Discussion Starter: News Anchor Admits Memory Mix-Up
06 February 2015
In the News New York—“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams made headlines this week when he apologized for misremembering wartime events from 2003. The journalist had said—numerous times—that a helicopter he was riding in came under fire during the opening days of the Iraqi invasion...
Discussion Starter: “Deflategate” Raises Integrity Issues
23 January 2015
In the News Foxborough, Mass.—As the New England Patriots prepare to meet the Seattle Seahawks in next Sunday’s Super Bowl, attention has centered on footballs that were underinflated during the AFC Championship game. After New England defeated Indianapolis 45-7 in the rain last Sunday, a..
Discussion Starter: Transforming Slacktivists to Activists
19 January 2015
In The News Washington, D.C.—As Americans honor Martin Luther King Jr., some people lament that today’s generation doesn’t understand true sacrifice. Taking a stand via social media is easy, these critics say, but true action requires commitment that many young people lack. In a column..
Discussion Starter: Terrorist Attack Leads to Free-Speech Debate
09 January 2015
In the News Paris—In what the country’s president called a “barbaric attack against France and against journalists,” Islamic militants stormed a magazine office this week, killing 12 cartoonists and guards. The satirical publication Charlie Hebdo lampoons extremists of all religions, including Islam. Charlie Hebdo’s offices..
Discussion Starter: Saying Good Riddance to 2014
31 December 2014
In the News New York—At Good Riddance Day in Times Square on Sunday, dozens of people symbolically shredded bad memories from the year that’s wrapping up. Medical bills, photos of exes, and other items went through an industrial-strength shredder. Other people used sledgehammers to smash..