December 20: What we're following this week

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Is inequality the defining challenge of our time? Paul Krugman offers four reasons why the answer is probably “yes.” Meanwhile, a special series from NPR looks at income inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area, considering issues of housing, transportation, income and more.

The tech sector loves language like “town hall,” “public square,” “civic hackathons,” and “community engagement,” but—as Allison Arieff argues in The New York Times—tech companies have stopped short of bringing these ideas to life in the cities where they do business. “The further the tech sector gets from the reality of the problems it’s engaging with, the smaller piece of the problem they’ll end up actually fixing,” Arieff writes.

A new report out this week from the Williams Institute found that extending marriage rights to same-sex couples in New Mexico would bring an estimated $20.4 million to the state economy over the first three years. Just days later, the state’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples, clearing the way for same-sex marriage (and its attendant economic benefits).

Amid anger at a spate of sexual violence in India, our office in New Delhi has put a spotlight on gender justice, bringing organizations together to brainstorm new strategies for combating gender-related violence and gathering donors to develop a more sustainable source of funding for these issues. Award-winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler was one of the participants, telling the Business Standard that she thinks Delhi is “is the place which is finally telling the real story, where all the stories are coming out.”

The list of winners of the 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award—which recognizes powerful reporting about important issues—is well-worth digging into. Among the powerful works honored are a short film about a man’s fight for civil rights in Alabama, a documentary about the sexual abuse of female migrant farm workers, and a two-part radio series capturing the impact of gun violence on the students, staff and families of one Chicago high school.

A look at how funding from the U.S. government helped fight the global AIDS epidemic, providing millions of people around the world with antiviral drugs.

 

Earlier
  • Dec. 13: Stories of poverty and opportunity from the most unequal city in America.
  • Dec. 6: Remembering Madiba, protecting consumers, a crisis in technology talent, the changing face of the AIDS epidemic.
  • Nov. 22: Obstacles to employment, online privacy, tackling poverty and social exclusion in Latin American cities.
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