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A Nation in Panic?36:16

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A fourth person has tested positive for anthrax exposure, this time in New York City. Air travel is down considerably. Anecdotes abound of Americans avoiding taking the subway or stockpiling antibiotics in anticipation of a biological attack. Watching the World Trade Center towers crumble, it was impossible not to feel a sense of insecurity. But is the nation in a state of panic? Is it realistic to expect people to return to life as usual?


Barry Glassner, author of "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things"

This program aired on October 12, 2001.

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