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Amid reports of mass casualties in West Africa from Ebola, the death of a patient in Dallas caused widespread alarm in the US.  Since then, all seven other infected patients in this country have recovered.  But the President and several state governors disagree about what that should mean for healthcare workers back from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Also, peshmerga troops travel to Kobani, and for the first time in 20 years, a white President in black Africa.

Photo: Ebola training response by Army Medicine

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Gideon Brower
Benjamin Gottlieb

Peshmerga Troops Traveling to Kobani 6 MIN, 29 SEC

For the first time since a brutal civil war first began, troops from a Western-backed foreign nation have arrived in Syria.  They are Kurdish peshmerga from Iraq, coming through Turkey to battle ISIS forces in the besieged town of Kobani.  Erika Soloman is Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times.

Guests:
Erika Solomon, Financial Times (@ErikaSolomon)

Ebola: Public Health and Public Relations 34 MIN, 20 SEC

Ten thousand people – 70% of those infected -- have died of Ebola in West Africa, but experience in this country shows the virus is not a death sentence after all. In this country, one man died after a Dallas hospital failed to implement federal guidelines for treatment.  All seven of the others who’ve been infected have recovered. Nevertheless, eight states have gone beyond federal guidelines to establish mandatory quarantines for those who’ve treated patients with the disease.  The President says that might discourage healthcare workers from going to West Africa while there’s still time to prevent a worldwide epidemic. Are the governors taking prudent precautions or playing politics with public health?

Guests:
Josh Gerstein, Politico (@joshgerstein)
Srinivas Murthy, University of British Columbia
Ron Kaufman, RNC National Committeeman (@Ron_Kaufman)
Ashish Jha, Harvard University (@ashishkjha)

More:
CDC on Ebola
WHO on Ebola

When Germs Travel

Howard Markel

Africa Sees First White President in 20 Years 9 MIN, 24 SEC

As the ceremonial vice president of Zambia, Guy Scott, who’s a white man, said he often felt like a mascot at meetings of African leaders.  Now, with the death of  that country's elected president and as dictated by the constitution, Michael Sata, has become the interim president. But that’s only until the next election — which is called for in the next 90 days. Nicholas Chesseman, Associate Professor of African Politics at Oxford University, considers Scott's political future in a country with a booming economy. 

Guests:
Nicholas Cheeseman, Oxford University (@AfricaDemocracy)

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