Patt Morrison for April 21, 2006

The leading Shiite coalition nominated Jawad al-Maliki today to replace outgoing Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari. The Sunni and minority Kurds had flatly opposed another term for al-Jafari, an ally of al-Maliki who has served as prime minister since early last year. Patt Morrison speaks with Borzou Daragahi, Baghdad Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times about the change. Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, provides analysis of the political situation.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Genes

Chronic fatigue syndrome, with it's complicated set of elusive symptoms, may no longer be considered a figment of the imagination. According to new, groundbreaking research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, genetics, when combined with stress, can bring on the debilitating illness. Patt Morrison gets the latest on the research side and from the trenches, in conversation with Tom Skinner, spokesman for the CDC; and Dr. Lucinda Bateman, General Internist with The Fatigue Consultation Clinic.

American Dreamz

Politics and reality TV collide in American Dreamz, a new movie from Writer/Director Paul Weitz. The satirical film, which opens in theaters today, features a bumbling president, a burnt out host of an "American Idol" - style show, and a talent contestant/would-be terrorist. Patt Morrison talks with Paul Weitz, Writer/Director, and Shelley Berman, Actor/Writer/Comedian extraordinaire, about this new release and the use of political parody in film today.
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