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The Medicalization Movement: How real Human Emotions are being mistaken for Disease

In March 2011, a doctor by the name of Richard Morrow conducted a broad study of one million Canadian schoolchildren, observing the medical diagnoses that all children received within a period of one year. He specifically studied those children between the ages of six and 12 who had been diagnosed with ADHD. He found that the boys who were born at the end of the calendar year were 30% more…
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Prison Cells
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Re-Imagining LA’s Jail System

Amidst the madness of the current news cycle, there are few changes that feel more silver-lined than the expansive criminal justice reforms currently taking place in the United States.   There’s also no better place to watch these changes play out than in my new home of Los Angeles. Like most American cities, LA is haunted by the legacy of racialized policing and lack of accountability in law enforcement. The…
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Refocusing the Future of American Politics

Vision and Values Must Anchor Our Commitment to Action The 2020 Presidential horse race is already heating up. It’s rare that a conversation doesn’t include someone asking which candidate you prefer or who you expect to win. In spite of the divergent branding and inspirational talking points, scores of candidates who have entered the race seem to have overlooked a key lesson from the 2016 campaign: Values and vision are…
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Beyond Cybersecurity: Internet policy and its relevance to our lives online

I am a technology policy professional. I have worked on technology issues in both federal and local government, as well as internationally, and will be starting my PhD in the subject this fall. This is an understandably vague topic, as it’s not as clearly-defined a field as finance, agriculture or health care. When I tell people I work in this field, they invariably ask: “Oh, like cybersecurity?” I don’t work…
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Finding Your Career “Sweet Spot”

Growing up, I spent hours in the batting cage, perfecting my baseball swing just to be able to hit the ball perfectly.  I remember how gratifying it felt when I struck the pitch with the “sweet spot” of my bat, and the ball flew off my bat into the field at a lightning pace like a missile. Even though my baseball career is over, I now help others experience that…
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