Andrew Kydd in The Washington Post: Promises on North Korea are easy to make but hard to keep. Here’s why.

The June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore seems back on the calendar. But it’s not likely to result in the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Vacant, but not empty: Geography graduate student explores the use of abandoned properties

Vacant properties are often seen as remnants of the housing crisis or vestiges of industries that are no longer as present as they once were in U.S. cities. But graduate student Elsa Noterman sees more in these vacant properties, including current uses and important histories.

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Thank the moon for Earth’s lengthening day

A new study that reconstructs the deep history of our planet’s relationship to the moon shows that 1.4 billion years ago, a day on Earth lasted just over 18 hours.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Parental POV: History course tackles the 1970s-90s through a generational lens

For the sake of learning — and with occasional family healing — a UW history course is asking students to turn their parents into historical subjects. Professor Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s History 221 course, The History of Your Parents’ Generation (1970s–90s), tackles a tumultuous few decades, assigning students to interview their parents (“compelling figures in the drama of American life in their own right,” the syllabus states) about their upbringing and their memories of music, fashion, and historic milestones.

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Menzie Chinn in The Hill: Trump applying 19th-century remedies to 21st-century problems

Is it a trade dispute with China, or is it a trade war? If the latter, is it on hold, or not? The flip-flops in America’s trade relationship with China are coming in ever more frequently, as President Trump issues and rescinds threats, writes Menzie Chinn, professor of public affairs and economics at the University of Wisconsin. 

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Gregory Nemet in the Washington Post: Our lives depend on carbon capture, But the tech is far from ready

Meeting the climate goals of the Paris Agreement is going to be nearly impossible without removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere says Gregory Nemet, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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In the Huffington Post: Estonia is about to roll out free public transport across the whole country

“It makes sense to have free public transport paid for by taxation, as it’s beneficial for the whole of society, not only those who use public transportation,” says João Peschanski, a sociology doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has examined free public transit systems around the world.

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In Isthmus: For love of country

Gregg Mitman, a UW-Madison professor of history and environmental studies with an academic interest in Liberia, says that the university has benefited greatly from having Urey study here. “He’s brought so much to the UW in the context of the Wisconsin Idea and community engagement and really taking that public service mission to a developing country like Liberia,” says Mitman, one of Urey’s academic advisors. Mitman and Urey collaborated on the documentary, “Land Beneath our Feet.”

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$100,000 poetry prize for History alum

On Tuesday, May 1, the Poetry Foundation announced that Martín Espada was awarded the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which is presented annually in recognition of the lifetime achievements of a living US poet.

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