‘Escape Fire’ Exposes Flaws of American Healthcare

In Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, director Matthew Heineman exposes what he sees as flaws in the U.S. healthcare system, such as a doctor who can spend just minutes with her patients to a soldier addicted to painkillers. Colonel Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, describes the military’s efforts to swap pain pills for alternative therapies, like acupuncture and yoga.

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Segment Guests

Matthew Heineman

Matthew Heineman is the director and producer of Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare. He is based in New York, New York.

Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, M.D.

Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier is a colonel in the Medical Corps, U.S. Army and director of the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management. He is based in Rockville, Maryland.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.