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Banter: An AEI Podcast
40 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Chris Stirewalt on the State of American News Media
Chris Stirewalt is a resident fellow at AEI, where he focuses on American politics, voting trends, public opinion, and the media. Before joining AEI, he was political editor of Fox News Channel.This week, Chris joins Robert and Phoebe to delve into the current state of American journalism, media’s effect on the electorate and the Republican party after Trump.
48 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Michael Strain on America’s Economic Outlook
Michael Strain is the Director of Economic Policy Studies at AEI, where he oversees the Institute’s work in economic policy, financial markets, international trade and finance, tax and budget policy, welfare economics, and health care policy.Michael joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about the country’s economic recovery from COVID, the infrastructure bill, and inflation fears.
40 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Colin Dueck on Conservatives’ Approach to Foreign Policy
Colin Dueck is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on the interconnections between US national security, party politics, and conservative thought.Colin joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about divisions on the right in foreign policy outlook, and whether Trump’s presidency has moved conservatives toward isolationism. They also discuss how Biden’s first foreign trip, and how he will handle the War on Terror, relations with Russia, and the Israeli-Arab conflict.
52 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Max Eden on Critical Race Theory in K-12 Education
Max Eden is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on education reform, specifically K–12 and early childhood education.Max joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about school choice, critical race theory, and the future of American education.
37 minutes | May 26, 2021
Benjamin and Jenna Story on Why We Are Restless
Professors Benjamin and Jenna Storey teach political philosophy at Furman University, where they also lead the Tocqueville Program. Their new book, Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment, explores the roots of modern unhappiness and offers guidance in the search for fulfillment.The Storeys – who are also joining AEI next year—appear on Banter to talk with Robert and Phoebe about what we can learn from French philosophers about how to find happiness in our modern lives.
49 minutes | May 11, 2021
Muzzy Rosenblatt on Homelessness in New York City
Muzzy Rosenblatt is the CEO and President of the Bowery Residents’ Committee, a nonprofit organization that serves nearly 10,000 homeless and at-risk New Yorkers every year. In their new book, “How Ten Global Cities Take On Homelessness,” Muzzy and his co-authors draw on decades of practical experience to outline key lessons learned from the world’s most effective policy responses to homelessness.Muzzy joins the show to talk about his on-the-ground work with vulnerable New Yorkers and his new book.
44 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Paul Wolfowitz on the Biden Admin’s Foreign Policy Outlook
Paul Wolfowitz is a visiting scholar at AEI, where he works on development and national security issues. Before joining AEI, Dr. Wolfowitz spent more than three decades in public service and higher education, working in the administrations of seven different presidents. Paul joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about the greatest foreign policy challenges confronting the Biden administration.
44 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
John Fortier on Voter ID and Election Reform
John Fortier is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on Congress and elections, election administration, election demographics, voting (and absentee voting), the US presidency, and the Electoral College.John joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about Georgia’s new voting law, election integrity, and potential reforms.
33 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Kevin Kosar on Congressional Reform and the Postal Service
Kevin Kosar is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies Congress, congressional oversight, the administrative state, and the US Postal Service.Kevin joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about making Congress a stronger, leaner, and more effective branch of government. Note: This episode was recorded in February 2021
51 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Jim Capretta on Vaccinations and American Health Care
Jim Capretta is a resident fellow and holds the Milton Friedman Chair at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies health care, entitlement, and US budget policy, as well as global trends in aging, health, and retirement programs.Jim joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about the Biden Administration’s approach to vaccinations and the current state of American health care.
35 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Nat Malkus on School Re-Opening and Education during the Pandemic
Nat Malkus is a resident scholar and the deputy director of education policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in empirical research on K–12 schooling.Nat joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about the launch of AEI’s new school re-opening tracker, the most comprehensive source data currently available, which sorts school districts by demographics including poverty, broadband access, voting records, and COVID-19 infection rates.Download the transcript here: https://www.aei.org/malkus-banter423-transcript-3121/
37 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Sally Satel on the Opioid Crisis and Addiction during the Pandemic
Sally Satel is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and a practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine, whose work examines mental health policy as well as political trends in medicine. Her research touches on issues of critical importance, including public, addiction, and the opioid crisis in America.Sally joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about deaths of despair and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on public and mental health.Download the transcript here: https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/BanterSatelTranscript21621.pdf
37 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Mackenzie Eaglen on Defense Policy, Military Readiness, and American Grand Strategy
Mackenzie Eaglen is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she works on defense strategy, defense budgets, and military readiness. In the past, she has also worked on defense issues in the House of Representatives, in the US Senate, and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff.Mackenzie joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about how to strengthen US military capabilities, the Trump administration’s legacy on defense issues, what she expects the new Biden team to prioritize.
38 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Hal Brands on the Presidential Transition and the Future of American Foreign Policy
Hal Brands is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies US foreign policy and defense strategy. He serves concurrently as the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).Hal joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about the country’s foremost challenges and opportunities in foreign policy as the new Biden Administration takes office.
32 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Angela Rachidi on the Social Safety Net and Welfare Policy
Angela Rachidi is the Rowe Scholar in poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she studies poverty and the effects of federal safety net programs on low-income Americans.Angela joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about welfare policy in the pandemic and constructing a safety net policy agenda that uplifts low-income Americans by promoting family and work.
40 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Dan Cox on Conspiracy Theories, Polling, and Civil Society
Dan Cox is a research fellow in polling and public opinion at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the director of the Survey Center on American Life. He specializes in survey research, politics, youth culture and identity, and religion.Dan joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about what surveys can tell us about the popularity of conspiracy theories in American politics, heightening partisan fragmentation, and fraying public trust in political institutions.
34 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Rick Hess on Remote Learning, Woke Teachers, and Free Speech in Higher Education
Rick Hess is the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on K–12 and higher education issues. Dr. Hess started his career as a high school teacher and has since taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. His most recent book is “Letters to a Young Education Reformer” (Harvard Education Press, 2017).Rick joins the show to talk about remote learning during COVID-19, the 1619 Project’s woke curriculum in K-12 education, and free speech and student debt in higher education.
36 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Matt Continetti on the 2020 Presidential Election, the Biden Agenda, and the Future of the Republican Party
Matt Continetti is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where his work focuses on American political thought and the history of the conservative movement. Before coming to AEI, Mr. Continetti was the founding editor and the editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon. He is also a contributing editor at National Review and a columnist for Commentary Magazine.Matt joins the show to talk about the election, President Trump’s legal challenges, President-Elect Biden’s policy priorities, and the changing American political landscape.
45 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Scott Winship on Income Inequality, Poverty, and Social Mobility
Scott Winship is Director of Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Before joining AEI, Dr. Winship served as the executive director of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) and worked at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the Brookings Institution and the Pew Charitable Trusts.On this episode, Scott joins Robert and Phoebe to talk about economic inequality and poverty in America.
41 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Adam White on Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court, and the Administrative State
Adam White is a resident scholar at AEI, where his work focuses on American constitutionalism, the Supreme Court, and the administrative state. Concurrently, he is assistant professor of law and the director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. […] The post Adam White on Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court, and the Administrative State appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
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