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.
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