Items tagged ‘The-Weekly-Wonk’

  • article | November 13, 2014

    Are We About to Trade Away Critical Healthcare Access?

    In the expensive briar patch that is American healthcare, generic drugs have been key to keeping costs down. But intellectual property provisions in t...
  • article | November 13, 2014

    Kind of a Big (Climate Change) Deal

    Eric Holthaus
    The United States and China—the world’s biggest contributors to climate change—just produced a game changer. Leaders of the two countries jointly anno...
  • article | November 13, 2014

    The Smallest Soldiers

    Douglas Ollivant
    Douglas Ollivant, ASU Future of War Senior Fellow at New America, explains that as we observe Veterans Day, we should also remember that the children ...
  • article | November 13, 2014

    The Untapped Potential in Science Fiction

    If we can end the elitism and teach more science fiction to teenagers and young adults, we can change the world. This assertion, while bold, may not b...
  • article | November 13, 2014

    Where the Wall Has Taken Us

    New America
    When the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, some say our world order cracked wide open. This month’s twenty-fifth anniversary of that mileston...
  • article | November 13, 2014

    Which Events Really Mattered in World History?

    Levi Tillemann
    A casual reading of human history (or a high school textbook) might suggest the crucifixion of Jesus, Matthew Perry’s opening of Japan, and D-day as f...
  • article | November 13, 2014

    Why Iraq Must Stop Playing the Shari’a Card

    Emily Schneider Alliya Anjum Razavi Corri Zoli
    If you’re a woman living in Raqqa, Iraq, you already had enough to worry about: your government recently lost a quarter of the country to the Islamic ...
  • article | November 13, 2014

    Why Now, More Than Ever, We Must Change Our Immigration Story

    She was 14. She believed them when they told her that her future – her own family, a home, economic salvation – was just a few feet away. That lie – a...
  • article | November 13, 2014

    Your Primer on the Future of the Internet

    New America
    On Monday, President Obama announced his support for net neutrality- the idea that the Internet should remain free and open, and Internet Service Prov...
  • article | November 06, 2014

    The New New Germany

    Yascha Mounk
    We didn’t know what to expect after the heady days of November 1989. What exactly would follow from the fall of the Berlin wall? Would this mean the e...
  • article | November 06, 2014

    The Wall That Didn’t Fall

    Brandon Tensley
    Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a different wall has taken its place. But instead of separating East and West, this other “wall” ...
  • article | November 06, 2014

    Did We Give the Pill Too Much Power?

    This pill came with a promise: help extinguish sexism from public life by removing a key roadblock for women. If women could plan when and whether the...
  • article | November 06, 2014

    It's Not Obama, It's Just the Sixth Year

    Kenneth W. Mack
    If you want to know who to blame for any number of global and domestic crises, there is one simple answer, according to many critics: Barack Obama. Th...
  • article | November 06, 2014

    More on the Cost of Connectivity

    Last week, New America's Open Technology Institute released the 2014 edition of the Cost of Connectivity, an annual survey of broadband speeds and pri...
  • article | November 06, 2014

    Our Big Government Misconception

    New America
    Idealistic television shows like The West Wing portray government as a place for grand ideas and big think. But the reality is that working in governm...
  • article | November 06, 2014

    The Chorus that Cracked the Wall

    Grace Hale
    In the years after the song appeared as the title track on Springsteen’s 1984 album, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” has been overanalyzed and o...
  • article | November 06, 2014

    Invisible Divide

    Martin Eiermann
    In 2014, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall tore open the Iron Curtain, less visible fault lines remain between East and West in Germ...
  • article | October 30, 2014

    5 Ways America is Failing Millennials

    If you're between 18 and 34 years old, you _should _be getting ready for the prime of your life — at least according to recent history. That means get...
  • article | October 30, 2014

    A Bull in Isis' China Shop

    Steven C. Call
    Poor Barack Obama. With his many problems sending his approval ratings to record lows, the one thing it seemed he could take solace in was that he’d g...
  • article | October 30, 2014

    For A More Resilient World, We Need to Think Small

    When disaster strikes, we tend to think big. What will the city do to help the affected population? The federal government? But in fact, many of the i...
  • article | October 30, 2014

    Seeing America Through Japanese Eyes

    Ari Ratner
    “Scarlett, Scarlett!” I waved pleadingly. Across the red carpet she sauntered, her eyes invitingly meeting mine. There I stood—a 24-year-old Jewish ki...
  • article | October 30, 2014

    Should Art Imitate Policy?

    New America
    Is the duty of the documentary to “change the world” or rather to “show the world”? Increasingly, activists and consumers conflate documentary with ac...