Insight: Healthcare Enrollment / Col. Felix Rodriguez / "Che Guevara and the Dispossessed" / Sound Advice: Jeff Hudson
Numbers are up for enrollment into Covered California's health plan but there are still plenty of uninsured. Pauline Bartolone has the latest. Then, a new play at Sac State about Che Guevara and Jeff Hudson previews upcoming holiday concerts.
Healthcare Enrollment Both the federal government and Covered California announced new enrollment numbers yesterday for their health-care exchanges set up under the ACA. The federal government's numbers show more than 35,000 Californians have picked a health plan as of Nov. 2nd. Capital Public Radio's Pauline Bartolone joins us to put those numbers in context.
NPR’s Julie Rovner reports on how the political contention around the health care law set the stage for the healthcare.gov problems.
Col. Felix Rodriguez While viewed as an inspirational figure for many, Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara was at one time an American enemy, and viewed by many as a murderer for presiding over executions following the Cuban revolution. In October of 1967, the Bolivian army and America's Central Intelligence Agency captured Che Guevara as he tried to spread the Cuban form of revolution into South America. Cuban exile and CIA operative Colonel Felix Rodriguez was the last person to interrogate Guevara before his execution on October 9, 1967. Rodriguez is in Sacramento for the opening of an original play "Che Guevara and the Dispossessed" which opens at Sacramento State University Thursday night, and he is joining us" to talk about his role capturing the revolutionary icon.
"Che Guevara and the Dispossessed" Argentinean doctor turned Cuban revolutionary, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, has been an icon for the struggling classes since before his secret execution in 1967. His beret-clad image has become ubiquitous and can now be found on T-shirts, wall posters, bumper stickers and even sunglasses. But the truth about the Marxist revolutionary's character is not well known or understood. And that’s where California State University, Sacramento Theater Professor Robert Pomo comes into the story. He has been meticulously researching the mythical Che, with whom he shares an Argentine heritage, for an original play based on Guevara's life. Eventually, Pomo’s research even led him to develop a relationship with Col. Felix Rodriguez, a Cuban exile and CIA operative who was present during Che's execution in the Bolivian jungle. "Che Guevara and the Dispossessed" premiers Thursday, Nov. 14 at Sacramento State University and will feature a Q&A with Colonel Rodriquez, who will be present.
Sound Advice: Jeff Hudson In this week's Sound Advice we're previewing some of the best holiday concerts of the season. Capital Public Radio's Arts and Theater Critic Jeff Hudson joins us with Christmas songs performed by multiple groups, including Blind Boys of Alabama and Pink Martini.