3Qs: What using the name ‘Daesh,’ rather than ‘ISIS’ or ‘ISIL,’ really means

Three fac­ulty members—Jonathan Kaufman, director of the School of Jour­nalism, Shakir Mustafa, teaching pro­fessor of Arabic, and Heather Lit­tle­field, asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor in linguistics—explain the dif­fer­ences among the names ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh and why they matter.

3Qs: Snapchat’s new privacy policy: What you should know

The mes­saging app recently updated its pri­vacy policy, causing an outcry among users. Here, law pro­fessor Jes­sica Silbey, an expert in intel­lec­tual prop­erty, explains what the new policy does—or doesn’t—change, and offers advice for social media users.

3Qs: When classic TV shows make a comeback

There’s a growing trend of reviving classic TV shows. So why can’t we resist watching when our favorite shows, like X-​​Files, from years ago return to TV? “It’s like vis­iting with old friends,” says asso­ciate pro­fessor of media and screen studies Joanne Morreale.

3Qs: Is the end near for daily fantasy sports?

Fed­eral and state author­i­ties have become par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in the prac­tices of daily fan­tasy sports web­sites like Fan­Duel and Boston-​​based DraftK­ings. Here, law pro­fessor Roger Abrams explains why observers con­clude the sites are games of chance and pre­dicts forth­coming fed­eral oversight.

3Qs: Why the Fed maintained interest rates, and what it means

After much spec­u­la­tion, the Fed­eral Reserve on Thursday announced that it would hold the line on U.S. interest rates, which have not increased in nearly a decade. Pro­fessor William Dickens, chair of the Depart­ment of Eco­nomics, dis­cusses the Fed’s deci­sion and what it all means.

3Qs: The human rights impact of Hurricane Katrina

Beyond the phys­ical destruc­tion Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina caused along the Gulf Coast a decade ago, the storm ulti­mately led to wide­spread human rights vio­la­tions, according to Amnesty Inter­na­tional. Polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Thomas Vicino holds forth on the issues former Gulf Coast res­i­dents con­tinue to face today.

3Qs: Urban and coastal planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

A decade after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina made land­fall in Louisiana, North­eastern pro­fessor Stephen Flynn exam­ines how the cat­a­strophic event vaulted our ability to recover from nat­ural dis­as­ters into a national priority.

3Qs: Fixing Massachusetts’ troubled foster care system

The death of a 2-​​year-​​old foster child in Auburn, Mass­a­chu­setts, in August drew wide­spread atten­tion to the state’s trou­bled child wel­fare system. Pro­fes­sors Elise Dal­limore and Christie Rizzo address the crit­i­cism lev­eled at the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies and what changes should be made to improve the foster care system.

3Qs: The Dow Jones’ wild Monday ride

The stock market index plum­meted more than 1,000 points moments after trading opened on Monday, and then dras­ti­cally fluc­tu­ated throughout the day. Finan­cial expert Jef­fery Born explains the cat­a­lyst for “Black Monday” and what it means for you.