As 2020 comes to an end, the Lively panel gives their thoughts on the year's top local story, top national story, biggest winners and losers, plus predictions for 2021. Jim Hummel is joined by Brown professor Wendy Schiller, URI professor Maureen Moakley, corporate communications consultant Dave Layman, and Ian Donnis of the Public's Radio.
Wendy Schiller: "It doesn't make any sense to change the way a vacancy is filled for lieutenant governor unless you change the way lieutenant governors are elected. They ought to be elected hand in hand as a partner with the governor."
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Ashutosh Varshney writes: The politics of Hindu nationalists is threatening to create a Jim Crow India in BJP-ruled territories. What race was to the American South, ethnicised religion is to Hindu nationalists
How do we understand experiences of loss politically? And what role have accounts of loss played historically, from slavery through the Movement for Black Lives and the pandemic? Meeting Street host Amanda Anderson speaks with political scientist Juliet Hooker and historian Emily Owens about their teaching project across the humanities and social sciences. We discuss quantitative vs. qualitative frameworks; the significance of public feelings of grief, rage, and exhaustion; and the powerful role that both numbers and art can play in political movements.
People were less politically polarized after taking part in workshops modeled on the principles of couples therapy, showed a study conducted by a political scientist at Brown, the nonprofit Braver Angels and other researchers.
Richard Arenberg: “While some of the rhetoric by Democrats may be a little overheated, the proliferation of outrageous voter suppression laws in red states around the country make a federal response critical."
Ashutosh Varshney: “Modi’s image will depend on how the mass suffering is interpreted, and whether he can successfully deploy his skills at narrative shifting, but I think he will have to pay a price."
President Joe Biden's address to Congress last week wasn't merely a sobering recitation of the nation's most profound wounds and weaknesses, and it wasn't only a summary of the specific proposals he has made in his first 100 days to confront them. It was an old-fashioned call for bipartisanship by one who came of age in a different, better time.
Wendy Schiller: "I think either Cicilline or Langevin would be most likely offered a position in the Biden administration if they were asked to step aside or they did step aside to make room for the other. I think there would be some landing pad for them."
Hot tempers at last week's House hearing on the battle against COVID-19 highlighted again the hatred that America's hard right continues to harbor for Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.