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Health Care for Artists, Winter Pantry and Barbie Turns 50

Megan Sukys
02/18/2009

Starving artists don't just go without food. They often forgo health insurance, too. We examine how Massachusetts is reforming health care to help the creative class. Also, Barbie turns 50 and goes to Sea World, and Greg Atkinson shares tips on eating locally in winter.

At 2:05 p.m. – Health Care for Artists in Massachusetts

Artists and writers are among the new demographic getting free or subsidized health care under Massachusetts health reform. They say it allows them to contribute more freely to the "creative economy." Starving artists don't just go without food. They often go without health insurance. That drives some into serious medical debt, and others out of the arts entirely. But in Massachusetts, many artists are among the low income residents now getting free or subsidized health insurance from the state. From WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts, reporter Karen Brown brings us the story.

At 2:10 p.m. – The Works

Hard economic times have hit technology companies with the same intensity as everyone else. And yet, Amazon.com seems to be finding a way to still make a profit. The company beat Wall Street expectations for the last quarter of 2009. That's saying something for a company that ran a deficit for its first eight years. Freelance reporter Glenn Fleishman joins us for our weekly look at how technology works in our lives. Today, we look into Amazon's financial strength; we put off making that digital television conversion and discover the hottest new handheld device — the paper notebook.

At 2:25 p.m. – Barbie Turns 50

The Barbie doll turns 50 this year. She has endured countless knockoffs, bad haircuts, and limitless career choices. Did you know Barbie is now a trainer at Sea World? Studio 360's Leital Molad looks into how Barbie still looms large in the American psyche.

At 2:40 p.m. – Greg Atkinson Cooking Klatch

Rutabagas rarely top the sexiest vegetable list. But, if you're eating locally in the winter, root vegetables like rutabagas, turnips and carrots become constant companions. Greg Atkinson has noticed a much larger selection of local food at the markets, though. Greg is chef, writer and culinary consultant. He joins Megan Sukys with a few recipes to make winter meals more... attractive.

At 2:55 p.m. – Writer's Almanac

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