Also: Let's keep racial segregation out of Boston's next housing plan. 
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January 19, 2020

Dear Cog reader,

This week, we looked at everything from the millennial implications of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals, to the simmering tensions between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

We also examined the MLB sign-stealing scandal that cost Red Sox manager Alex Cora his job, racial segregation in Boston housing, and how, 10 years after Phoebe Prince's death by suicide, schools are still not properly handling bullying and harassment.

— Frannie Carr Toth
Co-editor, Cognoscenti

Must Reads

10 Years After Phoebe Prince’s Suicide, Schools Are Still Getting It Wrong
Schools need to build stronger relationships with students -- both those who are bullied and those bullying -- writes psychologist Nancy Rappaport.

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Let's Not Repeat The Sins Of Racial Segregation In Boston's Next Housing Plan
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's $500 million pledge to build more affordable housing has the power to be transformative, say the authors, three attorneys from Lawyers for Civil Rights.

Keeping The 'Did-Sanders-Say-It' Story Alive
Of all of the matters worth discussing, the question of whether Bernie Sanders once said something dismissive about women to Elizabeth Warren is not one of them. And yet here we are.

My Reaction To The MLB Sign Stealing Scandal? Meh.
Stealing signs is as old as baseball itself. Whether considered merely a mischievous stunt or a crime against the very soul of the nation, writes Bill Littlefield, this scandal too will pass.

I Survived Getting Hit By A Truck, But Nothing Could Save Me From The Medical Bills That Followed
I was lucky, considering. But even with insurance, writes Rich Barlow, we wrote a lot of checks. There has to be a better way.


“When is someone acknowledging sexism, and when is someone just being sexist? That’s actually the conversation that should have happened on the debate stage.” (“Warren vs. Sanders Totally Misses The Point About Sexism In Politics,” The Washington Post)

“ We were thousands of miles from where we started, and we were right back there, the same but not, different but not, as if we’d never sat in any of those doctors’ exam rooms, discussing our sons’ fates. As if we’d been doing this our whole lives, and as if we were just getting started.” (“The Healthiest Baby I’ve Ever Had,” The Cut)

“Good listeners ask good questions. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned as a journalist is that anyone can be interesting if you ask the right questions.” (“Talk Less. Listen More. Here’s How.,” The New York Times)
1/22: Andrea Bernstein: "American Oligrarchs" With Here & Now's Tonya Mosley
Tonya Mosley, co-host of Here & Now, interviews investigative journalist Andrea Bernstein about her book, "American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power." Bernstein is co-host of TRUMP, Inc., a podcast from WNYC and ProPublica. Copies of "American Oligarchs" will be on sale via Harvard Bookstore. Bernstein will sign books following the discussion. Buy tickets here. 

Any affordable housing initiative ... that does not explicitly account for [racial segregation] is doomed to perpetuate it.

— Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Oren Sellstrom and Janelle Dempsey
"Let's Not Repeat The Sins Of Racial Segregation In Boston's Next Housing Plan"

From The Archives

MLK's Dream Had Nothing To Do With Retail It's a cliche: holidays have lost their meaning and commercialism has taken over. But this holiday seemed different... until now.

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