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COMPARATIVE MEDIA STUDIES / WRITING
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Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour
Oprah's Conversation With Professor of Humanities at MIT, Dr Alan Lightman
Alan Lightman, Professor of the Practice, Science Writing
5/10/2020


WGBH Boston Public Radio
Remote Learning Is A Challenge, Especially For Students In Districts With Fewer Resources
Justin Reich, Assistant Professor of CMS/W; Director, MIT Teaching Systems Lab
5/6/2020


The Boston Globe 
When it comes to online learning, Mass., Rhode Island take wildly divergent paths
Justin Reich, Assistant Professor of CMS/W; Director, MIT Teaching Systems Lab
4/22/2020
 

Educational Leadership
Keep It Simple, Schools
Justin Reich, Assistant Professor of CMS/W; Director, MIT Teaching Systems Lab
4/15/2020


The Atlantic
What Teachers Need to Make Remote Schooling Work
Justin Reich, Assistant Professor of CMS/W; Director, MIT Teaching Systems Lab
4/13/2020


The New Yorker
The Truth About Isaac Newton’s Productive Plague
Tom Levenson, Professor of Science Writing
4/6/2020
 

The Atlantic
The Virus Is a Reminder of Something Lost Long Ago
Alan Lightman, Professor of the Practice, Science Writing
4/1/2020
 

New York Review of Books
Pandemic Journal
Lucy Jakub, Graduate student, Comparative Media Studies
3/24/2020
 

WBUR On Point | NPR
Online Learning: How Colleges And Universities Are Teaching Students Virtually
Justin Reich, Assistant Professor of Comparative Media Studies
3/24/2020
 

The Washington Post
The truth about Trump’s uncle and what it means for his presidency
Heather Hendershot, Professor of Comparative Media Studies
3/12/2020
 

The Atlantic
Conservatives Try to Rebrand the Coronavirus
Thomas Levenson, Professor of Science Writing
3/11/2020



DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

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Quartz
The Covid-19 pandemic will be a disaster for wages, even once we all go back to work
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics
5/15/2020


WGBH Boston Public Radio
Economist Jonathan Gruber: 'We absolutely do need more stimulus'
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
5/13/2020


Quartz
Nobel laureate Esther Duflo says cash transfers to poor will only help Indian businesses
Esther Duflo, Professor of Economics; Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
5/12/2020
 

Financial Times 
Millions of Americans to lose health insurance as jobless rate soars
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
5/10/2020


The Wall Street Journal
Targeted Lockdowns Are Better
Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor, Professor of Economics
5/4/2020
 

NPR/National Public Radio 
Not-So-Small Businesses Continue To Benefit From PPP Loans
Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor, Professor of Economics
5/4/2020


CBS News
Paycheck Protection Program II is half gone, with California grabbing largest share
Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor, Professor of Economics
5/4/2020
 

NPR/National Public Radio
Coronavirus Conundrum: How To Cover Millions Who Lost Their Jobs And Health Insurance
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
5/4/2020
 

The New York Times
Millions Had Risen Out of Poverty. Coronavirus Is Pulling Them Back.
Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Professor of Economics
4/30/2020


Vox
India takes a small step toward relaxing its strict lockdown
Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Professor of Economics
4/24/2020
 

BBC News
Coronavirus lockdown: Nobel prize economist says India must do more for poor
Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Professor of Economics
4/24/2020
 

WGBH Boston Public Radio
Economist Jon Gruber Highlights 'Nightmare' Situation For Nation's Nursing Homes
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
4/22/2020
 

The Wall Street Journal
Forecasting Media Panic
Jeffrey Harris, Professor of Economics
4/20/2020
 

Innovation Hub - PRI/Public Radio International 
The Economics Of A Global Emergency
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics
4/17/2020


Freakonomcs Radio
Who Gets the Ventilator? (Ep. 413)
Parag Pathak, Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton Professor of Microeconomics
4/15/2020


Vox
Data shows social distancing has slowed down the coronavirus outbreak. But what's next?
Jeffrey Harris, Professor of Economics
4/15/2020


ABC News
Can the economy recover in parts of the country as early as next month?
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
4/13/2020


Marketplace Morning Report - American Public Media
How to help the poor amid COVID-19? Give them money, says Nobel laureate Esther Duflo
Esther Duflo, Professor of Economics; Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
4/9/2020
 

WGBH News
Gov. Baker Outlines New Effort To Address 'Staggering' Surge Of Unemployment Claims
Jonathan Gruber, MIT Ford Professor of Economics
4/9/2020
 

Wall Street Journal
Crisis of Confidence
Jeffrey Harris, Practicing physician and MIT Professor of Economics
4/7/2020
 

Bloomberg
People Who Lost Jobs Can Sign Up For Obamacare
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
4/3/2020
 

WGBH Boston Public Radio
Economist Jon Gruber On What The Federal Stimulus Package Does And Doesn't Do
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
4/2/2020
 

New York Times
Covid-19 Is Twisting 2020 Beyond All Recognition
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics
4/1/2020
 

Los Angeles Times
Economists agree with doctors that prematurely lifting lockdown would be disastrous
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics
3/31/2020
 

Governing magazine
Easing Access to the Safety Net, and Why We Need to Do It Now
Amy Finkelstein, MacDonald Professor of Economics, and Matthew Notowidigo
3/31/2020
 

The Washington Post
An enormous surge of uninsured sick people is coming. Here’s how to pay for them.
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
3/30/2020
 

Scientific American
Connecting with Voters in a Time of Social Distancing
Donald Green, Research Affiliate, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT Dept of Economics
3/27/2020
 

WGBH Morning Edition
How The Senate Economic Stimulus Package Could Benefit Americans
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
3/26/2020
 

Marketplace American Public Media
“Open by Easter”? A closer look at the U.S. economy’s timeline
James Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics
3/25/2020
 

Foreign Affairs
The Coronavirus Exposed America’s Authoritarian Turn
Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor, Professor of Economics
3/23/2020
 

Institute for New Economic Thinking (blog)
MIT Economist on Coronavirus: “Young People Going to Get Squashed”
Peter Temin, Professor emeritus of Economics
3/20/2020
 

Financial Times
US workers brace as coronavirus ripples through real economy
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics
3/16/2020
 

PBS Amanpour & Co
MIT Economist Talks Globalization, Trade and China
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics
3/11/2020
 

WGBH Boston Public Radio
MIT Economist Calls For Federal Sick Leave Program In Wake Of COVID-19 Pandemic
Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics; Director, NBE's Research Program on Health Care
3/11/2020



GLOBAL LANGUAGES

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ABC News
Wuhan's 'Wet Markets' Are Back in Business
Emma J. Teng, T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations; Director, Global Languages
4/17/2020
 

Los Angeles Times
Coronavirus Sparks Culture Clash in the San Gabriel Valley
Emma J. Teng, T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations; Director, Global Languages
2/13/2020
 

South China Morning Post
Coronavirus: Outbreak Has Stoked a Rise in Xenophobia, Chinese Living Abroad Say
Emma J. Teng, T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations; Director, Global Languages
2/7/2020



KNIGHT SCIENCE JOURNALISM PROGRAM
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The Boston Globe
The tension between privacy and coronavirus contact-tracing
Anil Ananthaswamy, MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow
4/30/2020



DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS AND PHILOSOPHY
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The New Statesman
What the pandemic tells us about personal identity
Kieran Setiya, Professor of Philosophy
5/7/2020



MUSIC AND THEATER ARTS
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The Boston Globe 
More than 700 MIT graduates will sing one song together, virtually
Eran Egozy, Proefessor, Music and Theater Arts Section
5/21/2020


Boston Globe
In their own words: How artists are staying productive (and mostly positive) during the pandemic
Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Lecturer, Theater Arts, Music and Theater Arts section
5/14/2020



DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
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CNN
America's response to the coronavirus is the most American thing ever
Andrea Campbell, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science
5/19/2020


The New York Times
An ode to the humble balcony
Bernardo Zacka, Assistant Professor of Political Science
5/9/2020


The Washington Post 
Does the global pandemic open new South China Sea opportunities for Beijing? Not really.
M. Taylor Fravel, Professor of Political Science
5/7/2020


The Washington Post 
Europe has kept down pandemic unemployment -- and the U.S. hasn't. Here's why.
Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science
4/24/2020



DEPT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE | MIT CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
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USA Today 
'War and Disease Travel Together': Why the Pandemic Push for a Global Cease-Fire is Gaining Ground
Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science; Director Emeritus, Security Studies Program
4/28/2020


Foreign Affairs
Do Pandemics Promote Peace?
Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science; Director Emeritus, Security Studies Program
4/23/20


The New York Times
Coronavirus Halts Street Protests, but Climate Activists Have a Plan
Shola Lawal, 2019 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow, Center for International Studies
3/19/2020


The Washington Post
How coronavirus will affect the US military
Rachel Tecott, Erik Sand, Political Science PhD candidates
3/19/2020



DEPT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE | MIT ELECTION DATA & SCIENCE LAB
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The Washington Post
The Wisconsin primary had extraordinarily high voter turnout
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Founder, MIT Election Lab 
4/15/2020
 

NPR
'In The End, The Voters Responded': Surprising Takeaways From Wisconsin's Election
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Founder, MIT Election Lab 
4/15/2020
 

Associated Press
Parties mine Wisconsin for clues to voting in the virus era
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Founder, MIT Election Lab 
4/15/2020


The Guardian
Republicans tried to suppress the vote in Wisconsin. It backfired
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Founder, MIT Election Lab 
4/14/2020


The New York Times
Does Vote-by-Mail Favor Democrats? No. It's a False Argument by Trump.
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Founder, MIT Election Lab
4/10/2020
 

The Washington Post
More voting by mail would make the 2020 election safer for our health.
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT; Founder, MIT Election Lab
4/6/2020
 

Democracy Works
Free And Fair Elections During A Pandemic
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT; Founder, MIT Election Lab
3/30/2020
 

Market Watch
We can rely more on more mail-in ballots for the November election — here’s how
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT; Founder, MIT Election Lab
3/30/2020
 

The National Memo
Election Officials Scrambling To Meet Pandemic Voting Challenges
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT; Founder, MIT Election Lab
3/27/2020
 

The New York Times
Voting by Mail Is the Hot New Idea. Is There Time to Make It Work?
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT; Founder, MIT Election Lab
3/19/2020


Lawfare
Ten Recommendations to Ensure a Healthy and Trustworthy 2020 Election
Charles Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT; Founder, MIT Election Lab
3/19/2020



DEPT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE | MIT GOV/LAB
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Science
Crushing coronavirus means ‘breaking the habits of a lifetime.’ Behavior scientists have some tips
Lily Tsai, Ford Professor of Political Science and founder and Faculty Director of the MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB)
4/16/2020
 

Forbes
The 2014 Ebola Outbreak Shows Why Open, Honest Communication Is Vital For Containing COVID-19 Coronavirus
Lily Tsai, Ford Professor of Political Science and founder and Faculty Director of the MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB)
3/2/2020
 

Scholars Strategy Network
Learning from Ebola
Lily Tsai, Ford Professor of Political Science and founder and Faculty Director of the MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB) and Ben Morse, Senior Research, Education, and Training Manager at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
4/2/2020



PROGRAM IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY
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The New York Times 
How to Have a Fun Conversation Again
Shelley Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology
5/19/2020


TIME
Video Chat Is Helping Us Stay Connected in Lockdown. But the Tech Was Once a 'Spectacular Flop'
Lisa Parks, Professor of CMS/W and Science, Technology, & Society; Director, Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab
5/11/2020


The New Yorker
The pandemic is not a natural disaster
Kate Brown, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
4/13/2020
 

WBUR On Point
Staying Connected, Virtually: What We Lose Online
Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology
4/1/2020
 

The New York Times
Coronavirus Ended the Screen-Time Debate. Screens Won.
Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology
3/31/2020
 

The New York Times
You Show Me Your Décor, I’ll Show You Mine
Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology
3/31/2020


NBC News
The coronavirus pandemic drove life online. It may never return.
Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology
3/28/2020