Quotable: Hruby, Skinner, Balmer, Green, and Finkelstein

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In recent days, the nation’s media, from The Washington Post to American Public Media, turned to Dartmouth for comment. Here’s what five professors had to say:

“One of the types of things that I ran into was a series of different types of cooking pots that were a little idiosyncratic,” says Professor Julie Hruby during an American Public Media interview about her discovery of unusual cookware from around 1200 B.C. that was used in the Mycenaean palace.

“As earlier reporting has shown, there are people who are operating in the gray area of health care who are causing Medicare to spend enormous amounts on health care that may be harmful to their patients,” says Professor Jonathan Skinner in a Washington Post story about Medicare and physicians’ billing practices.

“I remember Phelps for having confronted me with an ethical dilemma that haunts me to this day,” says Professor Randall Balmer in a Valley News column about the notorious pastor Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.

“Are we going to allow people to be tested without their consent?” asks Professor Ronald Green in an interview with The Guardian about new technology that raises concerns about designer babies.

“Usually the ‘facts’ we care about most fit a pattern that is aligned with what we wish were the truth,” says Tuck’s Sydney Finkelstein in his latest BBC column about how leaders make decisions.