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Fifteen years after measles was declared eradicated in the United States, more than 70 people have come down with the disease — an outbreak that started at Disneyland. It's not enough cases to be a real epidemic. But public health officials are warning that too many people are refusing the vaccination that once eliminated a highly contagious, potentially deadly, disease.

Also, after the death of King Abdullah, a Saudi succession plan unfolds. On today's Talking Point, can Facebook crack down on fake news without silencing satire?

Photo: Amanda Mills/CDC

Saudi Succession Plan Unfolds 6 MIN, 17 SEC

King Abdullah, he 90-year old King of Saudi Arabia, died yesterday, and he'll be replaced by his 79-year old brother, King Salman. In a region of increased tension, how will the country move to the next generation? Rachel Bronson is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the author of Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia,

Rachel Bronson, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (@RachelBronson1)

Bronson on Saudi succession

Thicker Than Oil

Rachel Bronson

Measles Starts a Comeback…at Disneyland 35 MIN, 4 SEC

Measles is highly contagious, and it can lead to pneumonia, lifelong brain damage, deafness and even death. Fifty years ago, there were three to four million cases of measles every year in the United States, and four or five hundred deaths. Fifteen years ago, MMR — the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine -- was thought to have eradicated measles in the US. But last year, there were 644 cases. And today, at least 70 people have measles in California and five other states, an outbreak that started at the "Happiest Place on Earth." Was it spread by visitors from other countries? Are too many Americans saying "no" to the MMR vaccine?

Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations (@Laurie_Garrett)
Matthew Zahn, Orange County Health Care Agency (@ochealth)
Jay Gordon, pediatrician (@JayGordonMDFAAP)
Aaron Carroll, Indiana University School of Medicine (@aaronecarroll)

CDC on measles vaccination
Council on Foreign Relations' interactive map on vaccine-preventable outbreaks

Can Facebook Crack Down on Fake News without Silencing Satire? 8 MIN, 16 SEC

Facebook and other social media have become sources of news — and also of satire, which is often false, even though it reads like news. Actor Macauley Culkin is dead; Paul Krugman has declared bankruptcy; Sara Palin has joined Al Jazeera America. Those are all examples of the kind of fake news that appears on Facebook's News feed — where it often goes viral. Worried that its credibility is at stake, Facebook is asking its users to separate fact from fiction. Marcus Wohlsen is a former AP reporter, now a senior writer for Wired and author of Bio Punk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of life.

Marcus Wohlsen, Senior Editor for Wired magazine (@marcuswohlsen)


Marcus Wohlsen

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