April 2014

Gwen's Take: Politics as an Extinct Species

Posted: Thu, 04/24/2014 - 3:28pm

It is an entirely human condition to pine for the good old days, when candy cost a penny, hopscotch was the best way to spend recess and politicians actually talked to, not only at, one another.

But as the PBS NewsHour’s extinction series has reminded us this week, some things -– Canadian pennies, cursive writing -– seem to be gone forever. 


Gwen’s Take: The Arc of History and the Civil Rights Law

Posted: Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:54pm

If it seems like we are drowning in anniversary observances, you are right.

Last year, we marked the half-century mark for the March on Washington as well as the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This year, we take note of the passage and enactment of the Civil Rights Act and the Supreme Court decision that integrated the nation’s schools (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka - 347 U.S. 483 (1954)). Next year, we will acknowledge the Voting Rights Act’s golden anniversary.


Gwen's Take: Women's Voices - Three Ways to Get Heard

Posted: Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:53pm

Gwen Ifill with Elsie Hillman at Chatham University's 2014 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics event [Credit: Anna Lee-Fields].

I met a member of a dying breed this week. But I had to leave Washington and travel to Pittsburgh to do it.