FROM Ashley Conrad-Saydah
Imagine the Southland without Any Trees The US Forest Service knew it was bad, but not how bad. After four years of drought, it figured the 12.5 million trees had died. Then Greg Asner of the Carnegie Institution for Science spent many days flying over the territory with high-tech equipment that measures the amount of water in tree leaves below.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.