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politics & society | Mar 27th, 2020

In Healing Politics, Epidemiologist Abdul El-Sayed Diagnoses the Political Epidemic that Led to the Pandemic

The coronavirus has left a trail of devastation in its wake. If anything, the virus has exposed how critically vulnerable and unprepared American society was for a crisis of this magnitude. In his book Healing Politics, ABDUL EL-SAYED lays out the progressive path we’ll need to rebuild an America... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Mar 23rd, 2020

Political Polarization During a Pandemic Will Be Deadly: Jay Van Bavel for The Washington Post

Jay Van Bavel is a professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. He speaks frequently about political polarization and ‘the partisan brain,’ exploring why so many people are willing to put party over policy, and oftentimes, even over truth. In his latest for The Washington Post... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Mar 3rd, 2020

National Magazine Award-winner Vanessa Grigoriadis Visits CBS News to Share Her Take on Bloomberg's Strategy

Journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis sat down on CBS News to discuss her recent article—featured in New York magazine’s “One Great Story”—on Mike Bloomberg and his political machine. Delving deep into the person behind the philanthropy, and the ego behind the billions, Grigoriadis explores the possible... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Feb 19th, 2020

Why 'Cartooning' Political Opponents is Bad for Us: Jay Van Bavel for the BBC

We tend to reduce our political opponents to caricatures and stereotypes, a practice that is further reinforced by social media. And though it may feel satisfying to call one another out publicly, the effects could be dangerous. Psychology professors Jay Van Bavel and Dominic Packer investigate for... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Feb 11th, 2020

Acclaimed Artist and Activist Molly Crabapple Interviewed on NPR's Democracy Now

On the latest Democracy Now, Molly Crabapple sat down with Amy Goodman and Juan González to discuss her time on the campaign trail with Bernie Sanders, the Electoral College system and the Democratic primaries—and how she is using her art and activism to fight for change.  “I was doing these... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Jan 23rd, 2020

Forbes CCO Randall Lane Organizes the Magazine’s First Under 30 Voter Survey

The Forbes Under 30 Voter Survey, powered by Zogby, polled 1,014 young American voters on the upcoming election—revealing somewhat unexpected results. Chief Content Officer Randall Lane weighs in on the younger generation’s attitude towards the presidential race.  Though Bernie Sanders remains... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Jan 13th, 2020

NYU's Jay Van Bavel Explores How Tribalism is Increasing Hypocracy in Politics

Hypocrisy in politics is not, by any means, a new concept. But it does seem to be escalating—especially in an Internet age, where every tweet and video clip can be captured and circulated indefinitely. As the 2020 election approaches, NYU’s Associate Professor of Psychology Jay Van Bavel explores... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Jan 8th, 2020

When Fear Replaces Trust: John Ibbitson Reflects on the Uncertainty of Iran for The Globe and Mail

In the not-so-distant past, citizens have rallied around their president in moments of terror and distress. The crisis in Iran feels different. Taking place in the shadow of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the current political moment is inspiring more fear than faith. Globe and Mail alum John... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Jan 3rd, 2020

“Trumpism is a Threat to the World”: Diane Francis Considers the President’s Re-Election in the Financial Post

President Trump has already slandered congress, discredited the Ukraine allegations, and is pushing for his impeachment trial to be proclaimed as fraud—without hearing from a single witness. Does anyone think his behavior will change upon re-election? Diane Francis predicts it will worsen in her... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Dec 19th, 2019

Unfollow Author and Former Westboro Baptist Church Member Megan Phelps-Roper Profiled in The Cut

“I think for some people who leave Westboro, losing that sense of specialness feels like you’ve lost something really valuable and important. I had the opposite experience,” former Westboro Baptist Church member and author of Unfollow Megan Phelps-Roper tells The Cut. “I was so grateful to know... Continue Reading →
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