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COVID’s Push and Pull on the Public Health Workforce

A conversation between one person who felt she had to leave public health and another who was inspired to join the field.

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Can Democrats Reconcile Their Health Policy Differences?

Democratic lawmakers face tough health care compromises as they struggle to secure votes for their blockbuster spending bill.

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How Do We Keep the Nursing Shortage From Getting Worse?

Experts are worried the U.S. could be headed for its worst nursing shortage in 20 years.

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Inside Big Health Insurers’ Side Hustle

America’s largest health insurance companies moonlight as obscure middlemen, managing billions in health care spending for many of the country’s biggest employers.

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Employers Grapple With Fear, Uncertainty and Vaccine Mandates

A preschool owner wrestles with whether to require vaccines, and a researcher shares tips on how to make a mandate work.

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The Next Big Challenge to Abortion Rights

A new Texas law and an upcoming Supreme Court case could drastically alter abortion access in America.

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Schools Brace for Pandemic-Fueled Mental Health Needs

As kids return to the classroom, schools are spending billions in new federal aid to address students’ growing mental health needs.

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August Hiatus Episodes

Explore the guest and rerun episodes we featured in the Tradeoffs podcast feed during our August 2021 hiatus.

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Health Care’s Ransomware Wake-Up Call

A spike in ransomware attacks is pushing the health care industry to beef up its digital defenses.

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Sacrifices and Small Wins: The Fight Against Rising Gun Violence

As gun violence continues to soar in U.S. cities, one violence prevention specialist tries to stem the tide of homicides in his hometown.

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