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Thursday, March 21, 2013

US soldiers board the last C17 aircraft carrying US troops out of Iraq. (Martin Bureau/AFP)

We wrap up our three-day series to mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with a look at the impact the war has had both on the soldiers who have fought in it and Iraq’s environment. Architect Bjarke Ingels explains “hedonistic sustainability.” American Book Award-winner Mackenzie Bezos on her new novel, Traps. We’ll find out about the microbial life that scientists have discovered over 6 miles beneath the ocean’s surface. And, Hanna Rosin looks at whether apps geared toward kids are educational or are just teaching kids how to zone out.

Iraq War Veterans

We’ll look at the challenges facing veterans of the Iraq. We’ll speak with Iraq veterans Roy Scranton, co-editor of Fire and Forget, and Tegan Griffith, a participant in Iraq and Afghanistan’s Veterans of America “Storm the Hill” campaign.

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Healing Iraq's Environment

Over the last two decades, the Mesopotamia Marshlands in Southern Iraq—an area twice the size of the Florida Everglades—have suffered massive environmental degradation. But some parts of the region are starting to return to health. Dr. Azzam Alwash, founder of the non-profit environmental organization Nature Iraq talks about his efforts to restore the marshlands and the push to name the area Iraq’s first national park.

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Architect Bjarke Ingels on Sustainability

Architect Bjarke Ingels explains "hedonistic sustainability," the idea that sustainable design can enhance our lives rather than be seen as a burden.

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Mackenzie Bezos on Her Novel Traps

American Book Award winner Mackenzie Bezos discusses her new novel, Traps. It tells the story of how the paths of four very different women intersect, briefly but significantly, in ways that will change each of them forever.

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Life in the Deepest Ocean

Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan D. Rockoff talks about recent expeditions that have discovered plentiful microbial life in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean—some 6.8 miles below sea level.

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“The Touch-Screen Generation”

Hanna Rosin, contributor to The Atlantic, looks at why young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. Thousands of apps appealing to kids are released every year. In her article “The Touch-Screen Generation,” in the April issue of The Atlantic, she raises questions about the long-term cultural effects of extended screen time.

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