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Thursday June 11, 2009
Students wearing mask play at a pre-school facility in Hong Kong Thursday, June 11, 2009. Hong Kong's government has ordered all kindergartens and primary schools closed for two weeks after a dozen students tested positive for the swine flu in the territory's first local cluster of cases on Thursday. (AP)

Students at a pre-school in Hong Kong June 11, 2009. Hong Kong's government has ordered all kindergartens and primary schools closed for two weeks after a dozen students tested positive for the swine flu in the territory. (AP)

Swine Flu Pandemic

The World Health Organization today called swine flu a pandemic – meaning the flu, which emerged in Mexico in April, is spreading globally at a sustained rate. So far, swine flu has killed more than 140 of the nearly 28,000 people who have contracted it. Dr. Robert Webster, a flu expert at Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, is our guest.

Glimmers of Hope or Dangers Ahead?

President Obama says he sees signs that his economic policies are beginning to bear fruit. Other analysts warn that the economy is still at the brink. We’ll speak with Greg Ip, economics editor for The Economist, who says that in either case, the government still has to figure out how to get out of its multi-trillion dollar stake in everything from car companies to banks without causing panic.

Feeling the Pain in Laos

Four decades later, evidence of the US war in Vietnam is still all over the place, and it’s exploding. Heavy and steady U.S. bombings of North Vietnamese supply routes through the neighboring country of Laos left behind countless un-detonated cluster bombs which are killing and maiming innocent villagers all these years later. The BBC’s Jill McGivering has the story.

The Digital Switch… and GM’s Image Control

A quick reminder that midnight Friday, broadcast television stations will switch over from analog to digital… Then: Reinvention is the name of GM’s new ad campaign. The auto giant is using TV, print and the internet to assure consumers that GM will emerge from bankruptcy stronger than ever. We look at the current campaign and some commercials from GM’s glory days with Here & Now media analyst, John Carroll.

Wickett’s Remedy

We revisit a conversation with Myla Goldberg. Her 2005 novel “Wickett’s Remedy” centers around Lydia Wickett, a young nurse working in Boston during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.

Music from the show

  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Sigur Ros, “Nybatteri”
  • The Wee Trio, “About a Girl”
  • J.S. Bach, “Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G minor” performed by Henryk Szeryng
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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

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