Monthly Archives: May 2017

Young Scholars Initiative: The Next Generation of New Economic Thinkers

New Economic Thinking

Published on Mar 7, 2017

Explore your curiosity in economics in an open and critical community

The Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) is a growing international community comprising thousands of students, young professionals and researchers committed to new and critical ways of thinking about the economy. Our members are organized into 17 working groups and are drawn from more than 100 countries.

YSI seeks to create an open space for critical thought and inquiry. Its mission is to cultivate and inspire a new generation of economic thinkers committed to a vision of economic thinking that is free of intellectual barriers, resonates with reality, and serves our global society.

The community provides an exploratory, supportive and inclusive framework for young scholars to initiate their own projects and work together exploring common concerns in hundreds of webinars organized by the Working Groups each year, and an expanding calendar of live events.

To join our community, begin by creating a member profile on our new Young Scholars Directory (, then join one of our working groups ( that conforms most closely to your interests.


Inequality Media

Published on Apr 10, 2017

Trump’s Corporate Tax Cuts

Inequality Media

Published on May 31, 2017

BBC World Service – Newshour Extra, What’s Wrong with Science?

Science has changed the world – it helps us live longer and more productive lives. It helps us communicate, explore the universe, understand our planet and cure our illnesses. It’s so powerful a force that it has undermined confidence in religion and challenged humans to rethink their purpose. Yet some of science’s keenest advocates fear that there is a problem with science, that there is something wrong with the way it is currently practiced and this at a time when science is under attack not just from old fashioned creationists but from people opposed to vaccination, climate change deniers and those who are suspicious it serves the interest of big corporations. So, are there fundamental problems with the way science is done today? Join Owen Bennett Jones with his guests this week discussing how science can live up to its promise.

Photo: Cancer research laboratory, Cambridge UK. Credit: Getty Images

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5 May 2017 Available now 50 minutes


Kirstie Whitaker – research fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge

Brian Nosek – professor of psychology at the University of Virginia – whose Centre for Open Science tried to reproduce 100 psychology experiments with mixed results, and is now doing the same with cancer studies

Daniel Lakens – assistant professor in Applied Cognitive Psychology at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands

Jeffrey Leek – associate professor in biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Chris Graf – director of research integrity and publishing ethics at the publisher Wiley, and co-chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics or COPE, a global group of journal editors.

The Most Disturbing Climate Change-Events We’ve Seen Yet

The Big Picture RT

Published on Aug 4, 2016

Dr. Charles Miller, NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory joins Thom. Over the past few weeks – 71 people have been hospitalized and one child has died following an outbreak of anthrax in Western Siberia above the arctic circle. Scientists now believe that outbreak began when a massive heat wave melted away at layers of permafrost and exposed the bodies of anthrax-infected reindeer who died 75 years ago.

Bernie Sanders commencement speech at Brooklyn College Commencement

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Published on May 30, 2017

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Noam Chomsky on Climate Change, Nukes, Syria, WikiLeaks & More

Democracy Now!

Published on May 30, 2017 – In this Democracy Now! special, we spend the hour with the world-renowned linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky. In a public conversation we had in April, we talked about climate change, nuclear weapons, North Korea, Iran, the war in Syria and the Trump administration’s threat to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and his new book, “Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.”

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UN Head: No One Can Derail Global Action on Climate Change | InsideClimate News

“If any government doubts the global will and need for this accord, that is reason for all others to unite even stronger and stay the course,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said. Credit: Andrew Angerer/Getty Images

By Sabrina Shankman May 30, 2017

Without naming the United States’ president, the head of the United Nations sent a message loud and clear to Donald Trump on Tuesday, joining the chorus of international leaders who are not happy with his efforts to erode progress in fighting climate change.

In his first major address on climate change, delivered at New York University, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres made it clear that whatever the U.S. does—whether it remains in the Paris climate agreement and attempts to backtrack on its own commitments, or whether it exits—the rest of the world will continue to work to reel in the disastrous impacts of climate change before it’s too late.

“If any government doubts the global will and need for this accord, that is reason for all others to unite even stronger and stay the course,” Guterres said.

The remarks came after Trump’s recent trip overseas, which culminated in the G7 summit in Sicily. At the close of the summit, leaders of six of the seven nations—Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan—reaffirmed their “strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement” in a communique. The United States abstained.

“The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics,” the communique read.

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Robert Reich : The Resistance Report, Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

ResistancE is FertilE

Published on May 30, 2017

From Paris to Asia: towards a meaningful and inclusive implementation of the Paris Agreement