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An Update On The Environmental Effects Of Fracking

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

August 20, 2014

Each year an estimated 35,000 oil and natural gas wells are processed using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. More than 15 million people live within a mile of a well that’s been drilled since 2000. The explosive growth in this industry has left scientists struggling to keep up, but research is beginning to mount related to how fracking is affecting the earth. A recent study connected fracking to increased earthquakes in Oklahoma and Stanford scientists are raising new concerns about cont … Read More

Prospects For Upward Mobility In America

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

August 20, 2014

Woven into the American fabric is the idea that anyone in this country can get ahead if he or she works hard enough. But research shows social mobility is much more fixed in the U.S. than in many other wealthy nations. Put simply, if you’re born poor in America, you’re likely to stay poor. There’s little disagreement among economists that social mobility has remained flat for decades. But there is debate over what to do about it. Democrats tend to believe government policy could do a lot to h … Read More

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

By Millie Garfield

My Mom's Blog

August 20, 2014

I want to thank each and every one of you for your good wishes on my birthday!!! It seems that as the years go by the birthdays became more meaningful - the days fly by, the weeks fly by and the YEARS - boy do they fly by!!! It seems like I had a birthday not too long ago, and before I know it another one will be around the corner. I guess the point is, just make the most of what you have and what you can do each day - life is to short to be little! As my mother used to say, "If you don’t … Read More

Judging The Credibility Of News In The Digital Age

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

August 19, 2014

Americans are getting their news from more places than ever before. Besides traditional sources, we are turning to social media, email and even late-night TV to find out what’s happening in the world. And we are increasingly able to target news based on our interests and ideology. Some journalists worry the sheer volume of all that information is affecting our news literacy. They say we need to think critically about our daily media diet and ask more questions about who is producing and so … Read More

The U.S. Military And The Battle Against Islamic State Fighters In Iraq

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

August 19, 2014

Yesterday Iraqi and Kurdish forces, with help from U.S. jets, drones and bombers, recaptured a strategically important dam in northern Iraq from ISIS militants. President Barack Obama praised the effort and said the two-day ground offensive demonstrates the cooperation possible between Kurdish and Iraqi forces. The territorial ambitions of ISIS are far reaching and represent, many believe, a dire threat to security in the region and the U.S. Please join us to discuss the fight against ISIS, the … Read More

On the Use of Violence to Political Purpose

By Barbara Kellerman

barbarakellerman.com

August 19, 2014

The violence in Ferguson, MO – which continues to spew […] … Read More

Followers Following Followers Refusing to Follow

By Barbara Kellerman

barbarakellerman.com

August 19, 2014

Does Jeff Bezos give a damn that over 1,000 writers fro […] … Read More

Racing Through Nature for 08/19/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

August 19, 2014

The story of a young man’s speed-hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail has raised some environmentalist eyebrows, albeit only slightly. He was racing from California’s border with Mexico to Washington state’s with Canada. The cause was a good one — to raise money for the families of cancer patients. And it wasn’t like he was making noise and pollution. So where is the pr ... Updated: Tue Aug 19, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: Restaurant wait staff are there to serve, not embrace

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

August 18, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When my husband and I dine at a restaurant, if the waiter does not give us his name upon greeting us, my husband will ask for it. My husband then proceeds to introduce us to the waiter, saying, “I’m Joe, and this is Jane.” Read full article >> … Read More

The Man Who Blew the Whistle

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

August 18, 2014

When the S.E.C. announced last month that it was awarding $400,000 to a whistle-blower, it didn’t name the recipient per the Dodd-Frank law. His name is Bill Lloyd, and this is his story. … Read More

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