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What’s Got MDC Buzzing?

What’s Got MDC Buzzing?

Did you see the stories this week about scientists at CERN looking for the first web page? (Found, as it turns out, at UNC-Chapel Hill. Go Heels!) I think some of my colleagues were part of the search team because there were a lot of submissions for today’s links post.

Some of the stories that drummed up interest around here were about shifts in how we talk about poverty—and about how some of that poverty has not shifted as much as we might hope.

Margaret Sullivan of The New York Times responded to our own Max Rose in a follow-up to her piece on the paper’s poverty coverage in the Public Editor’s Journal. Rose alerted Sullivan to recent research (conducted by Rose and Professor Frank Baumgartner of UNC-CH) looking at the decline in the amount of poverty coverage in the paper and a shift from structural/economic issues to personal characteristics of low-income people.

This week, in The Moynihan Report Revisited, the Urban Institute returns to Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1965 study on black families in America. In his report, Moynihan enumerated conditions—from concentrated neighborhood poverty to limited education and job opportunities—that would create a cycle of inequality. I think the report summary says it best: “Today, although social progress has created opportunities for many members of the black community, the United States still struggles with many of the problems Moynihan identified. If we don’t enhance economic opportunities and social equity for black families, we may spend the next 50 years lamenting our continued lack of progress.” You can hear additional commentary from NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates here.

There’s always good reading material on college completion. This week, we found stories about an increase in the number of American’s with college degrees over the last two decades. But Robert Exley, president of Snead State Community College in Alabama, wants you to remember that it’s about people, not just credentials.

And, since we’re so excited about our upcoming Mill Duncan lecture, we pulled a few articles on rural issues, too. First, here’s how the 15 (fifteen!) Federal definitions of “rural” affect local government eligibility for support. Next, you ought to check out this new Carsey Institute report on middle-skill jobs and rural workers. Finally, we were struck by this David Brooks commentary on a new Brookings book on the “metropolitan revolution.” Where does the rise of the city leave our rural communities?