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For more than a generation, health experts have hailed China's vaccination program as a success in eliminating preventable diseases like polio and tetanus. Advances in the country's public health have benefited from — and enabled — rapid economic growth.

But since last month, a nationwide scandal involving the illegal resale of vaccines has dented public confidence in the program, ignited public anger at the government and added fuel to ongoing small-scale street protests by parents who believed vaccines have injured or sickened their children.

From traditional tributes to contemporary songs of concern for our wild places, this week's music sings of the unspoiled landscapes we love and challenges us to sustain them. Hear songs from the wilderness by Nuala Kennedy, Karan Casey, Tony McManus and more.

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Metropolis: 4/23/16

Apr 25, 2016
This Week's Playlist

  • Bob Moses, "Tearing Me Up" (Domino)
  • Classixx, "Grecian Summer" (Innovative Leisure)
  • Underworld, "Nylon Strung" (Ume)
  • Boys Noize, "Euphoria (feat. Remy Banks)" (Boysnoize)
  • Riton, "Rinse & Repeat (feat. Kah-Lo)" (Riton Time)
  • Justin Martin, "Hello Clouds (feat. Femme)" (Dirtybird)
  • Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points, "Calm Down" (Rinse)
  • Talking Heads, "Once In A Lifetime [Leftside Wobble Dub]"

Charter Communications has bid more than $88 billion to buy its larger rival, Time Warner Cable, and a smaller competitor called Bright House Networks — and it's closing in on the required regulatory approval from federal authorities.

The deal would be yet another major shakeup in the telecom industry: It would form the second-largest Internet provider, behind Comcast, and the third-largest video provider, behind Comcast and the newly merged AT&T/DirecTV.

Freddie Mercury, the late frontman for the legendary band Queen, died almost 25 years ago. But he's still regarded as one of the best rock singers ever.

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To wrap up our series on public health in Baltimore, Audie Cornish met up with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen in Freddie Gray's neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester. The health department recently opened a new outpost of its violence prevention program Safe Streets there, employing ex-offenders to mediate conflicts before they erupt in violence.

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