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The ancient bromide that, “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is being challenged by a new generation. College students are demanding “safe places” from so-called “micro-aggression”— including language that might offend or traumatize. Some researchers agree that words cause “silent suffering”—and that kids are right to insist on protection. But critics call it “censorship” that threatens the free exchange of ideas and disagreements, which are the essence of higher education.

Plus, how far can women go in the US Army?

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Army Mobilized to Battle Western Wildfires 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In Central Washington State, a raging wildfire has destroyed one of the world’s largest co-ops for packaging and shipping apples.  The Chelan Complex Fire has burned 100,000 acres, and 100 soldiers have been thrown into the effort. Forest Service firefighters are overwhelmed by so many simultaneous blazes.

Anna King, Northwest News Network (@AnnaKingN3)

Are Sensitive College Campuses Hurting Higher Ed? 33 MIN, 40 SEC

The cover story in the current Atlantic argues that political correctness has reached a new and dangerous level on college campuses nationwide.   Instead of protecting students from psychological harm, it’s called a threat to their emotional health—and the need to learn critical thinking.  Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at NYU’s Stern School fo Business.  He’s co-author of the article titled, 'The Coddling of the American Mind…'

Jonathan Haidt, Author and Social psychologist at the NYU’s Stern School of Business. (@jonhaidt)
Paula Caplan, Psychologist and an associate with Harvard’s DuBois Institute. She’s the project director of Voices of Diversity and co-author of a recent report on the impact of micro-aggressions. (@PaulaJCaplan)
Wendy Kaminer, Writer, lawyer and  contributing editor at the Atlantic
Katie Byron, A recent Brown University graduate (@TheKatieByron)

For the First Time, Two Women Will Become Army Rangers 9 MIN, 22 SEC

On Friday, two female soldiers will graduate from the Army Ranger School—the first time any women have overcome the fatigue, hunger and extreme stress that requires.  Army Secretary John McHugh says completing the course proves that 'Every soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve his or her full potential.' But will these two be allowed to try out for the 75th Ranger Regiment, a Special operations force that’s still closed to women?  General Ann Dunwoody also made history. She’s the first woman to become a 4-star Army General and the author of  'A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General.'

Ann Dunwoody, The first woman to become a 4-star Army General and the author of 'A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General' (@AnnDunwoody)


Warren Olney

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