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While mandatory recycling is becoming a way of life in more and more places, critics dismiss it as an easy way for politicians to make guilty consumers feel better about themselves. We hear both sides.

Later on the program, 60% of the State of Israel is desert, but Israel has a surplus of water. How did that happen, and what does it mean for predicted water shortages in the US and the rest of the world? 

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New Government Offensive in Syria 6 MIN, 16 SEC

The presence of multiple combat operations in Syria are all too evident today with news that Turkey has shot down a drone that intruded into its airspace while an offensive backed by Russian jets is underway near Aleppo. Daniel Serwer, professor of conflict management at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, offers an analysis of the situation.

Daniel Serwer, Johns Hopkins University (@DanielSerwer)

Recycling: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost? 34 MIN, 11 SEC

It's been 20 years since John Tierney first argued in the New York Times magazine that the benefits of recycling were not worth the cost. Since then, the recycling movement has vastly expanded. But, this past weekend, Tierney wrote that it's as inefficient as ever — and he compared the movement to a "religious ritual." Angry defenders insist it protects the environment, saves public money and generates profits for a growing industry. With mandatory recycling on the increase, the argument's going on in more and more places. We hear from both sides.

John Tierney, New York Times (@JohnTierneyNYC)
Rob Kaplan, Closed Loop Fund (@robbyk)
Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason magazine (@kmanguward)
Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist (@edwardhumes)

Kaplan's fact check on the Tierney article
Reason magazine on the cost-benefits of recycling
Mangu-Ward on what prohibitionists get wrong about plastic bags
'DnA' discussion on recycling


Edward Humes

Can Israel's Water Be a Model for a Thirsty World? 8 MIN, 56 SEC

Drought is a fact of life in the Western United States, and water shortages are predicted in many parts of the world. Israel is an unlikely place to look for solutions. Although 60% of the State of Israel is a desert, Israel has no lack of water. In fact, there's a surplus. That's a consequence of how Israel came to be and how it can help other places survive water shortages inevitable in the future. That's the theme of Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World. The author is Seth Siegel, who's a lawyer, activist and entrepreneur as well as a writer.

Ambassador Daniel Shapiro visits the Hadera Desalination Plant Hadera
near Tel Aviv on July 26, 2012. (US Embassy Tel Aviv)

Seth Siegel, activist and writer (@SethMSiegel)

Let There Be Water

Seth M. Siegel

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