Category Archives: Climate change

Bring Back Integrity

Feeling Rotten, Part 2 Yup: the lies, the venom, the cronyism and the bigotry repulse me. We have buried integrity in the political landscape. Two examples of integrity loom: one made headlines this week, and the other may be hidden … Continue reading

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Casting Light on the Dark Side of Politics

How to Create Doubt Tonight marks the final formal debate between the two presidential candidates and I’m asking my students to consider the question: How do we create doubt? When you listen to the debate and hear arguments about “truths,” … Continue reading

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Oscar’s Platform for Politics  

  DiCaprio’s Plea for Indigenous Acknowledgement Gets Buried Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech for Best Actor at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony turned into a Rorschach test for viewers: you heard what you wanted to hear. After thanking The Revenant team, DiCaprio … Continue reading

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Is there a doctor in the house?

National Native American History Month: Less than one percent First daughter broke through a chunk of the glass ceiling in November—a tribute to her passion and persistence—and an important event tucked in the shadow of National Native American History month. … Continue reading

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Creating Doubt

The Dark Side of Politics The new documentary Merchants of Doubt knocks down the lies one by one. And then the film knocks down the assumptions, one by one. But it’s hard to know what’s worse: the lies we tell … Continue reading

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Science as Politics

And Politics as Science You gotta love Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Jamieson is the doyenne of political communication. In addition to her impressive career as a public affairs and media scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Jamieson is one of Bill … Continue reading

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Indigenous voices needed

One effect of increased interest in climate change is that many scientists and policy-makers want to hear from indigenous peoples. While native folk have been delegitimized historically as unscientific and irrational, today’s movers-and-shakers welcome hearing indigenous voices. One compelling reason … Continue reading

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