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CARPE DIEM: Award-winning columnist and analyst, Jonathan Alter

October 28, 2015 BY: Jonathan Alter TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

Watch Jonathan Alter speak with "Carpe Diem" host Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University to discuss politics, how the current campaign is being covered, and the media landscape.

Tags: elections, commentary

Apprenticeship Explainer: Why Politicians Are Pitching Them

Apprenticeships are gaining popularity in the U.S. and legislators are moving toward developing these programs as a way to lower the growing number of disconnected youth who are neither working, nor in school.


Shannon Rieger Wins Janice Nittoli “Forward Thinking” Award

May 22, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Additional Focus, News About TCF, Special Projects

The Century Foundation is pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of the Janice Nittoli "Forward Thinking" Award is Shannon Rieger of Berkeley, California.


Immobile in America

TCF fellow Rick Kahlenberg reviews author Robert Putnam's work, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Kahlenberg explains how Putnam describes the gaps in class and race, as well as how these gaps take effect on an individual's education and future accessibility to success.

One study Putnam cites finds that after controlling for family and academic background and school inputs, students who attend a high school with classmates from a high socioeconomic status have a 68 percent higher probability of enrolling in a four year college than a student who attends a school where classmates have a low socioeconomic status.

Read Kahlenberg's full review.

Tags: socioeconomic diversity, race inequality, class segregation

Where the Bodies Are Buried

For the New Yorker, TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe has published a new article on the I.R.A. and the controversy that has continued to surround the decades-old murder of Jean McConville.

The disappearance of Jean McConville was eventually recognized as one of the worst atrocities that occurred during the long conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. But at the time no one, except the McConville children, seemed especially concerned. When Helen returned home, she and Archie went out to look for Jean, but nobody could—or would—tell them anything about where she had been taken or when she might be back. Some weeks later, a social worker visited the apartment and noted, in a report, that the McConville children had been “looking after themselves.” Their neighbors in Divis Flats were aware of the kidnapping, as was a local parish priest, but, according to the report, they were “unsympathetic.”

Read Radden Keefe's piece here.

Tags: patrick radden keefe, new yorker, ireland

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


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