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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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  • Official: Goal To Minimize Swine Flu Impact
    Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the goal of public health agencies in the U.S. is to minimize the impact of the new swine flu virus. Right now, he says, states with and without infections are receiving items from a national stockpile of things that can be used to fight the flu.
  • Swine Flu Vaccine May Be Ready By September
    At the present time, a swine flu vaccine does not exist. Bruce Gellin, director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the Department of Health and Human Services, says the first doses of a vaccine could be ready by early September.
  • Torture Memo Author Not Seen As Ideologue
    Two Justice Department memos written in 2002 determined that certain harsh interrogation practices were not torture. Those memos came to be known as Bybee 1 and Bybee 2 — named for the man who signed them. He is Jay Bybee, and he was the head of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. He is now a federal appellate court judge.
  • Auto Ads Decline In Step With Industry Woes
    For a long time, the three biggest buyers of TV commercial time were fast food, pharmaceuticals and cars. So for the advertising industry, the ripple effect of Detroit's trouble is more like a tidal wave. Since automakers' fortunes have declined, they've cut their ad purchases sharply.
  • Radio Offers Attractive Space For Ads
    Radio offers advertisers the last captive audience. Radio ads are cheap to produce and buy airtime for. You can blanket the airwaves with a slogan or jingle in a way you can't anymore with TV.
  • Expert Examines Specter's Party Switch
    Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has announced he will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. Randall Miller, professor of history at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, discusses Specter's decision.
  • Obama's Financial Reform Plans Draw Critics
    The Obama administration is pushing for reforms in the way that Washington oversees Wall Street. It's proposing to give a single regulatory body like the Federal Reserve the power to keep tabs on the financial market as a whole. But some critics say that solution may create problems of its own.
  • High Court Backs FCC Expletives Policy
    The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of a government policy that threatens broadcasters with fines over the use of even a single curse word on live television. But the court stopped short of deciding whether the policy violates the Constitution.
  • Letters: A Correction, Shakespeare
    In Tuesday's letters, a correction to a mixup in a recent music montage. Also, the story on "Speak like Shakespeare Day in Chicago" spoketh to many who responded in verse. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' comments.
  • Chef Ming Tsai Makes $10 Dish His Kids Love
    Ming Tsai, who owns the Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, Mass., took NPR's "How Low Can You Go" family supper challenge and concocted a dish of chicken-and-corn fried rice with lemon spinach. Tsai says fried rice is close to his heart because it's the first meal he ever cooked. And his kids love it.

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