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Should Compensation For Organ Donation Be Legal?

Should Compensation For Organ Donation Be Legal?
Kidney Donate Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that most bone marrow donors can be paid. The decision has revived debate among advocates who believe compensation will create incentives for people to donate and critics who argue that it may compromise patient safety. On today’s show, we dig into the thorny issue of paying for organs. We’ll hear from a donor, a recipient, and a medical ethicist, who says it’s a slippery slope when you start treating the body like a commodity.

Guests:
  Alexander Berger, a research analyst for GiveWell, a nonprofit that researches charities to help donors decide where to give. Wrote an op/ed in Monday’s NYT, “Why Selling Kidneys Should be Legal.” Almost directly after our conversation, he’ll be reporting to the hospital for his kidney extraction surgery.
  Dr. Sally Satel, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, author of When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Organ Donors, and herself, the recipient of a donatedkidney.
  Dr. Michael Grodin, medical ethicist and professor in theDepartment of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights at Boston UniversitySchool of Public Health. Professor Grodin also served on the Ethics Committee of the Massachusetts Center for Organ Transplantation

Links:
  A Donor Makes the Case That Kidney Sales Should Be Legal (NY TImes) 
 
  A Lifesaving Legal Ruling on Organ Donation (WSJ) 
 
  Desperately Seeking a Kidney (NYT) 
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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