Studs Terkel discusses the murder of eight student nurses in 1966 at the hands of Richard Speck with the authors of "Born to Raise Hell", newsman Jack Altman and Speck's psychiatrist Dr. Marvin Ziporyn. Altman sees Speck's public and private image as being quite different. When asked to smile for the cameras Speck obeyed authority and did and was labeled in the press as a monster when in reality he blocked out the murders and was disgusted by his actions. Dr.
Studs interviews Vietnam veteran and anti-war activist Ron Kovic upon the paperback release of his autobiography "Born on the Fourth of July." Kovic recounts his All-American upbringing and unblinking faith in the country and its ideals before volunteering for the Marines and Vietnam.
Discussing Vietnam and the book "Home From the War" with the author Robert Jay Lifton.
Discussing the book "Modern meat: antibiotics, hormones and the pharmaceutical farm" with the author Orville Schell.
Lear's husband is a doctor who has heart failure, and together, the couple deals with the medical professionals who make errors and who get angry when a second opinion is requested. Nothing prepared Lear for the utter helplessness and rage that she experienced.
Discussing the book "Intern" and interviewing the author Doctor "X"
Discussing the book "Into that darkness: an examination of conscience" with the author-journalist Gitta Sereny.
Dr. Theodor Rosebury discusses the history and myths of communicable and sexually transmitted infections, how they are represented in media, and the impact of shame.
Discussing the book "Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space" with the author Dr. John C. Lilly.
With regards to surgeries, patients must ask questions. In Dr. George Crile, Jr's book, "Surgery: Your Choices, Your Alternatives," Dr. Crile warns of undergoing a surgery if it's truly not warranted. Crile's most important piece of advice to patients, is to always remember that with any surgery, death is a real possibility, should there be a complication.
Discussing the book "The managed heart: the commercialization of human feeling" with the author Arlie Russell Hochschild.