The swine flu is the latest in a long line of epidemics that have been fueled by fear, panic, and misinformation. Philip Alcabes, author of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to Avian Flu, offers a little historical perspective. Then, should kids roam free? Plus, the first batch of semifinalists in the Brian Lehrer Show Satire Slam contest read their entries for all to hear. Check Out The Uncommon Economic Indicators Home Page And Add Your Story!