America’s Drone Strike Program Needs Greater Transparency

America’s Drone Strike Program Needs Greater Transparency

America’s drone strike program is a shockingly nonpartisan issue. There are far-left groups in loud opposition to it, but by and large, Americans from both sides of the political aisle are okay with the government’s usage of unmanned drones to kill terrorists abroad, even if it sometimes comes at the...

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Can We Measure Racial Resentment?

Can We Measure Racial Resentment?

Barack Obama’s presidency and Donald Trump’s success have reignited an interest among political scientists in quantifying racism.  However, racism has proven difficult to measure in surveys, as most participants will not voluntarily describe themselves as prejudiced.  Many political scientists and pundits will nevertheless use the limited available methods to study...

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New Jersey’s Progressive Trump

New Jersey’s Progressive Trump

With a resounding 56% of the state vote share, Phil Murphy became governor-elect of of New Jersey last week. His victory effectively earned Democrats of the state a mandate by retaining their large majority in both houses of the State Legislature. Not noticeable to some, though, is that Phil Murphy’s...

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America, Don’t Expect Much Until 2020

America, Don’t Expect Much Until 2020

Since the inauguration of the 45th president, there has been nothing but dysfunction and ensuing controversy in Washington, D.C. Not much hope remains for our federal government until the elections of 2020 come around. We needn’t repeat all the flagrant abuses of power that Donald J. Trump has committed since...

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‘The Invisible War’ and Kori Cioca: The parallels between rape culture on college campus and the military

‘The Invisible War’ and Kori Cioca: The parallels between rape culture on college campus and the military

CONTENT WARNING: Some brutal details regarding sexual assault are written about in this article. I’m left emotionally drained and powerfully moved after attending the Vanderbilt University Project Safe Center’s hosting of Kori Cioca, a stoic former military servicewoman who was sexually assaulted while serving with the U.S. Coast Guard. Her...

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Talking Politics with Professor Marc Hetherington

Talking Politics with Professor Marc Hetherington

VPR’s John Konicki sits with Professor Marc Hetherington to talk about the future of the Republican and Democratic parties in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency.  

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When Television Hits Too Close To Home

When Television Hits Too Close To Home

The race for the Presidency, much like the office itself, is often viewed as something all Americans can connect to on a personal level. Whether or not the data support us in our thought processes, we view presidential elections as events that reveal the soul of our nation on the...

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Mendelson: the Sanctuary Campus protesters owe Chancellor Zeppos an apology

Mendelson: the Sanctuary Campus protesters owe Chancellor Zeppos an apology

While many rejoiced at the anticipated shakeup that a Trump presidency would bring, a large portion of America perceived his win as both a threat to American democracy and to personal security. Many, particularly college students, were spurred to action. Though Vanderbilt’s campus is sometimes thought of as politically passive,...

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Stories from Campus

Stories from Campus

On November 8th, the United States elected Donald Trump as its next president. VPR spent the days after talking to students and curating their reactions. We will update this page as we collect more of their stories.  Theses stories were collected by Kathleen McGean, Abigail Fournier, Bailey Bowden, Lindsay Grizzard, Naveen Krishnan, Jacqui Pittman, Benjamin...

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The Importance of the Jewish Vote

The Importance of the Jewish Vote

On May 10, 1960, John F. Kennedy, for the first time, faced serious opposition in a Democratic primary.  The race had turned to West Virginia, where the Kennedy campaign felt optimistic based on polling done months prior that showed him with a forty-point lead. However, polling a few weeks before...

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