Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh: Reporting on Rural America and Class

April 18, 2017—Sarah Smarsh, a reporter on socioeconomic class, politics, and policy for The New Yorker, The Guardian, Harper’s online, and other publications, discussed media coverage of class in the U.S. Below are some highlights from her conversation with Shorenstein…

Nicco Mele and Bhaskar Sunkara

Bhaskar Sunkara: The Future of the American Left

April 4, 2017—Bhaskar Sunkara, editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine, discussed his views on leftist politics in the United States during a visit to the Shorenstein Center. Below are some highlights from the conversation. Sunkara also discussed the intersection of…

Leaders of "The Resistance"

Leaders of “The Resistance”

A panel discussion with: Meighan Stone (moderator), Entrepreneurship Fellow, Spring 2017, The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and President, Malala Fund Debra Cleaver, Founder & CEO, Vote.org Leah Greenberg, Co-Founder, Indivisible Andrea Hailey, Founder, Civic Engagement Fund Amanda Litman, Founder, Run for…

Zeynep Tufekci: Technology in Global Activism, Uprisings and Social Movements

Zeynep Tufekci: Technology in Global Activism, Uprisings and Social Movements

October 4, 2016 — Zeynep Tufekci, a New York Times opinion writer who focuses on the social impact of technology, discussed the advantages and shortcomings of the use of technology in protest movements. Tufekci, who is also an associate professor…

The Dream is Dead: Can Taxpayer Money Save Presidential Campaigns?

A new paper by Marilyn W. Thompson, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2016) and former deputy editor of POLITICO, chronicles the rise and fall of the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, and explores whether the fund could still provide a viable way…

Bob Schieffer Discusses Money in Politics and the 2016 Presidential Candidates

September 15, 2015 — Bob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, veteran CBS reporter and former moderator of “Face the Nation,” discussed the corrosive effects of money in politics and his outlook for the 2016 presidential election. The current…

Frederick W. Mayer: Narrative Politics: The Medium is the Story

November 19, 2014 — Frederick W. Mayer, professor of public policy, political science and environment at Duke University, discussed how storytelling plays a vital role in political and civic engagement.

Nature’s Prophet: Bill McKibben as Journalist, Public Intellectual and Activist

A paper by Fall 2012 Fellow Matthew C. Nisbet examines the impact of “knowledge journalism” on the climate change debate.

Bloomberg editor: Super PACs add negativity to primary race

March 20, 2012 – Super PACs (political action committees) and large donors have impacted the 2012 presidential race in surprising ways, said Jeanne Cummings, Government Team Deputy Editor for Bloomberg News, at a Shorenstein Center event. An unexpected result of…

‘Flash’ politics value outsiders over experts, says Matt Bai

February 14, 2012 — The Tea Party movement shares “striking similarities” to the online progressive movement of 2004–2005, said Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine. Bai spoke to the Shorenstein Center about how these two…