Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

In the wake of ISIS’ recent attacks in Paris, terror threats in Belgium, the subsequent online battle between ISIS and the hacker group Anonymous, and stories coming out about ISIS’ unrivaled online recruiting capacity, Jared Cohen’s address at Vanderbilt University last month seems prophetic. In this interview, the Vanderbilt Political...

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Washington meets the Valley: How tech companies are increasing political activity

Author: Avi Mediratta ’19 In the 1790s, just following the founding of the United States, President Washington approved a plan to establish the nation’s capital in a swampy little town on the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland. This town would become known as the District of Columbia, better known...

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Electronic Health Records: High-tech, Low Benefits—For Now

Electronic Health Records: High-tech, Low Benefits—For Now

In September of 2014, at the height of the Ebola epidemic, the United States experienced the first Ebola diagnosis within its borders. Thomas Eric Duncan’s case shocked the nation. Within days of Duncan’s admission to the hospital, the public’s already-feverish concern about Ebola turned to panic as the media reported...

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One Giant Leap for Mankind

On 20 July 1969, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin landed on the moon, cementing the United States as the winner of the space race. They left behind an American flag, as well as a plaque that reads, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon...

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The Importance of Vaccines

There has been a dramatic resurgence of illness among our nation’s children, a primary example being the 2013 outbreak of measles in New York City. Even though measles was considered wiped out in America in 2000, there was an outbreak where over 160 cases were reported throughout the year. How...

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GMO labeling is a debate of public opinion

Genetically Modified Organisms are often portrayed by critics as unnatural franken-foods, straight out of a horror movie to slowly kill oblivious consumers. And people are listening – Chipotle announced relatively recently that they were taking up arms against GMOs, as part of their “food with integrity” program. But while the...

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Why Fiorina’s Rants Matter: Social Issues in an Increasingly Polarized Nation

Why Fiorina’s Rants Matter: Social Issues in an Increasingly Polarized Nation

The following is a joint article between VPR editors: Charlotte Mellgard & Abigail Fournier As our nation’s two parties become increasingly polarized, more and more young voters struggle to identify entirely as Democrats or Republicans. According to the Reason-Rupe 2014 Millennial Survey of Young Americans, 53% of millennials would support...

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Islamophobia: America’s Undeniable Blemish

Islamophobia: America’s Undeniable Blemish

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation…I absolutely would not agree with that”  “So Muslims will go to the mosque, and they will have their day of prayer, and they come out of there like uncorked animals – throwing rocks and burning cars”...

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PETA Is a Morally Incoherent Organization

PETA Is a Morally Incoherent Organization

Sarah Palin recently engaged in a battle of wits with an organization possibly more inscrutable than even herself: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She drew the organization’s fire when she posted a picture of her 6-year old son Trig stepping on the family dog to access the...

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American Sniper, the State of the Union, and the Dueling Narratives of Crisis in the United States

American Sniper, the State of the Union, and the Dueling Narratives of Crisis in the United States

“The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” Barack Obama tonight officially closed the book on the year 2014 and welcomed Americans into a new period of the 21st century. The speech was largely starry-eyed, harkening back to the president’s 2004 speech at the...

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