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Do we want a Twitter President?

First year MPP student, Jue Song, continues her series in looking at governing differences between the United States and China. This time she ponders pros and cons of a “Twitter President.”

Trump loves tweeting. Everyone gets that. Plus, he has a unique tweeting style. In less than 140 characters, his tweets are always flooded with capital letters, exclamation marks, and controversial comments. Additionally, Trump seems to indulge in late-night tweeting after moments of stress or triumph.

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The Jeffes’ latest Op-ed looks at Stu Spencer’s long career

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and husband (and writing partner) Doug Jeffe published a new opinion on Fox & Hounds on February 24, 2017. This piece takes a look at the long and successful career of Stu Spencer, political consultant to Ronald Reagan.

Stu Spencer succeeded not just because of his strategic brilliance, but also because of his great, good sense, his perseverance and his ability to reach out beyond grudges and political warfare.  He stands for an era when politics was a joyful profession and competition didn’t equate with personal animosity.

Read the full piece here.

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Featured Book Club Podcast

Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir by J. D. Vance about family; about Appalachia, hillbillies, and the American white underclass in the rural and semi-rural interior of the United States. Vance relates his traumatic, poverty stricken upbringing to the larger social problems in both his hometown and the larger population. Through his personal struggles, he raises questions of personal responsibility and role of government in communities.

To listen to the Bedrosian Book Club discussion of Hillbilly Elegy click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player here, or download and subscribe through iTunes, Soundcloud, or Google Play.

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Do we want a Twitter President?

First year MPP student, Jue Song, continues her series in looking at governing differences between the United States and China. This time she ponders pros and cons of a “Twitter President.”

Trump loves tweeting. Everyone gets that. Plus, he has a unique tweeting style. In less than 140 characters, his tweets are always flooded with capital letters, exclamation marks, and controversial comments. Additionally, Trump seems to indulge in late-night tweeting after moments of stress or triumph.

Read more...

The Power of the Protest: The World Watches

First year MPP student, Jue Song, details her experience learning about protests in the United States in her first post for Bedrosian Center.

New to America, one of the things that simultaneously fascinates me as much as it puzzles me, are the student protests. When I see students marching in the street, burning flags, and criticizing the government, I am shocked. Why are there so many protests? Why do so many students participate in protests?

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Just When We Need It Most, Film Speaks to Us with the Voice of Progress and Poetry

As the storm rages all around us, it helps to remember how far we have come.

Back in 1998, a young filmmaker named Tim Kirkman made a movie called Dear Jesse, a documentary in the style of an open letter to legendary Senator Jesse Helms. In it, Tim, an openly gay man, compares and contrasts himself to Jesse, who famously opposed gay rights. The film debuted on HBO, and Tim was nominated for an Emmy.

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Our American Discourse podast

Migrant Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage

Immigrants exist between two words: their country of origin and their new home. In this nexus lies unique challenges—and opportunities. The immigrant communities who maintain bonds with their origin, or “diasporas,” can bring what they have learned back with them. They can transform developing nations and spur economic growth with their entrepreneurship. They can bridge the divide between the prosperous and the poor—and inspire lasting change.

In this episode, we explore these ravsformative individuals with Jennifer Brinkerhoff.

Listen to this episode by clicking on the orange play arrow to the right here, or subscribe at iTunes, Soundcloud, or Google Play.

Price Projection Room

Fences

Our inaugural episode of the Price Production Room podcast features a lively discussion of the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences, directed by Denzel Washington. Our guests include Gregg T. Daniel, Ange-Marie Hancock, and Jonathan Schwartz with moderator Erroll Southers.

To listen to the Price Projection Room discussion of Fences use the player here, or download it and subscribe through iTunes, Soundcloud, or Google Play

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