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53 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Cyber at the Center of Power: A Kitchen Sync Conversation with David Sanger
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the latest Kitchen Sync Conversation.David E. Sanger is a White House and national security correspondent, and a senior writer. In a 38-year reporting career for The New York Times, he has been on three teams that have won Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2017 for international reporting. His newest book, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age,’’ and an HBO documentary by the same title, examine the emergence of cyberconflict and its role in changing the nature of global power.In our conversation, we discuss his return to covering the White House, his latest reporting on U.S. negotiations with Russia over Ukraine and NATO, what China is thinking, and how cyber operations are now a core feature of every major military strategy.It is a great conversation and I hope you enjoy it!Klon
54 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Should We Have "Expert" Twitter?: A Kitchen Sync Conversation with Dr. Yuval Levin
This week, AEI presents the latest Kitchen Sync Conversation.Yuval Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy. The founding and current editor of National Affairs, he is also a senior editor of The New Atlantis and a contributing editor to National Review.Dr. Levin and scholars in the Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies research division study the foundations of self-government and the future of law, regulation, and constitutionalism. They also explore the state of American social, political, and civic life, while focusing on the preconditions necessary for family, community, and country to flourish.Dr. Levin served as a member of the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush. He was also executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics and a congressional staffer at the member, committee, and leadership levels.He joined me recently for a fascinating chat about technology, society, and our nation’s future. I hope you enjoy the conversation!KlonFind more of Klon's work on the Kitchen Sync.
57 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
WTH is going on LIVE! The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter on what happened in Virginia’s recent election and what it means for 2022 … and 2024
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents a live episode of What the Hell is Going On. You can find the podcast on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.In the Virginia governor’s race, Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated former Governor Terry McAuliffe in a state that President Biden won by 10 points in 2020. In New Jersey, a state Biden won by 16 points, Democratic Governor Phil Murphy only defeated his Republican challenger by a razor-thin margin. What do these elections tell us about the current state of our politics and the upcoming 2022 midterm elections?Political expert Amy Walter joined Marc and Dany for WTH’s first live podcast episode to discuss Virginia’s recent gubernatorial election, voter sentiment one year into Biden’s presidency, the forces driving American politics, and the upcoming 2022 congressional midterms.Amy Walter is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. A contributor to the PBS NewsHour, she provides weekly political analysis for the popular “Politics Monday” segment and is a featured contributor for their Election and Convention special coverage events. Previously, Walter was the host of the weekly nationally syndicated program Politics with Amy Walter and the former political director of ABC News.
71 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Putting the Pieces Together: A Kitchen Sync Conversation with Jigsaw’s Jared Cohen
This week, the AEI podcast channel presents the latest Kitchen Sync Conversation with Jared Kohen.How can the US level the playing field in its tech competition with China? What role does the private sector need to play, and what is Google’s Jigsaw up to? Is public discourse as polarized in America as it seems? Klon Kitchen discusses these questions and more in a wide-ranging discussion with Jared Cohen, founder and CEO of Google’s Jigsaw, and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Building off of the groundbreaking work of the “China Strategy Group” led by Jared and Eric Schmidt, Klon and Jared consider practical solutions to America’s greatest challenges in tackling China’s technological threat.If you like what you hear, check out Klon's substack, The Kitchen Sync.
55 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
What the Hell is Going On?: WTH is going on with the COVID vaccines? Dr. Scott Gottlieb with everything you need to know
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the latest episode of What the Hell is Going On? If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to the podcast on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about Uncontrolled Spread (New York Times Bestseller) here.Pfizer and Moderna recently announced that their coronavirus vaccines are both safe and highly effective, shattering the previous record for developing a vaccine for a novel virus. While this news is promising, Americans are also approaching the worst phase of the pandemic as we enter the winter with a record number of cases.Dr. Scott Gottlieb once again joined the show to explain everything you need to know about the forthcoming vaccines. He discusses vaccine distribution, when things will finally get back to normal, and whether US adversaries might weaponize viruses to target Americans in the future.Dr. Gottlieb is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He returned to AEI in 2019 after serving as the 23rd commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He has a medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and did his residency in internal medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.Download the transcript here.
50 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
AEI Events Podcast: Uncontrolled spread: A book event with Scott Gottlieb
This week, AEI presents today's episode of the AEI Events Podcast. If you enjoy the episode, you can find the AEI Events Podcast on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to shift from an acute crisis to an endemic pathogen, AEI’s Scott Gottlieb — physician, medical policy expert, public health advocate, and former US Food and Drug Administration commissioner — is releasing a book, “Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic” (HarperCollins, September 2021), to help leaders and policymakers understand how COVID-19 was able to trounce America’s pandemic preparations.Dr. Gottlieb identifies why the United States was caught unprepared and outlines essential policies and investments to protect the United States and the world from future threats. He outlines specific steps that must be taken to protect against the next outbreak.Please join Dr. Gottlieb and AEI President Robert Doar for a discussion of the issues raised in “Uncontrolled Spread.”Purchase your copy here.
42 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Banter: Kori Schake on Afghanistan and US defense policy
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the latest episode of Banter, AEI's flagship podcast. If you like what you hear, subscribe to Banter on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.Kori Schake is a senior fellow and the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.She joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss US defense spending and how to maintain healthy civil-military relations after the turmoil of the Trump years. Stay tuned until the end, when Phoebe asks Kori about her thoughts on the US’ disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.Learn more from AEI scholars on Afghanistan at aei.org
51 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
The "Jack Whisperer": A Kitchen Sync Conversation with Twitter's Vijaya Gadde
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents a conversation with AEI Senior Fellow, Klon Kitchen, and Twitter's Vijaya Gadde. To hear more from Klon, check out his newsletter, The Kitchen Sync.What is Twitter trying to do globally? Will the company allow the Taliban to operate freely on its platform? Why is China allowed to spread misinformation and why don’t users trust social media companies?Vijaya Gadde – Twitter’s Legal, Policy, and Trust & Safety Lead – joins AEI Senior Fellow Klon Kitchen to discuss these and other issues in a frank and wide-ranging conversation about free discourse, social wellbeing, and national security.
30 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Explain to Shane: Understanding the ‘splinternet’ and online security (with Nick Merrill)
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel features the latest episode of Explain to Shane. You can find Explain to Shane on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.The potential for a fragmented, decentralized global internet (or “splinternet”) is a concern on many levels. Two aspects of internet governance are at play here: the technical aspects of connectivity (or lack thereof), and content delivery — in essence, what material is permitted, censored, or filtered. As China, Russia, and authoritarian-leaning regimes advance top-down visions of the internet that reflect their national interests, will the internet fragment further? And what would moving away from the status quo of a free, open internet mean for global cybersecurity? To help make sense of these complex questions, Shane is joined by Nick Merrill, director of the Daylight Security Research Lab at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. In addition to recent national news appearances, Nick’s work includes The Internet Atlas — a visual indicator of the global internet’s structural risks. He joins the podcast to discuss how individual countries’ internet governance decisions shape user experiences and the global cybersecurity landscape.
38 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
The Brookings Cafeteria: The race gap in multigenerational poverty; Census 2020 findings
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the most recent episode of the Brookings Cafeteria, featuring AEI scholar Scott Winship.On this two-part episode, Senior Fellow William Frey from the Metropolitan Policy Program answers a few questions about recent and upcoming 2020 Census data. Also, Brookings scholar Richard Reeves and AEI scholar Scott Winship discuss the new AEI-Brookings report, “Long shadows: The Black-white gap in multigenerational poverty.”
36 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Bradley Lecture Series: Preserving our natural capital
The AEI Podcast Channel presents last month's episode of the Bradley Lecture Series podcast. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe directly to the podcast on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.For decades, our appreciation for natural beauty has been tempered by an awareness of its impermanence. Our environment, its species, and the very climate in which we live all exist under conditions of duress.In this month’s lecture, we will hear from Pulitzer prize winner E.O. Wilson, one of the most influential biologists of the last 70 years and pioneer of the field of sociobiology. His lecture, delivered in 2001, addresses the dangers facing our environment, strategies for slowing its decline, and the importance of preserving our natural capital.
37 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Banter: Benjamin and Jenna Storey on Why We Are Restless
Today, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the latest episode of Banter, hosted by AEI President, Robert Doar, and Director of Media Relations, Phoebe Keller. To find more episodes of Banter, subscribe directly on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.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.
42 minutes | May 27, 2021
WTH is going on with the Covid lab leak theory? Rep. Mike Gallagher on the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the pandemic’s origin and the possible Chinese cover-up
Today, the AEI Podcast Channel shares the latest episode of "What the Hell is Going On?". If you enjoy this episode, subscribe directly to the podcast, on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.After labeling the Wuhan lab leak theory a conspiracy, the mainstream media and prominent scientists – even Dr. Fauci – are beginning to take the Covid origin story seriously. To further investigate the hypothesis, Rep. Mike Gallagher has asked the Biden administration to declassify the intelligence surrounding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.On our latest episode, Rep. Gallagher joined Dany and Marc to discuss the pandemic’s origins and the growing evidence of a Chinese lab leak and cover-up. He also talks about the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s potential links to US funding through the EcoHealth Alliance.
31 minutes | May 20, 2021
Are You Kidding Me?: University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax’s defense of academic standards
This week, AEI presents the latest episode of Are You Kidding Me?. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to the podcast directly on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.A professor at Georgetown Law School was recently fired for remarks she made during a private zoom call about the academic performance of black students at Georgetown — raising several questions about the nature of and potential solutions to racial disparities in higher education. What are the root causes of racial disparities in schools? How much freedom should professors and administrators be given to explore explanations of disparities that move beyond institutional racism? Should objective measurements of performance — such as standardized tests — be abolished?In this episode, Naomi and Ian are joined by University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax to discuss these issues and more. Professor Wax offers her defense of academic standards, arguing that movements seeking to deny the root causes of disparities and attribute all differences to structural racism are threatening the integrity of higher education institutions.
47 minutes | May 14, 2021
Unprecedential: The politics of religious freedom: Helen Alvaré on worship in a secular age
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the latest episode of Unprecedential.Both historically and constitutionally, the freedom to worship has been a centerpiece of American politics. For much of their history, Americans viewed religious devotion as a linchpin of human experience and deserving of legal protection. But traditional religion has become increasingly suspect in the current cultural landscape, which prizes autonomy and freedom. For those with secular beliefs, faith can seem like a veil for discrimination and intolerance.To discuss the political dynamics of religion, George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School professor Helen Alvaré joins Adam on Unprecedential. Adam and Professor Alvaré, who has written and edited three books on topics related law and religion, consider religion’s place in government, in politics, and in education.You can find Unprecedential on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
29 minutes | May 14, 2021
Understanding Congress: Can Congress budget? (with Allen Schick)
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the most recent episode of Understanding Congress, hosted by AEI's Kevin Kosar.The topic of today’s episode is, “Can Congress budget?” My guest is Dr. Allen Schick. He is professor emeritus at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He previously has held positions at the Congressional Research Service, the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Schick published three volumes with AEI press, which you can download and read, and many other books with distinguished presses.His books include, Congress and Money: Spending, Taxing, and Budgeting (1980), Making Economic Policy in Congress (1984), The Capacity to Budget (1990) and The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process (1995).Dr. Schick is the dean of budget policy, and we are very fortunate to have him on the program.You can find Understanding Congress on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
37 minutes | May 14, 2021
National Affairs: Home Schooling and the Future of Education with Michael McShane
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the latest episode of the National Affairs Podcast.The 2019-2020 school year will be remembered as the year we all became home schoolers. But well before the pandemic, the popularity of home schooling exceeded its actual prevalence, as fiscal and logistical challenges often posed insurmountable obstacles for potential home-school families. Guest Michael McShane joins us to discuss the hybrid home-school model, and how it might offer a way to close the gap as families consider their post-pandemic options. You can find the National Affairs podcast on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Visit the National Affairs website for more information.
52 minutes | May 14, 2021
The Invisible Men: Delano Squires on the virtue of strong family life and responsible fatherhood
This week, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the latest episode of "The Invisible Men," hosted by Ian Rowe and Nique Fajors.In this episode, Ian and Nique are joined by Delano Squires — an Author at the Federalist and a long-time public servant. Delano shares how his growing faith journey and upbringing in an interconnected family from the West Indies have been center points of his journey as a writer. A computer engineering major in college, Delano was inspired to begin his writing career as the tragic murder of MVF NFL quarterback Steve McNair prompted him to reflect on how deeply the decisions of fathers affect their families. Since then, Delano has become increasingly convinced that human flourishing in America hinges on the revitalization of strong families and faith communities.Of increasing concern to Delano is the tendency of elites today to “raise the ceiling while giving lip service to the floor.” Specifically, Delano laments how many elites project language of oppression and avoid discussing central challenges like fraying families and communities, even as they build strong and stable families in their own lives. Delano responds to this challenge by calling on men who care more about their communities than their public reputation to speak publicly about the importance of fatherhood. Tune in to the full episode to learn more about Delano’s story and hear his words of advice for “Darryl.”You can find "The Invisible Men" on Apple, Spotify, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts.
46 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
What the Hell is Going On?: WTH is going on with Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal?
Today, the AEI Podcast Channel presents the most recent episode of What the Hell is Going On? hosted by Danielle Pletka and Marc Thiessen.President Biden recently announced that he plans to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. The decision has sparked accusations of “surrender,” and fears that Biden is repeating the Iraq withdrawal mistake again -- a decision that led to the establishment of ISIS’s caliphate in Iraq.Rep. Adam Kinzinger joined Dany and Marc to talk about the implications of the US troop withdrawal. He also discusses his service in Afghanistan and Iraq, the timing of Biden’s decision, and what it will mean for American national security.Rep. Kinzinger is currently serving his sixth term in the House of Representatives, representing Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District. Prior to being elected to Congress, Kinzinger served in the Air Force in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.Download the transcript here.You can find What the Hell is Going On? on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
25 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Presenting "An Economist Goes to College"
Today, the AEI Podcast Channel presents our newest podcast, An Economist Goes to College. Economist and scholar Beth Akers seeks to inform aspiring students about how to make strategic decisions about their higher education. Speaking on topics like how to use data to shop for college or non-college alternatives, how to utilize the student loan system to your advantage, and more, Beth cuts through the romanticism we often attach to college decision making and teaches listeners how to make decisions that are grounded in data and fact.In this episode, Beth speaks with Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist for The New York Times and author of the book, “The Price You Pay for College,” about the ins and outs of the college decision-making process. They talk about what aspiring students and their families most often get wrong about the system, and what they really can’t afford to misunderstand, when it comes to picking and paying for college.You can find An Economist Goes to College on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
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