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07/30/15: Medicare Turns 50; Social Media And News; 'Claybourne Park'; Kerry Speckman

This week marks 50 years since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. The 2015 Medicare Made Clear Index polled older Americans to gauge perceptions of Medicare, its impact on seniors’ lives over the past 50 years and expectations for the program’s future. We discuss the survey's findings with Michael Lawton, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida.


The recent story of Cecil the Lion has shown the power social media can have on shaping public perception of controversial news topics. Ray Hollister, co-host of WJCT's Deemable Tech, joins us with his thoughts about social media's impact on the news.

We get a preview of the 5 & Dime's production of "Claybourne Park" from director Rick DeSpain and cast member Larry Knight.

And contributor Kerry "The Specktator" Speckman joins us with a look at this weekend's events.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.