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Midmorning: Fiction of Somalia and the flu

Posted at 8:09 AM on February 5, 2007 by Bill Wareham

(I grabbed some bad information earlier about today's schedule. Flu program is at 10 a.m.)

The upheaval in Somalia is fertile ground for one of the most respected fiction writers in the world, who is frequently mentioned as a candidate for a Nobel Prize in literature.
Kerri Miller's guest at 9 a.m. is Farah Nuruddin, author of the new book Knots, the second in a trilogy that explores the nightmarish world of warlord-dominated Somalia.

As we hit the heart of flu season, Midmorning considers this common, but potentially very dangerous illness. The 1918 influenza epidemic killed perhaps 100 million people worldwide, but some communities managed to avoid any deaths at all. In considering new guidelines for dealing with another flu pandemic, the CDC considered research that theorized why some lived and others died.

Kerri Miller's guests at 10 a.m. include Howard Markel, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the University of Michigan, the author of When Germs Travel; and Elizabeth McClure, medical director for Office of Emergency Response at the University of Minnesota.