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Worldview: How medical tourism impacts health care systems, Mies van der Rohe and linking up artisans with global brands

We learn about the growing popularity of medical tourism and find out what impact it's having on destination countries. A Mies van der Rohe building gets a face-lift. Kathleen Wright tells us about her company, Collaborative Group.


  1. Medical tourism's impact on destination countries
  2. What happens if you need surgery, but can't afford the tens of thousands of dollars it costs to have it done locally? You might consider flying to a different country to have the procedure done for a fraction of the price. "Medical tourism—patients traveling from their home countries to another destination for medical care—is completely transforming the health care industry as we know it," writes I. Glenn Cohen, Harvard law professor and co-director of Harvard’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics. Cohen joins Worldview to talk about the growing popularity of medical tourism and how it's impacting health care systems in popular destination countries. His most recent book is  The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues
  3. Remembering Cuban ballet legend Fernando Alonso 
  4. Fernando Alonso, legendary dancer and co-founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, died on July 27th at age 98. Alonso began his career in 1935, performing for the American Ballet Theatre for eight years and receiving numerous accolades. After moving back to his native Havana, Cuba, Alonso joined the Ballet Alicia Alonso, which later became the National Ballet of Cuba. As one of the first Cuban men to train in classical ballet, Alonso served as a mentor to others. Ariel Serrano, founder and director of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, was one of Alonso’s students. Serrano tells us about the influence that Alonso had on modern ballet.
  5. Fernando Alonso "Maestros de maestros"-Ballet de Cuba
  6. A Mies van der Rohe building gets a face-lift
  7. Chicago is getting a number of new hotels. But perhaps none have grabbed the spotlight like The Langham Hotel, which has its grand opening this September and occupies part of one of our city’s most famous skyscrapers. The IBM office building at 330 North Wabash was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the late 1960s and constructed after the architect’s death. It was his last American building and is on the National Register of Historic Places. To find out more about its conversion to a hotel we’re joined by Lee Bey, who writes about architecture for WBEZ.
  8. Global Activism: Collaborative Group
  9. How do artisans in the developing world successfully get their products to a global market? In some cases, with a little help from Kathleen Wright. Wright’s company, Collaborative Group, has helped brands like Cynthia Rowley and Reef Footwear get hooked up with products from craftspeople in Morocco, Guatemala, India and Africa. She joins us to talk more about her work.