Ideas Writer and Editorial Writer

David Scharfenberg

David Scharfenberg is an editorial writer and staff writer for the Globe’s Ideas section. He previously worked as a reporter in the Globe’s State House bureau. A graduate of Brown University, he has written for The New York Times and The Providence Journal and was a radio reporter at WBUR in Boston.

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Elizabeth Warren is calling for Medicare for all. What does England’s experience tell us?

By , Globe Staff

Just months after stepping down as chairman of England’s National Health Service, Sir Malcolm Grant weighs in on America’s new fascination with single-payer health care.


Go vegetarian, cut carbon?

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Meat production does lead to methane and other emissions. But diet is a small portion of one’s carbon footprint, argues Bjorn Lomborg.


Nice Try: Emile Ratelband’s lawsuit for youth

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His doctor, he says, has told him that he has the body of a 40-something, and he’d like to have his whole life ahead of him.


Innovation of the Week: An artificially intelligent news anchor

By , Globe staff

The AI anchor looks like an actual Xinhua presenter and will read any text punched into the system. But the voice is a little robotic.