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Ebola is spreading across West Africa. We take a look at how these types of outbreaks can occur. We also discuss Sarah Palin’s new TV network for the internet. KCRW’s Michael Silverblatt reviews some summer beach reads, including James Joyce’s Ulysses. And we examine new questions about what originally sparked the latest round of violence in the Middle East.

Banner photo: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: researcher is working with the Ebola virus, by 7mike5000

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Ebola Outbreak 8 MIN, 20 SEC

Ebola is spreading across West Africa in the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. More than 670 people have died. Among the infected are two Americans: a doctor and a missionary. They are both currently being treated. We get the latest from a Ghana-based reporter.

Guests:
Andres Martinez, Bloomberg’s West Africa Bureau chief (@Amartinez28R)

Evolution of an Outbreak 8 MIN, 55 SEC

Ebola is a terrifying and deadly disease. But it’s made all the more dangerous and frightening because of the difficulties in containing it. It’s a hodge-podge of international, government and non-profit organizations that go into into action during such an outbreak. And custom, superstition and fear can hamper their ability to treat it and stop its spread.

Guests:
Joseph McCormick, MD involved in researching and treating Ebola during the first three outbreaks in Africa

Sarah Palin’s New Network 8 MIN, 10 SEC

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is launching her own online-only television network. We take a look at what she’s cooking up. Plus, TV was the big star at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego. We discuss this and more in our weekly TV roundup.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine (@Franklinavenue)

Bookworm at the Beach 14 MIN, 14 SEC

Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s Bookworm joins us to talk summer reads. He offers a review of two of this season’s best sellers, plus James Joyce’s Ulysses. Because who wouldn’t want to take Ulysses to the beach?

Guests:
Michael Silverblatt, Host, Bookworm

More:
KCRW's Bookworm

How the Fighting Began in Gaza 7 MIN, 41 SEC

There are new questions about the incident that precipitated the current fighting in Gaza and Israel. Three Israeli teens were kidnapped and killed in the West Bank on June 13. Israel initially blamed Hamas, but it’s not clear who actually was behind that attack.

Guests:
Eli Lake, Newsweek and the Daily Beast (@EliLake)

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