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Fracking, Facebook and James Patterson's Free Books

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

A New York Court of Appeals ruled yesterday to allow local communities to opt out of fracking. Journalist Tom Wilber explains what this means for the future of fracking in New York State. Plus: Facebook’s mood experiment is outraging users; New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on super-fast high-speed trading, heroin and senior citizen scams; a look at the role of youth in the Arab Spring with Juan Cole; novelist James Patterson gives his books to 6th graders; and a discussion of the language used to describe soccer players in Spanish, on Univision. 

In New York, All Fracking is Local

Tom Wilber, journalist in Central New York and the author of Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale (Cornell Univ Pr, 2012), talks about the implications of the NY Court of Appeals ruling that allows local communities to opt out -- or in -- of fracking.

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Was Facebook's Mood Study Too Creepy?

The social media network manipulating your newsfeed is nothing new, but users were outraged when Facebook admitted to studying users' emotions. Was it legal?

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AG Schneiderman: Dark Pools and Other Scams

Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, is suing Barclays over "dark pools" and high speed trading that many say put regular investors at an unfair disadvantage. He also talks about some of his office's settlement with a fundraising organization that was scamming veterans, and other agenda items.

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Fútbol - and Slurs - in Spanish

After watching World Cup matches in Spanish on Univision, Felix Sanchez, co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, called attention to the language some commentators used to describe players. Univision has responded, and the dialogue has inspired a conversation about race, language and Spanish.

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Arab Millennials

Juan Cole, University of Michigan history professor, blogger, TruthDig.com columnist, and the author of The New Arabs: How the Wired and Global Youth of the Middle East Is Transforming It (Simon & Schuster, 2014) talks about the role of youth in the Arab Spring. 

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James Patterson on Middle School and Publishing

James Patterson, best-selling author and "book activist," just offered all NYC public school 6th graders a free copy of his book, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. He talks about his role as an advocate for books, bookstores...and the publishing business in Hachette's battle with Amazon.... What book would you like to share with every 6th grader?

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