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Wednesday May 6, 2009

The Future of Journalism

The Boston Globe reportedly struck a deal with its largest union today to keep the paper going – but how long will it last? Young journalists are now acting as reporters, photographers, videographers and computer programmers – all wrapped into one. Is the all-platform journalist the answer? Or will these young minds come up with a new form of journalism? Our guests are Sara Gregory, a junior at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Joel Stonington, a grad student at Columbia Journalism School in New York; and Brian Boyer, a computer programmer turned new media journalist who recently graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

How Serious is the Swine Flu?

U.S. officials are reversing earlier guidelines, saying they no longer recommend that schools be shut down for the flu, even as Texas reports its second flu related death, a 33-year old woman who officials say had other underlying health problems. We get the latest from longtime flu-researcher, Dr. Robert Webster of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee. He says we should remain vigilant because the virus is still very young–it could turn more dangerous.

Doctors Without Borders

People check the damage on a vehicle after a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. A car bomb exploded Wednesday at the entrance to a fruit and vegetable market in south Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding about 30, police and hospital officials said. (AP)

People check the damage on a vehicle after a car bomb exploded Wednesday at the entrance to a fruit and vegetable market in south Baghdad. (AP)

Car bombs killed at least 17 people and wounded dozens more in Baghdad today. For the seriously wounded in Iraq, getting care is difficult. A team of Iraqi surgeons is working in a special clinic in Jordan that treats Iraqis with serious wounds from car bombs and other explosions. The care isn’t available in Iraq because hundreds of specialized doctors have left the country since the war started in 2003. Right now there are 100 Iraqis on the waiting list for treatment at the clinic.  The BBC’s Natalia Antelava visited the clinic in Amman.

The Edwards Affair

Elizabeth Edwards’ memoir and her interview with Oprah come out tomorrow. In both, she muses on the affair that has sunk the political career of her husband John, who now faces a federal investigation into improper payments to his mistress. We speak with Rick Klein, Senior Political Reporter at ABC News.

Chuck Palahniuk’s “Pygmy”

The author of “Fight Club” has developed an almost fanatical following for his brutal yet funny novels. In his latest, Palahniuk tells the story of Pygmy, a 13 year old terrorist from an unnamed country sent to the American heartland to implement Operation Havoc. We speak to Palahniuk about his book, his life, and bringing humor into dark subjects.

Music from the show

  • The Lickets, “Meat City”
  • The Doors,  “Peace Frog”
  • Nathan Milstein, “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin”
  • The Wee Trio, “Flint”
  • Kar Kar Madison, “Boubacar Traore”
  • Steve Earle, “Transcendental Blues”
  • The Dust Brothers, “Finding the Bomb”
  •  Daniel Lanois, “Lovechild”

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