Truth Decay

The shrinking role of facts and evidence-based analysis in American public life poses a threat to democracy, to policymaking, and to the very notion of civic discourse. RAND has launched an ambitious research project, Truth Decay, to define and study the problem with the ultimate goal of working toward innovative solutions.

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  • Why More Sleep Could Help Kids Do Better in School and Life

    Jan 5, 2018

    Most U.S. middle and high schools start at 8:00 a.m. or earlier. Delaying school start times could help address health and academic problems, and boost the U.S. economy.

  • What a Scientist Suggests You Tell Your Kids About Legal Marijuana

    Jul 21, 2017

    In this PBS News Hour segment, RAND Behavioral scientist Elizabeth D’Amico, who has researched drug and alcohol use among teens for more than 20 years, discusses what kids need to know about the use of legal marijuana.

  • Getting to Outcomes®: Frameworks for Success for Evidence-Based Programs

    Jun 12, 2017

    In this NREPP Learning Center video, RAND Senior Behavioral Scientist Matthew Chinman and USC Professor of Psychology Abe Wandersman discuss Getting to Outcomes® (GTO). GTO is an implementation framework that can be applied to evidence-based programs.

  • Sleepy Teens: A Public Health Epidemic

    Dec 4, 2016

    RAND's Wendy Troxel discusses how early school start times contribute to an epidemic of sleep deprivation among teens.

  • Effects of Liberalizing Marijuana Policies on Use and Harm

    Mar 23, 2016

    Drug policy expert Rosalie Pacula speaks about the Effects of Liberalizing Marijuana Policies on Use and Harms at the 2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cannabis Summit.

  • A Tipping Point in America's Opioid Crisis?

    Mar 9, 2016

    Deaths from overdoses in America are reaching levels similar to those at the peak of the HIV epidemic. RAND's Bradley D. Stein discusses what actions might help stem the growing problem of heroin and prescription drug addiction.

  • Carl Bildt on Brexit, the Future of Europe and the Migrant Crisis

    Jan 28, 2016

    Former Swedish Prime Minister and Foreign Minster Carl Bildt talks to the BBC's Evan Davis about the possibility of the UK leaving the EU, and the migrant crisis.

  • Hans Binnendijk on America's Partners and Adversaries

    Jan 6, 2016

    Hans Binnendijk argues that the United States may need to follow a more collaborative approach to foreign affairs, engaging and sharing burdens with partners who until now have not pulled their weight.

  • Lynn Karoly on the Return on Early Childhood Investment

    Sep 23, 2015

    In this 60 Second Lecture from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, Lynn Karoly, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, discusses the return on philanthropic investments in early childhood programs.

  • Press Conference at the Wilson Center: Calculating the Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Jun 15, 2015

    At the U.S. launch of The Costs of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Study held at the Wilson Center on June 15, 2015, RAND senior researchers Charles P. Ries and C. Ross Anthony discussed the economic and non-economic factors surrounding the conflict and the long-term implications for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and the international community.

  • Press Conference at the Jerusalem Press Club: The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Jun 8, 2015

    Senior members of the RAND Corporation held a press conference at the Jerusalem Press Club on their study, The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The study estimates the net costs and benefits over the next ten years based on five alternative scenarios.

  • Supreme Leader Speaks Out on Nuke Agreement, but What Does It Mean?

    Apr 9, 2015

    The Supreme Leader of Iran said he neither supports nor opposes a nuclear deal, since the details have not yet been nailed down. Judy Woodruff talks to former State Department official Ray Takeyh and Alireza Nader of the RAND Corporation about what Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments mean for the negotiating outlook and whether Iran has a strategic interest in Yemen.

  • Chloe Bird on Women's Heart Health

    Mar 11, 2015

    At the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Chloe Bird, Senior Sociologist at the RAND Corporation, talked to Lifescript's Health Writer, Diane Wedner, about the importance of women's heart health.

  • RAND Corporation Report Mentioned During Introduction of Military and Veteran Caregiver Bill

    Apr 11, 2014

    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, mentions Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers, a RAND Corporation report that looks into the challenges faced by America's military and veteran caregivers during her speech on the Senate floor.

  • Russia: What Happened? What's Next?

    Apr 9, 2014

    Olga Oliker visited the Google Los Angeles Venice office on April 9, 2014 to speak on current events in Russia and Ukraine.

  • How the Unhealthy Foods We Eat at Restaurants May Be Slowly Making Us Sick

    Mar 25, 2014

    In this USA Today: Opinion video, Deborah Cohen, RAND senior natural scientist, discusses how some foods we eat at restaurants contribute to poor health. She wants better options for kids and adults.

  • Arab Spring: The State of the Democratic Reform in the Middle East

    Jun 24, 2013

    Jeffrey Martini, Senior Middle East Analyst at the RAND Corporation, discusses the political landscape of the Arab world and how the tumult in the region affects the interests of the United States.

  • Sleep and Couples

    May 20, 2013

    In an ABC World News segment, Wendy M. Troxel, RAND Behavioral and Social Scientist, conducts a sleep test with Dr. Jennifer Ashton, an ABC News Senior Medical Contributor. Troxel examines Ashton's awakenings and her quality of sleep while sleeping alone and with her husband.

  • Alan Kay Demostrates RAND Tablet

    Mar 14, 2013

    In this video, Alan Kay shows a brief demonstration of the RAND tablet, a graphical computer input device developed at The RAND Corporation in the 1960s. The RAND tablet featured a 10-inch by 10-inch active tablet area and is believed to be the first such graphic device that is digital and relatively low-cost.

  • Crisis and Escalation in Cyberspace

    Nov 15, 2012

    In a presentation at the Google LAX Office, Martin Libicki, Adjunct Management Scientist, RAND Corporation, discusses the evolving field of cyberwarfare, and the form of crisis and escalation in the context of cyberspace.

  • Democratization in the Arab World

    Jul 18, 2012

    Laurel Miller and Jeffrey Martini of the RAND Corporation discussed what the successes and setbacks of other transitions from authoritarianism suggest about the problems ahead for Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere, and how they might be overcome. Carnegie's Thomas Carothers discussed and Marina Ottaway moderated.

  • John Gordon Discusses Fighting for MacArthur

    Jun 8, 2012

    John Gordon, RAND Senior Policy Analyst, discusses his book Fighting for MacArthur with the editor of Leatherneck Magazine, Colonel Walt Ford, USMC (Ret).

  • Seth Jones Discusses President Obama's Afghanistan Address

    May 1, 2012

    Seth Jones, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation, and Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress discuss implications of the President Obama's address after a surprise visit to Afghanistan with PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill.

  • HBO History Makers with Thad W. Allen

    Nov 18, 2011

    As part of the HBO History Makers series, Admiral Thad W. Allen discussed major events, such as Hurricane Katrina, that shaped his experience as admiral of the United States Coast Guard.

  • Economic Conditions and Terrorism: Debunking Misconceptions

    Nov 18, 2011

    On September 14, 2011, Claude Berrebie, Economist, RAND Corporation, presented at a BINA Salon on Economic Conditions and Terrorism: Debunking Misconceptions.

  • Redefining Security

    Oct 6, 2011

    On September 12, 2011, Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the RAND president, presented to the National Capital Planning Commission Speaker Series on the current threats and countermeasures being employed in today's security environment.

  • Stecher Discusses How to Cultivate Thriving Schools

    Sep 6, 2011

    In a TEDx presentation, Brian M. Stecher, Associate Director, RAND Education, suggests three steps we need to take to cultivate schools where students can thrive.

  • The Middle East and Its Current Political Climate

    Jun 21, 2011

    In this Google Tech Talk, Fred Wehrey, a RAND Senior Policy Analyst, discusses rapidly changing political landscape of the Persian Gulf region, and what he has learned during recent visits to Egypt, Lebanon, and Yemen.

  • After bin Laden

    Jun 15, 2011

    Seth Jones, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation, speaks about the latest developments in Afghanistan following the death of Osama bin Laden.

  • Rubin Explores Hidden Scale of Serious and Organized Crime

    Jun 3, 2011

    At a TEDx event, Jennifer Rubin, Director of RAND Europe’s Communities, Safety and Justice Program, explored the hidden nature of the scale of serious and organized crime, such as drug and human trafficking, and suggested how a new approach inspired by methods used in the natural sciences could help to address these issues.

  • Brian Michael Jenkins Discusses the Death of bin Laden and Prognosis for al Qaeda

    May 4, 2011

    Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser at the RAND Corporation, spoke with RAND media relations director Jeffrey Hiday about the death of Osama bin Laden and how it might affect al Qaeda, the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, and more.

  • New Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan (Inside Story, Al Jazeera)

    Mar 30, 2009

    In an Al Jazeera Inside Story report, RAND expert Cheryl Benard and two other analysts provide insights into the Obama Administration's new strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan.