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Thursday, 12/12

Air date 12/12/13
Segment 1:
A new report says the State of Mississippi is leaving behind thousands of jobs and millions of dollars, all because of not expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.  Roy Mitchell is Executive Director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program - the organization behind the report released today.  He spoke with us about Mississippi's healthcare economy.
Segment 2:
The body of Former South African President Nelson Mandela is now lying in state as that country prepares to lay him to rest this weekend.  Almost 20 years ago, Mississippi's 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson was in South Africa to attend the now-late President's inauguration.  Congressman Thompson shared his story with MPB's Ezra Wall.
Segment 3:
Trees are trimmed, houses all lit up, and across Mississippi various Christmas, holiday and winter festivals are underway.  Joining us to highlight just a few of them is Jennifer Spann from the Tourism Division of the Mississippi Development Authority.  She's also co-host of MPB's Next Stop: Mississippi.  
Segment 4:
In this week's Book Club, we're taking a look at some of the most recognizable architecture in the South:  Mississippi's plantation homes.  In his new book, "The Plantation World of Wilkinson County, Mississippi," Ernesto Caldeira takes a modern look at the historic estates.

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