BUSINESS The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is hearing arguments in a lawsuit against the giant clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. The suit claims religious discrimination in not hiring a job applicant wearing hijab. (International Business Times) Learn more about varying interpretations of hijab and how secular governments have responded. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Abercrombie & Islam
UNITED STATES Last Interview with a Storm Chaser Tim Samaras, a high-profile meteorologist and storm chaser, was killed in an Oklahoma twister last week. For years, Samaras has driven into the heart of tornadoes, equipment in hand, to learn more about them. Late last month, as tornado season was opening in Oklahoma, Samaras talked to National Geographic about what motivated him to engage in such … Continue reading Last Interview with a Storm Chaser
UNITED STATES Oklahoma Devastated by Twisters A powerful tornado roared through Oklahoma City on May 20, killing more than 50 people and leaving rescue workers frantically searching for survivors. This video shows the mile-wide tornado as it swirls near the Oklahoma City suburb of Newcastle. This video shows the aftermath of the deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Discussion Ideas: Look at our “Forces of Nature” … Continue reading Twister Devastates Oklahoma
Well, as all good things must come to an end, my internship here at National Geographic will be over in approximately 1 hour. I’ve had a great time here, learned a LOT about blogging and met a TON of great people. Before moving on to other adventures, I’d like to share with you the next five things I plan on doing with my life now that I won’t be writing this blog.
1. Driving back to Oklahoma to eat my favorite food
Yes, I am from Oklahoma, where the wind goes sweeping down the plains. I’m heading back to the ‘breadbasket’ of America tomorrow morning, but since it is a 20 hour drive, I probably won’t arrive until Saturday afternoon. My favorite things about Oklahoma:
Great Mexican food Wide open spaces Dirt roads BBQs at the lake
I’m not going to lie; I’ve missed those things immensely ever since I arrived here in D.C. As always, it’s great to go home every now and then.
2. Going to learn to scuba dive in Honduras
Before I learned about this internship, I enrolled in a study abroad class to Honduras. My professor required that I buy my plane ticket to Honduras when I signed up for the class. But, as things happen, I was offered this amazing opportunity here at National Geographic and I had to respectfully withdraw from the trip. Luckily, I was able to reschedule my tickets, and now I am taking a personal vacation to learn how to scuba dive in the world-class reefs off the coast of Honduras. I’m hoping I get to see some whale sharks; wish me luck!
3. Ride my bicycle from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine
Yep, that’s right. Two of my pals and I are going to be riding our bikes from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The name of our trip: BroQuest. On June 1st, we will arrive in Portland, OR, assemble our bicycles, sleep a little bit, and then set off on the journey of a lifetime. I encourage you to follow the progress of our “gigantic traveling dork circus.”