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Midmorning: Who is Nancy Pelosi and the year in medicine

Posted at 7:48 AM on January 4, 2007 by Bill Wareham

At 9 a.m., Kerri Miller and her guests examine Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who takes her inaugural oath and becomes the nation's first woman House Speaker. Republicans ran against her saying she was a San Francisco liberal. She has that and many other challenges facing her in the opening days of the new Democrat-controlled Congress.

Kerri's guest Susan Rasky teaches political journalism at the University of California-Berkeley. Also joining the chat is Michele Swers, assistant professor of government at Georgetown University. She's the co-author of Women in Politics: Paths to Power. And Vin Weber is CEO at consulting firm Clark and Weinstock and former congressman representing Minnesota's 2nd District from 1980 to 1992.

At 10 a.m., Midmorning looks at some of the big medical issues of 2006, from a new vaccine for cervical cancer to the ban on trans fats and the continuing search for affordable health care.
Kerri's guest is Susan Wolf, McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota and chair of the University's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment and the Life Sciences. Also, Dr. Jonathan Ravdin, Nesbitt professor and chair of the department of medicine at the University of Minnesota.