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Season 14, Episode 19 The Waiting Room; Let Me Down Easy

First Aired: October 21, 2013

"The Waiting Room" looks inside the ER waiting room at Oakland's Highland Hospital, a safety-net hospital that sees 250 people, most of whom do not have health insurance, in its ER every day. Among them: a child with strep throat; a young man with a testicular tumor who needs surgery; and a senior citizen with diabetes. Also: an excerpt from Anna Deavere Smith's play, "Let Me Down Easy."

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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