In The Media - Archive 2007

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New York Times, Dec. 27: Itt/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy Philip Cook, an expert on lotteries, discusses gaps in what we know about who plays the games -- and at what cost.

New York Times, Dec. 26: “Do you think we should be subsidizing alcohol?" asks Philip Cook, professor of public policy and author of a new book on alcohol policy titled, Paying the Tab. Low taxes on beer and wine don't come close to balancing the societal costs of problem drinking, Cook says.

Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec.14: In his book, Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control, Duke public policy professor Philip Cook makes a case for raising excise taxes on alcohol to reduce drinking and curb the societal harm caused by alcohol abuse. Cook also proposes loosening drinking rules in "custodial" environments such as military bases and residential colleges.

Wall Street Journal, Dec. 10: Joel Fleishman, professor of public policy studies and law at Duke, discusses why private foundations are under pressure to give away more money and what the upside -- and downside -- of any changes could be for the public charities they support.

Washington Post, Dec. 8: When it comes to celebrity endorsements, who’s the bigger "get," Oprah or Barbra? Susan Tifft, a professor of journalism and public policy at Duke’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, joins a colleague in reviewing the research.

Bloomberg TV, Dec. 7: Jacob Vigdor, a professor of public policy studies and economics at Duke, talks about the Bush administration's plan to freeze some subprime mortgage rates. (See link to video under "related media" on the right.)

The Economist, Dec. 6: As Americans digest the news of another gun atrocity, they cannot be blamed for thinking that guns are in too ready supply. But an article by Philip Cook, Duke professor of public policy, in the latest Economic Journal suggests that the demand for illegal guns is not met as easily as many people believe.

The Observer (London), Dec. 2: A new analysis of the underground gun market in Chicago by four economists, including Duke’s Philip Cook, shows that stringent laws have increased the cost of getting hold of a weapon -- and cut violent crime.

Washington Times, Nov. 29: Because of her crossover appeal with white females, Oprah Winfrey’s support for Barack Obama has the potential to affect the outcome of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus and other primaries, says political science and public policy professor Paula McClain. See also Duke University News & Communications.

ABC's Good Morning America, Nov. 28: Lisa Berlin, a research scientist for the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, discusses a proposed Massachusetts law that would outlaw corporal punishment, including spanking, even for parents disciplining their kids at home.

Duke University News & Communications, Nov. 27: Sanford Institute professor Susan Tifft is applying her journalistic talents to writing about her own battle with cancer. Her website displays her characteristic humor along with insights about the tribulations of chemo and joy from the love and support she receives from her husband and legions of friends.

Duke University News & Communications, Nov. 27: A report that the number of people infected with the HIV virus has been exaggerated should not take away from Saturday’s World AIDS Day and its focus on care and prevention, says Michael H. Merson, director of Duke’s Global Health Institute.

New York Times, Nov. 27: At a time when the government is making hospices repay hundreds of millions of dollars to Medicare because patients are living longer, a new study by Duke public policy professor Don Taylor shows that hospice care reduces Medicare spending compared to other kinds of care.

North Carolina Public Radio's "The State of Things," Nov. 16: Alex Harris, a professor of public policy, discusses The Idea of Cuba, his latest publication. Inspired by a series of trips he took to Cuba, the book employs documentary photography to provide a contemporary picture of social and cultural life on the island today.

Duke University News & Communications, Nov. 15: In a new study on hospice care, assistant professor of public policy Don Taylor explains how hospice programs not only provide dying people with quality-of-life benefits, but also reduce Medicare spending by more than $2,000 per person compared to normal care.

Duke University News & Communications, Nov. 15: Senior Kristin Butler of Cary, N.C., an opinion columnist for The Chronicle student-run newspaper, has been named the 2007 winner of the Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism.

New York Times, Nov. 12: Duke Law and public policy professor Joel L. Fleishman, a leading authority on nonprofit law, discusses new rules imposed by Congress aimed at giving donors a much clearer picture of how secular charities handle their money.

NPR’s Morning Edition, Nov. 6: Hardy Vieux, a 1993 PPS graduate and former Navy lawyer, discusses United States attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey’s stance on waterboarding, a controversial interrogation practice. Vieux says that once Mukasey is confirmed as attorney general, Senate Democrats will likely insist that he clarify his official position on the issue.

Washington Post, Oct. 29: Associate professor of public policy Anirudh Krishna's research on social capital--an important tool in development--shows that it must be grown on a local level, rather than through governmental or multinational organizations. This suggests a "fundamental flaw" in U.S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq, says columnist Shankar Vedantam.

CNN Money, Oct. 22: In a paper critical of most tax-funded bailouts for subprime loans, economics and public policy associate professor Jacob Vigdor advocates higher standards for lenders.

New York Times, Oct. 21: With the domestic market plateauing, professor of public policy, economics and law Charles Clotfelter comments on two U.S. lottery giants focused on securing new footholds overseas (see last page).

Duke University News & Communications, Oct. 18: Students in the Hart Leadership Program’s “Enterprising Leadership” course, led by visiting lecturerChristopher Gergen, have been talking to Durham leaders about city problems and now face the challenge of devising venture projects to effect change.

Chronicle of Philanthropy, Oct. 18: Joel L. Fleishman, professor of public policy studies and law at Duke, is leading efforts to help nonprofit groups avoid ethical and legal improprieties.

Public Radio East, Oct. 15: Christine Vaughn, a second-year MPP student and former teacher, discusses the relationship between a growing rate of teacher absences, reduced student performance on standardized tests and increased disciplinary problems in North Carolina schools.

New York Times, Oct. 14: With billions to gain, government officials in at least a dozen states are considering lottery privatizations. Longtime lottery analyst Philip J. Cook, a professor of public policy at Duke, has some concerns.

North Carolina Public Radio News, Oct. 10: The disproportionate share of health problems borne by minorities is tied to poverty in childhood, and is a reality Americans are morally obligated to address, says Sherman James, Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies.

North Carolina Public Radio News, Oct. 5: Chris Conover, assistant research professor at Duke's Center for Health Policy, discusses the health care implications of the biggest lay-off in North Carolina state history.

UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, Oct. 5: David Guy, a Duke alumnus and writing instructor at the Sanford Institute, talks about his fifth novel, entitled Jake Fades.

Austin Chronicle, Oct. 5: Guns are not easily obtained by inner-city criminals, as many people believe, and far from being hopeless, police efforts to curtail criminals' access to guns do make a difference, according to new research by ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy Phil Cook.

UPI, Oct. 2: Last week, California became the most recent state to pass measures that would divest its retirement funds from any companies that do business with Iran. Professor of public policy Bruce Jentleson, an expert on coercive diplomacy, says such measures are not a new concept.

Washington Post, Sept. 9: Peter D. Feaver, a Duke political science and public policy professor who was a National Security Council strategic adviser until July when he returned to Duke, discusses Washington politics and the troop “surge” in Iraq. See also: NBC Nightly News: “General David Petraeus Preparing to Deliver State of Iraq Speech to Capitol Hill” (Transcript not available online)

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 7: Peter Feaver, a Duke political science and public policy professor who helped develop the troop surge plan while serving in the Bush administration, sees an opening for Democrats and Republicans to reach agreement on an Iraq policy. Also on NBC Nightly News.

The Economist, August 23: Rapid advances in genetic testing promise to transform medicine, but Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan, director of the Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy, wonders if insurance companies will invest in genetic tests that help with prevention.

PBS’s The Charlie Rose Show, August 22: Joel Fleishman, director of the Heyman Center on Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions at the Sanford Institute, joins Judith Rodin and Matthew Bishop in a discussion on the current state of philanthropy.

BBC World Service “Business Daily”, August 7: Chris Conover, a health policy professor, debates the efficiency and value of FDA drug trial regulations with the FDA's Theresa Mullin. 
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Tucson Citizen, Gannett News Service, July 26: Ken Rogerson, media policy professor and director of undergraduate studies, looks at how the YouTube phenomenon might shake up the format of presidential debates. See also: The Indianapolis Star

NPR’s Tell Me More, July 11: Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy Studies and former Washington Post columnist William Raspberry talks about the future of schools, life, work and the meaning of it all in the program’s weekly visit with a wise elder.

UPI, July 10: Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan, director of the Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy, discusses legislation pending in Congress to prohibit researchers from patenting genes.

The Guardian, April 18: Kristin A. Goss, assistant professor of public policy studies and political science, explains that there are two reasons why it is unlikely that the Virginia Tech shooting will lead to stricter gun laws.

American Journalism Review, April/May 2007: New York Times should have done better follow-up when competitor broke story of deficiencies at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, says Susan E. Tifft, a professor of journalism and public policy at Duke University and coauthor of a book on the Times' Ochs-Sulzberger dynasty.

Duke Magazine, March-April 2007: Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Kristin A. Goss explores why the national gun-control campaign has underperformed when it comes to mobilizing broad-based support.

WAMU-FM (Washington, D.C.), March 19: Joel Fleishman’s, professor of law and public policy at Duke, discusses philanthropy and innovation on the "Kojo Nnamdi Show."

The New York Times, March 14: Christopher Schroeder, professor of public policy, reviews congressional authority – beyond the power of the purse – to change the course of the Iraq war.

WBUR's On Point, March 12: Charles Clotfelter, Duke professor of public policy and co-author of "Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America," joined a conversation about how some cash-strapped state governments are thinking about selling off their lotteries to private investors.

Slate.com, Feb. 16: Uncharitable Thoughts: Are foundations elitist, anti-democratic, and in danger of losing their tax exemptions? Lincoln Caplan discusses Professor of Public Policy Joel Fleishman’s book calling for greater accountability by foundations.

TPMCafe, Feb. 5: Sanctions against Iran are not a strategy in themselves, says PPS Professor Bruce Jentleson, but "they also shouldn’t be undersold."

The New York Times, Feb. 4: New York Times columnist and visiting professor of PPS in fall 2006, David Brooks says he was struck by the “universal tone of postboomer pragmatism” among the Duke students he taught last autumn.

American Journalism Review, Feb. / Mar. 2007: Susan Tifft, professor of the practice of journalism and PPS, comments on the future of the New York Times Co. in light of growing financial challenges.

The New York Times, Jan. 28: Noah Pickus, professor of PPS and interim director for ethics at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, recommends that job seekers use common sense in their pursuit of new employment while at the office.

National Journal, Jan. 27: Congress could limit troop levels, block invasions of Iran and Syria, or set time limits or conditions on funding various aspects of the war in Iraq, says PPS and law professor Christopher Schroeder.

The Economist, Jan. 27:  In his new book on American philanthropy, Duke PPS Professor Joel Fleishman “packs an iron fist inside his velvet glove.”

Huffington Post, Jan. 25: Citing law and public policy professor Christopher Schroeder's constitutional interpretation, a syndicated columnist argues it is the responsibility of Congress to provide the scope of the mission in Iraq.

NPR’s “Marketplace”, Jan. 23: PPS Professor Charles Clotfelter discusses why Illinois lawmakers should reconsider their decision to sell the state lottery to private investors.

WUNC-FM, Jan. 17: Joel Fleishman, author of “The Foundation” and a professor of law and public policy at Duke, discusses the history, effectiveness and ethical dilemmas of America’s largest private foundations on “The State of Things.” 
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Duke University News & Communications, Jan. 8: Hasty passage of recently proposed legislation would be a mistake, says public policy professor and homeland security expert David Schanzer, adding that the 278-page bill contains numerous provisions that have not been subjected to public or congressional scrutiny.

TPM Cafe, Jan. 5: Bruce Jentleson, professor at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, questions the Bush administration’s moral commitment to the Iraqi people in light of its policy toward a growing number of refugees.