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21 minutes | 10 days ago
From a Great Society to a Resilient Society: Episode 4 – Public Finance
General revenue sharing has been described as “paying for teachers in Manhattan and streetlights in Buffalo.” Leading economic and public finance experts James Galbraith, Michael Lind and Martin Luby join Steven Pedigo to talk flexible funding, why successful economic policies lay groundwork for future policy changes, and if a job guarantee is part of the future. This podcast series is a continuation of a policy toolkit released by the LBJ School in December 2020. Learn more: https://lbj.utexas.edu/resiliency-toolkit
25 minutes | 17 days ago
From a Great Society to a Resilient Society: Episode 3 – Impact of COVID-19 on Society’s Vulnerable
LBJ School experts Ruth Wasem and Michele Deitch join “From a Great Society to a Resilient Society” to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted two of society’s most vulnerable populations: immigrants and prison and jail populations. Host Steven Pedigo talks with Wasem and Deitch about the conditions that led to COVID-19’s impact on these populations and potential opportunities for bipartisan legislation at the federal and state levels. This podcast series is a continuation of a policy toolkit released by the LBJ School in December 2020. Learn more: https://lbj.utexas.edu/resiliency-toolkit
17 minutes | 24 days ago
From a Great Society to a Resilient Society: Episode 2 – Public Health
In episode 2 of the LBJ School’s special series “From a Great Society to a Resilient Society,” host Steven Pedigo talks with the LBJ School’s Dr. Michael Hole and Professor Sherri Greenberg about resilient and healthy communities, public health and the economy, and equitable vaccine distribution. Learn more about resiliency in the age of COVID-19 at lbj.utexas.edu/resiliency-toolkit
21 minutes | a month ago
From a Great Society to a Resilient Society: Episode 1 – Leadership
This is episode 1 of the LBJ School’s new podcast series From a Great Society to a Resilient Society: Building a resilient future in a globally connected world. In this six-part series, host Steven Pedigo engages LBJ School policy leaders on the future of our world through the lens of resiliency. In this episode, Pedigo is joined by federal policy experts Don Kettl and presidential historian Jeremi Suri to talk about leadership and decision making in a post-Trump world.
2 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 27 – Introducing Resiliency in the Age of COVID-19
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson shared his vision of what would become known as the “Great Society”—an America where the air and water are clean, poverty and racial injustice have been eliminated, and all its citizens can develop their full potential and share in the promise of America. But the gap between LBJ’s aspiration and our current reality is as wide today as it was then. From the LBJ School, this is a series on the future of leadership, national security, climate change, education and more through the lens of resiliency. Launching in January 2021: From a Great Society to a Resilient Society: Building a resilient future in a globally connected world.
12 minutes | a year ago
Episode 26 – U.S. Census Director Dr. Steven Dillingham
U.S. Census Director Dr. Steven Dillingham joins Policy on Purpose to discuss the 2020 census, why it counts and how students can get involved.
22 minutes | a year ago
Episode 25 – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan shares before and after story of Detroit
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan visited the LBJ School on November 13, 2019, as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Leaders Series. In this episode, Mayor Duggan talks about efforts to revitalize the city of Detroit in an equitable way.
28 minutes | a year ago
Episode 24 – Democracy Rebellion in Texas
Hedrick Smith, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and director of the upcoming PBS documentary Democracy Rebellion, talks about grassroots efforts in Texas to combat big money politics, gerrymandering and voter suppression.
19 minutes | a year ago
Episode 23 – Former NYC deputy mayor Alicia Glen on future-proofing cities
Former NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen joins guest host and Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo to discuss ways policymakers can leverage public-private partnerships to future-proof cities.
42 minutes | a year ago
Episode 22 – Special episode recorded live–2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards
The LBJ School honored two of its extraordinary graduates on Friday, Sept. 20, presenting former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams (MPAff ’98) with the Distinguished Public Service Award and Pflugerville city council member Rudy Metayer (EMPL ’16) with the Rising Leader Award in a reception that kicked off Alumni Weekend.
25 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 21 – Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, delivers 2019 graduation remarks
Before speaking to the LBJ School’s class of 2019, PBS NewsHour’s White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor joined Policy on Purpose to talk about the role and responsibility of the press when covering some of our world’s most defining moments, and how to best balance humanity and objectiveness when covering difficult topics and stories.
28 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 20 – LGBT Rights and Public Policy
Founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute Robert Jones joins Dean Angela Evans to discuss what the changes in religious, racial and ethnic demographies of Texas and the nation tell us about the future of politics and policy priorities.
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 19 – Policymaking in theory and practice
LBJ School alumnus Austin Smythe (MPAff ’80) joined the LBJ School during Admitted Students Weekend in April 2019, talking to new students about his career as Speaker Paul Ryan’s policy director (2015-2019). Smythe, who joined Ryan’s office in 2007, has served in a variety of roles, including policy director for the House Ways and Means Committee and as staff director for the House Budget Committee (2007-2015).
35 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 18 – Opening Mexico’s oil and gas industry with guest Aldo Flores-Quiroga
Aldo Flores-Quiroga is former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons at Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (2016–18), where he led a team of more than 180 government officials to implement the historic opening of Mexico’s hydrocarbons sector. Flores-Quiroga, who also served as Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, joins Dean Evans to talk about shared goals amid competing interests and the kinds of skills that withstand disruption.
29 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 17 – Developments in technology and its influences on national security and intelligence
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon visited The University of Texas at Austin for the UT Intelligence Studies symposium on March 28, 2019. She stopped by the LBJ School to talk with Dean Angela Evans about emerging technologies and an evolving intelligence community, as well as private-public partnerships with tech sectors.
24 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 16 – Royce Brooks, Executive Director of Annie’s List, on changing the faces of power in Texas politics
In 2018 Royce Brooks became executive director of Annie’s List, an organization started in 2003 to recruit, train and support progressive women running for office at both the state and local levels in Texas. Over the past 15 years, the organization has raised more than $15 million to support these candidates and has helped them win more than 100 races, canvassing, holding training sessions, phone banking and driving voters to the polls. Before joining Annie’s List, Brooks worked with city leaders, researchers and community members to develop a policy agenda addressing inequality in Atlanta as the city’s first-ever chief equity officer. She served as the policy director for Sylvester Turner’s successful campaign for mayor of Houston and as the statewide policy director for Wendy Davis’s 2014 Texas gubernatorial campaign. Brooks has worked in both houses of Congress, including as a legislative counsel and subcommittee staff director in the United States Senate, and has been a policy analyst with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and was a legislative assistant for Rep. Martin Frost (D–TX), the former chairman of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus.
34 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 15: A research-based approach to criminal justice
Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot is a retired judge and award-winning lawyer with more than three decades of experience in the criminal justice system, including as a felony district court judge, Dallas County assistant district attorney and chief felony prosecutor, as well as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice. He talks with LBJ School Dean Angela Evans about taking a research-based approach to criminal justice, and the challenges in trying to move the system away from the idea of jail as a default to the idea of a model based on treatment, reducing crime and reducing recidivism. Creuzot, who now leads an office with nearly 300 prosecutors, also discusses the idea of fostering leadership among staff and creating the leaders of the future.
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 14: The Power of Data-Driven Decision Making, Guests include former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Robert Shea of Grant Thornton
In this episode of Policy on Purpose, guest hosted by LBJ Professor and the Washington Center’s Academic Director Don Kettl, former governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, former mayor of Indianapolis Stephen Goldsmith and Robert Shea of Grant Thornton talk about how data-driven decision making can change the way governments serve people. Recorded at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
30 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 13 – Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel on pragmatism in politics
Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the LBJ School on Feb. 13, 2019 as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Leaders Series. In this episode of Policy on Purpose, Mayor Emanuel – who has served as mayor, a congressman, a chief of staff to the President of the United States, senior adviser and campaign strategist on local and national levels – talks about his pragmatic approach to policy and what he’s learned throughout his career.
26 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 12 – Former President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solis and VP of Nicaragua Sergio Ramirez discuss issues of democracy in Central America
Former President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solis and Vice President of Nicaragua Sergio Ramirez join Policy on Purpose to discuss the current crisis of democracy in Nicaragua, challenges and opportunities in relations between the Central American nations and their neighbors to the north and the ongoing migration crisis at the U.S. -Mexico border. Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto guest hosts.
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