Nonprofit hospitals have an obligation to help their communities, but the people who live nearby may see little benefit


Jonathan Wynn, UMass Amherst and Daniel Skinner, Ohio University Does living near a hospital make you more likely to get the health care you need? Scholars interviewed people living near the University of Colorado Hospital to assess whether it’s a good neighbor. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images Sponsored Even though the federal government requires nonprofit

Fake Biden robocall to New Hampshire voters highlights how easy it is to make deepfakes − and how hard it is to defend against AI-generated disinformation

writein biden

Joan Donovan, Boston University An unknown number of New Hampshire voters received a phone call on Jan. 21, 2024, from what sounded like President Joe Biden. A recording contains Biden’s voice urging voters inclined to support Biden and the Democratic Party not to participate in New Hampshire’s Jan. 23 GOP primary election. Sponsored Republicans have

A Supreme Court ruling on fishing for herring could sharply curb federal regulatory power


Robin Kundis Craig, University of Southern California The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Jan. 17, 2024, in two cases that center on fisheries management but could have broad impacts on federal regulatory power. Two cases centered on Atlantic herring could have widespread impacts on federal regulation. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Sponsored The question at the

Focus on right now, not the distant future, to stay motivated and on track to your long-term health goals


Kaitlin Woolley, Cornell University, and Paul Stillman, San Diego State University It’s a familiar start-of-the-year scene. You’ve committed to a healthier lifestyle and are determined that this time is going to be different. Your refrigerator is stocked with fruits and veggies, you’ve tossed out processed foods, and your workout routine is written in pen in

The curious joy of being wrong – intellectual humility means being open to new information and willing to change your mind

path 1

Daryl Van Tongeren, Hope College Mark Twain apocryphally said, “I’m in favor of progress; it’s change I don’t like.” This quote pithily underscores the human tendency to desire growth while also harboring strong resistance to the hard work that comes with it. I can certainly resonate with this sentiment. Sometimes, the evidence points you in

Why the 14th Amendment bars Trump from office: A constitutional law scholar explains principle behind Colorado Supreme Court ruling


Mark A. Graber, University of Maryland In 2024, former President Donald Trump will face some of his greatest challenges: criminal court cases, primary opponents and constitutional challenges to his eligibility to hold the office of president again. The Colorado Supreme Court has pushed that latter piece to the forefront, ruling on Dec. 19, 2023, that

Certain states, including Arizona, have begun scrapping court costs and fees for people unable to pay – two experts on legal punishments explain why

conversation arizona

Alexes Harris, University of Washington, and Alex R. Piquero, University of Miami In today’s American criminal legal system, courts impose fines and fees as a means to punish people and hold them accountable for legal violations. Several U.S. states are eliminating criminal fines and fees for people who can’t afford them. Getty Images Sponsored At

Gettysburg tells the story of more than a battle − the military park shows what national ‘reconciliation’ looked like for decades after the Civil War


Katrina Stack, University of Tennessee and Rebecca Sheehan, Oklahoma State University On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to dedicate a cemetery at the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Four months before, about 50,000 soldiers had lost their lives at the Battle of Gettysburg, later seen as

Democratic governors to Biden: Migrant crisis is ‘untenable,’ border ‘too open’

Biden with governors

By Greg Bishop | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is telling President Joe Biden the numbers of migrants arriving to Chicago from the southern U.S. border are accelerating. The situation is overwhelming, untenable and uncoordinated, he added.  President Joe Biden greets Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, from left, Rep. Mike Quigley,

Shutdown inches closer as U.S. House GOP fails to pass defense bill, lawmakers exit D.C.

the capitol dc at night 1024x768 1

by Jennifer ShuttSeptember 21, 2023 WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans were unable for a third time Thursday to begin debate on the Defense funding bill, throwing another wrench into Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership tenure. The Capitol. (Jennifer Shutt, States Newsroom) Sponsored The 212-216 vote that rejected the rule for the $826 billion Defense spending measure

Moms for Liberty: ‘Joyful warriors’ or anti-government conspiracists? The 2-year-old group could have a serious impact on the presidential race

file 20230823 25

Shauna Shames, Rutgers University Signs in the hallway during the inaugural Moms For Liberty Summit on July 15, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. Octavio Jones/Getty Images Sponsored Motherhood language and symbolism have been part of every U.S. social movement, from the American Revolution to Prohibition and the fight against drunk drivers. Half of Americans are women,

New round of COVID-19 booster shots on the way after CDC recommendation

COVID VACCINE 1536x1024 1 1024x683 1

by Jennifer Shutt, Pennsylvania Capital-Star WASHINGTON — Americans older than six months should get an updated COVID-19 booster this fall, according to a recommendation the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended Americans should get the updated COVID-19 vaccine. (Javier Zayas Photography/Getty Images) Sponsored The

IRS is using $60B funding boost to ramp up use of technology to collect taxes − not just hiring more enforcement agents

irs agents

Erica Neuman, University of Dayton The Internal Revenue Service is getting a funding boost thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law in 2022. The IRS has relied on technology for decades, as this 1965 photo taken in its Philadelphia office shows. US News & World Report Collection/Marion S Trikosko/PhotoQuest

Waves of strikes rippling across the US seem big, but the total number of Americans walking off the job remains historically low


Judith Stepan-Norris, University of California, Irvine and Jasmine Kerrissey, UMass Amherst More than 323,000 workers – including nurses, actors, screenwriters, hotel cleaners and restaurant servers – walked off their jobs during the first eight months of 2023. Hundreds of thousands of the employees of delivery giant UPS would have gone on strike, too, had they

8 GOP candidates debate funding to Ukraine, Trump’s future and – covertly, with dog whistles – race

2023 gop debate

by Jordan Tama, American University School of International Service; Brian Kalt, Michigan State University, and Calvin Schermerhorn, Arizona State University After weeks of speculation over who was going to participate, eight Republican candidates seeking their party’s presidential nomination appeared on stage together in Milwaukee on Aug. 23, 2023, for the first debate of the 2024

Charity Lawson led ‘The Bachelorette’ her way — changing the franchise’s narrative on race in the process

the 19th

Fans of the long-running franchise credit Bachelorette Charity Lawson, only the fourth woman of color to be franchise lead, for the season’s success. Originally published by The 19th Your trusted source for contextualizing the news. Sign up for our daily newsletter. Sponsored As the 20th season of “The Bachelorette” comes to a close, many fans

How book-banning campaigns have changed the lives and education of librarians – they now need to learn how to plan for safety and legally protect themselves


Nicole A. Cooke, University of South Carolina Despite misconceptions and stereotypes – ranging from what librarians Gretchen Keer and Andrew Carlos have described as the “middle-aged, bun-wearing, comfortably shod, shushing librarian” to the “sexy librarian … and the hipster or tattooed librarian” – library professionals are more than book jockeys, and they do more than

COVID learning loss driven more by school and community factors than household ones, research finds

school image

Kalyn Belsha, Chalkbeat Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization covering public education in communities across America. Sign up for our free weekly newsletter to keep up with how public education is changing.   Learning losses stemming from the pandemic were driven more by factors in student’s communities and school districts than in their homes, new

The 19th’s fellows reflect on the meaning of freedom in honor of Juneteenth

the 19th

Originally published by The 19th Rebekah Barber, Katherine Gilyard, Daja E. Henry, and Ashaki “Nzingha” Thompson-Hall are 2022-2023 Frances Ellen Watkins Harper fellows. Explore their work. President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that as of January 1, 1863, “all persons held as slaves” within the Confederacy “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Sponsored But it

How AI could take over elections – and undermine democracy

conversation graphic

Archon Fung, Harvard Kennedy School and Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University Could organizations use artificial intelligence language models such as ChatGPT to induce voters to behave in specific ways? Sponsored An AI-driven political campaign could be all things to all people. Eric Smalley, TCUS; Biodiversity Heritage Library/Flickr; Taymaz Valley/Flickr, CC BY-ND Sen. Josh Hawley asked OpenAI

Oath Keepers founder sentenced to 18 years for seditious conspiracy in lead-up to Jan. 6 insurrection – 4 essential reads


Jeff Inglis, The Conversation Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keepers, is just one member of a group that seeks to engage in violence against the U.S. government. Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Sponsored Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on May 25, 2023, in the wake

Why is Tax Day on April 18 this year? And how did early spring become tax season, anyhow?

tax day

Thomas Godwin, Purdue University A red-letter day? Hardly! iStock / Getty Images Plus Sponsored Mid-April has arrived. And along with the spring sunshine, that means the often dreaded civic duty of finishing off one’s taxes. It’s an arduous time for many, characterized by navigating increasingly confusing rules to arrive at the best refund possible. For some,

Republicans host Marjorie Taylor Greene

protesters 1

Local Republicans hosted national political figure Marjorie Taylor Greene at the Adams County Republican Committee’s Gettysburg office this morning. Greene has been in the area since at least yesterday, speaking with Republicans in Franklin County on Thursday evening. Greene has been the U.S. representative for Georgia’s 14th congressional district since 2021. Sponsored Gettysburg Connection requested

A brief history of the Black church’s diversity and its vital role in American political history

file 20230130 189 3y4vap

Jason Oliver Evans, University of Virginia With religious affiliation on the decline, continuing racism and increasing income inequality, some scholars and activists are soul-searching about the Black church’s role in today’s United States. Sponsored For instance, on April 20, 2010, an African American Studies professor at Princeton, Eddie S. Glaude, sparked an online debate by

Congress aims to close off presidential election mischief and fraud with simple and bipartisan solutions

file 20221211 69694 3bblu5

Derek T. Muller, University of Iowa Sponsored Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., center, and Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, right, take cover as protesters disrupt the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, 2021. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Presidential elections are complicated. All 50 states and the District of

More than 4 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths are preventable in the US, and mental health is the leading cause

file 20221129 14 ezp753.jpg

Rachel Diamond, Adler University Preventable failures in U.S. maternal health care result in far too many pregnancy-related deaths. Each year, approximately 700 parents die from pregnancy and childbirth complications. As such, the U.S. maternal mortality rate is more than double that of most other developed countries. Sponsored The Department of Health and Human Services declared

More than 4 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths are preventable in the US, and mental health is the leading cause

file 20221129 14 ezp753

Rachel Diamond, Adler University Preventable failures in U.S. maternal health care result in far too many pregnancy-related deaths. Each year, approximately 700 parents die from pregnancy and childbirth complications. As such, the U.S. maternal mortality rate is more than double that of most other developed countries. Sponsored The Department of Health and Human Services declared

State courts are fielding sky-high numbers of lawsuits ahead of the midterms – including challenges to voting restrictions and to how elections are run


Miriam Seifter, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Adam Sopko, University of Wisconsin-Madison The run-up to Election Day is often a contentious time. Sponsored In recent years, it has also become a litigious time – parties increasingly turn to courts to resolve disputes about the rules for voting. This year, our research shows a significant uptick of

NASA is crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid to test a plan that could one day save Earth from catastrophe

file 20220919 2878

Svetla Ben-Itzhak, Air University On Sept. 26, 2022, NASA plans to change an asteroid’s orbit. The large binary asteroid Didymos and its moonlet Dimorphos currently pose no threat to Earth. But by crashing a 1,340-pound (610-kilogram) probe into Didymos’ moon at a speed of approximately 14,000 mph (22,500 kph), NASA is going to complete the

These high school ‘classics’ have been taught for generations – could they be on their way out?

assorted-title books

Andrew Newman, Stony Brook University (The State University of New York) If you went to high school in the United States anytime since the 1960s, you were likely assigned some of the following books: Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” “Julius Caesar” and “Macbeth”; John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”; Harper

How you can help protect sharks – and what doesn’t work

file 20220909 1182 fq1lk.jpg

David Shiffman, Arizona State University Sharks are some of the most ecologically important and most threatened animals on Earth. Recent reports show that up to one-third of all known species of sharks and their relatives, rays, are threatened with extinction. Unsustainable overfishing is the biggest threat by far. Losing sharks can disrupt coastal food webs

Will omicron-specific booster shots be more effective at combating COVID-19? 5 questions answered

file 20220831 4878 mt0k59.jpg

Prakash Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina and Mitzi Nagarkatti, University of South Carolina On Sept. 1, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the use of updated COVID-19 booster shots that are specifically tailored to combat the two most prevalent omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5. The decision comes just a day after the

Dr. Oz should be worried – voters punish ‘carpetbaggers,’ and new research shows why

the conversation oz

Charles R. Hunt, Boise State University Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz has garnered a lot of media attention recently, thanks to the Fetterman campaign’s relentless trolling of his opponent, mainly for being a resident of neighboring New Jersey rather than the state he’s running to represent. Fetterman has

More students will likely become pregnant post-Roe. Who will support them?

the 19th

Originally published by The 19th This story about pregnant students was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Sign up for the Hechinger newsletter. Sponsored LaTavia BigBack was 17, a high school junior, when she and her friends were in a car crash. In the hospital, the doctor asked

Oldest national parks in America

national parks.jpg

By Lauren Liebhaber Oldest national parks in America We live in a land of giants, legends, and ancient history. Early descriptions of the regions that would eventually become our national parks, most often told by explorers or laborers, were so foreign and fantastical to the average person that they simply weren’t believed. Even today, the

How US trees are powering Europe’s renewable energy goals


By Emma Rubin The European Union in 2020 sourced 21.3% of its energy from renewables, surpassing its 2009 goal. With most of the continent’s energy coming from oil and petroleum products, its announcement was one of the first ambitious global promises to address climate change. Within the broad range of renewable energy sources Europe relied

For bullied teens, online school offered a safe haven

the conversation

Written by Hannah L. Schacter – Assistant Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University Online school during the COVID-19 pandemic was hard on many teens, but new research I co-authored has found a potential silver lining: Students were bullied less during remote instruction than while attending classes in person. We learned this by surveying 388 ninth graders at U.S. high schools.

Sidney Poitier – Hollywood’s first Black leading man reflected the civil rights movement on screen

sidney poitier

Aram Goudsouzian, University of Memphis In the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. introduced the keynote speaker for the 10th-anniversary convention banquet of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Their guest, he said, was his “soul brother.” “He has carved for himself an imperishable niche in the annals of our nation’s history,” King told the

What’s the difference between sugar, other natural sweeteners and artificial sweeteners? A food chemist explains sweet science


Kristine Nolin, University of Richmond A quick walk down the drink aisle of any corner store reveals the incredible ingenuity of food scientists in search of sweet flavors. In some drinks you’ll find sugar. A diet soda might have an artificial or natural low-calorie sweetener. And found in nearly everything else is high fructose corn

What Kwanzaa means for Black Americans


By Frank Dobson, Vanderbilt University On Dec. 26, millions throughout the world’s African community will start weeklong celebrations of Kwanzaa. There will be daily ceremonies with food, decorations and other cultural objects, such as the kinara, which holds seven candles. At many Kwanzaa ceremonies, there is also African drumming and dancing. It is a time

When ‘breast is best’ becomes too much: Many parents feel pressure and even shame when breastfeeding isn’t possible

Jennifer Gerson Jennifer Gerson Originally published by The 19th Sponsored Throughout Gray Chapman’s pregnancy, visits to her midwife’s office always meant being asked if she planned to breastfeed. The question didn’t faze Chapman, who told The 19th that she would answer by saying, “Yeah, if it works great, but if not, there’s always formula!” At