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John McCardell on 60 Minutes 

Last night, Middlebury College President Emeritus John McCardell appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" in a 13-minute segment on the "drinking age debate." As we reported in October, McCardell, founder of the advocacy nonprofit Choose Responsibility, has angered Mothers Against Drunk Driving by suggesting that the federal drinking age be lowered from 21 to 18 years old.

"Alcohol education is what we need, and that is a very important part of our proposal," he told a "60 Minutes" interviewer. "I don't mean temperance lectures, and I don't mean prohibition, nor do I mean encouragement to drink."

(BIZARRE ADDENDUM: "Song Binging," today's "Urban Word of the Day" from urbandictionary,com, is oddly apropos. It means, "To binge on a song or artist ... The act of repeatedly and obsessively listening to a particular song or artist over a relatively short period of time.")

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