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May 10th, 2018

USC experts say U.S.-North Korea summit is unprecedented

The June 12 summit in Singapore between President Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un marks the first time heads of state of both countries meet for talks. At stake is national security for both sides, regional stability in east Asia and economic relations with China, the United States and its Pacific Rim allies. USC experts say the two leaders will enter uncharted waters.

March 9th, 2018

Tariffs: A win for American jobs or the start of a trade war?

President Trump has signed an order imposing new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum that will affect trade partners, such as China, but excludes Canada, the leading source of Ameican steel, and Mexico. USC experts explain who wins and who loses when tariffs are imposed. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or Photo credit: […]

February 15th, 2018

#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe – Trojan ties, expert answers

Face front, true believers! Marvel’s “Black Panther” has shattered pre-sale ticket records, trended on Twitter through the #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe hashtag, and won critical raves that position it as perhaps not only the most inventive and radical comic book film of all time, but the best as well.

February 13th, 2018

The NBA loves LA

After one of the busiest trade deadlines in recent history, the conversation around the NBA and its annual midseason All-Star Game weekend, taking place from Feb. 16-18, is more active than usual. That is especially true in the city of Los Angeles as it hosts the game for a record sixth time, passing New York. Even as East vs. West has now become Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, the NBA All-Star Game remains one of the most engaging exhibitions, and even cultural moments, in all of professional sports. USC experts discuss.

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December 14th, 2017

Star Wars: A newish hope?

Despite the title of the Star Wars universe’s latest cinematic entry, we surely haven’t seen the last of the Jedi, the Sith or the Wookiees. USC experts discuss the ongoing impact of America’s most enduring movie franchise and whether or not it can continue to stir our imagination while restoring peace to Hollywood’s galaxy…

December 5th, 2017

Who killed the human-driven car?

With new federal and state regulations looming, and companies like Waymo and General Motors testing automated vehicles on the streets of Phoenix and San Francisco, driverless cars could be on roads across California by the middle of next year. USC experts discuss the long road to taking our hands off the steering wheel, and what […]

November 21st, 2017

Does Black Friday still matter?

The holiday shopping season moves into high gear this week with an earlier-than-usual Black Friday. The mad dash for holiday deals may never go away, but the importance of a single day devoted to those deals appears to be waning, while the types of gifts that are popular also continue to evolve. USC experts in business, retail, technology and policy discuss the shopping trends that are shaping the 2017 holidays.

October 4th, 2017

The final stretch: MLB postseason puts players’ endurance to the test

The 2017 Major League Baseball season was a study in pure athletic prowess — players broke the 2000 record for the number of home runs in a single season, and teams racked up enviable winning streaks. As players shift gears to the highly competitive postseason playoffs, maximizing performance, avoiding injuries and maintaining endurance will be […]

September 21st, 2017

Driving out the dreamers: The end of DACA

The threat of deportation looms closer for 800,000 young immigrants after President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  program in the next six months. USC experts talk about the political, racial and legal forces behind immigrant policy changes, the fears of DACA recipientsand the potential costs of ending the program […]