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Mourning David Carr, Another Stranger Who Made My Life Brighter

February 14, 2015 BY: Harold Pollack TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

TCF fellow and Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Harold Pollack writes a heartfelt and poignant piece on the recent passing of famed New York Times columnist David Carr. Pollack writes that although he had never met Carr, he was one of the individuals who made his life a bit brighter everyday upon reading Carr's witty column on his morning commute. Carr will be deeply missed by those inside and outside the journalism community for his dedication and contribution to the reporting field.

Carr’s death stops me in my tracks for many reasons. He was struck down at the top of his game. He had such tremendous human vitality. I would so look forward to catching his latest column on my morning commute. He was just someone who made my life a little brighter, provided a flash of wit and insight, delivered with apparently effortless style.

Read Pollack's tribute to Carr in Washington Monthly.

Tags: reporting, journalism, david carr

Bloom Of Arab Spring Fades In Egypt

NPR's Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins talks with TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis about his book, Once Upon A Revolution and the effort to build a new political order in Egypt. Listen to the interview here and read some excerpts from Chapter 1 from the book.

Read the book excerpt here.

Tags: international relations, egyptian uprisings, egypt, arab spring

The Final Betrayal of Egypt’s Revolution

The 2011 Egyptian Revolution made global news when it succeeded in toppling then-dictator Hosni Mubarak. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis writes on the series of protests and revolts by Egyptian civilians that succeeded in toppling several regimes in just a few years through an intricate narrative titled "Once Upon A Revolution." In this Foreign Policy excerpt of the book, the two individuals who Thanassis followed are highlighted as we see the revolutionary actions unfolding:

“I don’t care who will lead the country. We just want Morsi to leave,” said a lady in a fine tailored dress, sipping tea on a terrace near the presidential palace on a break from chanting.

Read the rest of the excerpt.

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Tags: mubarak, morsi, foreign policy, egyptian uprisings, egyptian revolution

Library Journal Review Out

TCF fellow and award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis has received acclaim for his newly released book (1.20.2015) titled "Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story." Cambanis chronicles two unique and diverse revolutionary movement leaders and tells their story throughout the protests happening in 2011 during the Egyptian uprising. The Library Journal Review has called the book "A welcome addition to the literature on Egypt's uprising and a solid source for the general reader."


Read the remainder of the reviews and purchase the book here.

Tags: mubarak, international relations, egyptian revolutions, arab spring

National Magazine Awards 2015 Finalists Announced

The National Magazine Awards 2015 finalists were announced and TCF's own senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe is in the running for the "Reporting" category. His long-form article printed in the May 5 issue of The New Yorker titled "The Hunt for El Chapo" has gained attention from several outlets for outstanding reporting.

The National Magazine Awards 2015 finalists demonstrate the enduring power of magazine journalism in print and on websites and mobile,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. “Whether it’s politics, fashion, sports or the kind of service journalism that only magazines can do, readers know that their favorite print and digital magazines are where to find information and entertainment they can trust."

Here is the full list of nominees.

Read Patrick Radden Keefe's fantastic piece of writing.

Tags: new yorker, magazine journalism, awards

The Empire of Edge

TCF fellow, Patrick Radden Keefe writes about the downfall of hedge fund S.A.C. Capital Advisors in an article for the New Yorker.

A Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had gathered in Chicago for the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. For decades, scientists had tried, and failed, to devise a cure for Alzheimer’s. But in recent years two pharmaceutical companies, Elan and Wyeth, had worked together on an experimental drug called bapineuzumab, which had shown promise in halting the cognitive decay caused by the disease. Tests on mice had proved successful, and in an initial clinical trial a small number of human patients appeared to improve. A second phase of trials, involving two hundred and forty patients, was near completion. Gilman had chaired the safety-monitoring committee for the trials. Now he was going to announce the results of the second phase.

Read the full article.

Tags: hedge funds, financial advice


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