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Too Much Talk About 'Swine Flu'? ... Or, too Little?

A man wearing a face mask walks along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City. Mexico was preparing Monday to reopen many businesses and tourist sites closed by the so-called swine flu, which recently claimed 26 lives in the country. EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's a gray, dreary day in Washington but our spirits were high because we are starting Year Three on the air, and that's exciting because there's alot to think about, and talk about.

For tomorrow's program, we were debating whether we would be adding to perhaps unnecessary swine flu hysteria if we keep focusing on what seems to be turning into a rather mild, albeit fast moving, bug. But we're not into telling people whether they should be hysterical (we opt for not), but we are following the impact.

We think that the decisions governments and school officials, and parents, and workers and employers have to make in the face of imperfect information makes its own interesting story.

Also tomorrow, along the lines of "the unexamined life is not worth living," there's a new book out about ... breast feeding. We think you'll find it interesting.

On we go.