Scott McCartney

airline reporter, Wall Street Journal

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Airline reporter and travel editor at the Wall Street Journal, he also writes the weekly column, The Middle Seat

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Airlines are looking into new wellness programs for ultra-long, nonstop flights, including changing menus to promote hydration.

The dirtiest spot on a plane, and how to stay healthy onboard

Airlines are looking into new wellness programs for ultra-long, nonstop flights, including changing menus to promote hydration.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Airlines are looking into new wellness programs for ultra-long, nonstop flights, including changing menus to promote hydration.

The dirtiest spot on an airplane, and tips for staying healthy onboard

Airlines are looking into new wellness programs for ultra-long, nonstop flights, including changing menus to promote hydration.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Transportation Security Administration officials were gritting their teeth over the prospect of " National Opt-Out Day " on the busiest travel day of the year.

Holiday Air Travel: Exposed Junk and Hidden Fees

Transportation Security Administration officials were gritting their teeth over the prospect of " National Opt-Out Day " on the busiest travel day of the year.

from To the Point

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“Midnight Traveler” tells the harrowing story of Afghani director Hassan Fazili and his family’s displacement as filmed on their cell phones.

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Election officials in LA County want to make voting easier, more accessible, and more secure.

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66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

from To the Point

Twelve candidates are taking the stage at 5 PM PT at the CNN/New York Times Democratic Debate, hosted at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio

from KCRW Features

These are some interesting texts.

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What did President Trump do this time?

from Left, Right & Center

In a Dallas courtroom on Wednesday, a former police officer was convicted of murder for killing her African American neighbor, then she got a hug from the victim’s brother and the…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Let’s talk about this letter from the White House, calling the “impeachment inquiry” illegitimate.

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

President Trump is holding a press conference at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In a speech to the U.N.

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