The Podium

Voices of New England - Local experts and advocates weigh in on the issues of the day.

the podium | Michelle Holmes

US should look to West Africa for Ebola practices

The reflexive, historical impulse to treat Africans as inferior may have cost Americans in the response to Ebola.

the podium | Anne Morris

Expand conversation to include metastatic breast cancer

Those living with this incurable disease can feel excluded from the larger dialogue.

the podium | Nigella Hillgarth

A rare bipartisan effort to protect ocean habitats

The recent decade-long burst of designating large marine-protected areas around the world has some of its principal roots in Boston.

the podium | Joe Bergantino

Putin’s power play in detainments over journalism workshop

The executive director of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting gives his perspective on being held by Russian authorities.

the podium | David Miliband

Ebola response in West Africa must include community engagement

Unless the spread of the infection is contained at its source, then no amount of curative services will meet the need.

THE PODIUM | Cali Williams Yost

Egg freezing is a great perk, but it can’t be the only offering

The new benefit at Facebook and Apple is part of a comprehensive work-life strategy that includes lengthy maternity — and paternity – leave.

The Podium | Eileen Rudden

Will education technology be the next growth sector?

We should build a broad coalition to address this opportunity for Massachusetts.

the podium | Elizabeth Lunt and Michael Hussey

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial shouldn’t be in Boston

The Marathon bombings and the aftermath affected everyone in the metropolitan area.

The Podium | Yuly Fuentes-Medel

Let’s change the system for postdocs

It’s time to start fostering new role models for the next generation of scientists.

The Podium | Sheril Kirshenbaum

Postdocs in limbo? Expand your options

Let’s create new valves in the crumbling academic pipeline to ease some pressure.

the podium | Maydad Cohen

Why the Mass. Health Connector website will work

We have learned from our mistakes, enlisted outside expertise, and made significant improvements.

the podium | Alberto Godenzi

NFL should follow FIFA’s example

At the start of each game, team captains should read a brief statement against domestic violence.

the podium | Helen Drinan

I have breast cancer

The Simmons College president shares the story of her fight, which began after a mammogram in August.

the podium | Imraan Mir

India should accept disaster aid

The country needs the global community’s help in order to begin to truly take care of those affected by the September floods.

The Podium | Anne Bennett

Toxic information and the fight against Ebola

The unprecedented epidemic is not just a health crisis.


Arab allies key in fight against ISIS

President Obama understands that this battle is, at its core, a struggle for the future of the Sunni world.

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UN summit can accelerate momentum to a new approach to climate change

The goal now before negotiators is to produce a new international agreement for implementation in 2020.

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Amend Patients’ Bill of Rights to protect health care workers, too

Four years after the rollout of the measure, health care workers still have no right to safety.

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Technology is driving change in Colombia

While work remains, Colombia has clearly turned the page.

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Honor slain foreign correspondents by demanding more of their work

On the 15th anniversary of a reporter’s murder, his friend asks readers to pay tribute.

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How to prepare urban children for success in the 21st century

We must go beyond developing aptitude and proficiency on standardized tests.

opinion | Alex Pearlman

Scotland vote a success for democracy, UK’s future

The union will live to stand another day, but certainly not without significant government reforms.

opinion | H.D.S. Greenway

Scotland could have been like Denmark, but instead stays

No doubt a “yes” vote is a little like jumping off the diving board without knowing how much water is in the pool.

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Nuclear energy must be part of climate change strategy

Massachusetts leaders should not lose sight of the long-term benefits of nuclear energy.

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Correction: We regret the error

A Podium piece was removed because it appeared in another publication.

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The Scottish vote: Precedent or Pandora’s Box?

The referendum reflects the fact that secessionist aspirations need not always lead to violent conflict.

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A penny for the courts

We need the legislature to find another penny in each tax dollar for our state courts.


After Ebola: Rebuilding Liberia’s health care infrastructure

A fleet of emergency shelters, tents, and other short-term strategies are inadequate not only for safe patient isolation, but also in the long-term.


Disabled students need proper technology, but TEACH Act isn’t the answer

Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education takes issue with the TEACH Act

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Remembering James Foley: ‘His heart grew so big’

The reaction of Foley’s parents to his death is inspiring and instructive, Janet Wu writes.

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