Trump and the History of Xenophobia in America

Trump and the History of Xenophobia in America

It’s common in public circles and in public discussions, notably those fueled by figures such as Donald Trump, to miss characterize immigrants and say things like well they should have, especially the undocumented, they should have waited their turn in line or a language to that effect. But one of the ordeals immigrants, undocumented and […]

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How America Got Divorced from Reality: Christian Utopias, Anti-Elitism, Media Circus | Kurt Andersen

How America Got Divorced from Reality: Christian Utopias, Anti-Elitism, Media Circus | Kurt Andersen

Americans have always been magical thinkers and passionate believers in the untrue. We were started by the Puritans in New England who wanted to create and did create a Christian utopia and theocracy as they waited for the eminent second coming of Christ and the end of days. And in the south by a bunch […]

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Joel Cohen: An Introduction to Demography (Malthus Miffed: Are People the Problem?)

Joel Cohen: An Introduction to Demography (Malthus Miffed: Are People the Problem?)


My name is Joel Cohen I’m Professor of Populations at the Rockefeller University and at Columbia University in New York City.   My background is partially in public health and partially in applied mathematics. WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY DEMOGRAPHY? Why should you consider taking a course in demography in college? 

You will be growing up […]

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For LGBT People, Discrimination Still Brings Mental Health Challenges.

For LGBT People, Discrimination Still Brings Mental Health Challenges.

You know, it wasn’t until 1973 that the American Psychiatric Association, after a fairly lengthy period of debate, discussion, and advocacy, voted to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder. Discrimination, you know, comes in many forms. And the psychological and the social implications of those are, you know, they’re not insignificant. So if you do […]

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Impeachment 101: Why, When, and How the President Can Be Removed from Office

Impeachment 101: Why, When, and How the President Can Be Removed from Office

Impeachment it turns out was a very central part of the Constitution of the United States meaning it’s obscure, people don’t know about it, but it probably was necessary for the Constitution actually to be ratified by the American people. You can see the impeachment clause, and I’m going to explain its content in a […]

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How Pfizer is supporting SDG #3: Good Health and Well-being | Caroline Roan

How Pfizer is supporting SDG #3: Good Health and Well-being | Caroline Roan

We were proud to sign on to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For us goal number three is our north star: “Good health and well-being.” Every day our scientists are working to discover, develop and bring to market medicines and vaccines that help people live longer and healthier lives. And for us goal number three […]

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Being black in the US vs the UK: There’s a big difference | Alvin Hall

Being black in the US vs the UK: There’s a big difference | Alvin Hall

Two facts. One, I define myself as a black man first, because that’s what you’re going to see when you look at me. Being gay is something I define myself second, third, I can’t decide really. But it’s not everything I am. It’s a part of a complexity that I am. And that’s not backing […]

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Dr. Steven Masley: Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to Be Gross

Dr. Steven Masley: Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to Be Gross

So I’m a physician, a nutritionist and a trained chef. If you want people to eat healthy food it has to taste good. It has to meet their palate needs. So when you’re looking — I’m trying to find out specific foods that are nutrient rich that you might enjoy. So what will it take […]

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We Know What a Healthy Diet Is. Now Can We Stop Arguing About It?

We Know What a Healthy Diet Is.  Now Can We Stop Arguing About It?

I routinely point out that we could eliminate 80 percent of all chronic disease by using what we know. And we don’t do that. We really bog down in bickering about do we know what we know and is this part of what we know more important than that part of what we know. And […]

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Healthcare Is a Human Right—Don’t Let Economics Tell You Otherwise | Nicole Hassoun

Several years ago the World Health Organization declared that it wasn’t cost-effective to help people get treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis. And there was an organization called Partners in Health that simply refused to accept this claim they said we’re going to do whatever it takes to help these people. So they came up with a […]

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