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Stories for April 28, 2009

More Students Signing Up for Free Lunch

April 28
By Joanne Faryon

Signs of the times are showing up in lunchrooms at San Diego schools. At one elementary school, enrollment in the free and reduced lunch program has increased dramatically. Joanne Faryon tells us why.

Beethoven and Rwanda Collide in "The General"

April 28
These Days

In "The General," which has its U.S. premiere with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus this weekend, author Paul Griffiths draws a composite score from Beethoven and adds text to create a dramatic work for orchestra, chorus, and actor that tells the story of the Rwandan tragedy through the eyes of the general leading the U.N. peacekeeping mission.

SD School Officials Try to Alleviate Concerns Over Swine Flu

April 28
By Ana Tincotalis

While one private school has been shut down due to swine flu, San Diego County public schools remain open. In fact, school officials are trying to alleviate concerns about swine flu on local campuses. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Journalist-Turned-Human-Guinea-Pig Reveals His Inner Health

April 28
These Days

Why would a healthy person want to be a human guinea pig, subjecting himself to hundreds of medical tests? If you're a biotech writer, maybe it's because it provides a great deal of rich information for your work. Journalist and author David Ewing Duncan talks about why he decided to be an experimental man.

What's the Secret to Great Storytelling?

April 28
These Days

What's the secret to good storytelling? Can anyone be trained to tell a story well? We'll talk with Jay Allison, the creator of the NPR series "This I Believe" about the art of citizen storytelling.

Health Officials Working Feverishly to Control Swine Flu

April 28
These Days

Human cases of an outbreak of swine flu have been confirmed in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Spain. Public health officials are trying to get a handle on the outbreak. We'll get a report of the latest news on the virus, and what people can do to keep themselves from contracting it.