2010 Archive


June 29, 2010 – “Aaron Vargas: Unanswered Questions” On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Mind Body Health & Politics explored some of the questions raised by the recent sentencing of Aaron Vargas, who received a nine year state prison sentence after killing Darrell McNeill, a neighbor, Boy Scout leader, and businessman who reportedly sexually and psychologically molested Vargas for twenty years. McNeill also reportedly molested other local boys.

The show included interviews with experts in the area of psychology and criminal law, as well as the Vargas family and Vargas prosecutor Assistant District Attorney Beth Norman.

Guests also included Dr. David Wolfe of the University of Toronto, a psychologist and author specializing in abuse and trauma issues affecting children and youth and Gerry Schwartzbach, a nationally respected criminal law attorney with over 40 years of courtroom experience.

On this show, Mind Body Health & Politics explored whether law enforcement, probation departments, district attorney’s offices, and judges have the willingness and the expertise to consider the effects of long term sexual molestation on molestation victims such as Aaron Vargas.

The guests provided a variety of views and perspectives on this controversial case and the challenging issues it raised.

June 15, 2010 – “Dial 911 For Healthcare” Host Dr. Richard Miller’s guest, Director Julie Winokur, has released an important film called “Firestorm.” The film closely follows a county fire company, revealing that because many people don’t have health insurance or access to primary care, they call 911 when they are sick. The Fire Department and the Emergency Room become their only healthcare providers.

Sickness calls are 82% of Fire Department calls, rather than fire-related calls. When fires or major traffic accidents happen, often emergency teams are not available because they are out on sickness calls. In addition, Emergency rooms are full and hospital beds not available. This is a story of a national disaster waiting to happen.

Also on the show were Dave Pimentle, a paramedic and EMS District Captain who has 25 years years experience with the Fire Department and Dr. Lee Weiss, an ER doctor and Regional Medical Director for Emergent Medical Associates. Contributing another viewpoint on the show was a patient who saw firsthand what happens when you don’t have access to healthcare and have to call 911 when sick.

Dial 911 For Healthcare with news and notes.

June 1, 2010 – “Hungry and Obese”


May 19, 2010 – “The Aaron Vargas Story”
May 4, 2010 – “Touching Home”
April 20, 2010 – “May I Be Frank?”
March 16, 2010– “Rotten Secrets of Healthcare Reform” Dr. Richard Miller interviews James Morone, co-author of the new book, “The Heart of Power: Health & Politics in the Oval Office“. This timely and compelling book, subtitled “The 8 Dirty Rotten Secrets of Healthcare Reform,” explains how presidential actions ultimately determine either the success or failure of healthcare reform. James Morone is Chairman of the Political Science Department at Brown University.

Also participating in the exchange is Jeff Kane, MD, who argues that the current healthcare debate has nothing to do with healthcare. He contends that the debate is all about economics. Dr. Kane is a practicing physician and Director of Psychosocial Education at Sierra Nevada Cancer Center in Grass Valley, California and authors the lively blog Healthcare As Though People Matter.

March 2, 2010

“Behind The Bedroom Door” Dr. Richard Miller interviews Paula Derrow, editor of the popular Random House book “Behind the Bedroom Door” and three of the book’s writers. Ms. Derrow is Articles Director at Self Magazine and teaches writing at CUNY Journalism School. She has worked for Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar and Lifetime magazines. She has a degree in British history and literature from Harvard University.

Ms. Derrow’s book is a funny, honest, and enlightening collection of stories by women of many ages and backgrounds talking about the lessons and foibles of living and loving in America today. The writers have learned valuable lessons about love and sex which they share with humor and grace, reassuring us that whatever we feel, whatever we do or don’t do in the bedroom, we’re not alone.