Discourse: Fordies in the news, spring 2024

April 24, 2024
“The most likely explanation for our findings is that Black—and to a lesser extent Hispanic—families were more concerned about the health risks associated with in-person schooling than white families. This is consistent with the fact that nonwhite communities experienced higher mortality rates during COVID and reported less trust in social institutions even prior to the pandemic.”

Brian Jacob on his study of public school responses to COVID-19 policies. News Medical, February 21, 2024.

“We need to start with hearing local populations’ explanations of their needs. ... We will hear the need for less traditional ‘development aid’ and more economic investment. Stronger local business communities are natural engines that will push for the transparent governance and rule of law that allows both business and democracy to function.” 

Kamissa Camara on creating a more democratically stable Africa. The Republic, November 11, 2023.

“How would we figure out if the American consumer were in fact optimistic? I think the first thing you do is you look at consumption spending, because if you expect the economy to be terrible, you’d squirrel away money for this coming recession. But instead, people have been spending money as if they believe, not only is the economy good, it’s going to continue to be good.”

Justin Wolfers on consumers. VOA, January 26, 2024.

“[Domestic climate migration] is less threatening to Americans and more likely to spur action to reduce emissions. [Climate communicators] are best off talking about the Americans who may be forced to move.”

Kaitlin Raimi on communicating to invoke climate action. Sky News, January 12, 2024.

“People like a fighter who is willing to take on those in power, as Amash has done. He has an independent streak and willingness to take a stand on principles that might help him have staying power if he could find his way back into office, but I’m not sure that will be enough to help him get into office in the first place.”

Tom Ivacko about former Michigan GOP Congressman Justin Amash, a staunch critic of Donald Trump. Newsweek, February 29, 2024.

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