What does it take to immigrate to the United States of America? Who is eligible, what are the procedures and requirements, and how long does it take?

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The Mexico Center at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University hosts Rational Middle: Immigration experts for a panel discussion about immigration in America.

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The Law Center at the University of Houston hosts Rational Middle: Immigration experts for a panel discussion about immigration in America.

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Following Hurricane Harvey in September 2017, Houston finds itself in the grips of a housing crisis. Even before the storm caused $9 billion in housing damage, the city was struggling through a workforce shortage in the construction industry. One solution: Allow Houston’s 500,000 undocumented workers come out of the shadows to help rebuild the community, […]

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The Immigrant’s Promise

What role does immigration play in our country’s identity and economy, and how did it become illegal in the first place?

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The debate over nuclear power is a hotly contested one. Opponents cite old and still important challenges like safety of citizens from atomic radiation, security of nuclear material, and the remaining waste product produced by nuclear power. Some of these issues had almost been forgotten by the public until the explosion of Fukushima Daiichi, a […]

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As we say, energy is complicated. It’s ever-changing and often shifts dramatically directly beneath your feet. In light of recent events and the constant evolution of the discussion around energy and its impact on our environment and our civilization, the Rational Middle has seen fit to update two episodes at the center of this discussion. […]

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Energy isn’t just facts and numbers. It intersects our lives everyday, affecting how we experience the world. While many of us see the benefits of energy first hand, from our consumption and utilization of it to make our lives easier, some people experience the production, acquisition and transportation of energy in their communities. The Energy […]

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Meet Ed Whittingham, director of the Pembina Institute, and environmental NGO in Canada. Ed and his team work day in and day out to provide a voice for environmental interests in Canada and North America. Follow Ed as he goes throughout his day meeting with journalists, politicians, and industry representatives.

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It’s pretty hard to look around these days and not see something created with or transported by energy. Companies around the world are looking to reduce their negative impact on communities, increase their environmental stewardship efforts, as well as making a profit. New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins, CO is doing just that and were […]

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What comes to mind when we think about renewables? Wind turbines spinning in a field, solar panels on a rooftop. But there’s much more to a cleaner energy future than these images in our mind. Creating a renewables-based energy future will take a lot of time, resources, and commitment. This episode highlights the benefits and […]

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Many times, changing the energy system can seem daunting with discussions about policy, industry standards, mandates, and foreign affairs. This episode looks the most effective ways to date each of us can make a difference in our homes, and in our daily lives to reduce our consumption of energy and the impacts that can stem […]

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The path to a clean energy future is paved with small moves that result in big outcomes. We take a look at several promising directions for the future of transportation – from efficiency of the internal combustion engine, to natural gas vehicles, the electric motor, mass transit, and beyond.

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Now that we know where we are and what’s at stake, let’s take a look at the future of energy and what the challenges are of getting there. The Great Transition is just a stepping stone to a wider discussion about the energy future and offer a look at some of the discussions we need […]

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When the Corders wake up each morning, they do the things we all do: They turn on the lights, brew a cup of coffee, and read the morning paper. Between Lisa and Jerald along with their two kids, Adele and Wyatt, the time spent travelling to work, school, extracurriculars and coming home to powerful computers, […]

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From Dallas, Texas to New York City, to Calgary, Alberta we hit the streets looking to answer your questions about energy, finding out what you want to know and turning those questions to experts around the country.

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Last season we released ten films about energy to spark discussion about the challenges facing our nation and the world. Two of the films, called “Realities of Drilling” Parts 1 and 2 were about exploring and producing natural gas in shale deposits – to discuss the risks surrounding drilling in these unconventional plays. Given the […]

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For most people, natural gas is simply what heats their homes or flows through their stove-tops. But what they may not know is what else it’s used for. This piece will show some of the many current and proposed uses of natural gas – from fertilizers to a manufacturing feedstock, producing electricity, and fueling transportation.

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What do you think about energy? What concerns you? We hit the streets to find out what people know, and don’t know about energy and then turned to experts to find the answers.

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We use a lot of energy. The problem is that it effects our world every day and many of the costs are not found in the price you pay at the pump or on your monthly bill. Take a look at how energy is changing the world around us and what we stand to face […]

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