May 19, 2009
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May 13, 2009
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April 30, 2009
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We had a great time sifting through all your questions for our flu outbreak special. Thanks to all for submitting your emails, tweets and i-reports.

We're back tomorrow for a regular edition of I-Desk.

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Time Magazine, which is owned by CNN's parent company, Time Warner, recently released their annual poll results for 'Most Influential Person' in the world. Could it be the person pictured above? Some other world leader? A religious figure? Maybe even an artist or an athlete? This is less than scientific, of course, and the results will both affirm that...and surprise you. The article can be found here:,8599,1894028,00.html?iid=perma_share

This prompted us to wonder...who is the most influential person in your life? Or if you prefer to make a broader response: Who do you think is the most influential person in the world? Let us know!

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Today is going to be a different day at I-Desk. We'll be devoting the whole hour to picking apart the H1N1 Flu (aka Swine Flu). We'll have a panel of experts live in the studio answering questions and we'll go live to our correspondents who are, as usual, right where the action is. Leave your comments below and we'll be sure to try to ask as many of them as we can live on air.

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April 24, 2009
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April 21, 2009
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He didn’t run in literary circles and chances are you’ve probably never heard of him, but the world of writing lost one of its preeminent voices on Sunday in JG Ballard.

His novel Empire of the Sun, written about his experiences in an internment camp during the Second World War, is his most popular accomplishment, shot on film by Steven Spielberg in the 80s. But he also wrote seminal works such as 1973’s ‘Crash’–novels that strove to describe a society increasingly reliant on its mechanizing environment.

Perhaps it’s best to sum Ballard up in this fact: The Collins English Dictionary included the adjective ‘Ballardian” in its volumes as "resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in Ballard's novels & stories, esp. dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes & the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments."

I can’t claim to have ever finished a Ballard novel (which isn't so rare, many a recent commemoration noted the turgid nature of even his slimmest novels). I always picked them up at the wrong time, when I was looking for a quick and easy read, as opposed to his dense and layered novels. But I have devoured the books of writers who have cited him as an influence—authors such as Martin Amis and Will Self. And if their perniciously erudite works owe an ounce to Ballard then, for me, that’s reason enough to canonize him.

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April 10, 2009
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Check out the footage we shot on our flipcam! Hope you enjoy!

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