Like a lot of people, I had come to accept the conventional wisdom that America doesn't make anything anymore. What I discovered is that the prevailing narrative of decline and decay is overly simplistic and, in some ways, flat-out wrong.
For many public school students and perhaps for teachers as well, April is the cruelest month of the school calendar. April days that are not devoted to 'test prep' are spent on testing itself. And some of what is going on in this crazy month defies the imagination.
Americans on average are the biggest consumers of energy on the planet, and keeping the power that we need flowing is a monumental undertaking. Despite our increasing demand for energy, Americans waste a staggering amount of it.
The weekend saw a rare TV report airing complaints that atheists serving in the military claim about official discrimination against them. It was carried in the perhaps unlikely setting of PBS's "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly," often considered to be a media venue for believers.
The New Environmentalists is shown nationally on PBS and the Sundance Channel and foreign television. It's not only to create awareness about the Goldman Environmental Prize winners' work, but to inspire others to do the same.