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Helping Your Voice to Be Heard in Congress

May 12, 2022

Our executive director, Jillian Youngblood, recently joined a group of colleagues for a roundtable discussion with the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress…

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Elizabeth Williamson on Disinformation

May 3, 2022

Elizabeth Williamson is a feature writer for The New York Times and author of Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth. Her book investigates the hurricane…

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David Bornstein on Solutions Journalism

April 25, 2022

David Bornstein is co-founder and CEO of the Solutions Journalism Network. He’s a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation, and his books include…

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Common Ground in Maryland

April 12, 2022

Should the federal government help workers transition out of the coal industry? Should it offer tax incentives for clean energy technology? The University of Maryland’s…

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The ConnectEffect with Riaz Patel: Part 1

April 5, 2022

Riaz Patel is an award-winning executive producer/director whose shows have been distributed worldwide by A&E, MTV, Hulu, and Netflix. He focuses on transformative, perspective-shifting projects,…

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Energy & the Environment: Where We Agree

March 31, 2022

Should the federal government provide tax credits for clean energy technology? Should it require better fuel efficiency for cars and trucks? The University of Maryland’s…

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Misinformation, Hate & Accountability with Lauren Krapf

March 29, 2022

The Anti-Defamation League has a long history of countering hate, bias, and harmful misinformation, which is to say the organization has some strong opinions about…

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Issue Breakdown: Online Misinformation

March 22, 2022

Ever feel like you’re so behind on an issue that you’ll never catch up? We know the feeling – and that’s why we popped onto…

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An Interview with Daryl Davis: Part 2

March 22, 2022

In Part 1 of our interview, you heard musician Daryl Davis describe the experiences that led him to talk to members of the KKK. Davis,…

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