Podcast panel: Anti-racism protests inspire hope for the future

An expert panel digs into undercurrents of the widespread anti-racism protests. Here's why the renewed activism makes them hopeful.

U. Chicago • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: politics united-states racism featured society-and-culture police-officers race-and-ethnicity protests

Fake news may increase trust in government

While consuming online misinformation cuts trust in mainstream news media, for some, it actually boosts trust in the federal government.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: politics internet journalism trust society-and-culture

Political divide turns everyday stuff into symbols

Political polarization is starting to work like an oil spill, according to a new study. Otherwise neutral things, like football or lattes, take on a political valence.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics united-states society-and-culture beliefs

Clayborn Carson: Leaders turn protest into change

Historian and civil rights scholar Clayborn Carson breaks down why leaderless protest can be a strength and a weakness in the context of our current moment.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
June 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: politics history united-states racism featured society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity protests

To fight climate change, eco groups get political

Environmental non-governmental organizations are moving beyond conservation and getting into politics to advocate for climate action, a study shows.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change conservation politics earth-and-environment

Political donors want candidates to toe party lines

Political donors like candidates who stick with their party's positions, researchers find. Voters also tend to steer clear of candidates with extreme views.

Mike Cummings-Yale • futurity
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics money government society-and-culture beliefs elections

Gender quotas in India had unintended effects

Gender quotas enshrined in the Indian constitution appear to have lowered the representation of other underrepresented groups.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: politics gender india society-and-culture socioeconomic-status

How social media normalize hate and dehumanization

A new analysis of Facebook comments show how social media and identity can lead to hate and dehumanization of other people, step by step.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media politics facebook society-and-culture rhetoric identity

In the winter of 1933, the world ‘turned inward’

A new book chronicles the winter of 1933, when nations began to turn inward toward nationalism and isolationism and the world edged closer to war again.

Jarret Bencks-Brandeis • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics history europe united-states featured society-and-culture wars

Black Death shows how disease changes daily life

A historian breaks down Italy's response to the 14th-century Black Death and what we can learn from history to face today's COVID-19 pandemic.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: politics history italy featured society-and-culture health-and-medicine

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