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Episode 163: Biased Towards Democracy

21:39 | Feb 7th

America’s democracy is in uncharted waters. From attacks on the media to challenges against free and fair elections and the longest government shutdown in US history, the future of American democracy looks increasingly unclear. Recorded at the SSN Na...Show More
Episode 170: Guest Show - Democracy Works

42:38 | Apr 4th

This week, we’re bringing you an episode of Democracy Works, a podcast that examines what it means to live in a democracy. This episode is a conversation with David Frum, a prolific author and former speechwriter for George W. Bush. David is a passio...Show More
Episode 174: Making Motherhood Work

29:16 | May 9th

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. But while this is one day of celebrating moms everywhere, many of them aren’t doing so well the other 364 days of the year. That’s because more moms today are struggling to balance work and family life, often with little ...Show More
Archive Episode 52: Paying the Price

29:42 | May 2nd

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren recently proposed a massive plan to eliminate most student debt and tuition at public colleges. But student debt is just one part of the larger problem of college affordability. Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab expl...Show More
Episode 173: 2020’s Big Proposals

29:00 | Apr 25th

The presidential race for 2020 is already well underway and two of the biggest policies Democratic hopefuls are pushing include a $15 minimum wage and Medicare-for-All. Professor Jeannette Wicks-Lim lays out the costs and benefits of each and what th...Show More
Episode 172: The Battle over Clean Energy

25:51 | Apr 19th

Wildfires, flooding, and some of warmest years on record -- climate change has become an ever more imminent threat. But without action from DC, the states have become the frontline of climate change policy. Professor Leah Stokes unravels the history ...Show More
Episode 171: A Life-Changing Course

24:10 | Apr 11th

Inequality is rampant in America’s schools and many of the proposed fixes end up falling far short of their goals. But ethnic studies courses have shown to be a potentially powerful solution. Professor Nolan Cabrera dives into the legal fight over th...Show More
Episode 169: Who Controls the States?

29:19 | Mar 28th

We like to think that state governments make decisions based on their particular situations. But it turns out, often that’s not the case. In fact, three large conservative groups have gained massive influence in state houses across the country, worki...Show More
Episode 168: Cities in Crisis

22:10 | Mar 21st

Flint, Michigan has been in crisis since 2014, plagued with unsafe drinking water and a local government in debt. Thankfully nonprofits came to the rescue, donating millions of dollars and hundreds of hours to help in the long process of bringing cle...Show More
Episode 167: A Case of Life and Death

27:16 | Mar 14th

The death penalty has a long and controversial history in the US. And 30 states still have it on the books. But in 2018, the Washington State Supreme Court decided to ban this punishment after seeing evidence of deep racial inequalities. Doctors Kath...Show More
Archive Episode 95: Who is Affirmative Action for?

22:15 | Mar 7th

The future of affirmative action is unclear. Harvard has been taken to court for its admissions policies and the case is likely to be the first affirmative action case in front of the new Supreme Court judges. In this archive episode, Professor Natas...Show More
Episode 166: Lawyers, Lawyers, and More Lawyers

22:07 | Feb 28th

In a democracy, government is supposed to represent the people. But Congress doesn’t exactly look like your average American. In fact, lawyers make up a huge number of our federal representatives, but only a small percentage of the American populatio...Show More
Episode 165: Civil Rights in Our Schools

24:07 | Feb 21st

Every February students across the country learn about Black History Month, including the civil rights movement. But educating children on the civil rights movement takes on a special role when you’re located in Birmingham, Alabama. Professor Tondra ...Show More
Episode 164: Treating Pain, Treating Addiction

26:04 | Feb 15th

Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than of a car accident. But even as national attention has shed light on this crisis, opioid addiction remains a difficult problem to solve. Professor Peggy Compton lays out how doctors can help ...Show More
Archive Episode 61: Buying More Time

21:38 | Jan 31st

The consequences of climate change are looking increasingly dangerous and imminent, yet little has been done to address this crisis. Professor Garth Heutel lays out a potentially cost-effective way to reduce global temperatures and stave off global w...Show More
Episode 162: The Hidden Listings

21:02 | Jan 17th

Real estate agents help us navigate the housing market, get the best prices, and find the perfect house to call a home. But they also help decide who gets to live where, and not everyone gets the same options. Professor Elizabeth Korver-Glenn shares ...Show More
Episode 161: Guns in America, part 2

18:19 | Jan 10th

In the last few years, the United States has seen one horrific mass shooting after another. But despite public outcry and support for gun control legislation, little has changed. In this second episode with Professor Robert Spitzer, he lays out what ...Show More
Episode 160: Guns in America, part 1

24:38 | Jan 3rd

In 2018, the debate about gun rights and gun control was front and center after a tragic school shooting in Florida. But this debate has been raging for a long time in the U.S. In this first part of our interview with Professor Robert Spitzer, he lay...Show More
Episode 64 Archive: Restaurant Loophole

29:20 | Dec 20th, 2018

Chinese restaurants have become a staple in America, and they’re especially popular during the holidays. In this archive episode, Professor Heather Lee tells the story of how a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act led to the Chinese restaurant boom ...Show More
Episode 159: The Diaper Dilemma

24:02 | Dec 13th, 2018

Babies need diapers. But for 1 in 3 mothers, diapers are just too expensive to always have on hand. And that can leave children and families in a precarious situation. Professor Jennifer Randles lays out the diaper dilemma, how it affects America’s f...Show More
Episode 158: Home is Where the Health is

23:37 | Dec 6th, 2018

Access to good housing is key to better health, both now and in the future. So what happens when the youngest and oldest members of our society don’t get the housing support they need? First, Professor Andrew Fenelon breaks down how affordable housin...Show More
Episode 157: Sickened by Systems

29:09 | Nov 29th, 2018

Americans of color consistently have worse health outcomes than their white peers. So what’s behind this trend? First, Professor Margaret Hicken lays out how black Americans must often prepare themselves in the face of racism and what effects this ha...Show More
Archive Episode 54: Racing to the Bottom

25:19 | Nov 22nd, 2018

After over a year of competition between hundreds of cities and municipalities, Amazon has finally announced the location, or two locations, for its HQ2. But in this archive episode, Professor Nathan Jensen explains how cities and states often lose m...Show More
Episode 156: A Seat at the Table

25:25 | Nov 15th, 2018

On November 6th a historic number of women and women of color were elected to Congress. And that means important changes could be coming to Capitol Hill. Professor Kelly Dittmar dives into the role of congresswomen in Washington DC, how women in the ...Show More
Episode 155: The Midterms and Beyond

23:18 | Nov 8th, 2018

On Tuesday, voters across the country went to the polls in one of the most watched midterm elections in decades. And now the results are in. So what does it all mean? Scholars Didi Kuo and Gabriel Sanchez break down some of the biggest trends from th...Show More
Episode 154: The Women Turned Away

21:22 | Nov 1st, 2018

Across the country, states are making abortion less and less accessible. And that means there are many people who seek an abortion but are denied one. So what does that mean for a woman’s health and well being? And what impacts does this have on her ...Show More
Episode 153: Good Economy, Better Jobs

24:22 | Oct 25th, 2018

Unemployment is very low and Americans report having strong confidence in the economy. But not everyone is benefitting equally. Professor Harry Holzer digs into why many Americans without a college degree still struggle to find jobs, especially ones ...Show More
Episode 152: Who Gets a Green Card?

21:38 | Oct 18th, 2018

When the US decides whether or not to grant an immigrant a green card, they look at many factors. That includes if they heavily rely on certain government programs to get by. But proposed changes at the federal level means this whole system is about ...Show More
Episode 151: Students at the Polls

25:23 | Oct 11th, 2018

College campuses are full of conversations about politics and policy. But many of these college students don’t turn out when it actually matters, on Election Day. Nancy Thomas explores what gets students to vote and how college administrators, facult...Show More
Episode 150: Giving the Vote Back

22:36 | Oct 4th, 2018

Casting a ballot seems as American as apple pie. But in Florida, one in ten people have had their voting rights taken away because of a criminal conviction. Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy dives into the history of Florida’s voting system, how ex-fe...Show More
Episode 149: Beyond Legal Marijuana

21:44 | Sep 27th, 2018

Thirty states have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, and come November four more states may join their ranks through ballot initiatives. But these new laws often do little to help people who have past marijuana convictions. Professor Douglas Be...Show More
Episode 148: California Greenin’

19:53 | Sep 20th, 2018

In face of ongoing threats to its environment, California has taken big steps to protect its nature and wildlife. Professor David Vogel lays out California’s history as an environmental leader, how it plans to continue its green streak, and what othe...Show More
Episode 147: In Government We Distrust

20:16 | Sep 13th, 2018

The government fights forest fires, protects us from foreign invasion, helps people go to college, and so much more. But Americans’ opinions of the government are increasingly negative. Professor Suzanne Mettler dives into why people don’t believe th...Show More
Episode 146: Different Schools, Same Tests

21:07 | Sep 6th, 2018

It’s back to school season and for many children, teachers, and parents across the country school looks very similar. That’s because in 2009, the Common Core was introduced, standardizing what K-12 students should know, and be tested on. Professor Ni...Show More
Episode 145: Suicide and Black America

20:17 | Aug 30th, 2018

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in America. And black youth in particular face increasing suicide rates and challenges in accessing mental health services. Scholar and advocate Kimya Dennis dives into the background behi...Show More
Episode 144: Paid to Care

22:34 | Aug 23rd, 2018

An unexpected surgery can cost a worker thousands in medical bills. And in states without paid family and medical leave, they also have to go without a paycheck while recovering. Professors Randy Albelda and Alan Clayton-Matthews explain why paid fam...Show More
Episode 143: Trusting the Science

20:18 | Aug 16th, 2018

Knowledge is power. Or at least that’s how the saying goes — but when it comes to climate change and its causes, that knowledge hasn’t translated into action. Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Motta discusses why climate research is often disregarded, wher...Show More
Episode 142: Nowhere to Live

28:01 | Aug 9th, 2018

Having a warm and comfortable home is important for health and well-being. But with rising rent prices and growing inequality, it can be tough – if not impossible – to find a place to live. Professors Rosie Tighe and Megan Hatch explain why the U.S. ...Show More
Episode 141: Muslims in America

19:19 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Since 9/11, fears about extremism have shaped the public’s view of Islam. And American policies often reflect these fears, zeroing in on Muslims and Muslim-Americans in the name of national security. Professor Rachel Gillum explores whether these pol...Show More
Episode 140: A Bank for Everyone

20:51 | Jul 26th, 2018

In April 2018, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation to make basic banking services, like loans and check cashing, available at every branch of the United States Postal Service. Professor Mehrsa Baradaran explains the history of that idea...Show More
Episode 139: Investing in Families

27:42 | Jul 19th, 2018

A college degree can make a huge difference for parents and their kids. But if you’ve got an eight-year-old to support and a low-paying job, it’s next to impossible to pay for both tuition and childcare. For residents of Maine, a new law will help. W...Show More
Episode 138: Black Men’s Work

22:45 | Jul 12th, 2018

Lawyers, doctors, engineers, and bankers are among America’s most respected professionals, and most are middle-aged white men. So what are the experiences of black men who join their ranks? Adia Harvey Wingfield describes how black men in high-powere...Show More
Episode 137: Big Data

18:20 | Jul 5th, 2018

Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, Americans have been talking about data: what online information is saved, what we should do with it, and who gets to decide. But these conversations often miss an important piece — government data. Profess...Show More
Episode 136: (Paper)Work Requirements

21:59 | Jun 28th, 2018

Everyone needs healthcare. But Americans can’t agree on how to fix our troubled healthcare system. Now, the Trump Administration and a number of states are pushing one idea — require people on Medicaid to work. Professor Philip Rocco explains what’s ...Show More
(Special) Episode 135: Zero Tolerance

27:26 | Jun 22nd, 2018

The Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy for migrants produced widespread outrage. Specific policies are in flux, so we asked researchers for the important context to understand what’s happening. For this special episode, professors Heide Cas...Show More
Episode 134: How Democracies Die

18:56 | Jun 21st, 2018

Democracy is under threat. From Venezuela to Turkey, from Hungary to the Philippines, powerful leaders are rewriting their countries norms and laws to secure power at the expense of their citizens. Professor Steven Levitsky tells us how democracies d...Show More
Episode 133: Black Teachers Wanted

20:35 | Jun 14th, 2018

America is getting more diverse, and that means more children of color are students in our schools. But teachers are still overwhelmingly white, so many of these students rarely see teachers who look like them. Professor Michèle Foster tells the litt...Show More
Episode 132: Get Organized

22:24 | Jun 6th, 2018

There are thousands of civic organizations in America, from big-time lobbying groups to local grassroots organizations, and they all want your time and support. But some organizations are more effective at creating change than others. Professor Ziad ...Show More
Episode 131: Another Blow to Unions?

21:38 | May 30th, 2018

Unions used to be a major political force in America. But over the last few decades they have steadily declined, and now a Supreme Court case might deal another severe blow to their strength. Professor Jake Rosenfeld explains what the Supreme Court i...Show More
Episode 130: Informing Women’s Choices

19:33 | May 23rd, 2018

In 1973, the Supreme Court made access to abortions a legal right. Since then, crisis pregnancy centers have popped up across the country to dissuade women from getting abortions. Professor Kimberly Kelly explains the history and organization behind ...Show More
Episode 129: Information vs. Opioids

26:45 | May 16th, 2018

The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across America and there’s no silver bullet to fix it. But communicating to people about risks and steps to prevent addiction is a start. Professor Itzhak Yanovitzky describes how New Jersey uses informatio...Show More
Episode 128: The Women Rebooting Democracy

22:25 | May 9th, 2018

Following the 2016 election, suburban well-educated women got together in PTA groups, libraries, and coffee shops to organize—some for the first time. Professor Lara Putnam shares insights on how these groups work, what their goals are, and why they ...Show More
Episode 127: Surviving Poverty

23:29 | May 2nd, 2018

America—the world’s wealthiest country—is home to over 40 million people living under the poverty line. And for many, there is no safety net to fall back on. Professor Joan Maya Mazelis explains how we got here and highlights one innovative organizat...Show More
Episode 126: Checking the President

31:59 | Apr 25th, 2018

The Founding Fathers made sure to put checks in place that would prevent a president from becoming a king. But Professor Larry Jacobs explains that when it comes to foreign policy, the president goes largely unchecked. Next, Professor Frances Lee out...Show More
Episode 125: Losing the Party

29:25 | Apr 18th, 2018

US politics is built around two parties, but recently there have been growing rifts between and within them. First, Professor Eliot Cohen explains why some Republicans, like himself, left the party after the 2016 election. Next, Professor Didi Kuo hi...Show More
Episode 124: Outrage in the Media

27:53 | Apr 11th, 2018

From Sean Hannity to Rachel Maddow, TV and radio hosts are taking stronger ideological stances, telling audiences what is right and wrong in America. Professor Sarah Sobieraj examines this “outrage industry” and what it means for the millions who tun...Show More
Episode 123: Closing the Gender Gap

25:06 | Apr 4th, 2018

At only 20 percent, the number of US Congressional seats held by women ranks 101st in the world. Saskia Brechenmacher explains why this underrepresentation is bad for our democracy and looks at examples abroad to see how we might close the gap.
Episode 122: Show Me Your Papers

19:52 | Mar 28th, 2018

Immigration enforcement measures used to be concentrated on America’s borders. But as Professor Yalidy Matos outlines, federal agencies are increasingly partnering with local law enforcement to carry out deportations, leaving immigrant communities un...Show More
Episode 121: The American DREAM

18:01 | Mar 21st, 2018

For undocumented youth, the chance to receive legal status would be a life changer. Professor Amy Hsin shows how legalization could encourage young immigrants to get a college degree and even reduce the national deficit, all without threatening the w...Show More
Episode 120: Growing Up Undocumented

23:50 | Mar 14th, 2018

Family, education, and work—for undocumented people in the U.S., these areas of life are filled with uncertainty. As Professor Roberto Gonzales explains, growing up undocumented can throw your future into limbo.
Episode 119: Democracy in Decline

26:17 | Mar 7th, 2018

It’s no secret. Our political future is uncertain and unpredictable. Author and scholar Yascha Mounk outlines how economic inequality, a backlash against increasing diversity, and the rise of social media all threaten democracies across the globe—and...Show More
Episode 118: Power to the Pharmacy?

19:39 | Feb 28th, 2018

Birth control has helped many avoid unwanted pregnancies, but getting access to it can be a challenge. Professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez dives deep into a law that tried to change this by giving pharmacists the power to prescribe birth control. The onl...Show More
Episode 117: The Citizen Expert

23:42 | Feb 21st, 2018

Ballot questions let voters decide on big issues. But with ad campaigns and special interests, reliable information can be hard to find. Professor John Gastil outlines an innovative solution—give a small group of citizens all of the information they ...Show More
Episode 116: Myth of Millionaire Tax Flight

22:01 | Feb 14th, 2018

Raising taxes on the rich encourages job creators to skip town. Or so say some economists and policymakers. This week, Professor Cristobal Young dispels the myth of millionaires leaving high tax states and shows the many ways the wealthy are invested...Show More
Episode 115: Discounted Care

23:51 | Feb 7th, 2018

Prescription drugs are expensive. But for years, a little-known program has given some hospitals discounts to help them provide care for low-income and uninsured patients. Professor Sayeh Nikpay explains why this program is now under fire and what th...Show More
Episode 114: Moonshots

22:39 | Jan 31st, 2018

We all want innovative policies that propel our nation forward. But getting things done in DC isn’t always easy. This week, Thomas Kalil joins us to share some of the practical lessons he learned during his years working in the White House—have a con...Show More
Episode 113: Ballot Blocked

21:45 | Jan 24th, 2018

In 1965, the passage of the Voting Rights Act helped secure equal access to the ballot, and it has enjoyed bipartisan support ever since. Right? Professor Rhodes shows how, over the years, politicians who publicly supported this law worked behind the...Show More
Episode 112: A Campaign Pitch

24:45 | Jan 17th, 2018

The 2018 midterms are approaching rapidly and voters want to believe that they’re going to make a rational choice at the polls. But as Professor Casey Klofstad explains, there’s an unexpected factor influencing voter behavior and affecting our electi...Show More
Episode 111: Who Pays for Justice?

28:04 | Jan 10th, 2018

A $50 citation, $100 in court costs—for many Americans navigating the criminal justice system, fines and fees like these add up quickly. Professor Alexes Harris reveals why local governments charge convicts to pay for the justice system and how this ...Show More
Episode 110: Going Public

26:07 | Dec 27th, 2017

Professors all across the country have expertise that can improve public policy, but how can they get their research into the hands that matter? Professor Lee Badgett provides the tips and tools scholars need to make these connections in the new year...Show More
Episode 109: Can Governments Earn Our Trust?

26:12 | Dec 20th, 2017

Trust in our governments is low, and seems to only be getting worse. Professor Donald Kettl explains why widespread distrust plagues governments around the world, what this means for democracy, and how, if at all, governments can earn back our trust.
Episode 45 Archive: Legislating in the Dark

25:59 | Dec 13th, 2017

Republicans and Democrats alike have complained about the speed with which the recent tax bills are going through Congress. In light of this, we’re bringing you an archive episode with Professor James Curry who explains that lacking expertise, staff,...Show More
Episode 108 Bonus: Improving Policies on Campus Sexual Assault

06:54 | Dec 6th, 2017

Nicole Bedera and Miriam Gleckman-Krut stay post-interview to discuss their ideas for changing university policies on campus sexual assault.
Episode 108: The Politics of Campus Sexual Assault

26:22 | Dec 6th, 2017

Campus sexual assault is a problem across the country, but colleges differ widely in how they respond to these cases. PhD candidates Nicole Bedera and Miriam Gleckman-Krut lay out why national standards are changing under the Trump administration and...Show More
Episode 107: Guest Show - The Measure of Everyday Life

31:38 | Nov 28th, 2017

This week we are showcasing an episode from The Measure of Everyday Life, a podcast hosted by SSN member Brian Southwell. He spoke with Professor Deondra Rose about the policy moves that helped opened doors for women in higher education.
Episode 21 Archive: Big Money, Big Power

27:02 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Congress is on the verge of passing major tax reform that many say is tilted in favor of the wealthy. This week we’re looking back at an episode with Professor Rick Hasen to explore why the wealthy often enjoy such outsized benefits and power in Amer...Show More
Episode 106: Investing in Our Neighborhoods

22:38 | Nov 15th, 2017

The neighborhoods we live in help shape our mental and physical health. Professor Antwan Jones explains what happens when some neighborhoods benefit from private and public investments while others are left behind, and what can be done to change this...Show More
Episode 105: The Captured Economy

28:57 | Nov 8th, 2017

Inequality is on the rise in America, but what’s behind it? Professor Steven Teles and Dr. Brink Lindsey lay out how federal and state policies help the rich get richer, slow economic growth, and promote inequality.
Episode 104: Guest Show - Have You Heard

28:42 | Oct 31st, 2017

This week we are highlighting an episode from Have You Heard, a podcast co-hosted by SSN member Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire. They spoke with Sally Nuamah about the long-term effects of school closures on communities, like declini...Show More
Episode 28 Archive: Americans Like Taxes

24:21 | Oct 24th, 2017

As Republicans move forward with their tax overhaul, this week’s episode revisits Vanessa Williamson’s interview on the misconception that Americans hate taxes. She outlines how anti-tax policies became popular despite the fact that most Americans su...Show More
Episode 103: The Political Rumor Mill

28:56 | Oct 17th, 2017

Political rumors are spreading across the country and the widening divide between parties is only making them more potent. Professor Adam Berinsky discusses where these rumors come from and what, if anything, can be done to combat them.
Episode 102: Live Show Act III

25:06 | Oct 3rd, 2017

For the final act of the live show, Professors Erin O’Brien and Peter Ubertaccio tackle Massachusetts politics. They dig into the character of the Democratic and Republican parties in the state, and show how the state isn’t as deep blue as many think...Show More
Episode 101: Live Show Act II

23:36 | Sep 26th, 2017

For the second act of the live show, Professors Deondra Rose and Gunther Peck dive deep into North Carolina’s contentious politics, the impacts of the state’s voting laws and redistricting efforts, and what these deep divides say about national polit...Show More
Episode 100: Live Show Act I

25:36 | Sep 19th, 2017

In the first of three acts for the 100th episode live show, Professors Theda Skocpol and René Flores discuss the role of national and local organizations on the 2016 election outcome, the Trump presidency so far, and what comes next. For More on This...Show More
Episode 99: Funding Foster Care

23:03 | Sep 12th, 2017

Foster parents and social workers help children in difficult situations, but too often they lack the resources they need. Professor Antonio Garcia describes how this impacts foster children and what a focus on prevention could look like. For More on ...Show More
Episode 98: The Cost of College

27:28 | Sep 5th, 2017

High costs are making college unaffordable, or even impossible, for many Americans. Professor Nicholas Hillman outlines why student loan debt has become such a major issue. Professor Laura Perna highlights a potential solution -- free tuition program...Show More
Episode 97: Who Has the Right to Vote?

30:57 | Aug 29th, 2017

Voting is a pillar of American democracy, but for many, the vote has been out of reach. Professor Doug Spencer explains the past and present of the right to vote in America, and how debates about voter fraud are missing the mark. For More on This Top...Show More
Episode 96: Informing Policy

17:48 | Aug 23rd, 2017

How do policymakers sort through all the information they get? Jenni Owen discusses how she and the office of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper engage with research, and offers do’s and don’ts for researchers and advocates who want to inform policy.
Episode 95: Who is Affirmative Action For?

23:43 | Aug 15th, 2017

Colleges highlight how affirmative action increases diversity on campus. Professor Natasha Warikoo discusses new investigations into school admissions and how focusing on diversity ignores the real reasons for affirmative action. For More on This Top...Show More
Announcing: No Jargon live show!

01:34 | Aug 11th, 2017

Come to the first-ever LIVE taping of the Scholars Strategy Network’s podcast, No Jargon. To celebrate No Jargon’s 100th episode, Avi will be joined by researchers from across the country to talk about America’s divided politics, how we got here, and...Show More
Episode 94: Vaccination Education

27:15 | Aug 8th, 2017

Fueled by misinformation, some parents are wary of vaccinating their kids. But this seemingly personal choice can cause disease outbreaks. Dr. Matthew Woodruff explains the science behind vaccines and how we can better educate people on their value. ...Show More
Episode 93: Melting Pot, Boiling Pot

25:01 | Aug 1st, 2017

A decade ago, the immigration debate divided Hazleton, PA when the mayor blamed a wave of immigrants for crimes and passed a harsh bill against them. Professor René Flores lays out what happened and how laws like this can actually lead to more violen...Show More
Episode 92: A Seat at the Table

21:53 | Jul 26th, 2017

Residents are experts on their neighborhoods, but their voices often go unheard in local decision making. Professor Tia Gaynor discusses initiatives that bridge the gap between local governments and citizens – and explains how some have fallen short....Show More
Episode 91: Heat or Eat

25:59 | Jul 18th, 2017

Millions of Americans struggle to pay their utility bills, and some families are even forced to choose between groceries or energy bills. Professor Tony Reames lays out energy’s unequal burden on low-income Americans and suggests ways to move forward...Show More
Episode 90: The Past and Future of the Constitution

30:05 | Jul 12th, 2017

Is the U.S. Constitution about to change? Professor David Marcus lays out why some states are calling for a constitutional convention to introduce amendments. And Professor David Robertson delves into the history behind this founding document. For Mo...Show More
Episode 89: Charismatic Campaigning

25:57 | Jun 27th, 2017

The Sanders and Trump presidential campaigns both capitalized on emotional speeches and rallies. But politics weren’t always this way. Professor Jeremy Young examines the history of how charisma and emotional speaking became essential in elections.  ...Show More
Episode 88: How Discrimination Hurts

25:44 | Jun 21st, 2017

Many transgender Americans report being denied a job because of their identity, but that’s just one result of the discrimination they face. Professors Eric Grollman and Lisa Miller explain how unfair treatment also harms their mental and physical hea...Show More
Episode 87: NAFTA Winners and Losers

26:17 | Jun 13th, 2017

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement, American processed foods have flooded the Mexican food market -- with dramatic effects on people’s health. Professor Alyshia Gálvez explains how Mexico became a dumping ground for America’s corn.   For M...Show More
Episode 86: Unequal Protection from Pollution

25:59 | Jun 6th, 2017

As Congress and the Trump Administration roll back environmental protections, some communities are especially harmed. But Professor David Konisky explains that unequal protection is nothing new, and lays out a history of failed promises by the govern...Show More
Episode 85: Iran Deal or No Deal?

25:55 | May 30th, 2017

What do Iran’s elections and Trump’s international trip mean for the nuclear deal and US-Iran relations? Professor Kevan Harris discusses the history behind the latest news and paints a different picture of Iranian politics than usually seen in Ameri...Show More
Episode 84: Pregnancy in Prison

25:18 | May 23rd, 2017

Quality of healthcare for women in jail varies widely, but it is the only place in the U.S. where they have a legal right to it. Professor Carolyn Sufrin outlines the policies that led to the contradictory system and suggests ways to move forward.   ...Show More
Episode 83: 21st Century Safety Net

24:39 | May 16th, 2017

Social security, health insurance, and unemployment insurance help Americans through life’s ups and downs. Benjamin Veghte explains the benefits and challenges to these programs and offers ways they can adapt to changing jobs and family structures.  ...Show More
Episode 82: Hidden Tax Benefits

23:44 | May 9th, 2017

Food stamps, Social Security, and Medicaid are not the only, or even the largest, social welfare programs in America. Professor Suzanne Mettler reveals how hidden benefits in the tax code promote inequality and how to make them more visible.   For Mo...Show More
Episode 81: On Tyranny

29:52 | May 2nd, 2017

In the 1900s, dictators rose to power across Europe as democracies fell to fascists and communists. History Professor Timothy Snyder argues that democracy today is far from invincible, and translates lessons from the 20th century to guide Americans n...Show More
Episode 80: Unequal Play to Unwanted Contact

21:52 | Apr 25th, 2017

Title IX protects against sexual assault and gender discrimination at universities. Celene Reynolds discusses the state of Title IX today, and how a law meant for employment discrimination landed at the center of a movement against campus sexual assa...Show More
Episode 79: Is the Death Penalty Dying?

28:32 | Apr 19th, 2017

Changing public opinion and high costs have death sentences in decline in America. Professor Frank Baumgartner explains that when they do happen, race, mental illness, and even location predict who is sentenced and executed — not just the crime.   Fo...Show More
Episode 41 Archive: White-Collar Government

29:52 | Apr 11th, 2017

Trump’s cabinet is the wealthiest in U.S. history. In light of this news, this episode revisits Professor Nicholas Carnes' interview on the effects of a government run by the rich, for the rich, and ways to get working class Americans a seat at the t...Show More
Episode 78: Can’t Get Ahead

27:16 | Apr 5th, 2017

Poverty can persist in the same communities for generations, especially communities of color. Professor Darrick Hamilton walks through the policies that prevent people from moving up in the economy and proposes solutions from jobs to schooling to ban...Show More
Episode 77: Urban Renewal 2.0

21:28 | Mar 28th, 2017

Development efforts in American cities often push out long-term residents and communities of color. Zeroing in on Baltimore, Professor Brandi Blessett breaks down the intentional and unintentional impacts of urban policy decisions.   For More on this...Show More
Episode 76: American Job Guarantee

22:06 | Mar 21st, 2017

Could we fight unemployment by providing government jobs in construction, child care, and other needed public projects? Professor William Darity explains how a Federal Job Guarantee could work and how similar programs have been effective in the past....Show More
Episode 75: Buy the Book

19:40 | Mar 14th, 2017

As charter school debates play out at the local level, out-of-state donors are contributing millions of dollars to school board campaigns in cities like Los Angeles and Denver. Professor Sarah Reckhow breaks down who donates and what that money does....Show More
Episode 74: Is Our Food Safe?

23:22 | Mar 7th, 2017

Rollbacks on federal regulations will put American’s food at risk. Professor Adam Sheingate explains the risks to consumers and the prospects for food safety in the coming years. He stresses that trust in government is key during food safety crises. ...Show More
Episode 73: Sanctuary City Limits

28:47 | Feb 28th, 2017

As the federal government ramps up deportation efforts, myths about sanctuary cities are widespread. Professor Tom Wong shows how local sanctuary policies lead to safer and economically stronger communities and explains what they can and cannot do.  ...Show More
Episode 72: Power in Politics

38:14 | Feb 23rd, 2017

The outsized influence of money is a problem in U.S. politics. Sean McElwee and Professor Tabatha Abu El-Haj describe how donors skew policy and how getting more people to vote could counter big money in politics where repealing Citizens United canno...Show More
Episode 71: Violence in Resistance

26:11 | Feb 14th, 2017

Protests that turn violent have been a constant throughout American history. Professor Ashley Howard explains their origins, and how new laws, policing methods, and social media have changed the way people demonstrate.   For More on this Topic: Chec...Show More
Episode 70: The Future of Family Planning

28:01 | Feb 7th, 2017

Republican majorities in the federal government and in most states are putting protections for abortion, parenting, and birth control rights at risk. Professor Monica McLemore details what the future may hold for reproductive health, rights, and just...Show More
Episode 69: Repeal and Replace?

27:27 | Feb 1st, 2017

Trump and Republican leaders have promised to repeal Obamacare, leaving millions without health insurance. Professor Colleen Grogan breaks down the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, its shortcomings, and key parts of proposed alternatives. For Mor...Show More
Episode 68: Bull in a China Shop

28:12 | Jan 24th, 2017

Tensions with China are high, North Korea is testing nuclear warheads, and the Philippines is distancing itself. Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro explores the complicated web of U.S. trade and military relations in Asia and highlights potential challen...Show More
Episode 67: Defending Democracy

27:03 | Jan 17th, 2017

Americans across the political spectrum are questioning the integrity of U.S. elections and democracy. Professor Amel Ahmed walks through threats that can erode democracies and encourages protecting institutions, even the controversial Electoral Coll...Show More
Episode 66: Supreme Inequality

29:35 | Jan 10th, 2017

The Supreme Court is helps shape civil rights in the United States, but it is less recognized for its role in intensifying economic inequality. Professor Stephen Gottlieb details cases in the high court that have promoted these inequalities. For More...Show More
Episode 65: Timing is Everything

20:52 | Jan 3rd, 2017

A voting rule no one is talking about could change the face of elections across the country. Professor Zoltan Hajnal explains how combining national, state, and local election days would boost turnout and reduce disparities in voting and representati...Show More
Episode 64: Restaurant Loophole

28:20 | Dec 20th, 2016

Professor Heather Lee tells the story of how a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act led to the Chinese restaurant boom in America. Drawing parallels to today, she explains the unintended impacts of the law on the U.S. and China.
Episode 63: The Latino Vote

24:41 | Dec 13th, 2016

Professor Gabriel Sanchez breaks down the Latino vote in the 2016 election and unpacks the controversy and misinterpretation of exit poll data on Latinos. He discusses where these voters stand on immigration, the economy, and healthcare.
Episode 62: You’re Fired

27:49 | Dec 9th, 2016

Tech error fixed: Professor Peter Shane describes the court case that could give the president new authority to fire any federal official, for any reason. He explains the history of the theory behind the court’s ruling and arguments for and against i...Show More
Episode 61: Buying More Time

21:23 | Nov 29th, 2016

Professor Garth Heutel lays out a potentially cost-effective way to reduce global temperatures to stave off global warming. But solar geoengineering is not a silver bullet. While the benefits are clear, the costs are much more uncertain.
Episode 60: Thinking Outside the Kitchen

22:45 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Professor Sarah Bowen discusses her research on why home-cooking is not all it's cracked up to be. She gives a more realistic account of the idealized family dinner, and how money, time, and gender norms impact how and when families eat.
Episode 59: Race and Reaction

19:10 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Professor Chris S. Parker details why, given America’s racial history, the election of Donald Trump is not a surprise. Reactionary parties have always appealed to voters beyond just the rural, working class, and Trump supporters are no exception.
Episode 58: Politics of Resentment

24:19 | Nov 15th, 2016

Professor Kathy Cramer shares lessons from her conversations with rural communities in Wisconsin. Rural voters often feel forgotten, misunderstood, and disrespected, which directly affects their sense of politics and whom they elect to office.
Episode 57: Election Autopsy

23:55 | Nov 11th, 2016

Professor Theda Skocpol discusses the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and what to expect from a Trump presidency. Analyzing the factors that swayed voters, she offers insight on what the Democrats need to do moving forward.
Episode 56: Who Votes and Why

28:51 | Nov 1st, 2016

Professor Jan Leighley walks through the factors that influence voter behavior from age to party to voting laws. Elected officials and campaigns are responsive to groups with high turnout and encourage them to vote. The opposite is also true.
Episode 55: Bernie or Bust?

23:50 | Oct 25th, 2016

Professor Paul Lichterman analyzes strategies used by activists in social movements and explains how Sanders supporters decide to interact with Clinton in the general election. He offers a new way to think about Trump’s appeal to the religious right.
Episode 54: Racing to the Bottom

25:19 | Oct 18th, 2016

Professor Nathan Jensen explains how cities and states often lose more than they gain when politicians use tax incentives to bring businesses to town.
Episode 53: Polls, Polls, Polls

29:14 | Oct 12th, 2016

Professor Amy Fried explains the use and abuse of public opinion research and tells ​how polling methods have changed over the past 100 years.
Episode 52: Paying the Price

29:45 | Oct 4th, 2016

Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses the impact of the high cost of college on students at public and community colleges, including hunger, homelessness, and debt without getting a degree. She explains root of the problem and offers concrete solutio...Show More
Episode 51: What Does Presidential Look Like?

28:53 | Sep 26th, 2016

Professor Kelly Dittmar discusses how gender impacts attitudes towards candidates and informs voters’ expectations. Informed by the Presidential Gender Watch 2016 project, Dittmar flags what to look and listen for in the first presidential debate.
Episode 50: Kindergarten Math

28:40 | Sep 20th, 2016

This special episode tells the story of a professor who helped to inform local policy: Tamara Kay corrected misleading statistics about a labor law in New Mexico. For context, Professor Raymond Hogler provides the history and impact of right-to-work ...Show More
No Jargon is on break

01:04 | Sep 13th, 2016

No Jargon is on break this week. It’s the beginning of the semester and professors and SSN chapters are starting up for the new year. If you need your scholarly fix, read a brief on affirmative action in colleges at
Episode 49: Science of Abortion Law

20:51 | Sep 6th, 2016

Professor Ushma Upadhyay examined an abortion pill law in Ohio that required health care providers to use outdated FDA rules. Said to protect women’s health, the law instead hurt women’s health and increased the cost and time spent for the procedure.
Episode 48: Rio, Ryan Lochte, and Resistance

30:46 | Aug 30th, 2016

Professor Jules Boykoff places Rio 2016 in historical context from the Olympics’ elitist beginnings to their continued strain on host cities. As rising costs burden the public without delivering lasting benefits, fewer cities are "game for the Games....Show More
Episode 47: A Path for Police Reform

29:04 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Professor Tracey Meares discusses why building community trust must be at the foundation of police reform. Departments can strengthen legitimacy by looking beyond the goal of reducing crime to focus on citizen engagement and addressing past injustice...Show More
Episode 46: Working Yourself to Death

24:27 | Aug 16th, 2016

Professor Sarah Horton outlines why so many farmworkers face illness - and even death – on the job. Poor regulation, harsh labor practices, and economic pressures push them to work without shade, water, or breaks and discourage them from speaking up.
Episode 45: Legislating in the Dark

24:08 | Aug 9th, 2016

Professor James Curry explains how limited resources have enabled party leaders to write and negotiate most laws in Congress. Lacking expertise, staff, and time, rank-and-file members rarely have the chance to contribute to the bills on which they vo...Show More
Episode 44: Tutoring Through Tech

29:10 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Professor Carolyn Heinrich lays out how and why technology has a growing presence in America’s classrooms. Digital tools offer some benefits, but their effects on student learning can fall behind in-person instruction and may distract more than they ...Show More
Episode 43: Seeking Candidates of Color

28:58 | Jul 26th, 2016

Professor Paru Shah discusses why electing people of color is hindered by segregated districts, voter bias, and election rules and timing. Drawing on her experience as an elected school board member, Shah explains the hurdles for minority candidates.
Episode 42: Running Against All Odds

29:12 | Jul 19th, 2016

Professor Shauna Shames lays out why running for office often comes with additional costs for women and leads many to stay away from politics. Hillary Clinton has overcome the odds and may inspire others to run, but she is more of an outlier than the...Show More
Episode 41: White-Collar Government

29:28 | Jul 12th, 2016

Professor Nicholas Carnes explains the consequences of having mostly white-collar elected officials - a government by the rich, for the rich. Working class Americans and their interests are underrepresented, but Carnes highlights ways to help them ru...Show More
Episode 40: Beyond Pro-Choice

29:03 | Jul 5th, 2016

Rocío Garcia describes how social class, race, gender, and citizenship status impact access to reproductive health care. To become more inclusive, the reproductive rights movement must address these factors and move beyond being just “pro-choice”.
Episode 39: Change from the Inside

29:29 | Jun 28th, 2016

David Dagan outlines the GOP’s journey from being “tough on crime” to embracing prison reform. Despite falling crime rates, the party could only change from the inside - with key Republicans leading the way after experiencing prison for themselves.
Episode 38 Bonus: Jump On The Bandwagon

03:31 | Jun 21st, 2016

Professors Blasi, Freeman, and Kruse stay post-interview to discuss why trade unions, business schools, and foundations should get on board with employee ownership and profit sharing programs.
Episode 38: When Workers Become Owners

28:17 | Jun 21st, 2016

Professors Blasi, Freeman, and Kruse explain how sharing the ownership or profits of a company with workers can improve productivity, pay, and work life quality - all while reducing economic inequality.
Episode 37: Immigration Beyond the Border

22:15 | Jun 14th, 2016

Professor Anna Law lays out meaningful and responsible reforms that the next President could use to address immigration. Law encourages the incoming administration to look beyond the undocumented population and learn from history’s failures and succe...Show More
Episode 36: Giving Away Guilt

23:51 | Jun 7th, 2016

Professor Sofya Aptekar explores the gift economy through Freecycle, a network of groups where people can give and receive used items. Aptekar examines how income inequality and consumption patterns impact the organization, people, and the environmen...Show More
Episode 35: The Overlooked Section

28:31 | May 31st, 2016

Professor Jamila Michener discusses one way the U.S. tries to incorporate low-income and minority individuals into the political system and why the effort has been failing. The core issues are those of partisanship, race, and who implements policies.
Episode 34: The Rise of Islamophobia

24:43 | May 24th, 2016

Professor Saher Selod explains how 9/11 changed the lives of Muslims in America. This small and diverse group faces hostility, discriminatory policies, and Islamophobic rhetoric in the media and now the 2016 election in the name of national security.
Episode 33: The 10 Minute Change

26:35 | May 17th, 2016

Joshua Kalla describes a new door to door canvassing technique, “deep canvassing,” that encourages voters to tell their own stories of discrimination and leads to dramatic, long-lasting decreases in prejudice.
Episode 32: Change They Can't Believe In

28:04 | May 11th, 2016

Professor Christopher Parker shows the role of racial resentment in the rise of the Tea Party and connects it to “the paranoid style” in American politics. Parker points to white fears of America’s changing demographics as a driving force in today’s ...Show More
Episode 31: Undemocratic and Unaccountable

27:57 | May 3rd, 2016

Professor Lawrence Jacobs reveals how America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, used the 2008 financial crisis to expand its size and authority. With little accountability, this institution has favored big banks and increased economic inequality.
Episode 30: Part 2. What Made America Great, Again?

28:03 | Apr 26th, 2016

Professor Jacob Hacker shows how the war on government made America forget the root of its prosperity - a healthy mix of government and business. This was no accident, as a more politicized business community helped shift public discourse and then po...Show More
Episode 29: Part 1. What Made America Great

26:35 | Apr 19th, 2016

Professor Paul Pierson presents the forgotten history of American prosperity: how public and private sectors worked together for economic growth and social progress. This mixed economy increased life spans, built infrastructure, and spurred innovatio...Show More
Episode 28: Americans Like Taxes

23:49 | Apr 12th, 2016

Vanessa Williamson dispels the misconception that Americans hate taxes. In fact, most Americans support taxes and are willing to increase them for services they care about. She outlines how, despite this, anti-tax policies became so popular.
Episode 6 Archive: Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and Birth Control

30:13 | Apr 5th, 2016

In light of recent news about abortion and birth control, this episode revisits Professor Carole Joffe's interview. She discussed the politics of abortion, the economic importance of reproductive choice, and state-level restrictions to abortion acces...Show More
Episode 27: Regulating Inequality

26:45 | Mar 29th, 2016

Professor Arthur MacEwan explains how market regulations - from patent laws to healthcare to early childhood education - can address the roots of economic inequality. To help us improve our podcast, please take our short survey at More
Episode 26: Truth and Reconciliation

26:49 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Professor Joshua Inwood describes how truth and reconciliation processes address legacies of racism, violence, and conflict and move toward community healing. To help us improve our podcast, please take our short survey at
Episode 25: Shooting Your Brand in the Foot

27:59 | Mar 15th, 2016

Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy outlines the power of public backlash, shareholder pressure, and consumer boycotts to check corporate spending on political causes. Torres-Spelliscy is an Associate Professor of Law at Stetson University College of La...Show More
Episode 25 Bonus: Bad Timing for “Isis Wallet”

02:00 | Mar 15th, 2016

Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy stays post-interview to tell the story of a small tech and financial services company with a unique branding problem.
Episode 24: Senate Chamber, Echo Chamber

25:21 | Mar 8th, 2016

Professor Dana Fisher shows that policymakers only hear scientific information about climate change that reaffirms their own positions. Fisher is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland.
Episode 23: The Highest Glass Ceiling

28:50 | Mar 1st, 2016

Professor Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the stories of three women who - long before Hillary Clinton - sought to win the U.S. presidency despite overwhelming challenges. Fitzpatrick is a Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire.
Episode 22: The Case for $15

25:20 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Professor Robert Pollin gives three reasons why a $15 minimum wage is feasible for the fast food industry and shows how it is better for workers and the economy overall. Pollin is a Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Episode 21: Big Money, Big Power

29:13 | Feb 16th, 2016

Professor Rick Hasen explores why a few wealthy Americans have most of the influence in U.S. politics - and how changing the Supreme Court is the best way to fix that. Hasen is a Professor of Law and Political Science at University of California, Irv...Show More
Episode 20: Does Your Vote Count?

28:32 | Feb 9th, 2016

Professor David Schultz explains that only a tiny sliver of the American population - the voters in just 10 swing states - will truly matter in the November presidential election. Schultz is a Professor of Political Science at Hamline University.
Episode 19: Changing Neighborhoods for Better or Worse

27:05 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Jackelyn Hwang discusses gentrification in America - how race and class impact who moves where and when. How can decision-makers encourage investment that protects long-time residents? Hwang is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University.
Episode 18: Feminism, A Century Later

22:22 | Jan 26th, 2016

Professor Kristin Goss explains how women’s groups have grown, shrunk, and fought against getting pigeonholed in the century since they gained the vote. Goss is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University.
Episode 17: The Politics of Abortion in America

24:26 | Jan 19th, 2016

Professor Deana Rohlinger talks about five decades of American abortion battles and analyzes the successes and failures of groups on both sides. Rohlinger is a Professor of Sociology at Florida State University.a State University.
Episode 16: Local Agents of Democracy

19:42 | Jan 12th, 2016

Professor Colleen Casey describes how community organizations help disenfranchised groups participate in democracy and addresses questions of nonprofit accountability. Casey is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at University of Texas at Arlingt...Show More
Episode 15: Too Many Workers

26:30 | Jan 5th, 2016

Daniel Alpert explains how the opening of the global market ​has reduced the bargaining power of workers at home and ​encouraged a global cycle of booms and busts. Alpert is a Fellow at The Century Foundation and a Managing Partner at Westwood Capita...Show More
Episode 14: Family Values, Family Leave

18:51 | Dec 29th, 2015

Marion Johnson discusses the costs and benefits of giving workers paid time off to recover from illness, care for a sick family member, or be with a new baby. Johnson is a Policy Analyst at Think NC First.
Episode 13: The Misinformation Age

26:15 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Professor Brian Southwell explains why people tend to believe false information and discusses strategies for correcting the public perception of misinformation. Southwell is a professor of Mass Communication at University of North Carolina at Chapel ...Show More
Episode 12: The Price for Parking Your Car(bon)

27:21 | Dec 15th, 2015

Professor James Boyce explains how putting a price on carbon would increase the cost of non-renewable energy like oil, coal and gas and help reduce global warming. Boyce is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Episode 11: Christmas in April

23:42 | Dec 8th, 2015

Professor Laura Tach discusses the Earned Income Tax Credit and explains why it is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in America. Tach is an Assistant Professor of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University.
Episode 10: Immigrant and Refugee Deja Vu

23:23 | Dec 1st, 2015

Professor Benjamin Railton recounts the short history of US immigration law and the reaction to a historic situation similar to the Syrian refugee crisis. Railton is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University...Show More
Episode 9: Welfare for the Wealthy

27:35 | Nov 24th, 2015

Professor Christopher Faricy explains how the U.S. federal tax code provides billions in private welfare that disproportionately benefits the rich and increases inequality. Faricy is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University.
Episode 8: Organizing for Leadership

26:34 | Nov 24th, 2015

Professor Hahrie Han discusses how the most effective civic organizations reach out to the public and develop leaders. Han is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Episode 7: Mapping Black America

28:28 | Nov 17th, 2015

Professor Marcus Anthony Hunter explores the geography of the Black American experience and gives historical context to Black politics and Black Lives Matter. Hunter is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Episode 6: Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and Birth Control

29:36 | Nov 10th, 2015

Professor Carole Joffe explains the culture and politics behind the Planned Parenthood controversy and the economic importance of reproductive health care. Joffe is a Professor in the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of Califor...Show More
Episode 4: The Student Debt Crisis

25:08 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Professor Nicholas Hillman discusses the burden of student debt and dispels common misconceptions. Hillman is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Episode 5: Business at the Ballot Box

24:14 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez explores how small business interests influence politics and explains what businesses do to politically mobilize their employees. Hertel-Fernandez is a PhD Candidate in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University.
Episode 3: The Tea Party Divided

25:40 | Oct 28th, 2015

Professor Heath Brown discusses the Tea Party, explaining how this conservative movement has grown and changed – and how it may shape the 2016 elections. Brown is an Assistant Professor of Public Management at the City University of New York.
Episode 2: Jim Crow 2.0

20:43 | Oct 28th, 2015

Professor Erin O’Brien illuminates the absence of voter fraud in the United States and details how and why voter fraud legislation is passed across states. O’Brien is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Bost...Show More
Episode 1: The Kochs, Americans For Prosperity, and The Right

24:59 | Oct 28th, 2015

Professor Theda Skocpol discusses changes in and around the Republican Party and explains how conservatives are reaching out to new constituencies. Skocpol is a Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University.