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The National Affairs Podcast
26 minutes | May 2, 2021
Restoring Trust in Our Elections with Brad Raffensperger
The crisis in which our country found itself following the 2020 election was in many respects unprecedented. Yet it also built on a years-long pattern by which losing politicians have sown mistrust in our elections. We must now wonder if every candidate who loses a major election will refuse to concede and instead set out to raise money and build support on the back of unfounded claims of corruption. To avoid that prospect, we will need to come to terms with the scope of the problem, and that won't be comfortable for either party. Guest Brad Raffensperger joins us to discuss the bipartisan assault on trust in our elections and how we might begin to restore the public’s confidence in our democracy and its institutions. Brad Raffensperger is the secretary of state of Georgia. Secretary Raffensperger oversaw Georgia’s closely contested race in the 2020 presidential election — including a recount by hand that confirmed Joe Biden’s win by fewer than 12,000 votes. This podcast discusses themes from the secretary’s lead essay in the Spring 2021 issue of National Affairs, “The Assault on Trust in Our Elections.”
37 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
Home Schooling and the Future of Education with Michael McShane
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. Michael McShane is the director of national research at EdChoice and author of Hybrid Homeschooling: A Guide to the Future of Education. Prior to his work in education policy and school-choice advocacy, he worked as a high-school teacher in Montgomery, Alabama. This podcast discusses themes from Michael’s essay in the Winter 2021 issue of National Affairs, “Blending Home and School.”
28 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Humility Rightly and Wrongly Understood with Elizabeth Corey
“Cultural humility” has recently joined diversity, inclusion, equity, and intersectionality in the social-justice lexicon. An entire social movement is hidden in those two words — one that is far from innocuous. To prevent the concept from undermining our educational institutions, we need to see cultural humility for what it really is and understand the challenge it poses to traditional academic ideals. Guest Elizabeth Corey joins us to discuss this politically motivated distortion of the virtue of humility, and to offer the alternative of liberal education. Elizabeth Corey is an assistant professor of political science at Baylor University, and the director of Baylor’s Honors Program. She was also a visiting professor at the American Enterprise Institute for the 2018-2019 academic year. This podcast discusses themes from Elizabeth’s essay in the Winter 2021 issue of National Affairs, “Questioning Cultural Humility.”
38 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Trump's Legacy with Casey Burgat and Matt Glassman
What will be Donald Trump’s lasting effects on American politics? Three conventional wisdoms have arisen in response to that question. In one view, Trump was an aberration, and his imprint will fade as President Biden reverses his executive actions and his sad attempts to remain relevant in retirement prove futile. A second view sees Trump as transformative, insisting his unconventional campaigning and governing styles decisively reconstructed the presidency and our broader political culture. A third view asserts Trump was mostly a symptom of larger forces in American and global politics. Guests Casey Burgat and Matt Glassman join us to parse through and weigh these possibilities, and discuss why each view captures a portion of the truth. Trump’s norm breaking and influence on the party system will likely be his most enduring legacy, they argue. Casey Burgat is the director of the Legislative Affairs program and an assistant professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. And Matt Glassman is a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.This podcast discusses themes from Casey and Matt’s lead essay in the Winter 2021 issue of National Affairs, “Politics After Trump.”
35 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity with Glenn Hubbard
The gains from trade and technological advance in recent decades have been enormous. But the transformation has had some downsides, too. These drawbacks have transformed our politics in recent decades, and the economic disaster accompanying the coronavirus pandemic has only magnified them. Defenders of markets have too often sought to dismiss the downsides, while populists point to them as reasons to build walls of protectionism and regulation. Both approaches are forms of denial. Guest Glenn Hubbard joins us to discuss how we can make the most of the benefits of economic dynamism while addressing its costs. Rather than erecting “walls” in pursuit of perpetual economic security and stability, he argues for a policy approach focused on building “bridges” that could better connect those who suffer from economic disruption to the benefits of America’s free-market system. Glenn Hubbard is the Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School and was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. His forthcoming book is titled The Wall and the Bridge (Yale University Press).This podcast discusses themes from Glenn’s essay in the Fall 2020 issue of National Affairs, “The Wall and the Bridge.”
46 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
The Future of Our Political Parties with Steven Teles
As America’s political parties have been increasingly captured by their ideological extremes in recent decades, the space for cross-party coalition building has shrunk. Some reformers argue that only third parties can help, but this solution has never been realistic in our system. A more practical way forward would require would-be coalition builders to participate more vigorously in party politics, getting their hands dirty in organized faction building. Guest Steven Teles joins us to discuss the prospects for each party’s factions in the aftermath of the 2020 election, and whether stronger factions could lead to a more moderate and deliberative politics. Steven Teles is a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center. He is also the co-author, along with Robert Saldin, of the book Never Trump: The Revolt of the Conservative Elites. This podcast discusses themes from Steve and Rob’s essay in the Fall 2020 issue of National Affairs, “The Future is Faction.”
26 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Can We Trust the Polls? (with Karlyn Bowman)
Elections in America and around the world in recent years have raised concerns about the reliability of opinion polling. But the challenges facing the industry go beyond simple reliability and predictive power, revealing a chasm between pollsters and the public they observe that poses a threat to the credibility and usefulness of opinion surveys in our democracy. After the shocking election results in 2016, will Americans find the polls more trustworthy in 2020? Guest Karlyn Bowman joins us to discuss. Karlyn Bowman is a senior fellow and research coordinator at the American Enterprise Institute, where she studies trends in American public opinion on a wide variety of social and political topics. She is also the recipient of the Roper Center’s 2020 Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research, one of the highest honors in polling and public opinion.This podcast discusses themes from Karlyn’s essay in the Summer 2018 issue of National Affairs, “The Trouble with Polling.”
37 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
Should States Declare Bankruptcy? (with David Skeel)
This year's public-health crisis has ravaged state budgets across the country, as revenues plummet while spending explodes. For some states, this has dramatically worsened pre-existing fiscal problems caused by decades of mismanagement of pension obligations. Guest David Skeel argues that in order to help those states in particular, Congress should create the option of state-government bankruptcy, which current law does not allow.David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and the author of Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America. David also served as a member of Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board, following the territory’s bankruptcy crisis in 2016. This podcast discusses themes from David’s essay in the Summer 2020 issue of National Affairs, “State Bankruptcy Revisited.”
40 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
Reforming Government before the Next Crisis (with Philip Wallach)
When we step back and consider America's 21st-century politics, our responses to crises — in 2001, 2008-09, and this year — vastly exceed "normal" times in terms of importance. This change of perspective should compel us to reject the idea that polarization is the defining feature of our era, and to reassess our understanding of the American political system's capacities and infirmities. Guest Philip Wallach discusses how we can better prepare for emergencies before they happen — or, better yet, prevent them from becoming emergencies at all.Philip Wallach is a resident senior fellow in governance at the R Street Institute, where he researches America’s separation of powers with a focus on the relationship between Congress and the administrative state. He was previously a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, and he served as a fellow with the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress from May to October 2019. This podcast discusses themes from Philip’s essay in the Summer 2020 issue of National Affairs, “Crisis Government.”
36 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
Religious liberty at the Supreme Court (with William J. Haun)
Legal and cultural debates involving religious liberty are converging toward a single question: is free religious exercise an element of the common good, that contributes to society’s overall well-being? In the landmark 1990 case of Employment Division v. Smith, the answer was no. But the Supreme Court issued several decisions favorable to religious liberty in the […] The post Religious liberty at the Supreme Court with William J. Haun appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
44 minutes | Jul 5, 2020
Vapers and public-health experts (with Sally Satel)
Just a few years ago, e-cigarettes were lauded as a public-health miracle that could wean addicts off of far more harmful smoking habits. Today, the same e-cigarettes are denounced as a public-health nightmare, and their sale is increasingly restricted. How did this happen? And which view is more right? Guest Sally Satel joins us to […] The post Vapers and public-health experts (with Sally Satel) appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
29 minutes | Jun 7, 2020
Religious liberty is not enough (with Ryan Anderson)
Ryan Anderson shares his views that recent battles over religious liberty don't actually have anything to deal with religion, but deeper moral debates The post Religious liberty is not enough (with Ryan Anderson) appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
43 minutes | May 10, 2020
A new education agenda for the right (with Rick Hess)
When it comes to education, conservatives have been far better at explaining what they are against than what they are for — at least beyond school choice in K-12 and freedom of speech on campus. But guest Rick Hess argues that conservatives are actually well positioned to lead much more effectively on education, because the […] The post A new education agenda for the right (with Rick Hess) appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
41 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
The classical-education movement (with Ian Lindquist)
Cultural renewal is a generational project, and therefore an educational project. Guest Ian Lindquist suggests that Americans looking for signs of hope that such a project remains achievable should look to a growing network of primary and secondary schools preparing young Americans for life in a free society. These schools compose what is now called […] The post The classical-education movement with Ian Lindquist appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
42 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
The limits of economic populism (with Donald Schneider)
Don Schneider joins and shares his views of how shifts in the US economy have contributed to labor inequality and responses to counteract these disparities The post The limits of economic populism with Donald Schneider appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
52 minutes | Feb 2, 2020
The crisis of men without work (with Nicholas Eberstadt)
Unemployment rates are down... why are so many men still without work? Guest Nicholas Eberstadt argues that the issue is more complex than most experts say The post The crisis of men without work with Nicholas Eberstadt appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
49 minutes | Jan 5, 2020
The China trade shock (with Samuel Hammond)
Is open trade as simple as it seems? Current trade tensions with China indicate otherwise. Samuel Hammond joins the show to discuss it's hidden complexities and what they could say about the future of America's labor market The post The China trade shock with Samuel Hammond appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
46 minutes | Dec 8, 2019
Economic Dynamism (with Oren Cass)
Guest Oren Cass joins hosts Dan Wiser and Devorah Goldman to discuss the hidden dangers within the ever-popular concept of economic dynamism The post Economic Dynamism: with Oren Cass appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
47 minutes | Nov 3, 2019
Rethinking Medicare (with James Capretta)
AEI Fellow James Capretta joins hosts Dan and Devorah to discuss the problems plaguing the Medicare system and the fundamental changes needed to fix it. The post Rethinking Medicare: with James Capretta appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
46 minutes | Oct 13, 2019
Matthew Continetti on Irving Kristol
AEI Fellow Matthew Continetti joins hosts Devorah Goldman and Danier Wiser, Jr. to discuss the enduring work of Irving Kristol and it's continued impact on current cultural issues The post Matthew Continetti on Irving Kristol appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
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