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Good News, Bad News, No News: Flight 1549, Economic Stimulus, and Love

John Moe

Angela Kim

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US Airways Flight 1549
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Time for our weekly parlor game to keep track of the good, bad and unworthy news of the week. We're joined by Simon Doonan, author and creative director of Barneys New York; Nancy French, author of "A Red State of Mind"; and Reihan Salam, associate editor at the Atlantic.


Let's start with the story that everyone is talking about. On Thursday in New York, US Airways Flight 1549 had trouble in both engines after being struck by birds shortly after takeoff. Unable to return to LaGuardia airport or land anywhere else, the pilot dropped the plane into the Hudson River. All 150 passengers plus crew were rescued.

What kind of news is that?

In Congress, House Democrats proposed an $825 billion bill aimed at stimulating the economy. The bill, crafted in concert with the incoming Obama administration, calls for spending increases in education, temporary increases in unemployment benefits, aid to states for Medicaid and public works projects.

What kind of news is this bill?

In the new issue of the journal Nature, scientist Larry Young posits that the neurochemistry of love will soon be advanced to the point where a potion to make you fall in love, or deeper in love, will soon be available. New York Times reporter John Tierney asked Young whether that meant that potions to make you immune from love could be made as well and Young said, "Sure, yeah, I guess so."

What kind of news is that?

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