The ebola epidemic in West Africa is not just a health care crisis. It has affected every corner of society in the countries most affected. Schools have been closed for months, infrastructure projects have been put on hold and GDP growth has slowed to a crawl. A discussion of the social and economic cost of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
A new poll shows Americans increasingly dissatisfied and angry with the federal government, the Northeast digs out from record snowfall, and the Fed hints at raising interest rates. The stories behind the news of the week. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.
- Ron Elving Washington editor for NPR.
- Lynn Sweet Washington bureau chief, "Chicago Sun-Times" and columnist at politicsdaily.com.
- Christopher Rowland Washington bureau chief, The Boston Globe.
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