Sen. Whitehouse Gives Presentation On ‘Dark Money’ Influence On Supreme Court Nomination | MSNBC


Published on Oct 13, 2020

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse used his time at the confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to give a presentation about how “dark money” was playing a role in the Supreme Court nomination process. Aired on 10/13/2020.

Amy Coney Barrett refuses to tell Kamala Harris if she thinks climate change is happening

Guardian News

Published on Oct 14, 2020

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris has continued to grill supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on a range of issues, including climate change and racial discrimination in the US. Harris pressed Barrett on whether she believed coronavirus was infectious, smoking caused cancer and climate change was happening. Barrett avoided answering directly to a number of issues during the questioning, including one from Democratic senator Cory Booker on whether it was wrong to separate children from their parents to deter immigrants coming to the US

WATCH: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s opening statement in Barrett Supreme Court confirmation hearing

PBS NewsHour

Published on Oct 12, 2020

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., gave opening remarks Oct. 12 as the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off its confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett. The hearing came about three weeks before the 2020 presidential election. The first of four days of scheduled testimony included an opening statement from Barrett, along with senators on the committee.

WATCH: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse speaks during hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

PBS NewsHour

Published on Oct 13, 2020

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., did not pose any questions to Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Using poster board displays, Whitehouse argued that Barrett’s nomination reflects a pattern by conservative special interest groups of using “dark money” to influence who sits on the court. It’s the second day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. The Oct. 13 hearing comes three weeks before Election Day. The second of four days of scheduled testimony gave senators an opportunity to ask Barrett about her record and approach to the law.

The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade

As the slave trade brought Europeans, Africans, and Americans into contact, diseases were traded along with human lives. Manuel Barcia examines the battle waged against disease, where traders fought against loss of profits while enslaved Africans fought for survival. Although efforts to control disease and stop epidemics from spreading brought little success, the medical knowledge generated by people on both sides of the conflict contributed to momentous change in the medical cultures of the Atlantic world.

“The Yellow Demon of Fever is a stunning scholarly achievement. This highly readable social history is an indispensable study for anyone interested in knowledge exchanges in the Atlantic world.”—Judith Carney, University of California, Los Angeles

“A landmark study in the history of medicine and Atlantic slavery. Unrestrained by linguistic or imperial boundaries, Barcia’s ground-breaking book exposes the struggle for racial and medical control in the ‘contact zones’ of the Atlantic slave trade.”—Katherine Paugh, University of Oxford

“A tour de force. Barcia’s deeply researched and well-written book opens a fascinating, disturbing, and vital window into the illegal slave trade of the nineteenth century and the advancement of medical knowledge.”—Randy J. Sparks,
Tulane University

“Extraordinary. A breakthrough work, among the most insightful histories of the nineteenth century written in the past half century.”—Dale Graden, University of Idaho

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New Report Highlights,30 Recommendations to Make,Coastal Communities More Resilient

For more information, contact: Amaury Laporte at (202) 662-1884 or

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) released a new report, A Resilient Future for Coastal Communities: Federal Policy Recommendations from Solutions in Practice , which highlights 30 specific policy recommendations to support community resilience to extreme weather, erosion, flooding, sea level rise, and other hazards exacerbated by climate change. Coastal communities are at the frontlines of climate change, and 40 percent of Americans—130 million people—live along our ocean and Great Lakes shorelines.

EESI’s report—designed as a practical resource for Congress, federal agencies, and the public—represents a distillation of the findings, recommendations, and case studies identified during EESI’s Congressional briefing series on Regional Coastal Resilience . Between June 2019 and June 2020, EESI organized 16 briefings featuring 42 coastal resilience experts, practitioners, and community leaders from Alaska, the Caribbean, the Great Lakes, the Gulf Coast, Hawaii, the Northeast, the Southeast, and the West Coast. These briefing panelists covered topics ranging from climate data to nature-based solutions to coastal retreat.

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Environmental Humanities – Yale

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In this time of profound environmental transformation, humanities perspectives are urgently needed to help interpret and give meaning to the rapidly changing world around us. Humanities scholars have an opportunity to reshape how we think about environmental problems and “the environment” itself. In turn, interdisciplinary dialogue with scientists and social scientists can stimulate the humanities in productive ways, raising new research questions and providing fresh ways to approach longstanding issues.

Yale Environmental Humanities aims to deepen our understanding of the ways that culture is intertwined with nature. How can humanities disciplines contribute to a broad interdisciplinary conversation about humanity and the fate of the planet?  How can the study of environmental topics, in turn, reshape teaching and research in the humanities? What can humanities scholars learn through greater collaboration with social and natural scientists, and what can the sciences learn from the humanities?

Yale Environmental Humanities gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the inaugural 320 York Humanities Grant Program, the Yale School of the  Environment, the Whitney Humanities Center, and The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund.

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Trump administration says coronavirus pandemic will not be contained

Washington Post

Published on Oct 25, 2020

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Oct. 25 said the coronavirus would not be contained in the United States and downplayed the risk of Vice President Pence’s campaigning after several of Pence’s aides tested positive. Read more:

Food Futures: The Choices Facing Us Now

The British Library

Published on Oct 25, 2020

Through this remarkable year, the key place of food in our lives has been put into greater prominence than ever. Supply chains and supermarkets, health and home cooking have been among our most vital concerns. With Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London, food and farming actionist Dee Woods and Sheila Dillon of The Food Programme.

Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at the Centre for Food Policy at City University of London, which he founded in 1994 and directed until 2016. For the last 25 years he has researched, written and lectured on the role of policy in shaping and responding to the food system, particularly in relation to health, environment, social justice, the political economy and consumer culture. He previously spent seven years as a hill farmer, an experience which has shaped his work ever since. His most recent book, Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them, was published in March 2020 and takes stock of the UK food system: where it comes from, what we eat, its impact, fragilities and strengths.

Dee Woods is a food and farming action-ist and campaigner, who advocates for good food for all and a more just and equitable food system, challenging the systemic barriers that impact marginalised communities, farmers and food producers. Her work meets at the nexus of poverty and hunger, human rights, food sovereignty, community development, policy, research, climate and social justice. Dee is co-founder of Granville Community Kitchen in South Kilburn. A previous BBC Food and Farming Awards winner, Dee sits on the GLA London Food Board, the steering group of People Food Power and is a co-editor of A People’s Food Policy. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at CAWR, Coventry University, member of the Food Ethics Council and the coordinating group of the Landworkers Alliance, co-chair of the Independent Food Aid Network, (IFAN) and a trustee of Sustain.

Sheila Dillon has been a food journalist for more than three decades. She has worked on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, first as a reporter, then producer and now presenter. In her early days on the programme she produced groundbreaking editions on BSE – mad cow disease and its connections to our desire for cheap food, the rise of GM foods, the growth of the organic movement from muck and magic to multi-million pound business, and the birth of the World Trade Organization. All at a time when those subjects were not widely covered in the media and certainly not covered by ‘food’ programmes’. Recent programmes on childhood poverty, a look at the world in 2030 when Carolyn Steel, author of Sitopia, is Prime Minister, the glory of British pies, diet and cancer, and the inadequacies of medical training when doctors are faced every day with diet-induced diseases, carry on the tradition. In 2000 she helped set up the BBC Food & Farming Awards which judge shops, food producers, campaigners, cooks in public organisations, and policy makers – not only for the quality of their food but the difference they make to their communities, as well as local and national economies. She’s won numerous awards for her journalism, including the Glaxo science prize and honorary doctorates from Harper Adams University, University of Chester and City, University of London for her work, which, the City citation said, ‘has changed the way in which we think about food’.

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Christian Leaders Speak Out Against The President | Morning Joe | MSNBC


Published on Oct 19, 2020

The Rev. William Barber and founder of Public Square Strategies, Michael Wear, discuss how Christians will vote in the coming election along with the president’s pick for the Supreme Court. Aired on 10/19/2020.