A Conversation with Lizzie O’Leary

Over the course of last week’s CSAD Conference, the Collegian talked to economists, journalists and experts who had descended on Gambier to discuss economic inequality. Collegian Social Media Director Eric Geller ’14 and I were lucky enough to speak with some of the invited panelists on video. Today’s CSAD interview is with Lizzie O’Leary, host of “Marketplace,” a radio show that focuses on businesses and the economy.

O’Leary talks about the challenges of reporting on the radio, whether journalists should be doing a better job parsing through political talking points, and what listeners should expect from her upcoming program, “Marketplace Weeekend.”

A Conversation with Jim Tankersley

Over the course of last week’s CSAD Conference, the Collegian talked to economists, journalists and experts who had descended on Gambier to discuss economic inequality. Collegian Social Media Director Eric Geller ’14 and I were lucky enough to speak with some of the invited panelists on video. Today’s CSAD interview is with Jim Tankersley, an economics writer at The Washington Post.

Tankersley — who has been tasked with developing a new policy-explaining project at the Post since Ezra Klein’s departure to Vox Media — discusses the Republican approach to economic inequality, what readers can expect from his new project and the challenges of explaining complex economic problems to a wide audience.

The Monday Catchup

Boston Marathon

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: A year after the Boston marathon bombing, many survivors are trying to make meaning of their experience without being defined by it. The New York Times talks to a pair of brothers whose lives were transformed by the event and details the challenges they’ve endured since the attack.

After The Jump: SNL mocks CNN, Afghanistan contemplates a runoff, the Masters has a new winner, dumb things on Twitter, a tragic shooting in Kansas City, and a media take on Game of Thrones.

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Everything You Need to Know About the CSAD Conference

The topic of this year's conference is economic inequality.

The topic of this year’s conference is economic inequality.

As you may have heard, this week marks the beginning of the Center for the Study of American Democracy’s (CSAD) biennial conference. Starting this Wednesday, politicos and economic experts alike will descend on Gambier to discuss “The Politics of Economic Inequality.”

From the College’s website:

Over the course of three days, the conference will take place on the Kenyon campus in Gambier, Ohio, and will involve broad student, faculty, and campus participation. The conference will include public panels and private discussions, with participants from a variety of fields: journalists, political actors, policy analysts, and academic from a variety of disciplines.

So how can you best take advantage of this influx of power and prestige coming to the Hill?

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The Monday Catchup

Tensions have risen in eastern Ukraine since Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Tensions have risen in eastern Ukraine since Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: Hundreds of pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine have called on President Vladimir Putin to send in troops (as peacekeepers, so NBD) and seek a referendum to join parts of Ukraine with Russia. These latest developments have EU leaders (like Germany’s Angela Merkel) pretty worried.

After The Jump: DII Athletics Week, Malaysia Airlines Update, A Film Legend Passes Away, Captain American storms the box office, KFC launches a new restaurant, and a Game of Thrones name generator

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10 o’clock list: Kenyon-Relevant Famous Last Words

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

What does Zombie Jane Austen know about your life?

“I’m so bored with it all.” These were the last words of Winston Churchill, before he slipped into a coma for nine days and passed away. While these words may not resonate with your Kenyon experience, I’ve found some that do. From British generals to Russian Tsars, The Thrill has compiled some famous last words you’ve surely uttered (if not, just wait) while living on the Hill.

1. “I can’t sleep.” —J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan

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The Monday Catchup

Wisconsin defeated Arizona to advance to the Final Four.

Wisconsin defeated Arizona to advance to the Final Four.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: March has been pretty mad. I don’t watch basketball, but my apartment does so I’ve been following it via osmosis. Eight teams faced off last weekend in the crucible of greatness. Only four survived: Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Kentucky. UK beat Michigan in a dramatic buzzer-beater to advance. Who will be champion? Is your bracket still intact? Kidding — of course it isn’t.

After the jump: Malaysia Airlines update, an EDM concert gone terribly wrong, the new iPhone, the West haggles over Ukraine, Obamacare takes off, and Frozen breaks a record.

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