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The AEI Events Podcast
44 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Swapping jerseys: What changes when African extremists join the Islamic State?
The Islamic State is gaining allies in Africa. Extremist groups linked to both the Islamic State and al Qaeda are intensifying their grip on communities across large swaths of the continent. Why do local African jihadist groups join international terror organizations, and why does it matter?Watch the full event here.
39 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Should we amend or abolish the Electoral Count Act?
The Electoral Count Act of 1887 was adopted to ensure Congress counted only valid slates of electors during a presidential election. But scholars and election experts have warned that it was poorly drafted and invited confusion.The problems with this statute erupted in full view on January 6, 2021, when members of the House of Representatives and Senate challenged the electoral slates of two states. Some of these same legislators, along with President Donald Trump, asked Vice President Mike Pence not to certify these votes, which would have tipped the presidential election results from Joe Biden to Trump.Please join AEI’s Kevin R. Kosar and a panel of scholars to discuss the Electoral Count Act and whether it can be improved through amendment or should be abolished.Watch the full event here.
58 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
President Joe Biden’s first defense budget request
On May 28, the White House will release its budget request for fiscal year 2022, including for the US military. This budget will provide early indicators of the new administration’s strategic priorities and inform the defense and foreign policy debates of the 117th Congress as the National Defense Authorization Act is developed.The new team in the Pentagon must deliver a budget that is consistent with strategic challenges yet balanced with President Joe Biden’s domestic policy agenda. Hot button issues include an overhaul of the Uniform Code of Military Justice regarding sexual assault, potential changes to the Joint Strike Fighter program, and what the new shipbuilding count and type mean for the near future.Watch the full event here.
61 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Is America entering a new secular age?
Rapid growth of secular identities and beliefs in America is transforming the religious and political landscape. “Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics” (Cambridge University Press, 2021) documents the rise of the country’s largest “religious” group and its distinctive set of beliefs and preferences. The authors investigate the political causes and consequences of this secular surge, drawing on unique survey data, including interviews with members of the American Humanist Association.After a brief presentation, AEI’s Daniel A. Cox will moderate a discussion with the book’s authors — David Campbell, Geoffrey C. Layman, and John C. Green — AEI’s Ross Douthat, and Michelle Boorstein of The Washington Post to explore what the growing secular perspective means for the future of American religion and politics.Watch the full event here.
41 minutes | May 27, 2021
Making college pay: An economist explains how to make a smart bet on higher education
The cost of college makes for frightening headlines. The outstanding balance of student loans is more than $1.5 trillion nationally, while tuitions continue to rise. And after a pandemic that nearly dismantled the traditional “college experience,” many wonder if college is really worth it.Join the University of North Carolina System’s Andrew P. Kelly, The Wall Street Journal’s Josh Mitchell, and Braven’s Vince Marigna for a discussion with AEI’s Beth Akers about her new book, “Making College Pay: An Economist Explains How to Make a Smart Bet on Higher Education” (Penguin Random House, 2021). The conversation will address how aspiring students can make strategic rather than romantic decisions about college, how parents can be practical when assisting their children in this process, and how higher education can remain an engine for opportunity, upward mobility, and prosperity.Watch the full event here.
64 minutes | May 20, 2021
Part 1: Convergence or divergence? Assessing Biden’s 100 days
President Joe Biden’s first 100 days have included major legislative action, millions of COVID-19 vaccinations, and an announced withdrawal from Afghanistan. What are the domestic and foreign policy implications of these 100 days? More importantly, what template do these past few months lay for the next three and a half years?At the heart of Biden’s policy goals is the American Jobs Plan, a proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill. Although the bill presumably addresses America’s aging roads and bridges, a closer look reveals a more complicated story. AEI experts discuss the many issues the bill will affect, including corporate tax policy, family policy, regulations, and the separation of powers.Watch the full event here.
43 minutes | May 20, 2021
Part 2: Convergence or divergence? Assessing Biden’s 100 days
President Joe Biden’s first 100 days have included major legislative action, millions of COVID-19 vaccinations, and an announced withdrawal from Afghanistan. What are the domestic and foreign policy implications of these 100 days? More importantly, what template do these past few months lay for the next three and a half years?AEI’s foreign policy team assesses what the president’s decisions portend for the future of conservative foreign policy and for managing an increasingly aggressive China, fostering cooperation and burden-sharing among allies, and preventing terrorism.Watch the full event here.
65 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
The role of families in human flourishing: A conversation with James Heckman
Nobel Prize–winning University of Chicago economist James J. Heckman is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research on early childhood, which is frequently highlighted in support of expanding early care and education programs to improve children’s outcomes. His well-known “Heckman Curve” is widely cited as showing a high return on public investment in those programs.What is Dr. Heckman’s assessment of current proposals for providing publicly funded childcare and pre-K to all children from birth to kindergarten entry? And how does he view the role of families in children’s development? Do they, too, fit into the Heckman Curve? If so, how?Watch the full event here.
51 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
The politics of Islamophobia
Anti-Muslim attitudes and policies have played a prominent role in American politics in recent years, especially since then-candidate Trump’s call for a Muslim ban in 2015. In her recent book “Outsiders at Home: The Politics of American Islamophobia” (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Nazita Lajevardi uses a range of data and social science methods to assess how and why Islamophobia manifests itself and what its consequences are for Muslim Americans.In this web event, Dr. Lajevardi and AEI’s Daniel Cox and Stan Veuger analyze these questions and related developments in policy and public opinion.Watch the full event here.
49 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Does Congress still control the power of the purse?
The Constitution gives Congress alone the authority to raise government revenues and decide how to spend those dollars. James Madison described this power as “the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people.”However, today’s Congress is losing its grip on the power of the purse. Legislators have gradually delegated their power to the executive branch, which already flouts and usurps Congress’ spending authority with increasing impunity. The budget process has devolved into leadership rushing immense spending bills to avoid shutdowns with little consideration for individual members’ needs.Please join AEI for a discussion cohosted with Claremont McKenna College’s Salvatori Center on how Congress can regain control over the nation’s finances and thus fortify representative government.Watch the full event here.
49 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Hybrid homeschooling: The future of education?
Nearly all American schoolchildren have experienced home-based learning in the past year, leaving some families wondering whether they could enjoy the benefits of both at-home learning and traditional brick-and-mortar schools at the same time. Such an option does exist: hybrid homeschooling.But what is hybrid homeschooling, whom is it for, and how does it look when done well? EdChoice’s Michael Q. McShane, joined by practitioners and researchers Kathaleena Edward Monds, Allison L. Morgan, and Antonio Parés, will draw from his upcoming book, “Hybrid Homeschooling: A Guide to the Future of Education” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), to answer these questions and explore why hybrid homeschooling might be the future of education.Watch the full event here.
59 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Extending US leadership on 5G: A conversation with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr
In recent years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken numerous steps to ensure that the US is ready for next-generation networks — with more efficient and secure supply chains, software upgrades, and higher speeds — including 5G wireless technology. It has conducted crucial wireless spectrum auctions, significantly expanding commercially available mobile airwaves and spurring billions of dollars of investment in US mobile networks. The FCC has also reduced regulatory barriers to 5G deployment and worked with state and local governments to speed 5G deployment. 5G is poised to power the innovations and economy of the future. How can the US ensure that it continues to lead the world in 5G in the coming years?FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr joins AEI’s Shane Tews to discuss the results of the FCC’s actions over the past four years and present his vision for extending US leadership in 5G moving forward.Watch the event here.
53 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
A search for common ground: Conversations about the toughest questions in K–12 education
At a time of bitter national polarization, we need to push past empty posturing in favor of a healthy, constructive competition of ideas. Frederick M. Hess and Pedro A. Noguera, who tend to fall on opposing sides of the ideological aisle, candidly explore their differences on some of the toughest issues in K–12 education in their new book, “A Search for Common Ground: Conversations About the Toughest Questions in K–12 Education” (Teachers College Press, 2021).Dr. Hess and Dr. Noguera wrestle with important disagreements regarding issues such as school choice, for-profit provision, civics, and anti-racism, in a manner that yields understanding and a sense of shared purpose. In this conversation, they discuss where 21st-century schooling needs to go and how to foster the kind of public discourse that will get us there.Watch the full event here.Check out Rick and Pedro's new podcast, Common Ground, on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
66 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Part 2: Should conservatives favor child allowances?
Join AEI's Tim Carney as he moderates the panel discussion in which Dr. Rachidi, Mr. Weidinger, and Dr. Winship present arguments against the child allowance while Mr. Carney and Mr. Stone presents arguments in favor in part 2 of the child allowances event.President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing to transform the child tax credit into a nearly universal, unconditional per-child benefit. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) recently announced his own version of a child allowance to mixed reviews on the political right.A child allowance would help families raise children and balance work and caregiving while promoting fertility and reducing abortion. However, libertarians object to the government subsidizing parenting, deficit hawks blanch at the cost, and advocates of limited government warn that a child allowance is the first step toward a universal basic income. It also threatens to increase the number of families without a working parent and the number of children raised by a single parent. This event will explore the arguments for and against child allowances.Watch the full event here.
46 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
A conversation with US Indo-Pacific Command’s Adm. Philip Davidson
The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act required Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), to provide an independent assessment to Congress outlining USINDOPACOM’s resourcing requirements for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative. Adm. Davidson joins AEI to discuss its contents and outline his key priorities. He also reflects on the security, alliance, and budget issues he has faced during his three-year tenure as USINDOPACOM commander.What investments does the Department of Defense need to make to fund a conventional deterrence strategy for defending US interests in the Indo-Pacific? How have issues along the Sino-Indian border and in Oceania shaped Adm. Davidson’s tenure? What are the prospects for further defense cooperation among the quad countries? Please join AEI’s Eric Sayers for a discussion with Adm. Davidson.Watch the full event here.
43 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Part 1: Should conservatives favor child allowances?
Join Scott Winship, Director of Poverty Studies at AEI in conversation with AEI's President, Robert Doar, and AEI visiting scholar, Brad Wilcox in part one of an event on child allowances.President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing to transform the child tax credit into a nearly universal, unconditional per-child benefit. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) recently announced his own version of a child allowance to mixed reviews on the political right.A child allowance would help families raise children and balance work and caregiving while promoting fertility and reducing abortion. However, libertarians object to the government subsidizing parenting, deficit hawks blanch at the cost, and advocates of limited government warn that a child allowance is the first step toward a universal basic income. It also threatens to increase the number of families without a working parent and the number of children raised by a single parent. This event will explore the arguments for and against child allowances.Join us again next week for part 2! Watch the full event here.
55 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
To the moon, Mars, and beyond: Space exploration and public policy
For decades, a prevailing sentiment in America has been that the money spent on the space race would be better spent on domestic problems. As a result, the US space program has not fulfilled its potential for several decades. But this perspective is shortsighted; many technologies we take for granted came from midcentury investments in the space program, and there is no telling what innovations we forego by failing to support space exploration today.Fortunately, private actors have begun revitalizing the US space program, and the public sphere has also shown a renewed interest. This panel discusses why America should renew its commitment to exploring space and the actions policymakers and private actors should take to facilitate America’s return to the final frontier.Watch the event here.
74 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Donald Trump and the future of the GOP: Findings from a new national survey of Trump voters
Just how strong is Donald Trump’s brand, and what does it mean for the Republican Party going forward? A new online survey of 1,000 people who said they voted for Trump in the 2020 election provides some answers. This extensive poll, conducted by YouGov under the direction of the Ethics & Public Policy Center’s Henry Olsen, explores loyalty to Trump and his voters’ positions on political, economic, and social issues.Please join AEI for a panel discussion about the survey results and what they mean for the future of the GOP, with Echelon Insights’ Kristen Soltis Anderson and AEI’s Karlyn Bowman, Daniel A. Cox, and Sean Trende.Watch the event here.
58 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
How should student-athletes be compensated?
High-level sports are integrated into US institutions of higher education to an extent that is unparalleled in peer countries. Intercollegiate men’s basketball and football, in particular, generate significant revenue from tickets sales and broadcasting rights. At the same time, student-athlete compensation is severely limited. Last year, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that some of these limitations violate the Sherman Antitrust Act. The Supreme Court will review that decision later this term in NCAA v. Alston and American Athletic Conference v. Alston.Watch the event here.
56 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Spain’s road to recovery: A conversation with Manuel Muñiz
While the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, its end appears to be in sight. Vaccine delivery, business survival in hard-hit economic sectors, and children’s education are among the many challenges policymakers face as they strive to ensure a strong and resilient recovery. Meanwhile, a new US administration with different practices and priorities will leave its mark on the US-EU transatlantic relationship. This event, featuring Spanish Deputy Foreign Minister Manuel Muñiz and AEI’s Stan Veuger, offers reflections on these issues and the Spanish government’s approach to them.Watch the event here.
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