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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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!


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Greene Space Grand Opening

A live listen-in on the ribbon-cutting ceremony for WNYC's brand new Jerome L. Greene Performance Space with Laura Walker, Leonard Lopate and more!

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Zarela Martinez, owner of Zarela Restaurant, talks about the reaction to the swine flu outbreak both in New York and back home in Mexico. Then, Philip Alcabes, associate professor of Urban Public Health at Hunter College and author of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from ...

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Let Them Roam

Lenore Skenazy, author of the new book Free Range Kids: Giving Our Kids the Freedom We Enjoyed Without Going Nuts With Worry (Jossey-Bass, April 2009), talks about why she thinks that kids should be allowed to roam around outside alone--without a security detail.

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Satire Slam! Semis

The Satire Slam semi-finals begin today! Slam judge Faith Salie, actor and comedian who hosted Fair Game for PRI, comments as the first four semi-finalists read their satires. Today's Semi-Finalists: Charles Esser, Gerry Segal, Stuart Servetar and Erin Slattery. Be sure to listen tomorrow to hear the next four ...

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A Family Divided

New York Times reporter David Gonzalez tells the story of one mixed (immigration) status family in Queens. He is joined by a member of the family, daughter "Marisa."

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Are We Prepared?

Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, professor of Clinical Public Health and Pediatrics at the Mailman School of Public Health and the author of Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do (Knopf, 2006), ...

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