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Understanding the Deadly Ebola Virus

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 31, 2014

The latest Ebola outbreak is being called the worst in history. The virus has killed nearly 700 people since March in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency, and Liberia’s government is putting communities on quarantine. In the past week, the disease claimed Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor and the first American to die in this outbreak. While experts say a U.S. epidemic is unlikely, international concern is growing as t … Read More

Doing Well by Doing Good -- but Better by Doing Bad for 07/31/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

July 31, 2014

How curious to watch "60 Minutes," the famously hard-hitting TV newsmagazine, bless JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon with prime-time beatification for hiring some interns from poor backgrounds. The segment’s headline is "Jobs program benefits Fortune 500 and underprivileged youth." "Many of the country’s most powerful CEOs are finding that they can do well by also doing good," growls Morle ... Updated: Thu Jul 31, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: Picky eater is weary of family’s harassment

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

July 30, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a picky eater. I like some foods; I hate some foods; some foods make me sick even to consider eating. I am an adult and eat what I like. I have been trying new things and learning about cooking to try to change my tastes, but change is slow. Read full article >> … Read More

Peter van Agtmael: "Disco Night Sept 11"

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 30, 2014

For the past decade photographer Peter van Agtmael has documented America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His journey began as a college student shortly after September 11th when his school paper sent him to Ground Zero. Four years later he found himself on the battlefield. Through his lens he witnessed the tragedy and heroism of war. More often, however, he tried to capture smaller moments of humor,love,unease,beauty,camaraderie and emptiness. His new book "Disco Night September 11" is filed … Read More

Attorney Ken Feinberg On Claims Against GM

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 30, 2014

CEO Mary Barra says GM is committed to doing the right thing for the families of people killed and those injured because of faulty ignition switches. Defective switches were installed in approximately 2.6 million cars. GM has hired mediator and attorney Ken Feinberg to evaluate claims and make compensation offers. The individual pay-outs will likely range from a few thousand dollars into the millions. Ken Feinberg, who previously lead the 9/11 victim compensation fund and several other high prof … Read More

Leadership and Followership in China and Russia

By Barbara Kellerman

barbarakellerman.com

July 30, 2014

  Stresses between leaders and followers are every […] … Read More

Singer Linda Ronstadt on Her Life in Music

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 29, 2014

Growing up on a ranch outside Tuscon, Arizona, Linda Ronstadt always knew she wanted to be a singer. Her musical family played and listened to a wide range of styles, including opera, classical and Mexican folk music. Ronstadt landed her first recording contract as a teenager and in 1974, released “Heart Like a Wheel,” a mix of oldies covers and contemporary songs like “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved.” The album hit number one and has never … Read More

Fixing The Department Of Veterans Affairs

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 29, 2014

The leaders of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees agreed yesterday to move forward on a bill that addresses critical problems at the V.A. The draft legislation would allow some veterans to be treated by non-V.A. health care providers, and would give the incoming V.A. secretary more authority to fire under-performing senior executives. The $17 billion package is being called a rare act of bipartisanship in a Congress known more for gridlock. Veterans groups, for the most part, say … Read More

What Scares Americans About the Child Migrants for 07/29/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

July 29, 2014

The numbers are small for a large country like this, but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border. People are merging this special case involving about 57,000 children with generalized anxiety about a broken immigration system that has resulted in an estimated 11 million illegal residents. At bottom are fears that the United States is incapab ... Updated: Tue Jul 29, 2014 … Read More

Teaching Teaching

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

July 28, 2014

Teachers shouldn’t be learning on the job as they go. … Read More

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