Editor's note

Amazon sells pretty much everything these days, from books and DVD players to fidget spinners and kitchen sinks. It’s also a grocer, clothing store and a television studio. One thing it should never be, argues the University of Connecticut’s C. Michael White, is a pharmacy, something Amazon is reportedly looking into. White, who heads the school’s department of pharmacy practice, explains what makes medicine a very different product from books, socks and fidget spinners.

A judge in Alabama recently ruled that the mostly white city of Gardendale could secede from the state’s second largest school system which is 48 percent black. Though the judge determined that the secession was racially motivated, she felt that blocking the move would result in more harm than good. Former school desegregation lawyer turned legal scholar Derek Black from the University of South Carolina explains how and why resegregation is happening in America’s schools.

When President Trump invoked Pittsburgh in his announcement pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, it sparked outrage from the city’s mayor – but plaudits from other leaders in the region. A historian of Pittsburgh explains the divergent paths of the city’s post-industrial reinvention.

Bryan Keogh

Editor, Economics and Business

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A pharmacist prepares to grind up a potion from unidentified pills the old-fashioned way. AP Photo/Ruben Goldberg

Why Amazon should keep prescription drugs off its voluminous shelves

C. Michael White, University of Connecticut

Amazon currently sells pretty much everything, including the kitchen sink, but medications are very different from books and fidget spinners.


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    Derek Black, University of South Carolina

    A mostly white community in Alabama is being allowed to secede from its mostly black school district. Parents are claiming school quality is at stake, but is it really just segregation in disguise?

Science + Technology

  • Pittsburgh: A city of two post-industrial tales

    Allen Dieterich-Ward, Shippensburg University

    Pittsburgh's post-industrial economic resurgence is promising, a historian of the region writes, but there's a reason President Trump highlighted the area in his speech exiting the Paris climate deal.

Politics + Society

Environment + Energy

Health + Medicine

  • Why restoring morale is important to mental health in difficult times

    Joan Cook, Yale University

    Terrorism, confusion and fear are leaving many feeling demoralized. While not quite on the level of depression, demoralization is still something to pay attention to. Here are some ways to do that.

  • How Trump's global health budget endangers Americans

    Gerald W. Parker, Texas A&M University ; Andrew Natsios, Texas A&M University ; Christine Crudo Blackburn, Texas A&M University

    President Trump wants to slash global health funding at a time when more investment is needed, not less. This spending can protect Americans – as well as foreigners – from deadly diseases.

Ethics + Religion

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