In The Media - Archive 2013

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Triangle Business Journal. Dec. 31. Duke Study: Nurse Home Visits for Newborn Care Could Save Millions. Kenneth Dodge

Campaign for the American Reader. Dec. 31. Nicholas Carnes's "White Collar Government." Nicholas Carnes

Times of India. Dec. 30. Gujarat's Maternal Health Scheme Is a Failure: Study.  Manoj Mohanan

Arizona Republic. Dec. 28. Kirkpatrick Foes: Proposed Health-care Fix Re-election Move. Donald Taylor

News & Observer. Also in Charlotte Observer. Dec. 28. Duke Energy's Rogers Leaves a Mark on His Industry. Tim Profeta

WUNC. Dec. 23. Meet Bill Adair. Bill Adair

Marketplace. Dec. 23. Obamacare Delay Gives Healthcare Procrastinators Another Day. Peter Ubel

Washington Post. Dec. 22. Crowd-Sourcing American Foreign Policy. Bruce Jentleson

RedOrbit. Dec. 20. Saving Money While Helping Babies. Kenneth Dodge

USA Today. Also in WFMY News 2. Dec. 20. Poll: Americans See Impact of Global Warming. Frederick Mayer

Medpage Today. Dec. 19. In-Home Prenatal Visits Cut ED Visits. Kenneth Dodge

Renal & Urology News. Dec. 19. How to Evaluate Cost to Improve Care, Retain Patients. Peter Ubel

Al Jazeera America. Dec. 18. In Death, HIV-Positive Man May Become Symbol of Transplant Hope for Others. Peter Ubel

WUNC. Dec. 16. Duke Prof: Nelson Mandela Asked Me to Take a Picture With Him. James Joseph

WUNC. Dec. 16. Professors: NC Conservative Think Tank Trying to "Bully" Chapel Hill Instructor. Nancy MacLean

News & Observer. Dec. 16. Professors Ask McCrory to Speak Out Against Civitas Records Request. Nancy MacLean

Time Warner Cable Charlotte. Dec. 16. NC Professors Protest Open Records Request. Nancy MacLean

Institute for Southern Studies. Dec. 16. NC Scholars Denounce Conservative Think Tank's Demand for Professor's Email. Nancy MacLean

WRAL. Dec. 16. Professors Call Records Request "Retribution." Nancy MacLean

Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 12. For Newtown's Gun-Control Families, A Year of Mixed Results. Kristin Goss

Muncie Star Press. Dec. 11. George Wolfe: Nelson Mandela a Master of 'Soft Power.' James Joseph

Talking Points Memo. Dec. 11. The Next 5 Battleground States for Obama's Medicaid Expansion. Don Taylor

Herald-Sun. Dec. 9. Campus Briefs: Achievements. Peter Feaver

Center for Public Integrity. Also in Tucson Sentinel. Dec. 9. Shining a Light on ALEC's Power to Shape Policy. Nancy MacLean

News Observer. Dec. 8. How a Federal Job Program Would Fix Economy. William Darity

WJLA. Dec. 6. Local South Africans React to Mandela's Death. James Joseph

WUNC. Dec. 6. Duke Professor Emeritus Remembers Nelson Mandela. James Joseph

CNN. Dec. 6. Amb. James Joseph on Mandela Legacy. James Joseph

Washington Post. also in Bloomberg. Dec. 6. Should the FDA Stop You from Scaring Yourself with 23andMe's DNA Test? Don Taylor

News & Record. Dec. 6. State Medicaid Reform Remains Moving Target. Don Taylor

Washington Post. Dec. 6. Former U.S. Ambassador: Mandela Savvy Politician. James Joseph

Wilson Center. Dec. 5. Bruce Jentleson to speak at the Wilson Center for "Governing in a Borderless World: Meeting the Challenge of Instability." 


The Star-Ledger. Dec. 5. The Extraordinary Life of Nelson Mandela: Farm Boy to Freedom Fighter, Prisoner to President. James Joseph

WNCN. Dec. 5. Those Who Knew, Studied Mandela Share How He Shaped Their Lives. James Joseph

Time Warner Cable-Charlotte. Dec. 5. Nelson Mandela Dies at Age 95. James Joseph

MinnPost. Dec. 4. America's Moms Are Less Active, More Sedentary than in the 1960's, Study Finds.  Kelly Brownell

New York Times. Dec. 4. Federal Law Requires Job Creation.  William Darity

Huffington Post. Dec. 4. Class Rules. Nicholas Carnes.

National Review Online. Dec. Things Speaker Boehner Should Keep in Mind on Immigration Reform. Jacob Vigdor

Baltimore Sun. Dec. 3. Early Learning Programs Are Crucial. Helen Ladd.

Chapel Hill News. Dec. 3. Kelly Bies, a public policy senior at Duke, says, " North Carolina should grant in-state tuition to provide these youths (undocumented students) equal educational opportunities and raise the state’s overall level of education."

Kavkaz Center. Nov. 29. David Schanzer says, "Muslim-American organizations and the vast majority of individuals that we interviewed firmly reject the radical anti-Sytem ideology that justifies the use of armed resistance to achieve political ends."

New Yorker. Nov. 27. Misha Angrist says that the FDA's letter to 23andMe, a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, forcing them to cease their DNA testing services "reads like the letter of a jilted lover."

Daily Press. Nov. 25. Activists like Duke University’s Kelly Brownell claim that foods with sugar, salt or fat — which seem like practically everything — can get people hooked like rats on cocaine.

Washington Post. Nov. 25. Peter Feaver says, Obama “would only consider it [the military option] if all other alternatives that offered any prospect of preventing Iran from developing a weapons capability had been exhausted.”

New York Times. Nov. 25. Misha Angrist says, "with DNA sequencing becoming cheaper and easier, the F.D.A.

New York Times. Nov. 25. Joel Fleishman "estimates that there are fewer than 100 full-time state charity regulators, far too few to exercise any real oversight."

Belfast Telegraph. Nov. 25. Twelve students have been selected to receive the George J Mitchell Scholarship for 2015 including Daniel Strunk, a political science and economics senior at Duke, and Sanette Tanaka, a public policy and history Duke alumnus. 

Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Nov. 24. Helen Ladd says, "though a constant flow of new recruits is healthy, research shows that teacher experience matters in important ways." also seen in


Huffington Post. Nov. 22. Tim Profeta discusses EPA's biofuel proposal to set the 2014 requirement at 15.21 billion gallons, equal to the 2012 mandate. Nov. 18. Don Taylor says, “the development of people potentially being able to keep their old individual policies, if that somehow all people who decided to do that happened to be healthy people, that could cause problems for North Carolina’s federal exchange market.”

89.3 KPCC. Nov. 18. Just in time for open enrollment season, Dr. Peter Ubel discusses the psychology behind our health insurance choices. 


Durham News. Nov. 15.

USA Today. Nov. 14. Kelly D. Brownell says, a Harvard study linking increased cost of sugary drinks and decreased sales "documents the level of benefit likely to occur with public policies on taxing and labeling foods."

Duke Magazine. Nov. 14. Current Conservative NC Legislation and its Impact on Terry Sanford's Legacy. Pope "Mac" McCorkle, William Chafe, Robert Korstad

USA Today. Nov. 14. Don Taylor says, "until the [healthcare] exchanges are working properly, it's hard to tell how higher Medicaid enrollments will mix with the private insurance market or if Medicaid will somehow overwhelm the health care system with charity cases."

Detroit Free Press. Nov. 14. Don Taylor says, "the president basically said, ‘Tag, you’re it' to the insurance companies" with his announcement that existing plans could be extended for one year. 

News 14 Carolina. Nov. 14. Only 1,662 people in North Carolina have enrolled in an insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act and Don Taylor says, "in one sense, a slow start is expected, but this is, in fairness, slower than we did expect." 

Poynter. Nov. 14.  Bill Adair says media fact checking is a new journalistic phenomenon "to hold everybody accountable, including their colleagues." 

Washington Times. Nov. 14. Obama announced that existing insurance plans could be extended for one year as "an immediate addressing of a political problem," says Don Taylor

NCNN. Nov. 13. 106,000 people were able to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act;  however, Don Taylor says, "I think the initial targets were that about half-a-million people would have private insurance in the first month. So, certainly, it's much lower than that."

Herald Sun. Nov. 13. Jacob Vigdor and Marta Sanchez discuss the political and economic challenges for undocumented students in the N.C. Dream Team. 

Princeton Alumni Weekly. Nov. 13. Nicholas Carnes's book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making, "looks at the historical scarcity of blue-collar individuals serving in political office and how that deficit shapes the laws that are passed."

WNCN. Nov. 12. A Cary man was arrested on terrorism related charges and David Schanzer says, these individuals "want something else in their life and see joining one of these organizations as exciting."



Huffington Post. Nov. 11. Bruce Jentleson discusses the progress and difficulties with his six-week Coursera MOOC, 21st Century American Foreign Policy. 

News and Observer. Nov. 11. "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman and ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden debated domestic spying and intelligence-gathering in front of an overflow crowd."


Herald Sun. Nov. 11. Robert Korstad and UNC’s Jim Leloudis authored the definitive history of the North Carolina fund called, "Change Comes Knocking: The N.C. Fund."

News and Observer. Nov. 10. William Darity Jr. and Duke’s Department of African and African American Studies hosted the Race in Space conference where former NASA astronaut Mae Carol Jemison spoke.





Seattle Times. Nov. 9. Fasting and similar diets as disease prevention methods are quickly being embraced by consumers. Kelly Brownell says, "there will be some buzz and then the diet will go away, never to be heard of again.”

Newsweek. Nov. 8. Peter Ubel says, "no one should have to suffer unnecessarily from the cost of medical care... discussing costs in the doctor's office is good medicine."

Durham News. Nov. 8. "Former director of the CIA and NSA Gen. Michael Hayden and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman will share a stage for the first time to discuss “Leakers or Whistleblowers? National Security Reporting in the Digital Age.” also seen in Chapel Hill News


Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. Nov. 8. William Darity "called for a boycott of merchandise being marketed in connection with Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour," for its depiction fo the confederate flag. 

Voice of America. Nov. 8. Bruce Jentleson says, "one of the few things that we keep seeing time and time again in the Middle East is, as hard as these things are today, they are harder tomorrow.  And you have a whole generation on both sides that have been socialized into hatred and violence."

NPR. Nov. 7. Peter Ubel speaks with David Greene and Shankar Vedantam about effort aversion, the phenomenon that "when we think about work and potential jobs, we pick the job that involves the least effort."

Salisbury Post. Nov. 7. "A team of Duke University graduate students (Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators program) have come together to help Food for Thought in its effort to feed hungry school children in Salisbury and Rowan County."

New York Times. Nov. 7. Stephen R. Kelly says, "it’s worth asking whether, just over 100 years after the Horcón Tract was cut off from the rest of the United States, we aren’t creating a new generation of forgotten Americans along the Rio Grande."

Progressive Pulse. Nov. 6. Helen Ladd, Clara Muschkin, and Kenneth Dodge's studies prove that "investments in early childhood programs are among the smartest investments that states can make."

Environment and Energy Daily. Nov. 6. Tim Profeta "discusses unanswered questions about Section 111 (d) of the Clean Air Act ...and weighs in on whether the White House is doing enough to politically sell these regulations."

World Socialist Web Site. Nov. 06. The author offers a critical response to Peter Ubel's New York Times article, "Doctor, First Tell Me What It Costs."

News and ObserverNov. 6. Hall and William Chafe recently wrote to leaders at ECSU and the UNC system to protest the proposal to downsize its programs, saying it would have “dire educational and economic consequences for future generations of our state.”

Education Week. Nov. 5. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent nearly $700 million on its teacher-quality agenda and Helen F. Ladd says, "It concerns me when one foundation has so much money."

Huffington Post. Nov. 5. Tim Profeta says, "the effects of Sandy's destruction linger in many areas where it made landfall, but the storm has had wider-ranging impacts, including influencing how we predict and prepare for future storms."

New York Times. Nov. 3. Peter Ubel argues, "that they[physicians] should discuss out-of-pocket costs with patients just as they discuss any side effects." Nov. 1. Nov. 1. Nicholas Carnes participates in a Q&A session for the release of his new book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making. 

Forbes. Oct. 30. Peter Ubel discusses, "OpsCost, which has a very user-friendly website designed to help people figure out how much different hospitals charge for a wide range of treatments and procedures." 

Forbes. Oct. 29. Many new philanthropists are using their monetary donations to achieve desired changes, and Joel Fleishman says, “these newer philanthropists have assets at the billion-dollar or higher levels.” 

Boston Globe. Oct. 28.

British Psychological Society. Oct. 25. David Rabiner's study finds that "the earlier we can identify children who are struggling with sustaining attention in the classroom and intervene to help them, the better."

BBC. Oct. 25. With Mexico's obesity epidemic, Kelly Brownell believes soda taxes, "will be routine in a few years, and the wisdom of using them will be taken for granted - much like taxes on tobacco."

Christian Science Monitor. Oct. 24. William Pizer says, "not all [global climate] investments are created equal." “The main question is not just how much we are spending, but what are we getting for it."

New York Times. Oct. 24. Donald H. Taylor says, “I believe Cooper (NC Attorney General) is trying to work on the swing voters in the 2016 election for the North Carolina gubernatorial election."

History News Network. Oct. 23. Mac McCorkle discusses "the hundredth anniversary of Charles Beard’s An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution" and the misinterpretations around his work. 

Tampa Bay Times. Oct. 23. Bill Adair remembers Bill Young,"the longest-serving Republican in Congress, who died last week at 82."

Triangle Business Journal. Oct. 23. Don Taylor says the government shutdown can be partly blamed on the Affordable Care Act.“It shows the difficulty of raising a variety of taxes to help pay for an expansion of benefits."

WNCN. Oct. 22. David Rabiner, Madeline Carrig, and Kenneth Dodge's study finds that "the difference between first and second grade is profound when it comes to children's attention problems." Oct. 22. Ben Goodman and Jeannine Sato presented Durham Connects, a universal home visiting program for new parents, at the symposium “Ensuring the Success of Young Children in Rural South Carolina."

Politico. Oct. 17. Tim Profeta says, “I think it’s pretty dramatic that one of the largest burning coal states (Kentucky) … in the country has created a position in the executive [branch] that has focused on the issue." 

WUNC 91.5. Oct. 17. Christina Gibson-Davis discusses North Carolina's decision to cut funding for social welfare programs WIC and TANF during the government shutdown. 

WUNC 91.5. Oct. 16. Corinne Krupp discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership and says, "I do recognize that a lot of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the United States," but "this is a better deal for us, because we need more transparency and disclosure."

Web MD. Oct. 16. "By not making potential expense a part of the conversation regarding treatment options, doctors are exposing patients to financial troubles that could compound their health struggles" (Peter Ubel). 

 The Nation. Oct. 16. Kiertiak Toh discusses the government shutdown and says, "given the importance of the US economy, most economists, financial analysts and business leaders believe that there are what might be called significant policy externalities or spillovers." 

News and Observer. Oct. 16. Ken Dodge and John Pruette discuss how the "period between kindergarten and third grade represents an important opportunity for our public education system to close achievement gaps and ensure every child’s success."


Huffington Post. Oct. 15. Bruce Jentleson offers his 21st Century American Foreign Policy course online and discusses the class's educational and policy-political objectives. 

UPI. Oct. 15. William Darity Jr.'s collaborative study with other professors finds that,"women who are victims of stalking are two to three times more likely to suffer from psychological distress than women never stalked."


Huffington Post. Oct. 13. Debates over prison use to combat Chicago's  gun violence epidemic heighten and Philip J. Cook says that "money diverted from prison to policing would buy at least four times as much reduction in crime."

Washington Post. Oct. 12. Peter Ubel and David Comerford's study coins a phenomenon called "effort aversion" that predicts "if the two jobs pay the same, people often opt to put out less effort, not more."

Climate Wire. Oct. 11. The Green Climate Fund meeting prompts discussions about clean energy funding. Billy Pizer "argued that the fund must also allow for the whims of donor countries that greenlight funding." 

PolitiFact. Oct. 10. With the tentative creation of PunditFact, industry leaders and academics discuss the importance of the project and as Bill Adair said, "fact-checking disrupts the status quo." 

America Magazine. Oct. 9. "House candidates had to raise an average of $650,000 to finance their campaigns," says Nicholas Carnes. Although there is a need for more conservative Democratic candidates, will they raise enough funds?

WNCN. Oct. 10. Philip Bennett, managing editor of the documentary "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis", says "What the authors found was that the NFL, over a long period, denied and covered up evidence that there was a link between head injuries and long term health effects among players."

Chronicle. Oct. 9. Reihan Salam "detailed his interpretation of the current state of American health care and how it can become a more robust and productive industry."

New York Times. Oct. 10. Binge eating was defined as a mental condition in May, bridging the gap where "obesity was mainly dealt with in medical professions, and eating disorders were dealt with more in psychology professions," says Kelly Brownell.

Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Oct. 10. Nicholas Carnes says, "a small group of extravagantly wealthy Americans shut down our federal government" and discusses the need for blue-collar candidates.

Herald Sun. Oct. 9. Kenneth Dodge and William McDougall "co-chaired the group of 22 teachers and other education experts to figure out ways for teachers to measure student performance before third grade when formal, statewide assessments begin."

Tampa Bay Times. Oct. 8. Bill Adair says, "congress used to be dominated by leaders like Bill Young, pragmatic politicians who were held in high esteem because they could compromise."

Washington Post. Oct. 7. Peter Ubel and David Comerford's study finds that "if the two jobs pay the same, people often opt to put out less effort, not more."

Health Canal. Oct. 7. Kelly Brownell contributed to a "study reveals that adolescents aged 12 to 17 viewed the most television ads for food endorsed by athletes.

Tide Smart Radio. Oct. 5. Nicholas Carnes discusses "three policy proposals, including the need for broad civic engagement,  the importance of reigning in the amount of money involved in the political process and the reality that a well-informed electorate must ensure that their politicians represent the people."

Moneynews. Oct. 4. With the government shutdown and federal job furloughs, many are uncertain about their job security. Donna Dyer says that Duke's public policy students are broadening their job searches beyond government.

WUNC. Oct. 4. Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat joined a roundtable on “The State of Things,” discussing the political and philosophical implications of the government shutdown.

Fox Bangor. Oct. 3. Nicholas Carnes spoke on a panel at the Easten maine Labor Council, focusing on "how a shortage of working class people in American legislatures leads to policies that empower the wealthy."


News 14 Carolina. Oct. 2. Millions of Americans logged on to health care exchange websites this week to buy health insurance. Don Taylor discusses what to look for when signing up for health insurance.

Forbes. Oct. 2. Although in 2012, the cost of health insurance premiums rose only 4% for a typical American family,  Peter Ubel points out that healthcare costs rose almost twice as fast as the average consumer good.

Washington Diplomat. Oct. 2. Peter Ubel says "measuring health care quality is no simple task," especially when price transparency does not always mean quality transparency and information. 

New York Times. Oct. 1. Evan Charney and a colleague contend that “genopolitical” analyses produce “absurdly high estimates of heritability of behavior.” 

News 14 Carolina. Oct. Margaret Gayle discusse the implementation of gifted and talented programs in two coastal schools and says,"people need to be able to go see how teachers teach differently, how they set up the classroom and how children get engaged in learning at a high level." 

Bangor Daily News. Oct. 1. Nicholas Carnes discusses the "cash ceiling" in campaign costs and how "the space on our ballots is becoming the exclusive turf of the wealthy and the well-connected."

Stars and Stripes. Sept. 29. Peter Feaver has described the tension between senior civilian and military officials as "a principal-agent problem, where theoretically only civilian principals have the authority and only military agents have the expertise."


Chronicle. Sept. 29. Kelly Brownell participates in an informal talk with students and alumni and says, “Duke as a university would be a good place to foster health policy because of the strength of the medical school and the presence of other schools that get into the health arena."

USA Today. Sept. 29. Evolving technology has benefits and drawbacks for families and education, and Candice Odgers says, "many kids are glued to their phones," she said. "It can reach a point where it's unhealthy, especially if they never disconnect. 

Des Moines Register. Sept. 28. Candice Odgers joins a panel on technology, children, and family and says, "for this generation of digital natives, there is tremendous pressure to be connected all the time."

Washington Post. Sept. 27. Kelly Brownell says, the food “industry realized that children are a valuable market and targeted them, hoping to build lifelong loyalty to brands," heightening the childhood obesity crisis. 

89.3 KPCC. Sept. 27. Peter Ubel discusses why "the fast food industry has been under pressure to do their part in the fight against obesity. But what Burger King and McDonald’s doing might have the opposite effect..."

Insider Higher Ed. Sept. 24. Charles T. Clotfelter says, "college sports are supposed to be part of a university’s mission – a well-rounded education....but these games are a prime example of the other form that athletics takes... a commercial business."


Marketplace. Sept. 23. Peter Ubel believes many people have uncertainties and misconceptions about Obamacare and says, "I think both sets of ads on pro-Obamacare [and] anti-Obamacare are working off fear."

USA Today. Sept. 22. Even with consumer dietary concerns with calorically dense foods, "this Halloween promotion [for cereals] looks like business as usual," laments Kelly Brownell.

Herald Sun. Sept. 20. Bahari J. Harris says, "it would be nice if we could pass a bill in Congress that would abolish racism. We cannot.  But we do have options." 

NYMag. Sept. 20. Mickiewicz says, "it’s this mix of the legitimate and the absurd — credible pundits and wacky conspiracy theorists, aggressive reporting and propagandistic commentary, traditional news broadcasts and viral meteor videos — that has made RT a compelling proposition for the Americans who are already tuning in, even if only as a guilty pleasure."

NPR. Sept. 19. Nicholas Carnes says legislators from the blue collar workforce "never have held more than 2 percent of the seats in Congress."

Chronicle. Sept. 18. Steve Schewel participated on a panel discussing problems local schools presently face such as charter school competition. 

Media Matters. Sept. 17. Jacob Vigdor's study shows the "arrival of high-skilled immigrants as well as workers that are part of the essential economy has also greatly contributed to the growth of the manufacturing industry in places like Los Angeles, Houston, and in southern Arizona." Sept. 16. "Vigdor's study concludes that an influx of immigrants can resurrect such urban neighborhoods, but could the same effect not be expected in Nebraska, where rural population decline has become a serious concern?"

France 24. Sept. 16. Peter Feaver "likened the impact of the Syrian crisis on President Obama to the effect Hurricane Katrina had in undermining former president George W. Bush."

MSN Money. Sept. 16. Dr. Peter Ubel is unsure about the cost effects of Obamacare, and "anybody who says they know how it's going to affect costs is smarter than me, or they're guessing." 

TIME. Sept. 16. Charles Clotfelter says "universities are quick to lecture society," yet they have not offered fair compensation for college athletes. 

STL Today. Sept. 16. Posters with "Hello" written in 17 different languages will be seen on Metro buses/trains to attract more immigrants as "the more immigrants a city has, the better it fares in both instances", a study by Jacob Vigdor shows. 

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. Sept. 15. David Schanzer discusses the shift in American values and policy that our country has made in the aftermath of 9/11. 

Chronicle. Sept. 13. The Sanford School co-hosts a discussion of heath care reform in Canada and the United States in the Duke South Clinic Amphitheater.

Bloomberg. Sept. 13. With Harvard's basketball team not performing up to academic par, Clotfelter says " A lot of schools make trade-offs. Now Harvard is facing the same issues." 

Journalist's Resource. Sept. 12. Bruce W. Jentleson and Christopher A. Whytock provide "perspective on any potential weapons-inspection mission in Syria" in their paper, “Who Won Libya? The Force-Diplomacy Debate and Its Implications for Theory and Policy."

Pacific Standard. Sept. 12. Philip Cook says, "No one in this day and age is interested in seriously eliminating drinking, but we should set the tax at the level of the damage that is done by drinking."

Newsobserver. Sept. 12. William H. Chafe says, "with Syria, Barack Obama is caught in the worst dilemma of his presidency."

dvids. Sept. 12. David Schanzer participated in a panel this summer of select faculty that judged an applied strategic group capstone project done by 30 captains who graduated from the UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program.



News Watch. Sept. 12. Tim Profeta discusses the "consensus to phase down production and consumption of refrigerant greenhouse gases and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies at the G-20 Summit in Russia" amidst Syrian debates. 

WWL. Sept. 12. Bruce Jentleson "talks about Russian President Vladimir Putin's letter “to the American people and their political leaders” published in the New York Times."

CBS News. Sept. 12. Jacob Vigdor's recent study "assessed the economic impact of immigration on more than 3,000 U.S. counties between 1970 and 2010."

The Chronicle. Sept. 11. "A brave and sincere leader who guided with empathy and who was unyielding in his exceptional efforts to improve the lives of others, Terry Sanford is rightly considered one of the foremost innovators of the twentieth century."

WWL. Sept. 11.  Bruce Jentleson discusses "the problems with Syria's chemical weapons stockpile."

New York Times. Sept. 11. Peter D. Feaver discusses Obama's indecisiveness with Syria: “Each time he’s done an about-face or a sharp turn, other people who kept marching in the same direction look kind of foolish."

Forbes. Sept. 11. Peter Ubel responds to a comment by a reader criticizing his "use of the inaccurate, value-laden term 'assisted suicide' to describe a terminally ill patient’s choice to shorten a dying process," in his last article. 

Marketplace. Sept. 11. Charles Clotfelter says, “A good university has to be on the ready to shield itself from boosters who want to have the university’s team win at any cost.”

UNC TV. Sept. 11. Dr. Bruce Jentleson shares his insights on Syria.

Wisconsin Public Radio. Sept. 10. Bruce Jentleson joins Joy Cardin's show to discuss the political and military fallout of a possible Syrian strike or inaction.

Herald Sun. Sept. 10. Rajiv Shah is "visiting a USAID innovation hub right here in Durham" and giving a speech at Duke University, "one of seven universities across the globe that are part of the Higher Education Solutions Network."

News 14 Carolina. Sept. 9. On Capital Tonight: Dr. Bruce Jentleson of Duke University discusses Congress's role in responding to the Syria crisis and what to expect in the coming days

Business Standard, Triangle BizBlog. Sept. 7. Peter Ubel says "people may pick a boring job over a stimulating one if they perceive they aren't being paid enough for extra effort." 

Politico. Sept. 7. General Petraeus "will give his first paid speech since resigning as CIA director in November" at Duke University titled, "America and the World: A Conversation with Gen. David Petraeus.” 

Forbes. Sept. 6. Peter Ubel discusses the negative effects of the "Medicaid-exchange divide,"  the time between losing Medicaid and receiving insurance through the exchange.

Huffington Post. Sept. 6. Tim Profeta discusses the Obama administration's guidelines for "U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) to use the Clean Air Act to cut carbon dioxide pollution from new and existing power plants."

Huffington Post. Sept. 5. With the preview of Blue Cross's healthcare plans, Peter A Ubel says the "however many billion dollar question” is who, and how many, will sign up through the exchanges.

Harvard Business Review. Sept. 3. Peter Ubel defines "effort aversion" as the reason why people may reject effortful tasks without thinking about how enjoyable they might be.

National Review Online.  Sept. 3.  Peter Feaver is skeptical of the Obama administration's approach to Syria.

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Sept. 3. With the rise of e-books, Robert Bliwise discusses the future of printed books with book designer Richard Hendel.

WRAL. Sept. 3. Don Taylor Jr. says to watch the amount of turnover in the department now that the letters to exempt state health employees have been sent.

Huffington Post. Sept. 2. David Schanzer invites "all of you to commemorate 9/11 in a different way this year" by joining his free online course, "9/11 & Its Aftermath." 

Forbes. Aug. 30. Peter Ubel discusses effects of University of Pennsylvania Health System's hiring discrimination against tobacco users.  

Chronicle for Higher Education. Aug. 30. The Bridging the Gap Program at American University co-owned by Bruce Jentleson aims to "connect academics to policy makers and the public."

WUNC 91.5. Aug. 29. In response to the WalMart walk-outs, Bob Korstad joins to talk about the evolving labor movement in North Carolina that began in the textile and tobacco factories. 

Duke CIT. Aug. 29. David Schanzer's Coursera course on "9/11 and Its Aftermath Part I" begins September 9th, focusing on the "development of radical Islamic extremism, the roots of al Qai’da, and the radicalization process." Aug. 28. Bruce Jentleson, who worked on Middle East peace processes in the 1990s and in the state department recently, talks about the possibility of US involvement in Syria.

Herald Sun. Aug. 27. Former N.C. Governor Beverly Perdue toured Duke's campus before beginning her term as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Center for Child and Family Policy. 

Washington Post. Aug. 27. William Darity says "there is a persistence of discrimination that explains a lot about income and employment gaps", even in the 50 years after the March on Washington. 

Herald Sun. Aug. 27. William Chafe participated on a Moral Monday panel with several other Duke students and staff and said the Voter ID laws "reminds me of the worst days of Jim Crow." 

Forbes. Aug. 26. Peter Ubel disagrees with the name of the Death with Dignity Act, claiming it "narrows the concept of dignity, and potentially undermines our ability as clinicians to help patients find other ways of achieving a dignified death."

News 14 Carolina. Aug. 26. Robert Korstad "talks about the impact of recent national media coverage of significant new state laws and policies." Aug. 22. With Obamacare predicted to adversely affect patients with long-term illnesses such as cancer, Dr. Peter Ubel says, "healthcare coverage is not the same as healthcare access." 

Durham Herald-Sun. Aug. 22. Upon General Petraeus's speech, Peter Feaver said,“We are very fortunate to have him speak to us at this pivotal time in American national security.” Aug. 19. Bruce Jentleson attributes a "lack of clarity about core U.S. interests" and the "Obama administration misplaying the power it has" as factors in continuing Middle East entanglements. 

News Observer. Aug. 19. Matt McKillip and Ricky Diaz, prominent DHHS employees, have been criticized for their high salaries given their minimal experiences. Don Taylor comments, "I think the chief health policy advisor to DHHS having so little experience is surprising.”

MPR News Radio. Aug. 19. Richard Newell discusses the transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy and how our lives will change in the following decades as we adjust our energy consumption patterns. 

News Observer. Aug. 17. Helen Ladd disproves Sen. Phil Berger's claim in his Aug. 14 letter that Republican actions had increased the school budget by 5% or $360 million. 

Market Watch. Aug. 16. Jacob Vigdor's study on measuring immigrant assimilation shows the greatest amount of economic assimilation in 2011 since the mid 1980's and supports immigration's deficit reduction potential.

Forbes. Aug. 16. Peter Ubel discusses the bankruptcy risks associated with serious illness diagnoses, specifically cancer and why it's important to "incentivize people to save money, and encourage them to insure themselves from unexpected adversity."


National Post. Aug. 15. Aug. 14. Donor privacy within genome identifying projects has become a contested issue and Misha Angrist recognizes “people have different preferences: researchers should do their best to honor them rather than to do what's most convenient for themselves or what keeps the lawyers and regulators at bay.”

China Radio International. Aug. 13. Sanford School professors Bruce Jentleson and David Schanzer will join in a discussion of the U.S. anti-terrorism war on the English Service of China Radio International.

New York Times. Aug. 12. N.S.A's proposed plan to defend against cyber attacks has been met with fervent opposition and Professor Peter D. Feaver says, "Public skepticism about U.S. cyberoperations is dramatically higher today, and it could result in political constraints that were off the table even a year ago." 

Forbes. Aug. 12. Peter Ubel says, "We offer too many patients too many unproven treatments at too much expense", questioning whether complex, unproven procedures like the PFO Occulder should be available to patients outside of clinical trials. 

Durham Herald Sun. Aug. 11. North Carolina's recent regulations on voting registration places stringent rules regarding on-campus voting and Professor Gunther Peck believes "Duke and UNC students have created a participatory voting culture on their campuses, and they will fight to keep it that way." 

Minnesota Public Radio News. Aug. 9. Bill Adair joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the recent sales of the Boston Globe and Washington Post. 

WSOC. Aug. 8. Ex.Gov Beverly Perdue is expected to begin a stint at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy in the fall. Aug. 8. The Institute for Homeland Security Solutions, where David Schanzer is Director for Strategy and Outreach, conducted an online survey that found on average, Americans' opinions on permitting citizenship-only based investigations differed between scenario and direct responses. Aug. 8. Mexico's 32.8% obesity rate raises major public health concerns and Kelly Brownell says "the strongest scientific link between any category of food and obesity is with sugared beverages."

News Observer. Aug. 7. North Carolina has seen no improvement in its low-income childhood obesity rate and Kelly Brownell says,"You have this cascade of factors: large portions, marketing of unhealthy food for kids – any number of factors driving it, so even just stopping the increase represents a significant advance.”

Charlotte Post. Aug. 7.  William Darity says “the racial unemployment gap is a direct index of discrimination" and advocates for job guarantee programs versus other anti-poverty initiatives.

Forbes. Aug. 7. Peter Ubel anticipates the mitigation of healthcare cost discrepancies in the marketplace as "Obamacare will cause more Americans to receive healthcare insurance, which should make these hospital prices that much more irrelevant."

Washington Examiner. Aug. 6. Dean Kelly Brownell defends the effectiveness of calorie listings on menus, stating "society does not have the luxury to await scientific certainty." Aug. 6. Sanford Dean Kelly Brownell comments on a proposal to restrict food stamp choices. “The science linking soda to obesity and diabetes is rock-solid,” he says. “The government should not be in the business of making people sick.” Aug 6. Bill Adair says in this op-ed that Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post could be positive for journalism.

WUNC. Aug. 5. Rev. Barber has created the Moral Monday movement with a diverse group of supporters. "The most critical moment in generating that coalition was his endorsement of gay rights," said William Chafe. Aug. 5. William Darity says “the racial unemployment gap is a direct index of discrimination" and advocates for job guarantee programs versus other anti-poverty initiatives. Aug. 4. Exemptions to the sequester for health costs such as for cancer treatment are unlikely in this divided Congress says Don Taylor.

The Huffington Post. Aug. 2.  Tim Profeta writes the new EPA administrator, coal, and renewable energy.

The Global Post. Aug. 2. “We live in an era of over-classification of virtually all information dealing with national security and foreign policy,” David Schanzer said, commenting on the Bradley Manning trial. “We have to have legal methods of exposing government wrongdoing.”

LA Sentinal. Aug. 1. “Existing racial differences in wealth go the full distance in explaining racial differences in self-employment,” says William Darity about the lower rate of franchise ownership among African-Americans Aug. Dr. Frank Sloan discusses his risk perception study and finds that "current policies do not take into account the multitude of factors that come into play when making a decision to drink and drive."

The Christian Post. Aug. 1. Elizabeth Ananat talks about her new study on the black-white wage gap that finds that social networking accounts for much of the gap.

Triangle BizBlog. Aug. 1. Anna Gassman-Pines discusses new study that finds teen pregnancy rates among African-American girls drops after job losses in the community.

Duke Center for Instructional Technology. Aug. 1. Nick Carnes discusses his experience teaching with a team-based learning approach, also known as a "flipped" classroom. 

PBS News Hour. July 31. "Ninety-five percent joblessness for teen black male dropouts? That estimate, from Northeastern University's Andrew Sum, borders on the fantastic as an indictment of the American labor market," says William A. Darity, Jr.

The Madison Times. July 31. William A. Darity, Jr says, "If we’re really concerned about the self-employment gap in the United States, or the franchise participation gap more narrowly, we have to address racial differences in wealth.”

Washington Times. July 30. The verdict in the Bradley Manning case makes clear that intent does not matter in prosecutions about national security leaks. “If you receive a security clearance, you don’t get the right to decide when, or when it’s not, OK to leak information. The reasons that you leak are irrelevant,” said David Schanzer.


WUNC. July 30. Christina Gibson-Davis discusses findings in her new study with Elizabeth Ananat and Anna Gassman-Pines that teen pregnancy rates drop in response to job losses in a community.

The Durham Herald-Sun. July 30. A new study by three Sanford researchers finds that teen pregnancy rates drop after job losses in a community. The teens "are making choices about their lives," said Anna Gassman-Pines.

WNCN. July 30. North Carolina's new changes to the voting laws will "systematically going to make it harder for low probability voters to vote," says Don Taylor.

Fox July 29. Zimbabwe allowed only selected groups to monitor the recent elections. "Both the AU and SADC are likely to enter this election with some bias because of their membership countries' affiliation with Zimbabwe," said Judith Kelly.

Plain Talk Politics Radio. July 27.  Don Taylor discusses what turning down the Medicare expansion means for NC health care and the recent passage of new abortion laws in the state.

NPR. July 24. Research by Elizabeth Ananat has found that geography influences the racial wage gap in the United States.

North Carolina Health News. July 24. Don Taylor weighs in on health care spending cuts in North Carolina.

New York Times. July 23. Ken Dodge advocates for national efforts to reform public education.

Yale Daily News. July 23. Kelly Brownell will begin his tenure as dean of the Sanford School this fall. 

New York Times. July 23. "Instead of vainly trying to fortify our land borders, we should be working with Canada and Mexico to keep the things we should really worry about... out of North America all together," argues Stephen Kelly

Center for Consumer Freedom. July 22. Research by Dean Kelly Brownell suggests that there exists a link between menu calorie labels and food consumption.

Sacramento Bee. July 15. David Schanzner praises the efforts of former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Christian Science Monitor. July 14. "Secretary Napolitano has advanced the work of her predecessors and made DHS into a stronger, more focused and more effective agency," said David Schanzer. This article also appeared on Yahoo News.

Kansas City Star. July 13. David Schanzer commends former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's immigration policies.

Washington Post Wonkblog. July 11. Marc Bellemare says the lack of public demand for quinoa may be dissuading farmers from growing the crop in the United States.

WBEZ Chicago. July 10. Phil Cook weighs in on new concealed-gun legislation in Illinois.

Jewish Week. July 10. Joel Fleishman analyzes the structural development of nonprofit organizations.

New York Times. July 10. "A contractual obligation for repayment is nothing less than an accumulated debt," write Sandy Darity and Rhonda Sharpe in response to Oregon's "Pay It Forward" student loan program.

New York Times. July 10. Peter Feaver analyzes public opinion of the recent government surveillance disclosures.

WUNC. July 9. Kate Whetten discusses trends related to the number of individuals with HIV.

Durham News. July 9. "The only way you can get a grip on how substance abuse is affecting people is to look at things at the same time," says Joel Rosch.

Christian Science Journal. July 7. Jacob Vigdor explores the concept of "hyphenated identity" in the United States. 

The Globe and Mail. July 7. Research by Nicholas Carnes suggests that legislative support for agriculture is influenced largely by the composition of constituencies.

Providence Journal. July 6. Bill Adair will leaving PolitiFact to join Sanford's faculty.

New Yorker. July 5. A study by Peter Ubel shows that people prefer riskier procedures in comparison to those that would have longer-term but less serious consequences.

WWL. July 3. Bruce Jentleson analyzes the potential consequences that protests in Egypt may have on the United States.

Roll Call. July 1. Ted Kaufman reflects upon his experience as interim Senator of Delaware from 2009 to 2010. 

WYNC. June 28. Sandy Darity discusses the history and current role of affirmative action in American education.

Duke TodayJune 27. Sanford Ph.D candidate Katherine Duch will join the university's board of trustees.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. June 26. Tim Profeta analyzes the government's efforts to address climate change. 

The Huffington Post. June 25. "But a bold response isn't one that simply improves access and opportunity, but one that eliminates tracking altogether and provides 'gifted and talented' education for all," writes Sandy Darity.

The Guardian. June 25. A poll conduced by the Sanford School finds that 64% of Americans support the regulation of greenhouse gases.

NPR Marketplace. June 24. "We know there are negative consequences. And we are trying to put an accurate dollar value on it," says Billy Pizer with regard to carbon pollution. 

Press-Enterprise. June 23. According to a report by Jacob Vigdor, the median home value in the United States increased by $20,587 in 2010 due to immigration.

Americas Society and Council of the Americas. June 20. According to research by Jacob Vigdor, immigrants have added a collective $3.7 trillion to housing values in the United States.

Washington Post Wonkblog. June 20. Recent research by Jacob Vigdor suggests that new immigrants help drive up property values in the United States.

The Nation. June 19. Kiertisak Toh discusses his experience at the Society for International Development's conference in Washington, DC.

ABQ Journal. June 19. According to Robert Cook-Deegan, genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer remains unaffordable for many women. 

The Atlantic. June 19. Peter Ubel discusses the link between hospital sleep deprivation and its associated medical costs.

Cri English. June 18. David Schanzer discusses the national security consequences of Edward Snowden's decision to release government information.

Huffington Post. June 17. "If we are to reverse the tide of internal segregation in our schools, we must ensure that teachers are prepared and trained to provide a high quality education to all students, not just a select few," writes Sandy Darity in an op-ed co-authored with Alan Aja and Darrick Hamilton.

WWL. June 17. Bruce Jentleson discusses the relationship between Syria and the United States with regard to the Syrian conflict.

News and Observer. June 17. Former NC Beverly Perdue plans to launch an education consulting businesses. She will also be joining the Sanford School this fall as as distinguished visiting fellow.

History News Network. June 17. "If President Obama can correct [the] liberal weakness in establishing limits, the Democratic coalition can become a super-majority force in twenty-first-century American politics," says Mac McCorkle.

Los Angeles Times. June 15. "It seemed Myriad was willing to block scientific research to turn a profit," said Robert Cook-Deegan in a report published in Genome Medicine last January.

The Globe and Mail. June 14. Robert Cook-Deegan weighs in on the gene patent debate. This article also appeared on The Indian Express.

National Geographic. June 14. Robert Cook-Deegan notes that biotech companies can still hold synthetic complementary DNA patents as part of the Supreme Court's ruling.

Forbes. June 14. Peter Ubel reflects upon the career of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

Slate. June 13. According to Robert Cook-Deegan, genetic testing still remains unaffordable for many Americans.

New York Times. June 13. Robert Cook-Deegan predicts that competition among biotechnology companies will increase following the Supreme Court's decision regarding gene patents.

Yahoo News. June 13. Robert Cook-Deegan predicts that genetic testing for breast cancer will expand following the Supreme Court's ruling that genes cannot be patented.

Forbes. June 12. 30 percent of immigrants in the United States for more than twenty years have not become citizens, according to Jacob Vigdor

Charlotte Business Journal. June 12. Former NC Governor Beverly Perdue is slated to become a distinguished visiting fellow at Sanford this fall.

Food Chemical News. June 11. Kelly Brownell will be bringing his expertise in the field of obesity science and policy to Sanford as its new dean.

Superior TelegramJune 11. "Study after study has demonstrated that children from disadvantaged households perform less well in school on average than those from more advantaged households," says Helen Ladd

Inside Higher Ed. June 11. John Burness discusses how sports controversies affect the perception of universities. 

Stateline. June 10. William Chafe argues that the actions of NC Legislature are hurting the state's citizens. This article was also featured in the Huffington Post

Medical Economics. June 10. "In the long run, we need to reduce physician subspecialty income. To do that in an acceptable way, however, we also need to both reduce the cost of medical education and reform our malpractice system," says Peter Ubel

Ummid. June 8. A study released by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security found that domestic terrorism posed more of a threat to Americans than foreign terrorism.  

Deutsche Welle. June 6. "While hardly the only factor shaping the 21st century world, US-China relations are one of the keys. The Obama-Xi summit is a huge opportunity to turn this key in the right direction," says Bruce Jentleson.

Huffington Post. June 6. Peter Feaver weighs the benefits and drawbacks of federal legislation to address sexual assault in the military.    

New York Times. June 6. Robert Cook-Deegan explores the legal doctrine behind the gene patent debate.

NBC News. June 6. Robert-Cook Deegan says that genetic analysis of breast cancer genes must be expanded beyond its current scope.

Boston Globe. June 5. Peter Feaver analyzes President Obama's decision to appoint Susan Rice as national security adviser.

Minnesota Public Radio. June 4. Christina Gibson-Davis weighs in on demographic trends involving the rise of working mothers.

Huffington Post. June 4. Helen Ladd discusses early childhood education reforms set forth by the federal government.

CQ Researcher. May 31. Bob Cook-Deegan suggests using compulsory licensing provisions in order to prevent genetic diagnostic labs from monopolizing genetic testing.

WUNC. May 31. "We might have information. But information and evidence are two different things," says David Schanzer with regard to Guantanamo Bay detainees. 

USA Today. May 30. Don Taylor says it's too early to predict if the 2010 health care law will drive Medicare costs down in the long-run. 

The Hill. May 30. "The good news is that the school accountability initiatives of the post-NCLB era are addressing these shortcomings, in part thanks to incentives put in place by the Race to the Top competition," says Jacob Vigdor

Forbes. May 30. Peter Ubel explores differences in state healthcare funding with regard to programs such as Medicare. 

Foreign Policy. May 30. "The military must be wary of cures that are worse than the disease," cautions Peter Feaver with regard to military reforms. 

The Pilot. May 29. "We citizens of all backgrounds who believe in 'government of the people, by the people, and for the people' must come together to find our voices and vote our values," says Nancy MacLean.

Healio. May 28. Kelly Brownell presented research on the relationship between food and addiction at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

Saudi Gazette. May 23. According to David Schanzer, many homegrown terrorists never receive "a formal education and training in Islam."

National Geographic. May 23. Tim Profeta examines the link between climate change and storm patterns following the Oklahoma tornado.

Bloomberg. May 23. Stephen Kelly predicts that the United States will need to rely upon foreign oil imports for the next twenty years.

NPR Marketplace. May 22. Phil Cook expresses concern about the lack of training required for gun purchases.

WRAL. May 19. Kenneth Dodge offers commentary on the issue of state funding for pre-school in North Carolina.

Dropout Nation. May 18. A new report co-authored by Jacob Vigdor highlights the weaknesses of No Child Left Behind. 

Christian Science Monitor. May 18. "What went completely without mention in the initial coverage was the fact that thwarting this plot was not the objective of the ongoing undercover operation," says Christopher Schroeder with regard to the Justice Department's investigation into AP phone records.

Alaska Dispatch. May 18. Christopher Schroeder discusses threats to national security following the Justice Department’s acquisition of Associated Press phone records.

The Durham News. May 18. Durham activists laud the efforts of Sandy Darity to eliminate poverty in the city's black community.

The Globalist. May 18. Bruce Jentleson argues that policy makers should pay more attention to the ethical insights offered by today's youth. 

The White House. May 16. President Obama appointed Sanford School alum Daniel Werfel as Acting Commissioner of Internal Revenue.

The Chicago Policy Review. May 16. Elc Estrera interviewed Charles Clotfelter about college sports and their effects on universities.

Deutsche Welle. May 16. "The lessons of past policy failures need to be learned, by the United States and the international community, and applied strategically to the Syrian crisis," says Bruce Jentleson.

The Huffington Post. May 16. David Schanzer argues that the "corrupt" interactions that occur between the media and government officials must be stopped.

The Herald Sun. May 15. According to Don Taylor, North Carolina's proposed plan to reorganize Medicaid management may place individuals with health issues at a disadvantage.

Marketplace. May 13. “If we’re really concerned about the self-employment gap in the United States, or the franchise participation gap more narrowly, we have to address racial differences in wealth,” says William Darity.

Press-Enterprise. May 12. Jacob Vigdor analyzes immigration demographic trends over the last century. Compared to immigrants from the early twentieth century, today’s immigrants are assimilating at higher, yet slower, rates.

The Chronicle. May 12. The Board of Trustees elected David Rubenstein as chair. Rubenstein recently donated $10 million to the Sanford School.

Washington Post Wonkblog. May 10. Research by Philip Cook suggests that vehicular injury deaths declined following the government’s decision to raise alcohol prices by six percent. This research has become increasingly relevant as Congress debates lowering the excise tax on beer.

WCNC Charlotte. May 10. Research by Helen Ladd has found that charter schools are more racially segregated than their public counterparts. Ladd says that students who attend charter schools miss out on opportunities to become informed about diversity.

Press-Enterprise. May 10. “The children of immigrants Americanize so fast that the parents complain,” says Jacob Vigdor. A new report published by Vigdor found that the number of immigrants from Asian countries has increased following the recession.

Marketplace. May 9. Nick Carnes analyzes the socioeconomic composition of Congress. According to Carnes, a disproportionate number of members are millionaires compared to the general population.  

Politico. May 9. President's Obama decision to release data comparing different hospital charges "helps to highlight the opaque pricing/payment system used in health care," says Don Taylor.

NPR. May 8. "[Black voters] are individuals for whom the right to vote was something they couldn't take for granted. These are individuals who fought to get the right to vote," says Paula McClain

Philanthropy Journal. May 8. The Sanford School received a $10 million donation in support of graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships from trustee David Rubenstein.

NPR Marketplace. May 8. Peter Ubel discusses hospital transparency with regards to patient care. 

USA Today. May 8. Bill Adair, a leader in the fact-checking movement, is stepping down from his position at PolitiFact to join Sanford's faculty. This article also appeared in The Journal News.

ABC 23. May 8. Robert Cook-Deegan weighs in on the genome patent debate. 

News and Observer. May 8. "Justice lies at the core of our civic life. And we are all responsible for sustaining that justice," says Bill Chafe. This piece was also featured on Carolina Naturally.

Huffington Post. May 8. David Schanzer discusses the nation’s national security policy in relation to Guantanamo Bay. “Fixing Guantanamo -- which is what Obama clearly wants --- will require him to take risky unilateral action and dedicate a great deal of political capital.”

Indy Week. May 8. Bill Chafe participated in a demonstration in protest of proposals to cut Medicaid and other government benefit programs.

Washington Post Wonkblog. May 7. New research on the socioeconomic composition of Congress by Nick Carnes has become increasingly relevant in the study of public economics.

Forbes. May 7. Ted Kaufman discusses economic trends in the banking industry following the passage of Dodd Frank.  

Oakland TribuneMay 7. Philip Cook says that the confrontational nature of robberies compromises a city's quality of life. 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 6. Robert Cook-Deegan argues that patenting DNA segments could hold back biomedical innovation.

Washington Post Wonkblog. May 6. Research by Nick Carnes shows that millionaires are disproportionately represented in Congress. 

USA Today. May 6. According to Kristin Goss, an active movement by gun control activists has emerged following the Boston marathon bombing.

The Progressive Pulse. May 6. Research by Helen Ladd found that North Carolina students who are taught by uncertified teachers suffer academically compared to those taught by certified teachers. 

Chronicle of Higher Education. May 6. "A world without handwriting is a little less individual. And a lot less fun," says Robert Bliwise in a new review of Philip Hensher's newest book The Missing Ink.

Arizona Republic. May 5. "It’s hard to say whether [Americans for Responsible Solutions] can create single-issue voters on gun reform. It may be more likely to be part of a small package of issues that speak to a certain set of values," says Kristin Goss.

The Herald. May 4. Cory Krupp discusses the economic effects of improving workplace conditions abroad. 

Fox News. May 3. Robert Cook-Deegan analyzes the decision making process behind federal research funding.

National Review. May 3. "Once the public concludes that Obama has failed in Syria, it will not matter much that they initially supported the policies that yielded this failure," says Peter Feaver.

Huffington Post. May 3. Tim Profeta discusses the federal government's recent discovery of additional natural gas and oil sources in the Dakotas and Montana.

NPR. May 2. Peter Feaver offers insights into the relationship between the United States and Syria from a national security perspective. 

NBC News. May 2. Congress must evaluate the political and scientific feasibility of research proposals when deciding how to allocate federal funding, says Robert Cook-Deegan

Marketplace. April 30. Peter Ubel analyzes the effects of the Affordable Health Act on consumer decisions.

News and Observer. April 30. The Sanford School received a $10 million donation in support of student internships and fellowships from trustee David Rubenstein.

China Radio International -English. April 29.  David Schanzer offers insights into the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Herald-Sun. April 29. Philip Bennett has been appointed director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. He will assume the position in July. 

High Point Enterprise. April 29. Michael Munger discusses the potential economic effects of a election bill that would reinstate runoff elections in North Carolina.

MyFox Detroit. April 26. "There are certain risk factors that have to do with parenting and the home environment. Children who experienced [violence and abuse] in a home setting are at a greater risk for later violence," said Kenneth Dodge.

North Carolina News Network. April 26. Phil Bennett will succeed Jay Hamilton as director of the DeWitt Wallace center.

Stateline. April 26. “The bulk of lottery revenues nationwide comes from instant scratch-off tickets, so that is an important restriction," said Philip Cook in regard to Wyoming's decision to legalize lotteries. April 26.  Dean Bruce Kuniholm signed a memorandum of agreement with the Institute of Policy Studies at the University of Brunei Darussalam to collaborate on a Master of Public Policy and Management program.

WBRC Fox 6. April 26. Parents shouldn't be blamed for the violence their children commit as adults, "it's more complicated than that," said Ken Dodge in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

8 News Now. April 26. Kenneth Dodge discusses the psychological motivations behind the Boston Marathon bombing.

US News & World Report. April 26. It's not fair to draw a direct line from family to causes for violence such as the Boston Marathons bombing, it's "more complex than that," says Ken Dodge.

The Washington Post. April 25. Former Washington Post managing editor Phil Bennett will be new director of the DeWitt Wallace center.

Triangle Business Journal. April 25. Phil Bennett will be the new director of the DeWitt Wallace center.

The News & Observer. April 25. Phil Bennett will be the new director of the DeWitt Wallace Center.

The Washington Times. April 24. Obama has kept the most successful of the Bush policies in foreign affairs said Peter Feaver. 

National Journal. April 23.  The devices in the Boston Marathon bombing are defined as a "weapon of mass destruction" because it's easier for prosecutors to purse the case says David Schanzer.

KPCC 83.9. April 23. Peter Ubel discusses the possible drawbacks of raising the legal age to purchase tobacco from 21 to 18.

National Geographic News. April 20. David Schanzer provides perspective on the Boston Marathon bombing and terrorism in this interview.

The New York Times. Apr. 18. The Boston Marathon bombings could allow President Obama to create a heightened focus on effective law enforcement. "Boston is not big enough to change the narrative about President Obama, but it might be big enough to change the public's response to terrorism," Peter Feaver said. 

The Wall Street Journal. Apr. 18. The Senate failed to expand background checks for gun purchases. This is a blow to gun control advocates, as Kristin Goss said this was perhaps the best possible opportunity for Congress to pass significant legislation. 

Yes Weekly. April 17.  A new historical marker about labor union Local 22 in Winston-Salem, which earned the African-American community a political voice said Robert Korstad.

The Boston Globe. Apr. 16. Over the past years, worries of terrorism have faded for the public. "That's just human nature. And that's good. We don't want people obsessing about being afraid - especially afraid of something that has a very, very low likelihood," said David Schanzer

Financial Times. Apr. 15. The proposed gun bill requires background checks to determine eligibility to purchase a gun, and anyone "adjudicated mentally defective" is unable to buy guns. "It should be noted that this is a very restrictive notion of mental illness," said Phil Cook.

The New York Times. Apr. 14. The Supreme Court's upcoming decision on single genes may not apply to most diagnostic tests or drugs. "I don't think this affects many patents that really matter to companies," said Robert Cook-Deegan.

Nature. Apr. 10. On April 15, the Supreme Court will begin hearings in order to answer the question: are human genes patentable? "Symbolically, this case is a pretty big deal. But the practical consequences of it are limited," said Robert Cook-Deegan.

American Journalism Review. April 9.  Bill Adair, creator of PolitiFact, is interviewed about his new position at Sanford.

Yahoo! News. Apr. 8. The drive to expand background check legislation is not futile. As Phil Cook said, "The stakes are so high that even if we reduced gun violence by just 1 percent, it would more than pay for the inconvenience of the background check legislation." 

Columbia Journalism Review. April 8. An interview with Bill Adair, creator of PolitiFact, will be the Knight Chair at Sanford this fall.

Al Jazeera. Apr. 6. Are college athletes exploited when millions of dollars are made off of their uncompensated athletic abilities? "The 'student athlete' is a term that I use in quotes because it was made by the NCAA," said Charles Clotfelter.

The Wall Street Journal. Apr. 4. States have passed more measures expanding the right to carry firearms since the Sandy Hook shooting. Kristin Goss, who supports gun control legislation, said the gun-rights expansions are "technical and incremental." 

Politico. Apr. 4. Bill Adair, creator of Politifact and Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times, will join Duke's faculty in July as the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy. 

The News & Observer. March 28. Nancy MacLean and Helen Ladd react to legislation pushed by the state legislature's Republican majority during a forum Thursday at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

The Washington Examiner. March 28. President Obama expressed disbelief that policymakers and politicians in Washington have forgotten about Sandy Hook, said Kristin Goss. "But there are a lot of folks [on Capitol Hill] still trying to figure out the politics of all of this," Goss said.

The New York Times. March 29. Commercial beer brewers pay a federal tax on every barrel of beer they produce, and some are pushing to reduce the tax. Others, like Phil Cook, argue against reducing the tax. "The taxes that are included in the price of a beer do not begin to pay for the social costs of drinking," Cook said.

Financial Times. March 26. Robert Cook-Deegan, a research professor of genome ethics, law and policy, says both sides have exaggerated the harms and the benefits of gene patents.

The Wall Street Journal. March 22. Gun ownership numbers are difficult to pin down. "We know that in a survey where respondents are randomly selected from adults in the household, a household headed by a married couple is substantially more likely to report guns in the home if the husband is selected than if the wife is selected," said Philip Cook.

The New York Times. March 20. Peter Feaver, a political science and public policy professor and Clinton/Bush administration veteran, says President Obama's hesitance on Syria appears to be an effort to "avoid responsibility for the very predictable chaos that's coming." 

The Wall Street Journal. March 19. Public policy professor and immigration scholar Jacob Vigdor discusses why South Americans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans are settling among the existing U.S. population more readily than Mexicans.

The News-Times. March 10. A pro-gun control mother's group formed in the wake of Sandy Hook is gaining influence in the gun control discussion. "Historically, mothers movements have been very, very powerful forces. It's not unprecedented and it's not unusual," said Kristin Goss.

BloombergBusinessweek. March 8. The Obama administration's secret drone program has increased concern about the reach of government power. Part of the concern is centered around "persistent ubiquitous surveillance," said Peter Feaver.

The Voice of Russia. Feb. 27. If the sequester passes, the Department of Defense may use a 4-day work week. The furloughs send the wrong message to public service workers and young people considering a career, said David Schanzer

The New York Times. Feb. 23. Are big-time sports a waste of resources at private institutions like Duke? "We're here to educate people. There has been a lot of new chatter about this in the past three years. I think it's better for us to come clean and say, yes, we do commercial sports," said Charles Clotfelter

Popular Mechanics. Feb. 19. The Keystone XL project will most likely go forward, said Steve Kelly, who added, "It's pretty much on a glidepath to approval." 

Live Science. Feb. 16. American crime rates have plunged over the past 20 years, without much reason. "It's a mystery, because on criminologist can say with any confidence that they understand what's going on," said  Philip Cook.

The Kansas City Star. Feb. 15. President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to ensure that all 4-year-olds receive equal access to high-quality early education. Research has shown that preschool has positive effects on children as they enter kindergarten and elementary school, said Kenneth Dodge.

The American Prospect. Feb. 13. The American Prospect interviewed Charles Clotfelter about how to measure value in higher education. Clotfelter worked on a project called "Context for Success" through the Gates Foundation. 

Business Insider. Feb. 12. Philip Cook and Songman Kang found that the test scores of scores of older students were higher than those of younger students in the same grade.

USA Today. Feb. 7. A new Duke study found that more Americans are convinced of climate change. "Whether in response to extreme weather events like mega-storm Sandy or the improved economy, public opinion has clearly rebounded from its low point of a couple years ago," said co-author Frederick Mayer.

The Wall Street Journal. Feb. 6. States began passing laws in the 1980s preventing cities and counties from regulating guns. By 2005, 45 states had passed laws that blocked municipalities from regulating guns, found Kristin Goss.

Deutsche Welle. Feb. 2. New immigration reform could provide a clear path to American citizenship for approximately 11 million illegal immigrants. But, policymakers should be wary of assuming reform would increase immigration from Mexico, as immigration from Mexico has come to a standstill, said Jacob Vigdor

The Washington Post. Feb. 1. At the African American Economic Summit Friday, William Darity said policymakers should pursue a large-scale public jobs program to dramatically lower unemployment.  

Facing South. Jan. 25. Research from Charles Clotfelter and Helen Ladd suggests that the rise in charter schools will result in a greater racial imbalance in North Carolina's public education system. 

The New York Times. Jan. 25. The United States has the world's highest reported rate of incarceration, prompting criminologists and scholars to analyze potential changes. Phil Cook calculated that diverting money from prison to policing would buy at least four times as much reduction in crime. 

The Wall Street Journal. Jan. 24. Kristin Goss says there is a historical schism between individual sheriffs in rural areas and their national association, which has backed all major gun-control laws since the 1990s. 

WRAL. Jan. 23. One of President Obama's gun control proposals is universal background checks. This policy is very popular right now, and Congress may come in line and support the idea, said Phil Cook

MinnPost. Jan. 22. Peter Ubel co-authored a study which found that it is difficult to reduce misperceptions about health care reform among individuals with the motivation to reject corrective information. 

NPR. Jan. 21. There are many problems with gun background checks, including problems with reporting mental health records. Roughly 30 states do not submit mental health records, said Phil Cook

The Tampa Bay Times. Jan. 19. Eugene Patterson, the former editor, chairman and chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Times, died Jan. 12. Patterson made an important point by putting the Patterson chair in a public policy school rather than a journalism school, said Phil Bennett.

WUNC. Jan. 17. A recent study found that North Carolina's schools are becoming more economically segregated. But, just improving the state's economy will not solve the problem, according to Charles Clotfelter.

The Dispatch. Jan. 17. Davidson County was ranked as the second highest racially imbalanced county among public schools in a study from Charles Clotfelter, Helen Ladd and Jacob Vigdor

Indy Week. Jan. 17. North Carolina schools are becoming more imbalanced by economics rather than race, according to a recent study. Charles Clotfelter said this is a problem because schools with high percentages of low-income students find it hard to recruit and retain high-quality teachers. 

The Examiner. Jan. 17. President Obama has revived his campaign team to start a grassroots movement to build support for gun control legislation. This move could be a very important development for the legislation, said Kristin Goss.

The Omaha World Herald. Jan. 16. Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel is attempting to gather support for his nomination as defense secretary, and is changing some of his policy positions. There seems to be a "striking evolution" in Hagel's thinking, according to Peter Feaver.

The Globe and Mail. Jan. 16. President Obama proposed new gun control legislation after the National Rifle Association referenced the Obama daughters in a pro-gun ad. The main obstacle to getting gun control legislation through Congress is the "activism gap," said Kristin Goss.

Slate Magazine. Jan. 15. Experts debated gun violence and policy at a summit hosted by Johns Hopkins University. The Brady Act, a policy that prohibits gun sales to specific people, has not been very effective, said Phil Cook.

The Hill. Jan. 13. Like Obama, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now pushing for gun control policies, not a surprising move for a political:“You have to sort of wait for the political stars to align,” says Kristin Goss.

The Durham Herald-Sun. Jan. 12. The Durham Public School Board is considering reassigning a small group of local high school students to keep families at the assigned schools. "School boards across the country have often had to balance having diverse and racially balanced schools on one hand and retaining families on the other,” said Charles Clotfelter.

The Chicago Tribune. Jan. 9. Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords has begun fund-raising for gun control. If Giffords succeeds in raising $20 million, it would dwarf the amount raised by gun control groups for the 2012 elections, said Kristin Goss.

CTV News. Jan. 9. Changes in gun control will require several groups to be very active, including parents and gun owners, to counter the clout of the NRA says Kristin Goss.

The Huffington Post. Jan. 9. Universal background checks are one of the measures being discussed on gun control, including a meeting with the White House by Wal-Mart. If implemented, universal background checks would likely function as they do in California, where private sales of guns have been regulated for over 20 years, according to Phil Cook.

The Christian Science Monitor. Jan. 8. Gabby Giffords is starting a gun-control group in the wake of the Newtown shootings.

The National Journal. Jan. 8. Republican Chuck Hagel's nomination for Secretary of Defense suggests Obama "rates the military option on Iran even lower than he indicates in public," said Peter Feaver.

Voice of Russia Radio. Jan. 8. On Obama's nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel for Sec. of Defense, Peter Feaver said, "I would expect that Senator Hagel will be confirmed, but I also suspect he will not enjoy the strong vote of support that his predecessors received."

The Omaha World Herald. Jan. 6. Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is meeting resistance from Republicans. “Hagel is largely in sync with Obama's world view and may be where Obama's heart is,” said Peter Feaver.

San Antonio Express. Jan. 6.  Texas courts are removing guns from arrestees in domestic violence cases. “Research does show that making it more difficult for abusers to get firearms leads to a reduction in intimate partner homicides," said Elizabeth Vigdor.

Deutsche-Welle. Jan 5.  In the wake of the Newton shootings, new gun control measures are bieng discussed, but  “It's highly unlikely that Congress would establish a national weapons registry,” said Kristin Goss. Jan. 4. Documentary photographer Alex Harris collaborated with evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson on the book "Why We Are Here," featured in this photo gallery.

American Public Media. Jan. 4. Gun sales are big business. But it's hard to know how many guns there are, since there is no federal registry, so researchers rely on surveys, information from manufacturers and the FBI, said Phil Cook.

France 24 Focus. Jan. 4. As the gun control debate continues, Kristin Goss discusses some of the history of the laws, and what groups will be most influential in making change.

MIT Technology Review. Jan. 2. The difficulty of interpreting genetic test results has led to restrictions in selling test directly in some countries and parts of the US. “To tell somebody you don’t have the right to access information about your own biology, for any reason, is pure paternalism,” says Misha Angrist