More states and cities are turning to casinos to generate revenue and plug budget holes.
The latest to try its luck is Maryland, where groups are waging an expensive campaign over a ballot question that will be put to voters next month. Proponents promise jackpots of jobs and funding for public schools, but analysts say the gamble doesn't always pay off at the levels promised for public coffers.
Yodeling traditions from Switzerland and Austria kick off tonight's edition of EARTHBEAT (7pm-8pm Central Standard on either 88.7FM locally or www.krvs.org) as well as Oktoberfest sounds out of Germany. Also: tangos from Argentina by Juan-Jose Molini and Astor Piazzolla.
Music featured around Lafayette this weekend for Festivals Acadiens et Creole is spotlighted on today's MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN (11am-noon Central Standard on 88.7FM locally orwww.krvs.org): Red Stick Ramblers, T' Monde, Beausoleil, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Feu Follet, Mamou, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, The Lil' Band o' Gold, The Band Courtbouillon, Cedric Watson and much more!
This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 11, 2011. The Viral Storm will be published in paperback on Oct. 16.
The New Yorker once called virologist Nathan Wolfe "the world's most prominent virus hunter." Wolfe, the director of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative, spends his days tracking emerging infectious diseases before they turn into deadly pandemics.