FROM Lawrence Gostin
Zika and the Politics of Public Health 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.
Dallas Ebola Patient Dies; Enhanced Screening at U.S. Airports Thomas Eric Duncan, America’s first Ebola patient—who flew here from Liberia—has died in the same Dallas hospital that initially turned him away. This comes as federal health officials announced they’ll start screening the temperatures of passengers whose travels began in West Africa. Lawrence Gostin is Director of the O’Neal Institute for Global Health Law at Georgetown University.
Ebola Virus Spreads to Lagos, Nigeria Lagos, Nigeria, is a city of 21 million people — and the first large urban center hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Tim Cocks of the Reuters news service reports that health officials call Lagos “a perfect environment for the virus to spread.” We’ll hear about efforts to prevent further spread of a deadly virus with no known cure, and about ethical questions: Should medications be administered even when they’ve never been tested on human beings? And who should be first to get them?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?