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November 02, 2009

A Difficult Defense

A DIFFICULT DEFENSE

The former Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic is now being tried at the International Criminal Tribunal at the Hague. Like Slobodan Milosevic before him, Karadzic is defending himself. Till now, he has boycotted the proceedings. At the time of Slobodan Milosevic's trial, attorney Steven Kay was appointed to the former leader's defense team. Between delays, lack of funding, and his client’s courtroom antics, the case was even more difficult than Steven imagined. But during the several year trial, Steven also came to know Milosevic in ways he never expected. Steven Kay talks with Dick Gordon about what really happens in a trial of this nature. This story originally aired on March 4, 2009.

 

HEDGING BETS WITH THE SWINE FLU

Each day we see new developments with the H1N1 flu vaccine: who has it, who doesn't, who wants the vaccine. 1976, the U.S. vowed to fight off a potential swine flu pandemic with an unprecedented vaccination campaign. Dr. Edwin Kilbourne developed the swine flu vaccine that year, and he was one of the people who advocated for a mass vaccination program. The pandemic never happened. What's more, doctors reported new cases of a rare illness that the public feared was associated with the vaccine. Dr. Kilbourne's name hit the papers and he defended his position repeatedly. Dr. Kilbourne, now 88, talks to Dick about the time in his life that he calls his "fifteen minutes of infamy" - and what he'd advise now that we're in the midst of another outbreak. This story originally aired on May 12, 2009.

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