Block Eight

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Our world and our politics aren't getting worse. But our incentives for complaining about it are, as two academics explore in a new ...
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One works better than the other. Which one? Well, that depends...
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A guide created for reporters offers insights for the discerning news consumer as well.
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Researchers know authoritarians backed President Trump in the election. And they know consuming a lot of TV breeds authoritarian tendencies. At the intersection ...
Terrorism and the media

Terrorism-related journalism remains episodic and simplistic. But is anything else possible in an age of shrinking news budgets?
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Long before Trump or even Reagan, America's 35th president showed us how to leverage the power of celebrity in politics.
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Driven by housing and demographics, the 90-minute commute isn't as rare as it once was. Buckle up!
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Reflecting on who we were and where we've been is more than just woolgathering -- it turns out to be an indicator of ...
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Analyzing Resist activists reveals a few surprises. What's not yet knowable: Is their movement the spark of a new flame or a fizzle?
Terrorism and social media

Hardening our society is one way to make us more resilient to hazards. But so, too, is growing our social infrastructure.
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