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Midmorning: Water crisis and high school reading lists

Posted at 7:56 AM on August 29, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Concerns about the global supply of fresh water are growing, leading some to warn of future conflicts over access to water. Already, some Canadians are concerned about their country exporting water to the United States. At 9 a.m., Midmorning examines the myth and reality of water scarcity. Kerri Miller's guests include Maude Barlow, chairperson of the Council of Canadians; and Dr. Peter Gleick, president and co-founder of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.

As summer ends, many teenagers are furiously trying to finish assigned summer reading. But some are just as likely to be reading Harry Potter as The Scarlett Letter. At 10 a.m., Midmorning looks at the changing nature of high school summer reading list. Kerri's guests include Kathleen Hanley, chair of the English department at Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield; Peder Zane, editor of The Top Ten: Writer's Pick Their Favorite Books and the ideas columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer; and Kylene Beers, vice president of the National Council of Teachers of English and the author of When Kids Can't Read/What Teachers Can Do.