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Brent Orrell

Brent Orrell is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he works on criminal justice reform and job training.


Articles by Brent Orrell

April 17, 2021 10:00 am

Making Machines, Remaking Ourselves

The brain enhancements and robotic friends of Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Klara and the Sun.’
Brent Orrell
March 31, 2021 5:30 am

Tribes in the Desert

To understand declining religious membership, look to the family.
Brent Orrell
March 16, 2021 5:30 am

Spring Break in Florida: A Dangerous Pandemic Coda?

Picking up a tan and maybe the new coronavirus variant.
Brent Orrell
February 22, 2021 5:30 am

What Ails Our Politics?

Many things, but perhaps the state of the American family most of all.
Brent Orrell
February 2, 2021 5:30 am

Moving the Goalposts in the COVID Blame Game

As Biden takes over, Trump supporters want to memory-hole the last administration’s failures.
Brent Orrell
January 22, 2021 5:30 am

Fragments of Rage

The neuroscience of how social media and fake news are hijacking our brains and fomenting violence.
Brent Orrell
January 20, 2021 5:30 am

No, Trump’s Presidency Wasn’t Worth It

The terrible cost of the last four years—for the country and for the Republican party—far exceeds the value.
Brent Orrell
January 6, 2021 2:23 pm

The Trump Supernova: Lies, Damned Lies, and the End of the GOP

Today’s MAGA rally, electoral vote cosplay, and violent protests threaten to destroy the Republican party.
Brent Orrell
December 19, 2020 5:30 am

Taking ‘The Stand’

It’s early days in the new miniseries but longtime fans of Stephen King’s book have reason to hope.
Brent Orrell
December 2, 2020 5:30 am

The Hard Facts on Hard Time

We need to align criminal justice policy with today’s realities.
Brent Orrell