The Model Thinker

If models of the world are all wrong, why are they critical to understanding our complex world? Page’s book entreats readers to push to me clear about how they think about the world.

Today, host Pamela Clouser McCann discusses the book The Model Thinker with guests Jeffery A. Jenkins and James Lo.

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Aguila new paper on the effect supplemental income programs have on primary caregiver burdens in Mexico

Do Income Supplemental Programs for Older Adults’ Help Reduce Primary Caregiver Burden? Evidence from Mexico Article is in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, published online June 5, 2019 by Emma Aguila, Mariana López-Ortega, Sean Angst. Abstract: In countries such as Mexico without formal public long-term care policies, informal care becomes the main source of support for…

Elisabeth R. Gerber

From why engagement with communities matters in higher education to the future of work – Jeff Jenkins has a far ranging conversation with Elisabeth Gerber of the University of Michigan.

She asks how we move beyond the way we were taught to trying to help folks interact and learn in a changing world?

drinking, still I thirst: the impact of bottled water

by Casey Fischl

Bottled water consumption has steadily increased over the last few decades, reaching an all-time high in 2017 with 13.7 billion gallons of bottled water purchased in the United States. The consumption of bottled water has surpassed all other products in the beverage industry, including soda and beer.

An unHappy Meal: how government spending forced reliance on fast food

by Olivia Olson

Those living in poverty are among the victims of a system that renders fast food and other such unhealthy products the only viable options for low-income citizens. From commodity crop subsidies, to federal programs that place fast food in the heart of urban areas, obesity is not “a moral lapse of a brain chemical but the effect of poverty.”

Toward a Theory of Population Repatriation from Disasters

“Toward a Theory of Population Repatriation from Disasters,” August 2018. Adam Rose, Jonathan Eyer and Shingo Nagamatsu

Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to present the outlines of a conceptual framework of the economics of population repatriation following disasters. It is acknowledged that economics is only one major dimension of the issue, but it is intended . . .

Second annual City Managers’ Summit focuses on employee satisfaction, climate change, leadership

by Matthew Kredell

“I see city managers as kind of unsung heroes,” USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott said in his welcoming remarks. “I don’t feel you get the recognition and respect that you deserve for the fantastic job you do managing complex organizations.”

Lunch with a Leader: Mina Chow

by Shuaifeng Yao Mina Chow‘s documentary FACE OF A NATION was able to reach the right audience: Legislators. When architecture, cultural diplomacy, civic action, combine to be greater than the sum of the parts. What can policy students learn from this experience? What lessons has Chow learned making a documentary … making sure folks in governance…

Lunch with a Leader : Jack Knott, Dean, USC Price

Our series opens with Jack H. Knott, Dean and the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Under Dean Knott’s leadership, the Price School has experienced significant growth and has strengthened its position as leader in public affairs research and education. This year, USC Price is ranked 2nd…

This is How it Ends

In today’s episode, we marvel at Dolan’s ability in This is How it Ends to mirror the gentrification fight with the relationship between young activist Ella and the older mentor Molly. We think about mentoring, gentrification, family, policing, and so many other themes as we discuss this tight thriller which is also social commentary.

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