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The Fact of a Body

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is a true crime memoir. After encountering the child murderer Ricky Langley, Alexandria’s desire to work as a lawyer to fight against the death penalty is up-ended. She spends several years investigating Ricky’s story as a way to confront the story of her own child abuse. This is a deeply moving book, and a relatively easy read given the morose topic – a testament to the author’s skill.

Our conversation ranges from the effects of trauma on individuals and communities to the genre itself. If you haven’t read it yet, beware that we assume you’ve read it, spoiler alert!

Featuring Jeffery A. Jenkins (@jaj7d ‏), Lisa Schweitzer (@drschweitzer), Brettany K. Shannon (@brettanyshannon), and Deborah Winters

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Special thanks to Flatiron Books for sending us review copies!

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Location, Location, Location! Mobility and Opportunity in East King County

Emily Lieb brings us another research update from Seattle from the Access to Opportunity Project:

What’s in a neighborhood? Scholars (and realtors) agree: Where a person lives determines how much access to opportunity she has. Good schools, safe streets, high-quality housing that appreciates in value, accessible jobs and services, clean air and water—all of these things make it possible for people to do the best they can for themselves and their families. Poor schools, high crime rates, bad housing, an unhealthy environment, and relative inaccessibility do the opposite. Each one of these things is an obstacle standing between a family and its potential.

Stuck in the middle with few housing options

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, about the lack of new middle-class housing in California. “Nowhere in California is there lots of new construction,” said Richard Green, chairman of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California. “That’s why you are not getting the filtering…

Democrats’ road to winning back the House goes through California

Los Angeles Times quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the prospects of the Democratic Party picking up seats in the House of Representatives through California-based midterm elections. “Every little bit of conventional wisdom was overturned in 2016,” says Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a fellow at the USC Price School of Public Policy…

California Lawmakers Take Anti-Trump Stance as Session Ends

The New York Times, in a Reuters story, quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Dornsife College on the efforts of California’s state government to challenge federal leadership. “It’s a purposeful positioning,” said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fellow at the University of Southern California. “We have a different political path and a…

Jordan Carr Peterson: Private Interests in American Public Institutions

September 26, 2016 Much of my current research, including my dissertation, focuses on the role played by public officials’ private financial and investment choices in their policy decisions. For instance, I consider whether and by what means bureaucrats and judges make regulatory and adjudicatory decisions based on the extent to which they are personally exposed to the financial…

Colin Kaepernick Is Paying the NFL’s Black Tax

Fortune published an op-ed by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on whether football quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s inability to get signed by an NFL team has to do with his skills or political beliefs. Armour contends that wealth and status do not insulate Kaepernick and other successful black Americans from the “black tax.” “It…

PIPE* Collaborative: Chris Tausanovitch, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UCLA

“Measuring Policy Preferences” Chris Tausanovitch, assistant professor of Political Science at UCLA, will be discussing his research. For more than a half-century, scholars have grappled with the question of whether Americans’ responses to policy questions reflect a shared belief system, or indeed anything more than a spur-of-the-moment inclination. However, surveys typically ask only a few questions…

Police Continue to Investigate Bomb Threat That Cleared Santa Monica Pier

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on how terrorists will sometimes call in a fake threat to check law enforcement’s responsiveness. Terrorism expert Errol Southers, an extremism expert, security assessment consultant, said that’s what happened during the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta. He said during those Games the suspect had…

PIPE Workshop: Measuring Policy Preferences, Chris Tausanovitch

Tuesday, September 12  Measuring Policy Preferences Chris Tausanovitch, assistant professor of Political Science at UCLA, will be discussing his research. For more than a half-century, scholars have grappled with the question of whether Americans’ responses to policy questions reflect a shared belief system, or indeed anything more than a spur-of-the-moment inclination. However, surveys typically ask only…