Magdi Semrau

Magdi Semrau writes about the politics of language, science and medicine for the Editorial Board. She has researched child language development and published in the New York Academy of Sciences. Born and raised in Alaska, she can be found @magi_jay.

Let’s rethink what it means to be entitled, because it doesn’t mean what Joe Manchin says it means

October 19, 2021 /

It shouldn’t be negative and we should be proud. 

Joe Biden’s plan will transform America the way the Great Society did. Here’s 3 ways journalists fail to tell the story

September 30, 2021 /

As they did with President Lyndon Johnson’s agenda, the press corps should inform the electorate about the existential battle at hand.

To fight vaccine disinfo, first understand how anti-vaxxers coopt science to spread it

September 15, 2021 /

We should worry less about the ravings of anti-vaxxers obsessed with microchips, and more about the falsehoods that, enjoying a patina of scientific authority, are harder to identify and harder to correct. 

I had Tuberculosis. My experience with the public health system taught me ‘personal responsibility’ isn’t enough to protect society

August 19, 2021 /

For covid, time for sticks, not carrots.

Why is anti-vaccination emerging as a distinctly right-wing phenomenon across the globe?

August 9, 2021 /

They were made for each other.

Who are the unvaccinated and how can we change their minds before it’s too late?

July 27, 2021 /

Sorting the reachable from the unreachable.

There’s room for conservative thought in higher education. There’s no room for higher education in conservative thought

July 13, 2021 /

Learning is a threat to the modern GOP, writes Magdi Semrau.

That the GOP distorts ‘wokeness’ isn’t surprising. What’s surprising is when legitimate critics do

June 30, 2021 /

Magdi Semrau explains three ways “anti-woke” critics get social reform wrong.

Black Americans and Americans of color have limited space in George Packer’s ‘Four Americas’

June 24, 2021 /

His essay in The Atlantic argues against itself, writes Magdi Semrau.

No, the filibuster does not protect the Democratic Party. It creates the gridlock that weakens it

June 8, 2021 /

Magdi Semrau explains why the GOP loves a do-nothing Congress.