In a blockbuster story representing the culmination of several years of investigation and pursuit of government documents, The Washington Post reports that U.S. officials have been misleading the American public about the war in Afghanistan for the past 18 years. John Yang talks to The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock, lead reporter on the story, about what the classified document trove revealed.
It is time for direct action. It is time to vote. We are unprepared for the danger our future holds. We face floods, wildfires, extreme weather, crop failure, mass displacement and the breakdown of society. The time for denial is over. Our system is broken but we are Rising Up!
This series shows The Netherlands from a spectacular perspective. Through data visualizations, impressive aerial images and portraits of people on the ground, we show who we are and how time changes and has changed the country. We’re surrounded by hundreds of threats every single day. Diseases and accidents, but also cyber attacks that knock out all our computers, or Russian Tupulevs entering our airspace.
Superstorm Sandy showed U.S. coastal cities the damage water can do — a threat the Dutch have lived with for centuries. Their system of dams and dikes, locks and levees is keeping the Netherlands safe in a world with rising seas. Miles O’Brien reports on what Americans can learn from the Dutch model of flood management.
“Remember that Old New York Was Once New Amsterdam: The Dutch Roots of American Pluralism” by David Dzurec, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, The University of Scranton. It has been argued that contemporary American culture was built on a British foundation and over time that initial culture grew—with waves of immigration, principally from Europe–creating a multicultural society that became a model for progressive societies all over the world. This talk “complicates” the British foundations model arguing that it was the 17th Century Dutch colony of New Netherland rather than Puritan Massachusetts or Anglican Virginia that offered the pluralistic model for what the United States was to become.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. A neglected pile of documents in early Dutch are left intact while the more recently archived British history documents that shaped our commonly held assumptions about Americas founders were burned in a fire. Ghering began to translate the papers of the early Dutch settlers in New York and upended many of our assumptions about our roots. Tim and Nina Zagat co-founded the Zagat Survey in 1979 as a way to collect and correlate the ratings of New York restaurants by their friends. The Survey now covers over 70 cities, with reviews based on the input of hundreds of thousands of individuals. In addition to restaurants, Zagat guides now rate hotels, nightlife, shopping, and golf courses. In 2012, the Zagat Survey became part of Google. Tim has served in various prominent civic, cultural, and charitable capacities. He is currently a board member of the Partnership for NYC, the World Travel & Tourism Council, and NYC & Company, the official marketing, promotion, and tourism arm of New York City, which he chaired twice. Nina was named one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World by the Star Group, one of Crain’s Top Tech 100, and one of Crain’s New York 100 Most Influential Women. Prior to founding the Zagat Survey, Tim and Nina were prominent attorneys in New York. They reside in New York City and Pine Plains, NY.
The Boston Globe reports a different kind of college recruitment scandal at Harvard University involving one of its fencing coaches. Evan Allen from the Boston Globe joins CBSN’s Elaine Quijano to dicuss her reporting.
China is creating a national oil and gas pipeline company to help expand its energy infrastructure. This marks a key move in China’s deepening oil and gas reforms. RT America’s Sayeh Tavangar explains. (12:06) Federal investigators are trying to piece together the details of Mohammed Alshamrani’s life after they say he opened fire at a Naval air station in Pensacola, Florida, killing three people before police fatally shot him. The FBI is leading the investigation and for now agents believe the shooting to be an “act of terrorism.” Journalist and “America’s Lawyer” contributor Mollye Barrows reports from Pensacola. (0:51) Newly released data is putting a spotlight on the cost of housing inmates and the numbers are staggering. Housing just one inmate in a city jail has drastically increased to a record high of $337,000 a year. RT America’s Trinity Chavez has the story. (6:14)
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