Labcast 15 - 12/8/2014 - When Less Information is Better: Blinding in Medicine: Marie Newhouse & Christopher Robertson

Is blinding a possible solution to the implicit biases that exist throughout the healthcare and biomedical science fields? Christopher Robertson, a Lab affiliate and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, and former Lab Fellow Marie Newhouse examine the positives and negatives of blinding. They also discuss Robertson’s current collaborative research project on political corruption and how juror discretion affects the outcome of campaign finance cases.

Labcast 12 - 6/5/2014 - From the Bottom Up: A Shift Towards Local Government Ethics Initiatives: Gregg Fields & Carla Miller

Can independent and local government ethics commissions reduce political corruption? Journalist Gregg Fields interviews Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Network Fellow Carla Miller about putting the heart back into government ethics training, and how a shift towards local government ethics initiatives may create an avenue for citizens to have an impact at the state level and beyond. (For more information, visit www.cityethics.org/.)

Labcast 10 - 5/6/2014 - Think Tanks and Transparency: Brooke Williams & the Center for Global Development

An increasing number of think tanks are disclosing who funds their work, how much they gave and why. The Center for Global Development, a think tank in Washington, D.C., recently launched a new webpage in beta called How We're Funded. Investigative Reporting Fellow Brooke Williams goes behind the scenes of this decision at the CGD with Todd Moss, COO, and Katie Douglas Martel, deputy director of Institutional Advancement.

Labcast 9 - 4/10/2014 - Donors Unbound: McCutcheon v. FEC: Gregg Fields & Jen Heerwig

Donation strategies of elite campaign contributors are the focus of research for Dr. Jen Heerwig, a sociologist and research fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. In this labcast, journalist Gregg Fields interviews Heerwig on the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which significantly raises the amount deep-pocketed donors can give to federal candidates.

Labcast 8 - 3/13/2014 - Investigative Journalism, Integrity, and a Little Insanity: Brooke Williams & Charles Lewis

Untold stories, distortion of truth, and the immediate and extraordinary need for global, collaborative investigative journalism. Brooke Williams, a journalism fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, interviews pioneer author and journalist Charles Lewis about his life’s work holding the powerful accountable, shedding light on institutional corruption and all the work yet to be done.

Labcast 6 - 2/21/2014 - Business & Human Rights: Jennifer E. Miller and John Ruggie

Dr. John Ruggie—one of the 25 most influential international relations scholars in the United States and Canada (according to Foreign Policy magazine), Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School professor, and the author of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights—talks with bioethicist and Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellow Dr. Jennifer E. Miller about his experiences drafting and implementing the UN Guiding Principles. These principles constitute the most comprehensive and authoritative global standard in the area of business and human rights, to date.

Labcast 4 - 1/8/2014 - Political Dimensions Of Poverty & The NHRebellion Walk: Daniel Weeks

50 years after President Lyndon Johnson declared War on Poverty, the number of Americans living below the poverty line remains stubbornly high. Daniel Weeks, a non-resident fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, discusses the political dimensions of persistent poverty in America and presents solutions to overcome the systematic disenfranchisement of millions of poor people in the democratic process – including the upcoming NHRebellion walk across New Hampshire for campaign finance reform, led by E.J. Safra Center Director Lawrence Lessig.

Labcast 3 - 12/24/2013 - The EPA & Institutional Corruption: Ted Gup & Sheila Kaplan

What will it take for EPA to protect people and the environment from hazardous pollutants? Closing the loopholes in the Toxic Substances Act (TSCA) would help, but industry pressure has Congress on the verge of a "reform" bill that might make things worse. Journalist Ted Gup interviews investigative reporting fellow Sheila Kaplan on institutional corruption at EPA.