I’ve missed you so, Monday morning rouser:
Nonetheless, Google Flu Trends is getting high marks for reflecting the illness’s intensity based on search terms. As of this morning, Alaska seems to be the only state basket case. Google, by the way, just started a Flu Trends for Mexico, nearly two weeks after the old-fashioned method alerted the world to the problem.
Meanwhile, have you noticed the Save the Strib Web site — set up to rally public support for the paper — has profiled only three staffers so far and its “Comments of Support” section is headlined by a post comparing the paper to Pravda? (Update: @vtuss reports there are 11 profiles available.)
Tangentially-related blog recommendation of the day: this flight attendant’s blog.
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Midmorning (9-11) – Getting a credit card bill of rights has been a tough sell no matter what party is in control of Congress. The financial/banking lobby is pretty powerful, which is a nice way of saying it throws a lot of campaign cash around. In the first hour, Rep. Keith Ellison joins Kerri Miller for a discussion on consumer credit legislation. The second hour discussion is with Simon Winchester, author of The Man Who Loved China.
Midday (11-1) – A tradition continues. The new Minnesota Teacher of the Year is in the studio with Gary Eichten at 11. Find out why she thinks middle-school kids are cool. Second hour: Jane Mayer’s Humphrey Institute speech, “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.” Can’t wait? It’s posted online at the school’s Web site.
Talk of the Nation (1-3): A former Bush campaign official discusses the future of the Republican Party and says the problem is tapping into “vibrant parts of the country.” Wait. There are “vibrant parts of the country”? In the second hour: The secret lives of boys, an exotic journey into the mind of creatures who only answer parental attempts at conversation with one-word answers.
All Things Considered: (3-6:30) Now that the flood in the Red River Valley is over, are people interested in selling and moving? Dan Gunderson has that story. The show will also look at the question of whether surgical masks do anything to filter out the flu bug.
And is the end near for Detroit’s famed Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, the world’s oldest jazz nightclub? Probably. Nothing is going right in Detroit.