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Maryland To Study Health Impacts Of Fracking

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is getting ready to study the health impacts of the shale gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The agency says the study will assess the possible impact of fracking on water and air quality, noise and public safety.

The drilling technique allows energy companies to extract natural gas from shale formations deep underground, but environmentalists have raised concerns the possibility of ground water contamination.

The agency says the study will not recommend for or against hydraulic fracturing. But the study will help inform Governor Martin O'Malley's Commission on Safe Drilling Practices. That commission is due to deliver a final report on whether Maryland should allow fracking in August.

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A Conversation With "Broad City" Co-Star Abbi Jacobson

What do Michelle Obama, Anna Wintour and Michael Jordan carry in their bags? Abbi Jacobson imagines the things you might find in her new illustrated book, "Carry This Book." We talk to the "Broad City" co-star about what you can learn from the contents of bags—and her success creating and starring in the hit Comedy Central show.

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New Approaches To Tackling Local Youth Hunger

The First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and other regional leaders are exploring new, innovative ways to combat local food insecurity.

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What Washington Really Thinks of the Rest of America

Kojo explores the surprising findings of a Johns Hopkins survey on what D.C.'s federal workers and unelected policy makers really think of the American public.


Researchers Build 'Nightmare Machine'

An MIT project rolled out just in time for Halloween uses artificial intelligence to generate horror images.

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