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Staying green is just your first bit of homework

Staying green is just your first bit of homework

04/22/12 12:54PM

This morning in #nerdland, we discussed the critical importance of Latino voters to the 2012 elections. The issues driving Latino vote choices in this election are complex. I encourage you to bookmark NBCLatino and read it often during this campaign. One of my favorite academic texts on this topic is Matt Barreto’s "Ethnic Cues: The Role of Shared Ethnicity in Latino Political Participation." #nerdland was stoked to have Majora Carter at the table to talk about environmental justice this morning. I first fell in love with this issues a few years ago I taught a course on environmental justice. read more

A farm grows in Brooklyn

04/22/12 10:34AM

Yes, there's such a thing as farming in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The feature we just aired on Nora Painten, an urban farmer (pictured above) whose non-profit Student Farm Project to transform vacant city lots into vibrant places not only for local children to grow produce, but also to provide a safe place where they can all meet up and learn new skills. Urban farms are sprouting up all over the nation, and we're happy we could tell you about this one.Follow Nora on Twitter at @brownsvillefarm. read more

In our April 22 show, we'll be down to earth

04/22/12 09:18AM

Earth Day is upon us, and both our own Chris Hayes on his show yesterday, and Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard had very interesting takes on why it might not be all that without the follow-up. I tend to agree, for at the heart of any one-day observance is a call to carry that spirit past midnight. Earth Day is not the time to pat oneself on the back for recycling your Poland Spring bottle while grooving to Marvin Gaye's ecological wake-up call above as you write that yearly check to Greenpeace. read more

All eyes on the Latino vote

All eyes on the Latino vote

04/21/12 08:00PM

Latino voters wield swing-vote power in the 2012 presidential race, but which side will they choose? Libertad.org editor Israel Ortega, attorney Raul Reyes,... watch

To win, you need to put in the (home)work

To win, you need to put in the (home)work

04/21/12 05:20PM

This morning in #nerdland, we asked about how racial considerations might impact the re-election of President Obama. We were drawing on the research of Don Kinder and Allison Dale-Riddle, who found compelling evidence that the racial animus of white voters influenced the 2008 election outcome. In "The End of Race? Obama, 2008, and Racial Politics in America," they argue that racial resentment is still a potent political force. We gave you an update on Trayvon Martin. This case is now in the courts and will work its way through the system. read more

Office Hours: Let's get rid of grades

Office Hours: Let's get rid of grades

04/20/12 08:23PM

The world would be a better place without grades. My opposition to assigning them grows to a near-religious fanaticism at this point in the semester, when my desk, kitchen counter and handbag are overflowing with students’ papers that must be graded. They call to me at night, those earnest words and eager political analyses from young people, awaiting my assessment.But not grading these mini-masterpieces would not lessen my workload. read more

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