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#79: Welcoming the Stranger

Welcome to Extras #79! The theme this week is, “We know so much; we know so little.” The first articl
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#79: Welcoming the Stranger
By Mark Isero • Issue #79 • View online
Welcome to Extras #79! The theme this week is, “We know so much; we know so little.” The first article, a series of six profiles about refugees living in Houston, is an example of how we prefer ignorance and fear over understanding and empathy. The second piece, which explains how Donald Trump used the data we fill out on Facebook to win the presidency, reveals how nonchalantly we abdicate our privacy because of our self-absorption.
Then, after an inspirational quotation about reading, there’s an article that may explain why so many Americans distrust science (though I still believe in it!). Maybe it’s easier to believe in raw, emotional videos, which Facebook Live provides, over cold hard facts. (Live is not just for Chewbacca Mom.) Please enjoy!

Welcoming the Stranger: Faces of the Refugee Crisis
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down
Alan Jacobs is the author of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, which I read last week.
Alan Jacobs is the author of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, which I read last week.
Cancer Studies Are Fatally Flawed. Meet the Young Billionaire Who's Exposing the Truth About Bad Science
Facebook Live Is the Right Wing’s New Fox News
That’s the end of #79! Before you venture off into the rest of your Thursday, please welcome 5 new subscribers: Jamie, Byron, Jennifer, JMed, and Monica. Then, please thank loyal subscribers Beth and Angelina for their insightful comments on last week’s featured article. Finally, choose your favorite article from this week and share it with a friend via email, along with a smart and witty note about how you read it in Iserotope Extras, and yes, maybe your friend should subscribe. Have a great week, and I’ll see you next Thursday at 9:10 am for Extras #80!
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