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With the summer Olympics scheduled in August, there's growing concern about an outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, the host country. Have world health officials waited too long to find out if the virus really produces the birth defect microcephaly?

Later on the program, should soldiers in the failed War on Drugs be replaced… by economists?

Photo: James Gathany - PHIL, CDC

Producers:
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper

Governor Sandoval, a SCOTUS Political Pawn? 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Former federal judge Brian Sandoval, now the moderate Republican Governor of Nevada, said today he's notified the White House, he would not accept a nomination to the US Supreme Court. Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post reported that the President was considering Sandoval — at the suggestion of Nevada's Democratic Senator, Harry Reid.

Guests:
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post (@eilperin)

Fight Club Politics

Juliet Eilperin

Zika and the Politics of Public Health 34 MIN, 16 SEC

Does the Zika virus really cause the birth defect microcephaly? From Brazil's Amazon Basin to the favelas of Sao Paulo, researchers are looking for answers. We hear what's being learned on the ground about the deadly mix of over-crowding, extreme poverty, drought and climate change. They're combining to foster the breed of mosquitos that carries Zika as well as other, deadly diseases. The World Health Organization's declared a "public health emergency" — but is also telling athletes and fans of the summer Olympics not to worry.

Guests:
Carolyn Beeler, PRI's 'The World' (@carolynbeeler)
Will Carless, PRI / Global Post (@willcarless)
Jonna Mazet, University of California, Davis / USAID (@ucdavisvetmed)
Lawrence Gostin, Georgetown Law School (@LGostin)

More:
Beeler on Zika as a window into a much bigger story in Brazil
Carless on uncertainty over whether Brazil's microcephaly cases are going up or down

How to Run a Drug Cartel 9 MIN, 12 SEC

In April, the United Nations will host a special assembly on what’s called the worldwide War on Drugs. The so-called War on Drugs is a vastly expensive failure, but good money is still being thrown after bad. But, rather than continuing to fight a losing battle, Tom Wainwright says it’s time for a change of thinking — treating drug cartels like the international businesses they really are. He’s author of Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel.

Guests:
Tom Wainwright, The Economist (@t_wainwright)

Narconomics

Tom Wainwright

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