Future of Oil
Since the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, the government announced a series of measures aimed at restricting new drilling activity. The short term measures include a six-month extension on a ban on permits for new drilling in deep water — and new drilling in other parts of the country remains on hold. Still, the spill raises questions about America's long-term relationship with oil. NPR science correspondent Richard Harris, and energy expert Frank Verrastro talk about the future of oil, and whether or not the U.S. can change its dependency on it.
Reporting on the Oil Spill
Cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico in the midst of the oil leak is no simple task, and covering the disaster isn't easy either. Reporters are finding it harder to gain access to public areas affected by the the spill as they are turned away by BP contractors and local law enforcement. Mac McClelland traveled to Elmer's Island off the coast of Louisiana last month to cover the damage done to the coast. But she was "stymied at every turn by Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies brought in to supplement the local police," and ignored by cleanup crews. On the Opinion Page today, Mother Jones' human rights reporter Mac McClelland explains why and how journalists are being being kept from the oil leak.
Perhaps you've met someone at a party, a new coworker, or someone on the train—and things just clicked. Maybe they clicked so much that one brief conversation evolved into something more. Ori Brafman explains why very specific factors determine whether a chance encounter has the makings of a lasting relationship. His new book is called, Click - The Magic of Instant Connections.
Tift Merritt was supposed to be the next great country music super star. Instead, she subtly produced five introspective and soul-filled albums which stayed true to her mission as an artist. Eight years into her career, she has just released her sixth album, See you on the Moon, her most personal album yet. We'll talk with Tift Merritt about her career as a singer/songwriter, and her latest album.