Pt 2: David Wessel: In Fed We Trust - We started this segment with a clip of Ben Bernanke, the Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, testifying before Congress last month.
Today's summer guest host was David Michael Lamb.
It's Wednesday August 12th.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Burma's military regime to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Currently, Burma's regime says it first needs to figure out why Mister Clinton sounds like a chick over the phone.
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Traditional Healing & H1N1
All over the world, health professionals are preparing for the fall when the number of cases of H1N1 or swine flu is expected to surge. On Monday, the first human trials of the swine flu vaccine were carried out.
But Aboriginal leaders such as Sydney Garrioch aren't waiting for the virus to hit and the vaccines to arrive. He's the Grand Chief of 30 communities in Northern Manitoba. And he's working on a plan to help those communities get ahead of the pandemic's expected resurgence. We reached him in Ponton, Manitoba.
For their thoughts on combining traditional aboriginal healing and mainstream medicine, we were joined by two people from Anishnawbe Health, a community health centre in Toronto that incorporates traditional aboriginal healing in its practice. Doctor Chandrakant Shah is a practitioner there. He's also a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto who specializes in preventative medicine. And Wendy Hill is a traditional healer from Six Nations. They were both in Toronto.
Traditional Healing - Infectious Disease Expert
Many people turn to holistic medicine or traditional healing practices for some of their health care needs. But according to Doctor Michael Gardam, it is still important not to neglect mainstream medicine especially when you're dealing with a pandemic.
Doctor Gardam is the Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control at the Ontario Agency of Health Protection and Promotion. He was in Toronto.
David Wessel: In Fed We Trust
We started this segment with a clip of Ben Bernanke, the Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, testifying before Congress last month.
For the past two years Bernanke has been leading the fight to keep the U.S. economy from falling to pieces. And for a few days last September, the entire world's financial system was frighteningly close to crumbling and burning.
That dramatic story, and how the U.S. took the world to the edge of the abyss, is laid out in David Wessel's new book In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic. David Wessel is the Economics Editor of The Wall Street and he was in Washington.
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