'Indian Country' is excited about the first Native American secretary of the interior – and the promise she has for addressing issues of importance to all Americans

If confirmed, US Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico would be the first Native American to run the agency that interacts with tribal nations. But her agenda extends far beyond Indian Country.

Traci Morris, Executive Director, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University • conversation
Feb. 16, 2021 ~11 min

Bendable concrete and other CO2-infused cement mixes could dramatically cut global emissions

Researchers are developing ways to lock captured CO2 into cement. It could help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure and deal with climate change at the same time.

Volker Sick, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research; and Director, Global CO2 Initiative, University of Michigan • conversation
Feb. 14, 2021 ~9 min

Public option in Biden plan could change the face of US health care

The president is calling for sweeping changes in health care policy. Tens of millions of Americans could be affected.

Michael Williams, Associate Professor of Surgery and Public Policy and Former Director of the UVA Center for Health Policy, University of Virginia • conversation
Feb. 11, 2021 ~10 min

Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss

Pipeline companies have run roughshod over several regions where they're building, racking up safety and environmental violations. Many residents feel trapped, with no control over their property.

Martina Angela Caretta, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Lund University • conversation
Feb. 3, 2021 ~10 min

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Here's what you need to know and which state strategies are working

Getting pharmacies more involved could be a game changer, particularly for reaching minorities, older adults without internet access and others left behind.

Steven W. Chen, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of Southern California • conversation
Feb. 1, 2021 ~8 min

Who participates in extreme politics and why do they?

The Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol over Donald Trump’s election loss stunned the country and forced many to ask what prompts people to political violence.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
Jan. 29, 2021 ~10 min

Travelers coming from Italy may have driven first US COVID-19 wave more than those from China, study suggests

The results from an emerging study suggest governments should act quickly if they plan to impose travel bans – before the virus can spread widely to other countries.

Daniel Simon, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~6 min

Do COVID-19 travel bans work? Here's what happened when US restricted travel from China and Italy

Results from an emerging study on the two travel bans suggest that travelers coming from Italy drove the first wave in the U.S. more than those from China, which faced an earlier travel ban.

Daniel Simon, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~6 min

To make the US auto fleet greener, increasing fuel efficiency matters more than selling electric vehicles

Electric cars get a lot of hype, but EV sales today are actually increasing transportation's carbon footprint. Here's how federal clean-car standards produce this counterintuitive result.

John DeCicco, Research Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~9 min

John Kerry: UK climate summit is world's 'last best chance'

The new US climate envoy says time is running out for the world to address the climate crisis.

Jan. 28, 2021 ~6 min