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Thursday, May 7, 2009

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  • Work Continues On Flu Plan, Napolitano Says
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says health officials and pharmaceutical companies are continuing to work on the manufacture and distribution of flu vaccine, as schools reopen and concerns about the H1N1 flu begin to subside.
  • Obama Flu Response Relied On Bush Plan
    The Obama administration's response to the swine flu outbreak is largely based on a playbook that was developed by the Bush administration. The plan was developed in the aftermath of the 2005 bird flu outbreak, and those involved say the Obama administration has followed the playbook, and that it seems to have worked.
  • Authors On 'The Final Four Of Everything'
    Almost every sports fan has filled out a bracket before the NCAA men's basketball tournament. What if instead of a tourney of college hoops teams, you had a bracket of memorable speech lines, or greatest Jewish baseball players or, well, just about anything? What you get is The Final Four of Everything by editors Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir.
  • Obama Seeks $17B In Budget Cuts
    President Obama released Thursday the "appendix" for his fiscal 2010 budget. It filled in details about agency-by-agency funding requests and included suggested cuts from the Obama administration. GOP leaders are combing through government spending, hoping to trump the president's budget cuts with their own.
  • Unsterilized VA Equipment Infects Many
    Thousands of former servicemembers may have been treated with endoscopic equipment that wasn't properly sterilized, exposing them to the body fluids of others at three Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in Florida. Dr. James P. Bagian, director of the National Center for Patient Safety at the VA, offers his insight.
  • For Parents, Justice Elusive In China School Collapse
    The most politically sensitive story to come out of the earthquake that hit southwest China last May is the question of why so many schools collapsed. Since the earthquake, parents who have demanded accountability for the deaths of their children have been punished. One couple shares their frustration.
  • China Releases Toll Of Children Killed In Quake
    In its first official tally of children killed in last year's earthquake, the Chinese government said Thursday that more than 5,300 died. NPR's Melissa Block and Anthony Kuhn talk about the government's response to angry parents, activists and the media over the past year.
  • Letters: China, Willems
    Listeners responds to Melissa Block's reporting from China and the interview with cartoonist Mo Willems. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' comments.
  • The Fat Alien Sings: A Klingon-Language Opera
    Because it's billed as a prequel, the new Star Trek movie has at least one notable omission: the bumpy-headed warriors known as Klingons. But that isn't stopping one experimental theater company from going boldly where no theater company has gone before. Seriously.
  • Results Of Banks' Stress Tests Unveiled
    Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and others short on capital, according to the results of the government's stress tests issued Thursday. Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and American Express are among the banks regulators say don't need an added cushion against losses.

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