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Universities Must Reform to Stay Relevant and Affordable Says Notable Economist

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Dr. Richard Vedder, Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, DC, notes that the costs of higher education have increased markedly in recent years while the value of a college degree may be diminishing. To counteract these trends, he says that colleges and universities must implement reforms and modernize. But, the… Read More

Chancellor Carey and Head of Workforce Transformation Describe Higher Education Budget Proposal

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John Carey, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and Ryan Burgess, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, recently visited Athens and Ohio University and explained the Governor’s proposed budget for higher education. Under the new proposal, both tuitions and special fees would be frozen in place for the next two years…. Read More

Courts Are Perceived “Negatively” by People of Color in the USA

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Minnesota trial judge Kevin Burke is concerned about negative public perceptions of our courts – especially among people of color. People too often believe they are treated unfairly and that judges are biased and make their decisions based upon “political views” and not the law. They also think judges are not understandable and that court… Read More

Reporter Security is an Issue Both Abroad and At Home

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Award-winning journalist and former Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander just finished co-authoring an in-depth report for National Public Radio about the death of two of its journalists in Afghanistan in June. He is a strong proponent of increased security measures for reporters in a world ravaged with wars and terrorism. He also promotes improved security… Read More

Paul Laurence Dunbar Documentary Hits Public Television Airwaves Nationally

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A new documentary “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask” is being distributed to public television stations across the nation through the National Educational Telecommunications Association. The film highlights the life and legacy of the first African American to achieve national acclaim as a writer. The documentary will air on WOUB HD on February 14 at… Read More

Bullying, Harassment, & Hate Crimes Spike Since Presidential Election

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Recently the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released the results of a post-election national survey of 50,000 teenagers between 13 and 18 years old. Some 70 percent reported witnessing bullying, hate messaging, or harassment since the election with racial bias being the “most common motive cited.” These incidents are far more frequent than before, according to… Read More

Megan Westervelt Tells Unique Environmental Stories Through Still Images

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Megan Westervelt left graduate school with some experience under her belt and some uniquely creative ideas in her head about how she could capture environmental photos. She labels herself a Conservation Photojournalist which means she tells stories with her still and video cameras about human impact on the environment. While still in school, she did… Read More

Old-Time Radio Dramas Adopt Modern Podcasting Style at WOUB

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Karen M. Chan, an actor, director and producer is merging old-time radio dramatic techniques with modern podcasting to bring a new, fresh approach to storytelling for public media. Chan, a veteran of theater, television and film, has lately been concentrating her efforts on dramatizing works of literature for digital distribution by WOUB Public Media. She… Read More

Addiction and “The Holidays” Can be a Toxic Mix – But, Help is Available

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Ron Luce, a board member of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences and President of Ohio Recovery Housing, says “the Holidays” can be a troubling time for those addicted to drugs or alcohol –even those already in recovery. Addiction is often linked with depression, according to Luce, and “the Holidays” can exacerbate emotions in the… Read More

Alum Rob Painter Talks Career, Security, His Work with Google & Leadership

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Rob Painter, an Ohio University alumnus, specializes in investments in companies that solve challenges in national security and high growth markets such as cyber security, data science, sensor technology and new space technologies. He was the Chief Technologist and Senior Manager for Google Federal working to apply Google solutions to a myriad of issues confronting… Read More

“Epic Struggles” Face Media in Covering President Donald Trump

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Andrew Alexander, former ombudsman for the Washington Post and former Washington bureau chief for Cox Newspapers, states that the media have epic struggles ahead in covering our new President Donald Trump. However, he believes media should attack their jobs “fearlessly” and traverse this uncharted media landscape with impartiality and gusto. Alexander notes that there has… Read More

Why are Black Women NOT Elected to Statewide Offices Throughout the Nation?

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There are only two black women in the nation who hold statewide elective executive offices, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Spectrum wants to know why. Although there are numerous women of color elected to state and federal legislative offices, the numbers don’t translate to statewide executive offices, according… Read More

Two Experts on Iran Discuss Nuclear Agreement After One Year

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Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, founding Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Dr. Rober S. Litwak, Vice President for Scholars and Director of International Security Studies at the Wilson Center give their assessments of the multi-national nuclear agreement with Iran — on its one-year anniversary. The agreement, according… Read More