First Take: Black Market for Antidepressants, Iraq Seven Years After the Invasion, the History of the Battery

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Jim here (the web editor), writing the newsletter on a day that only an Irishman should.

This morning’s news about the $76 million in prescription drugs that were stolen from an Eli Lily warehouse in Connecticut caught our attention for one main reason: Why were the thieves going after anti-depressants? The black market for painkillers might be a more obvious target, given the drugs' recreational use, but who knew illicit sales of Prozac and Zyprexa could drive this kind of heist? We’ll find out more about this on tomorrow’s show.

UPDATE: We booked the White House's drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske.


This week marks the seven year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. And in a week that election returns tell us about the emerging new leadership, we’ll hear where the country is now, through the eyes of a Baghdad medical student.

We talked this morning about the developing news about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in Germany. Today, Pope Benedict spoke of a letter he plans to send to the Irish church that he hoped would help “repentance, healing and renewal.” We’ll look at the Vatican’s response to the scandal.

Our weekly tech segment looks at the invention that made mobile electronics a reality: The Battery. Author Henry Schlesinger looks at the history of the 200 year-old device in a new book. Turns out Edison once thought we’d have giant batteries powering our homes. We’ll ask Schlesinger about it tomorrow.

If there’s anything you think we should be talking about tomorrow, let us know!