Business & Economics Audio & Video

Sarah Smarsh: Reporting on Rural America and Class

April 18, 2017, 4:42 pm

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…

Bhaskar Sunkara: The Future of the American Left

April 4, 2017, 4:51 pm

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…

Dean Doug Elmendorf: Understanding the Congressional Budget Office

March 23, 2017, 9:45 am

March 22, 2017— Doug Elmendorf, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School and former director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from 2009-2015, discussed why the CBO exists, how it works, and how the media reports on its findings, in a conversation…

Farai Chideya and Zack Exley: Understanding the Electorate

March 7, 2017, 3:54 pm

March 7, 2017— Farai Chideya, Joan Shorenstein Fellow and senior writer at FiveThirtyEight, and Zack Exley, Joan Shorenstein Fellow and senior advisor to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, discussed the role of race and class in the 2016 presidential election. Below are…

Cathy O’Neil—Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

October 4, 2016, 2:00 pm

October 4, 2016—Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and author of the new book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, discussed how some algorithms can have an invisible, but important and destructive impact on people’s lives. Decisions…

2016 Goldsmith Seminar on Investigative Reporting

Friday, March 4, 9:00am - 10:30am
Nye Conference Center, Taubman Building

A panel discussion with the winner and finalists of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting: Robin McDowell, The Associated Press; Kimberly Kindy, The Washington Post; Michael LaForgia, Tampa Bay Times; Jessica Silver-Greenberg, The New York Times; Lisa Song, InsideClimate News; Jon Swaine, Guardian US; and Thomas Patterson, Shorenstein Center interim director…

Jaron Lanier: The Digital Economy Since Who Owns The Future?

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm
Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, 5th Floor

October 8, 2015 — Jaron Lanier, computer scientist and author of Who Owns the Future? and You Are Not a Gadget, discussed how the current digital economy, driven by automation and efficiency, is on track to leave large segments of…

Jeff Madrick: “Seven Bad Economic Ideas and How They’ve Hurt Us All”

Thursday, November 20, 3 p.m. | Taubman 275

November 20, 2014 — Jeff Madrick, editor of Challenge magazine, contributing editor at Harper’ s, and former Shorenstein fellow, discussed the widely-adopted yet, in his view, faulty ideas that have dominated U.S. economic policy in recent decades. Drawing on his…

Media Narratives Paint a False Picture of Gender Equality, Argue Authors Rivers and Barnett

Tuesday, February 18, 12 p.m. | Taubman 275

February 18, 2014 – In their book, The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men—and Our Economy, authors Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett argue that while strides have been made over the years in the area of gender…

Bloomberg’s Exec. Editor Focused on Transparency in Financial Reporting

Tuesday, October 1, 12 p.m. | Taubman 275

October 1, 2013 – Financial reporting is crucial to a fair and functioning democracy, said Laurie Hays, Senior Executive Editor for Beat Reporting at Bloomberg News. The challenge that financial reporters face, she said, is presenting complex economic issues in a way…