Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How Chicago’s Ida B. Wells Drive came to be – her great-granddaughter explains


Editor's note

The Chicago City Council recently voted to rename a major thoroughfare Ida B. Wells Drive, the first downtown street in the Windy City’s history to be named after a woman or person of color. It was just the latest breakthrough in an effort to honor the legacy of the investigative journalism pioneer who also fought for civil and voting rights, writes Michelle Duster, Wells’ great-granddaughter.

The latest GDP data is out and it looks like the economy is soaring. But politicians and the media put too much stock into this one number, says economist Sophie Mitra. She explains why we should stop talking about GDP – and what metrics people should focus on instead.

Federal officials have warned that Russian government hackers have infiltrated key computer systems controlling the U.S. electricity grid. Grid-security researchers Manimaran Govindarasu and Adam Hahn dig one level deeper than the headlines to explain what protections are in place now, and what more are needed.

Emily Schwartz Greco

Philanthropy + Nonprofits Editor

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Michelle Duster holding a portrait of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Ida B. Wells: How grassroots support and social media made a monumental difference in honoring her legacy

Michelle Duster, Columbia College Chicago

My great-grandmother, an early civil rights champion, path-breaking journalist and suffrage leader, was among the most influential women of her time.

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the television shortly after the opening bell. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Americans, stop obsessing over GDP

Sophie Mitra, Fordham University

Economists, politicians and the media watch GDP closely. But it isn't the best way to measure the health of the US economy.

The high-voltage lines carrying electricity across the U.S. aren’t the only potential targets. Rolypolyman

As Russians hack the US grid, a look at what’s needed to protect it

Manimaran Govindarasu, Iowa State University; Adam Hahn, Washington State University

Power utilities' cybersecurity practices may be effective, but need to evolve over time. And all companies operating elements of the grid – even the small ones – should step up.

Environment + Energy


  • Smith College incident is latest case of racial ‘profiling by proxy’

    Brian N. Williams, University of Virginia; Andrea M. Headley, University of California, Berkeley; Megan LePere-Schloop, The Ohio State University

    An incident in which a Smith College employee called police on a black student who 'seemed out of place' is just the latest in a string of cases of racial 'profiling by proxy,' three scholars argue.

Politics + Society

Economy + Business

Ethics + Religion

  • What philosophers have to say about eating meat

    Joan McGregor, Arizona State University

    Greek philosopher Pythagoras argued against eating animals on grounds of their having souls like humans. Others spoke about their suffering. What is the moral case against consuming meat?

Health + Medicine

Science + Technology

  • Funding basic research plays the long game for future payoffs

    Jeffrey Gardner, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Basic research can be easy to mock as pointless and wasteful of resources. But it's very often the foundation for future innovation – even in ways the original scientists couldn't have imagined.

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