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Three Cases Of Whooping Cough Identified In Montgomery County Schools

A dozen students in Montgomery County are showing signs of pertussis, commonly known as "whooping cough," and three cases have been confirmed.

Montgomery County Health and Human Services spokesperson Mary Anderson says the highly contagious illness begins with cold-like symptoms, but is accompanied by a severe, lingering cough. She says if parents notice these symptoms in their children, they should take them to their doctor to be treated with antibiotics.

"Get them out of the school population or keep them away from younger children and infants in their own family," Anderson says.

Anderson says 200 Montgomery County children were exposed to whooping cough at a Pennsylvania summer camp, which sent letters home to parents warning them about the risk.

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Do You Want To Build A Lawsuit? China Totally Copied 'Frozen,' Kid Says

A new anthem produced for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is being attacked online as too similar to "Let It Go" from the film "Frozen." We asked a 5-year-old girl to assess the merits of the case.
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The Surprising Roots of Barbecue

We speak with culinary historian Michael Twitty about the roots of familiar southern dishes in African and Native American food traditions.

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President Obama's Iran Speech

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb joins us to discuss the parallels between JFK's nuclear disarmament speech fifty years ago and President Obama's speech on the nuclear deal with Iran.

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Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."

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