The massive Carr Fire in Shasta County, California, has burned roughly 100,000 acres and is so large that it reportedly is creating its own internal weather systems. Dozens more major fires are also burning across the West. Cassandra Moseley, associate vice president for research at the University of Oregon, unravels the intertwined factors that are creating textbook conditions for large, complex and costly wildfires during an expanding fire season.
When historians Febe Armanios and Boğaç Ergene were conducting research for their book, “Halal Food: A History,” they noticed that some Muslims had become more fixated on healthy, ethical eating. Interestingly, these Muslims had found inspiration for changing their eating habits in the Quran. Armanios and Ergene explore how this has led to shifting interpretation of what is and isn’t halal – and how the American halal food market has responded.
In a Gallup survey, 45 percent of Americans said they believe the news is strongly biased towards a particular political party. But how biased is the media, really? One study found that Republican politicians received more than two times the mentions as Democrats in two leading newspapers, but media scholar Dominik Stecula explains why that statistic is not the best way to measure media bias.
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The Carr Fire tears through Shasta, California, July 26, 2018. AP Photo/Noah Berger