Tune In Tonight: 'No Fracking Way'

This is my contribution to today's Aspen Update, in between emcee stints and day-job duties finishing an article.

1) Wherever you happen to be physically at 9pm EDT / 7pm CDT tonight, please consider either coming to, or following by live streamed web cast, the Intelligence Squared / Aspen Ideas Festival debate on whether the natural gas boom / revolution is doing more harm than good.

Everything about America's energy prospect has been transformed in the past few years by exploitation of "unconventional sources" of natural gas and oil. But there are obvious environmental and public health complications as well. I won't go into the substance any further except to say a) that they're important, and b) that I have a rooting interest with one of the teams. Its members are a long-time friend, and ... my sister. But I'm sure I'll be totally objective in casting my vote at the end. If you don't happen to be in the Aspen vicinity, the web cast is here. Please bear family solidarity in mind when casting your vote.

2) I mentioned last night Lixin Fan's superb documentary Last Train Home. Many people have written in to say that the movie is available via Netflix and Amazon. Also, it has a Facebook page with updates from the director about the family he has so memorably portrayed.
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James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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