Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Judging the Impact: A Post 9-11 America

Over here you can view a briefing on post-September 11 governmental reforms co-authored by RBM, who interned for National Public Radio's National Desk over the summer. It was published online in July by NPR.org. An excerpt:
In the past three years, the nation's law enforcement and intelligence communities addressed vulnerabilities exposed by the Sept. 11 attacks. And the creation of the vast new Department of Homeland Security capped a massive reorganization of the federal government. But members of the 9-11 Commission say those reforms are insufficient.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

D.C. Sewer Overflows

Over here you can listen to a recent report by RBM on Washington, DC's fragile sewer system. The feature aired on NPR's Intern Edition. An excerpt from the lede:
Washington, D.C., is a wet place. In 1791, President George Washington chose a piece of marshland for the nation's capital. Two rivers and an oversized creek run through the District, which averages over 40 inches of rain per year. When storms drench city streets, parking lots and rooftops, millions of gallons of water rush through an aging network of pipelines that combine runoff with raw sewage. As Intern Edition's Raul Moreno reports, the Anacostia River is suffering from this polluted mixture, and city managers are trying to fix the problem.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Liberty, Freedom Unexplored Ideals

RBM's latest column for Washington State University's Daily Evergreen appears online today and in print. An excerpt:
The soaring market indices and dot-com boom of the late 1990s––which fueled spending and trust in NAFTA––have been replaced by a sputtering economy and fears about open borders. Democratic presidential candidates hedge on free trade, preferring to talk job growth and fiscal responsibility.