Takeouts: Discovering How King Tut Really Died, New Airport Screening Measures

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  • KING TUT: For years it was thought that King Tut had died from foul play, but new research reveals that he most likely was killed by a severe bout of malaria combined with a degenerative bone condition. He even used crutches! Egypt's top archaeologist and Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass solved the mystery behind King Tut's death and discovered clues in the young pharoah's DNA that give us new insight into his ancestry.
  • AIRPORT SECURITY: In a few weeks, airport screeners will begin walking through terminals taking chemical swabs from randomly selected passengers and their luggage to check for explosives like those used in the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Joining us is Col. Randall Larsen, the founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

 

Guests:

Dr. Zahi Hawass and Colonel Randall Larsen

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Comments [3]

Linda Nagel from Brooklyn, NY

I'm very suspicious of the 1% profit cited by the health insurance lobby spokesman. This figure is much lower than industry profits I've seen cited in the press. I think the explanation is in his misleading statistics. If you listen closely to his words, he stated that industry profits are just 1% of national healthcare costs. He didn't say the profits are 1% of industry healthcare payouts. Sounds like the denominator in his calculation includes everything paid for healthcare not just by private insurance companies, but also by Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, and private citizens. This is called lying with statistics.

Feb. 18 2010 07:42 AM

Just to clarify, the guest, Col. Randall Larsen, is not affiliated with the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security. Rather he is the director of the Institute for Homeland Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Thanks for your comment!

Feb. 17 2010 09:51 AM

after listening to the director of homeland security comment about techniques used to spot potential terrorists at the airport i'm more worried now. after flying half a million miles a year and watching TSA in action, i regretfully report that my money is on the terrorists. i'll forego the rant but suffice it to say these guys are not the fastest bunnies in the yard.

Feb. 17 2010 09:41 AM

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