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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.

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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.

Republican representatives must work to satisfy Democratic constituents

Mimi Walters’ district was one of four in Orange County, California, that mixed votes between Clinton and Republican representatives – making the county a key battleground in the Democratic Party’s effort to regain political power in Washington, D.C.  Political analysts say that satisfying constituents while adhering to GOP wishes on issues such as health care and…

Book Review: Down, Out & Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row

Los Angeles Review of Books published a review by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about a new book on policing on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. “Forrest thus ends his brilliant and sobering ethnography on a hopeful note: through their pitched political battles with the powers-that-be, Skid Row residents are reclaiming their personal dignity,…

Price Projection Room

The Price Projection Room features conversations about film and television with interesting folks from across USC (theatre, cinema, public policy, and governance) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good. We want to be smarter about the TV and movies we fill our time with, what our stories tell us, and how can be better together.

This podcast is sponsored by Price Video Services and USC Bedrosian Center, and continues our ongoing efforts to bring policy and its impact into the public discourse.

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To Win the War on Cars, San Francisco Weaponizes Real Estate

Wired quoted Marlon Boarnet and Genevieve Giuliano of the USC Price School about why thriving major cities have significant traffic congestion and how public transportation can alleviate some traffic.  San Francisco is implementing some innovative ideas which are data driven. “Anecdotally, the only major cities unfettered by congestion are terribly declining Rust Belt ones,” says Marlon…

“There goes the neighborhood” short documentary

USC student, Angelique Molina, interviewed Jody Armour, USC law professor, for her short documentary film which puts a light on a family living in View Park, California, as they experience the demographic changes occurring in their community.  “There goes the neighborhood” is featured in the Pan American Film Festival happening February 9 through 20, 2017, at Baldwin…

Smaller homes might be better investments than larger ones

Small homes — even ones that measure less than 400 square feet — are becoming increasingly popular. Besides being cheaper to buy, small houses might also be better investments than larger ones, according to a new report from financial-services company Nerdwallet.  Richard Green, chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California,…

Our American Discourse

Great knowledge need not wither on the academic vine. We bring you the smartest minds from the University of Southern California and beyond, wrestling with the defining challenges of our time. In their research, we find wisdom. In their voice, hope.

Hosted by Anthony W. Orlando, Our American Discourse reminds us that we’re never too different to learn from each other, nor too divided to find common ground.

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Small Homes Can Offer Big Returns

According to a NerdWallet analysis of three years of data from for 20 of the largest U.S. metro areas, smaller homes generally appreciate at a faster rate than larger abodes. These findings are not surprising, says Richard K. Green, a professor and chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of…