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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Author Maggie Jackson says in her new book Distracted that today’s tendency to multi-tasking has us headed for a new Dark Ages, as human beings lose their ability to pay close attention. Plus, distraction on the highway. What's the effect of road signs on a driver's attention span: it's different than you may think (or hope). And, hiring practices at the Justice Department.

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Maggie Jackson

Justice, Compromised

New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau and David Lat, editor-in-chief of the blog Above the Law, explain yesterday's report on the Justice Department's illegal hiring practices, and why the damage extends beyond just a few crestfallen law students.

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Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, thinks that all those little annoyances may in fact add up to spell the end of civilization as we know it. Hear her cure for an attention-deficit-society.

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Driving Distracted

Think that all those road signs make you more aware while driving? Think again. In his new article in The Atlantic, John Staddon, Professor of psychology and brain sciences at Duke University, looks at how American roads may distract us from the real task at hand: not crashing.

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Grand New Party

Ross Douthat, senior editor of The Atlantic and Reihan Salam, associate editor at The Atlantic and senior editor at New America, join us to talk about their new book Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream in which they argue that ...

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Tomorrow, water will flow from the East River like an urban Niagara Falls. Artist Olafur Eliasson's public art project, Waterfalls is expected to draw countless visitors to the city. Wall Street Journal contributor Matthew Gurewitsch discusses the allure.

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Supreme Court Rulings

Two significant Supreme Court rulings came down this morning. The justices ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional in cases of child rape, and they capped the damages Exxon must pay to the victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Senior Editor Emily Bazelon joins us to ...

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