28 July 2014
Democracy in America
The Glenn Show
The Good Fight
The Mind Report
The Posner Show
The Wright Show
The Good Fight (round 1)
Pros & Conn
The Week in Blog
Socioeconomic issues including education, poverty and racial inequality
Feb 9, 2011 — Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald
Vesla’s new paper on imprisonment and political engagement
Heather: Blacks are more likely to be criminals and victims
Does the right really care about crime victims?
Vesla: Ex-convicts have a jaundiced view of our democracy
Why aren’t white teenage drug users getting locked up?
Personal responsibility vs. societal effects
Jan 26, 2011 — Dana Goldstein & Megan McArdle
Value-added models, a new way to evaluate teachers
Should teachers’ scores be posted online?
Dana: This method promotes more standardized testing
Megan: The unions can’t accept evaluations that have teeth
How do we recruit higher quality teachers?
Debating the DC voucher program
Dec 23, 2010 — David Halperin & Katherine Mangu-Ward
The battle over for-profit higher education
Who should not go to college?
Debating regulations on student loans
Katherine: Slash the federal role in funding higher ed
David’s ideal financial aid system
The government subsidized Katherine’s PoliSci degree. Bad idea?
Nov 25, 2010 — Corby Kummer & Katherine Mangu-Ward
An ode to canned cranberry sauce
Should we be disgusted by food science, or in awe of it?
Corby: Lose the bottled water
Debating the prohibition of Four Loko
Is Michelle Obama a food snob?
Secrets of the “Twinkie diet”
Oct 18, 2010 — Glenn Loury & Amy Wax
Amy: African Americans must help themselves
Does talking about
Is black gun violence like Jewish insider trading?
Are certain ethnic cultures criminogenic?
Debating government’s role in the creation of the middle class
Racial stratification in suburban schools
Sep 15, 2010 — Timothy Noah & Mickey Kaus
Mickey’s problems with Tim’s new series on inequality
Has immigration increased income inequality?
We don’t need no education?
When greed became good
Tim vs. Mickey on unions
Restoring the spirit of equality
Aug 27, 2010 — Kate MacKenzie & Katherine Mangu-Ward
Kate on City Harvest, a food rescue organization
The paradox of the hungry obese person
Is the problem lack of healthy food, or unhealthy food culture?
Considering state-subsidized supermarkets
Food stamps (and the hipsters who love them)
Trying to live on a few bucks per meal
Jul 18, 2010 — John McWhorter & Richard Thompson Ford
Did desegregation hurt the school performance of black kids?
How “acting white” is a middle-class phenomenon
John and Rich remember their Urkel days
Maybe segregated schools are better
Even white kids think whiteness is corny–but they still hit the books
Did George W. Bush do right by black kids?
Jun 28, 2010 — Naomi Cahn & Ross Douthat
Naomi’s new book, “Red Families v. Blue Families”
Let’s talk about sex
Ross: Working-class America needs more 1959, less 2009
Should the state subsidize stay-at-home parents?
The problem with the Swedish model of child care
Does the blue-family model depend on abortion?
Jun 21, 2010 — Glenn Loury & Ross Levine
Why are so many Americans in prison?
Glenn disputes the idea that more incarceration leads to less crime
Race, class, and stigma
Collective responsibility vs. America’s individualist ethos
Imprisonment as the new Jim Crow
Ideas for reforming the criminal justice system
Jun 9, 2010 — Dana Goldstein & Robert Lerman
Robert’s case for apprenticeships instead of college
Cost-benefit analysis of higher education
Hey, what about the value of the liberal arts?
Robert tries to cure Dana of her cynicism about vocational training
Robert: National educational standards are a mistake
Will vocational training reinforce racial segregation in schools?
Mar 22, 2010 — Glenn Loury & Sendhil Mullainathan
Behavioral economics, as illustrated by the snooze button
Why exactly wouldn’t you buy a $5 latte?
For the poor, every day is exam day
Sendhil is ambivalent about payday lending
Stability tax: a shocking fact about how the poor spend money
How a single mom on welfare is like an air-traffic controller