Additional Focus

A West Virginian Recalls ‘Chemical Valley’

Blog Post by: Joe Miller , on January 10, 2014

Joe Miller writes about the massive chemical spill threatening West Virginia today, leaving thousands of residents without water. Miller recollects his experience growing up near "Chemical Valley," which made its name as a dangerous place to live. 

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Mike Cassidy’s 5 P’s of a Successful Internship

Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on January 10, 2014

2014 summer internship class of The Century Foundation

Vince Vaughn movies notwithstanding, college internships are increasingly becoming a mandatory prerequisite for students who hope to find gainful employment after graduation. No longer is it enough to have stellar transcripts or impressive extracurriculars. Employers want experience, early and often. Former TCF intern and blogger Mike Cassidy describes his experience as an intern and offers advice for ways other organizations can provide similar successes.

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Foreign Policy

The Economic Reform Every Millennial Should Be Fighting For

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on January 9, 2014

Rolling Stone’s Jesse Myerson wrote an article last week entitled, “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For”, which argued that Gen Y, who entered the job market right as the recession took off, must become the champion of economic reform. Policy associate Neil Bhatiya presents an even more important consideration for Millennials. 

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How Masterpiece Stays Timeless

Blog Post by: Peter Osnos , on January 8, 2014

A new memoir by Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer of Downton Abbey and other Masterpiece classics, offers some insight into the series' enduring excellence.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

The Many Challenges of the Age of Oversupply

Blog Post by: Daniel Alpert , on January 8, 2014

TCF fellow Daniel Alpert, who is also a founding managing partner of Westwood Capital, LLC, has been in the press quite a bit in the last few months for his latest book, The Age of Oversupply, which focuses on global macroeconomics. This week, Alpert found himself the darling of Bloomberg TV

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Social Insurance

Love Thy Neighbor

Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on January 8, 2014

New York City doesn’t have a homelessness problem. Well, at least not the kind you think it does. Blogger Mike Cassidy redefines homelesnesss in NYC -- and it's a family business. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

A Blueprint for Labor’s Engagement With Southern Communities

Blog Post by: Douglas Williams , on January 7, 2014

Blogger Douglas Williams maps out a plan for labor activists to follow to grow a labor movement in areas typically shut-out of workers' empowerment, using the Tompkins County Workers' Center in New York as a model. 

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Social Insurance

#TCFBest: January 3, 2014

Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on January 3, 2014

Happy 2014 TCF-ers! This week’s #TCFBest begins with some nostalgia for a smaller city via Atlantic Cities’ portrait of city plans from 200 years ago. ThinkProgress offers some optimism in the world of healthcare, and Wonkblog brings us the graph of the year.

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Education

The High Cost of Student Debt

Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on January 2, 2014

Student loan debt is one of today's college students' biggest concerns, and no wonder: a report issued in early December by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) shows average student debt is currently $29,400 upon graduation. Blogger Jill Silos-Rooney discusses how student debt affects community college students in particular.

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Social Insurance

How Obama Can Win America Back—Again

Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on December 20, 2013

President Obama's approval ratings hit an all-time low of 38 percent earlier this month. Millennials, who helped him get elected and are crucial to the success of the healthcare law, were evenly balanced on the approval question. And for the first time, a majority of Americans said they did not believe Obama was trustworthy. Zachary Bernstein offers ways Obama could improve his reputation.

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