Professor's Perspective

What Trump Risks in Europe

July 13, 2018

General Wesley Clark comments on the NATO Summit, “With President Trump soon to land in Europe for the NATO summit meeting, many of [the United State’s] closest allies are concerned. They have seen Trump disrupt the recent G-7 meeting, been hectored by him publicly on their own levels of defense spending, and watched as the U.S. President, apparently the chosen favorite of Russian President Vladimir Putin in his 2016 election meddling, acts chummy with Putin and other dictators.” […]

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Business and Economics

The Medical Bankruptcies Debate

June 26, 2018

The debate over the extent to which uninsured medical costs lead to personal bankruptcies is interesting for a couple of reasons. In terms of social science and politics, it leads to a quagmire of difficult discussions, debating between someone’s health and their wallet. […]

Professor's Perspective

Searching for Diamond Dust in the Milky Way

June 14, 2018

Diamond dust in clouds of gas throughout the Milky Way? It may sound unlikely, but that is the conclusion of a team of scientists who used radio telescopes to explore a peculiar and elusive source of radio emission. And in doing so, they may have solved two different puzzles at once. […]

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Professor's Perspective

Pardons and the Presumption of Regularity

June 5, 2018

THE NEWS, Op-Eds By Great Courses Professors: Pardons and the Presumption of Regularity. President Trump’s decision to pardon Dinesh D’Souza and his musings about pardoning others remind us once again about how transformative (in a not-good way) the Trump presidency truly is. At bottom, so much of our institutional structures in America are founded on a presumption of regularity in the executive. Not a presumption of wisdom and not a presumption of effectiveness, but in essence, a presumption of well-meaning interest in the good of the country. Read more on The Great Courses Daily. […]

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How Trump Can Get US North Korea Summit Back On Track

May 29, 2018

General Wesley Clark discusses the canceled North Korean summit and the potential for negotiation. He states, “The problem posed by North Korea is indeed difficult. So, rather than taking the summit cancellation as a setback, the U.S. should take it as an opportunity to establish a robust process that can truly deal with the issues threatening security and stability in Northeast Asia.” […]

Health & Fitness

Essential Oils in the Ambulance

May 24, 2018

Dr. Steven Novella discusses the rise of essential oils. He states, “Aromatherapy with essential oils is pseudoscience, backed only with low-quality studies guaranteed to show a placebo effect. Their growing popularity warns that better science education is needed.” […]

Economics

Both Sides of the Vaping Controversy

May 17, 2018

Both Sides of the Vaping Controversy. Could vaping and e-cigarettes reduce the toll of death and illness due to smoking conventional cigarettes? The most recent issue of the Annual Review of Public Health has a nice pro-and-con. Professor Timothy Taylor discusses both sides of artificial cigarettes. Read more on The Great Courses Daily. […]

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Here’s the real cost of leaving the Iran deal

May 11, 2018

Here’s the real cost of leaving the Iran deal. President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Iran deal and seek to reimpose sanctions proves one thing: the president isn’t afraid to pull the trigger. General Wesley K. Clark discusses more on The Great Courses Daily. Read now. […]

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Gerrymandering: Abbott v. Perez in Texas

April 24, 2018

Gerrymandering: Abbott v. Perez in Texas. This week, the Supreme Court hears one last case on gerrymandering for the term. This one’s a racial-gerrymandering case, Abbott v. Perez. Read more on The Great Courses Daily! […]

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