Shows: September 30, 2013

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Obamacare and Asian Pacific Americans

On October 1, health insurance exchanges will open for enrollment across the country as the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect. While the exchanges will provide insurance to thousands who don’t currently have it and will lower costs for countless others, many remain confused about the law and what it will mean for them. Kathy Ko Chin, President & CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), tells us what you need to know about costs and coverage, and how to find the health insurance exchange in your state.

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A New Era in US-Iran Relations?

With the election of a new president in Iran and gestures towards a warming in relations, the United States and Iran may be on the verge of easing decades of mistrust and tension. Following last week's United Nations General Assembly, where Presidents Obama and Rouhani gave speeches suggesting a more conciliatory approach to nuclear negotiations, the two leaders spoke by phone, the first time since the 1979 revolution that these nation's heads of state have directly communicated. Reza Marashi from the National Iranian American Council joins us to unpack these developments and talk through the potentials for the future of US-Iran relations.

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Boxers & Saints: A Graphic Novel by Gene Luen Yang

China, 1900: bands of trained martial artists crisscross the country, conjuring gods and spirits as they do battle to rid their nation of missionaries and foreign influences. When the Boxer Rebellion ends a year later, over 100,000 are dead, suppressed by a group of Western nations including the US. Gene Luen Yang’s new graphic novel Boxers & Saints (First Second Books) looks at this little-known event through the eyes of two young people, one on each side of the conflict. APF’s Leyla Mei caught up with Yang, the award-winning author of American Born Chinese, last week at Book Court in Brooklyn.

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