January 27th Show

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Justin Linn demonstrates the PowerFoot BioM at San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center. The prosthetic is designed to restore function to service member's lower limbs, replacing the action of the foot, ankle and calf muscles. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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PowerFoot BioM

Justin Linn demonstrates the PowerFoot BioM at San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center. The prosthetic is designed to restore function to service member's lower limbs, replacing the action of the foot, ankle and calf muscles.

Eric Gay/AP

Hi folks! Neal was supposed to head to San Antonio last night to do the show from there, but after ages on the tarmac, his flight got canceled. So he's still here in Washington, per usual, but the show is San Antonio-focused. Enjoy!

Military Medicine

The medicine practiced at the San Antonio Military Medical Center is some of the most sophisticated in the world. It's home to the military's only burn unit and doctors there treat many of war's most severe injuries. San Antonio is also home to the Center for the Intrepid, an advanced military prosthetic clinic. There, disfigured or severely injured troops undergo treatment and therapy and in some cases have body parts rebuilt. Host Neal Conan talks with Retired Army Master Sgt. Todd Nelson, who was treated at Brooke Army Medical Center, Lt. Col. Maria Serio-Melvin and Col. Evan Renz of the Brooke Army Medical Center, and Col. James Ficke of the Center for the Intrepid about caring for patients with severe burns, the latest innovations in prosthetics and how military medicine often helps civilian doctors provide better care.

Chicano Literature

When Sandra Cisneros wrote The House On Mango Street it opened a window onto the experience of coming of age as a young Mexican-American. Many Chicano writers have used their work to share stories of identity, discrimination and history. San Antonio is home to two leaders in Chicano lit — Cisneros and David Rice, a young writer in a new wave of young adult literature. Host Neal Conan talks with Cisneros and Rice about what they hope to share in their writing and what their stories can tell readers about Chicano life in America.

Mayor Of San Antonio

When Julian Castro was elected Mayor of San Antonio in 2009 he became the youngest mayor ever to head any of the 50 largest American cities. Now 36-years-old, the San Antonio native has been called "the great Latino hope" amid speculation about larger ambitions — the Governor's office and even the White House. But in the current economy, Castro faces many of the same budget crises that have hobbled other cities. He's also promised to reduce the obesity rate and has focused attention on the high school dropout rate. Neal Conan talks with Mayor Julian Castro about the challenges facing his city and the speculation about his political ambitions.

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