacy violations each year, and they're on the rise. And one of the places where it's particularly bad is the VA's Sunshine Healthcare Network, which includes southern Georgia. Host Celeste Headlee talks with ProPublica reporter Annie Waldman. Plus, freedom of speech is a right guaranteed to every American by the U.S. Constitution. But before you assert your right to free speech, we’ll review what that right is – and what it isn’t. In our occasional series, “Break It Down,” host Celeste Headlee explains First Amendment protections. Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court may agree to hear a First Amendment case involving a Mississippi teenager suspended over rap lyrics he wrote. The lyrics were designed to raise awareness about alleged sexual misconduct at his school. The teen has garnered widespread support, including from Atlanta rappers T. I., Big Boi and Killer Mike. University of Georgia law professor Andrea Dennis talks about the case with host Celeste Headlee. Then, chef Hugh Acheson is a mainstay in the culinary world, but his most recent venture hopes to change the way that kids learn how to interact with food in the classroom by revamping the traditional home economics program. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with Acheson to talk about his new home ec curriculum and the other skills he hopes to teach to middle-school age students who participate in his course.