What President Obama’s legacy will look like

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address this evening in Chicago. We asked four North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers to reflect on how Obama will be remem­bered, with a par­tic­ular focus on his impact on health­care, human rights, and Amer­ican culture.

What’s next for sports, politics, and TV in 2017?

In the second install­ment of our two-​​part series looking at some of the big sto­ries primed to make head­lines in the new year, North­eastern experts explain that Donald Trump will put “America first,” athlete-​​led social activism will heat up, and fran­chise reboots will take over your TV.

3Qs: Will universal basic income ever become an American reality?

Cities as far-​​flung as Oak­land, Cal­i­fornia, and Oulu, Fin­land, will soon be part of sep­a­rate basic income exper­i­ments. But a uni­versal basic income pro­gram is unlikely to become a reality in the U.S., says applied micro­eco­nomics expert Mindy Marks, who notes that such an ini­tia­tive would be too costly and poten­tially sub­ject to abuse.

Legal challenges to the election recounts and what comes next

Wisconsin’s pres­i­den­tial recount is almost done, but legal chal­lenges have halted the pro­ceed­ings in Michigan and Penn­syl­vania. We asked Bill Crotty, an expert on Amer­ican elec­tions, to explain what the recounts involve, why Trump sup­porters are working to block these efforts, and how the recount results might influ­ence future voting policies.

3Qs: The ripple effect of the Trump-​​Taiwan call

Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-​​wen last week, upending decades of diplo­matic prac­tice. “It can be said with near cer­ti­tude that when Trump accepted that phone call, he had no idea what the con­se­quences might be for U.S.-China rela­tions,” says China expert Suzanne Ogden.

3Qs: What a sham(e)—how to filter out fake news

The spread of fake news on Face­book has sud­denly become a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking vic­tory in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. John Wihbey, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media, calls it a “very serious issue,” but says “the chances that mis­in­for­ma­tion on social media swung the elec­tion are van­ish­ingly small.”

Would Abraham Lincoln have voted for Trump or Clinton?

To ease the ten­sion of Elec­tion Day, we asked seven fac­ulty mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate a quirky thought exper­i­ment that chal­lenged each of them to con­sider how one well known but long dead person in their respec­tive fields would have voted in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The responses were insightful, sobering, and occa­sion­ally hilarious.

ABC News political analyst to examine the 2016 campaign and the future of US politics during campus visit

ABC News chief polit­ical ana­lyst Matthew Dowd will address the numerous ways in which the 2016 elec­tion is trans­forming Amer­ican pol­i­tics. The inter­ac­tive discussion—“Election 2016: Where do we go from here?”—will take place on Friday at noon in Blackman Audi­to­rium and also will be shown live on Facebook.

The art of political speechwriting—from a former White House speechwriter

Alan Stone was the archi­tect of many pres­i­den­tial speeches in the early 1990s. As the 2016 cam­paign enters the home stretch, we asked him to share his expe­ri­ences, tips, and what it’s like to hear a pres­i­dent speak words you’ve written.

Could real-​​time projections be a game-​​changer for Election Day coverage?

On Nov. 8, a group of data sci­en­tists and jour­nal­ists will buck a decades-​​old tra­di­tion by releasing real-​​time Elec­tion Day pro­jec­tions. Renowned sta­tis­ti­cian Nate Silver says it “could go dis­as­trously wrong,” while others say the old way was “ill con­ceived and anti-​​journalistic.” We asked Jonathan Kaufman, the director of the School of Jour­nalism at North­eastern, for his take.

3Qs: The ‘perfect storm’ that led to Brazil’s drastic and rapid decline

The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark con­trast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Cer­e­monies, asso­ciate pro­fessor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.

3Qs: The strategy of selecting a vice presidential candidate

After weeks of intense public spec­u­la­tion, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton intro­duced their vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates. That got us won­dering how pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls select their run­ning mates and whether those selec­tions typ­i­cally impact elec­tions. Here, Bill Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus and an expert on pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics, exam­ines those questions.