Around the World ... And A Little Bit of Tracy

I hope you don't think this is weird but we've been thinking about swine flu for days now. Really.

Our producer, Jasmine Garsd, has been tracking the epidemic (accurately known as the H1N1 virus) since we discovered that the confirmed death toll in Argentina has reached 300. Why might that be? Part of the answer surely is that it's winter there now — the seasons are reversed. But it's also winter in Chile, which has seen nothing like that death toll. And why has the virus persisted in the UK? To get some answers, we called Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations. We also checked in with NPR's own Richard Knox who is reporting on why the virus seems to have disproportionately affected blacks and latinos in Boston. Clue: it's not the virus. It's not about race.
Here's the study and here's Richard's report.

And we thought you might like to hear about the two WOMEN running for President in Afghanistan. In the land of the burqa, do they have a chance? Not to win ... but running can be its own victory, according to our guest, a longtime watcher of Afghan politics.

And Tracy Chapman. Do you feel as though we all grew up together? I do. We hear from her on her latest album, "Our Bright Future." Can you believe it's been 20 years? Neither can I...



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