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10 Things We Learned From Sanford's Podcasts This Election Cycle

The Sanford School has recently launched several podcasts, and in the lead-up to the election, we wanted to share some of our favorite insights from two of our flagship series.


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Matthew Borden Nuñez, MPP '16

"Before coming to Sanford, I was in the Peace Corps in Indonesia as an education volunteer. It was there that I saw how bad environmental problems are. I remember when I was hiking in the jungle with some friends, and all of a sudden, we came to a clearing. The whole side of the mountain had been razed. They cut all the trees down. My friend told me that this had been done on government territory. It was illegal and it was going to affect the local economies. Here at Sanford, I'm focusing on environmental policy, specifically as it relates to climate change."


Ways & Means Podcast: Crazy Districts, Lopsided Elections

In the 2012 election, Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives nationally got 1.5 million more votes than Republican candidates but the Republicans emerged with a 33-seat majority in the House. Why? Because of gerrymandering.


Alumna Gives Voice to 'Invisible' Children

More than 2 billion children worldwide are “invisible,” said Maya Ajmera, MPP’93. The founder and former president of the Global Fund for Children called invisibility “a lack of hope, a lack of opportunity and a lack of access.” Nearly half a billion children live in extreme poverty, 215 million are engaged in hazardous labor, 100 million live on the street, and 1.2 million are trafficked annually.


Is Shotgun Marriage Dead?

Shotgun marriages have faded in popularity overall, but are on the rise among some groups, says new research from Duke University. And not all shotgun marriages are as rocky as one might think.


Expert on Elections Votes for the First Time

Judith Kelley, professor of public policy and political science, is an expert on election fraud and international election monitoring. She literally wrote a book on the topic. But until Monday, October 31, 2016, she had never voted.

The reason? She’s Danish, lives in the United States, and did not want to give up her Danish citizenship. Denmark requires voters to reside in country, and, until recently, did not allow dual citizenship. So she couldn’t vote in Denmark or the United States. Here’s what it was like.


It's Time To Reassess U.S. Grand Strategy (Policy 360 Podcast)

As we edge ever closer to election day in the U.S., Sanford professor Peter Feaver argues it’s time to critically examine the country’s grand strategy. He says the need to do so is becoming ever more pressing.


Alumnus Profile: Gregg Behr MPP’00: Combining Philanthropy and Innovation in Education

This summer, Gregg Behr, MPP/JD’00, was stunned to find himself at the White House, attending an event as a guest of honor. Behr was being celebrated as one of 10 “Champions of Change for Making.” The category honors people who successfully promote hands-on learning and serve their communities through innovation and creativity.


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Yuran Chen, PPS '18

My parents immigrated from China to Singapore when they were quite young for work. As a kid moving from Singapore to the US and fitting in here, I realized my life had been a lot easier. We were really lucky. But it’s so arbitrary. For another family, maybe they had a more difficult route getting here, which makes so much of a difference in where we turn out, but you can’t forget that we all started in the same place.


Duke Reporter’s Lab Debuts New Fact-checking Technologies

Election season provides a deluge of information: from the debates to major policy speeches to political ads. It can be difficult to parse what’s true, what’s not and what’s a straight-up lie. However, several new projects led by the Reporters’ Lab, a program of the Duke Sanford School’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, are developing ways to improve that experience.


Political Operatives Discuss Presidential Campaigns at Duke

Two seasoned political operatives, Karl Rove and Jim Messina, met at Duke Tuesday to discuss the “strange” presidential campaign as it heads toward Nov. 8 -- Election Day.


Ways & Means Podcast: Who Is White?

Very often, we toss around the terms “black, “Hispanic” and “white” as if we all agree on what they mean. Yet a look at history shows that ideas about our nation’s racial categories – what they are and who fits into them – are always changing.