Category Archives: politics

Kennewick Man’s Remains Returned

This past weekend we learned in the local news that remains of a 9500-year old skeleton discovered on American Indian land 20 years ago have been returned. In honor of the decision by President Obama and Congress, I’ve reblogged my recent … Continue reading

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How Science makes us Smarter

Feeling Rotten, Part 3 I mourn the loss of integrity when shenanigans from high-ranking folks we elected make headlines. What happened to grace and goodness? I’m embarrassed to learn that Republicans voted to gut ethics standards from our nation’s core … Continue reading

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When Headlines Encourage Distraction

Feeling Rotten, Part 1 You could probably write the New Year’s tips in your sleep. First, there’s the worst-and-best-of lists: Best movies Worst Twitter quotes Best albums Worst-dressed hip hop artists Then there’s the concoction of clips of actors who … Continue reading

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Have we lost our moorings?

For weeks our local public radio station had urged us to consider what the American Dream means. I discovered when I spent part of one summer talking with faculty and students in Amman, Jordan—as part of an exchange–the denizens we … 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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High gloss won’t restore the sheen on the warty toad

POLITICAL NEWS: Part 3 (Earlier this week I wrote that the comb-over candidate’s spinmeisters are redoubling their efforts to curb the candidate’s runaway tongue by having him stick to a carefully scripted playbook. Today’s New York Times confirms the prediction. … Continue reading

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POLITICAL NEWS: Part 2 of 3

Lipstick on a pig? A toad?  (My last blog, Stuck on the Tar Baby, takes a look at what it means in the worlds of journalism and public-relations to frame $2 billion in “free” press coverage in today’s presidential campaign. … Continue reading

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