Our American Discourse
About This Show
Great knowledge need not wither on the academic vine. We bring you the smartest minds from the University of Southern California and beyond, wrestling with the defining challenges of our time. In their research, we find wisdom. In their voice, hope.
Hosted by Anthony W. Orlando, “Our American Discourse” reminds us that we’re never too different to learn from each other, nor too divided to find common ground.
Keep our American discourse alive—and healthy.
Sponsored by the USC Bedrosian Center
Recorded at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Most Recent Episode
How the Senate Can Beat Gridlock—and Why That’s Not Always a Good Thing
Americans are fed up with gridlock. Congress is one of the least popular institutions in the country. So you might think the solution is for legislators to pass major legislation. But what if the solution is even more controversial than the problem? If you’ve heard of “budget reconciliation,” you probably didn’t hear unanimously good things. That’s because it’s a risky game…a fascinating, strategic game deep in the trenches of our democratic tug-of-war. In this episode, Molly E. Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Inst., teaches us how budget reconciliation works, where it came from, how it’s being wielded, and why you should care.