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The Apprentice

  • By
  • Dana Goldstein,
  • New America Foundation
September 24, 2012 |

Unemployment among workers without a college degree is at a staggering 24 percent, but young college grads without an advanced degree are also suffering from the worst jobs crisis since World War II, with about 19 percent out of work or underemployed for their level of education. Is it fair to ask American schools to respond to the Great Recession? Great teachers and principals can help students maximize their potential, but they can’t make firms hire workers.

I Ain't Sayin' He's a Gold Digger | Slate Magazine

September 11, 2012

About 40 percent of wives in the United States now out-earn their husbands, and researcher Liza Mundy predicts they will be the majority in a generation. It's already happening with education: According to Esteve, the majority of women in France ...

A Changing of the Guard

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
September 7, 2012 |

The conventions these past two weeks—and particularly the final speeches Thursday night—have cemented the fact that the Democratic party is now the party of national-security policy; not just a wise or thoughtful foreign and military policy, but any kind of thinking whatsoever about matters beyond the water’s edge.

For anyone who’s followed American politics the past 40 years, since the election between George McGovern and Richard Nixon, this is a staggering shift.

The Most Important Information Missing From Yelp

  • By
  • Alissa Black,
  • New America Foundation
September 5, 2012 |

Having recently moved to a new city, I turn to Yelp whenever I am in need of a new restaurant, store, or even a refrigerator repairman. But as I learned the hard way, while Yelp can help me find the best calamari, it won’t tell me whether the restaurant has been spanked by the local health department.

Condoleezza Rice Has a Lot of Nerve

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
August 31, 2012 |

To watch Condoleezza Rice, the face of George W. Bush’s foreign policy, stand before a convention of cheering Republicans and condemn Barack Obama for diminishing America’s standing in the world—one can only gasp at the magnitude of chutzpah in one woman.

Stay Out of My Kitchen, Robots

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
August 27, 2012 |

"Don't you have a machine that puts food into the mouth and pushes it down?" the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev sarcastically asked Richard Nixon in the now infamous Kitchen Debate of 1959. That memorable exchange took place at the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, where Nixon, then vice president, went to promote the latest innovations of the decadent West.

What Does Paul Ryan Know About Foreign Policy?

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
August 14, 2012 |

By choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has sent out many messages, one of which is that foreign policy will not be a prominent (or, if he can help it, even a visible) element of his campaign. The few statements that Romney has made have been collages of sheer ignorance: His attacks on President Obama's New START treaty with Russia, for instance, amount to the most ill-informed articles on arms control that I've read in 40 years of following the nuclear debate.

No, Gen. David Petraeus Will Not Be Mitt Romney’s Running Mate

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
August 8, 2012 |

The notion that David Petraeus might be Mitt Romney’s running mate—the banner headline on the Drudge Report Tuesday—is preposterous on at least seven levels. Let’s look at them, one by one.

Coming Soon to a Kindergarten Classroom: Robot Teachers

  • By
  • Adam Sneed,
  • New America Foundation
August 6, 2012 |

We’ve been promised for years that robots will soon move from factories into our everyday lives (maybe even white-collar offices), and yet so far, the closest thing we have to Rosie Jetson is the Roomba. In addition to dexterity and the ability to walk, one of the biggest hurdles to personal robotics has been human-machine interaction. For a machine to enter human space, it has to understand certain niceties.(You don’t want a robot chef that can’t tell if you gag when you take a bite of its food, do you?)

Programs:

An “Educational” Video Game Has Taken Over My House

  • By
  • Lisa Guernsey,
  • New America Foundation
August 6, 2012 |

Have you heard about Minecraft, the computer game that uses virtual building blocks and teems with opportunities for creative problem-solving? Have you yet been swept into the myriad Minecraft conversations by today’s tweens and teens about rocks and minerals, sand and glassmaking, jungles and deserts, urban planning and railroad lines, nighttime zombies and daily survival?

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