Brookings Cafeteria Podcast
By The Brookings Institution
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Brookings experts discuss ideas about and solutions for the most pressing public policy challenges, both domestic and global.
||Africa: Time for Measured Optimism||Over the past decade, sub-Saharan African economies have grown 5 percent a year, and the region’s economy should double by 2030. Yet this growth is not enough to spread needed development and progress throughout the region. Amadou Sy, a senior fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings, talks about the role of foreign direct investment, priorities for African policymakers, and the prospect for conflict resolution in the most troubled areas.||6/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Understanding Infrastructure in America||"We need to change the way we think about infrastructure in America," says Rob Puentes. It's not just about the federal government fixing roads and bridges anymore. In this podcast, Puentes, a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, explains how our states and metropolitan areas, through public and private partnerships, are moving forward on the nation's infrastructure goals.||6/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Economic Facts that May Surprise You||Economic issues are prolific in the public sphere, from taxes and inequality, to jobs and productivity and more. Even Thomas Piketty's book on wealth distribution is now a bestseller. How can a person make sense of the terms and of the discussion? One way is to talk to an economist, like Gary Burtless, a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at Brookings. In this podcast, he offers his expertise to explain issues such as middle-class income gains, wealth distribution and Piketty's book in ways that both surprise and enlighten.||5/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rise of Brazil, Latin America||As nations across Latin America have become wealthier and more stable in recent years, they are seeking to engage with the world, including the United States, on a more level playing field. In this podcast, Harold Trinkunas, senior fellow and director of the Latin America Initiative, describes Latin America's economic, social, and political challenges and opportunities, with particular attention given to Brazil's rise as a potential major power.||5/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Common Core State Standards||Forty-four states and D.C. have adopted the Common Core State Standards in English and mathematics. Despite initial enthusiasm, criticism of and outright opposition to the standards are beginning to arise. Tom Loveless explains how the Common Core came about, why some are opposed to it now, and what his research shows about its impact on student achievement.||4/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Governing a Changing Arctic||The Arctic is changing. As the polar ice cap recedes, new shipping routes are opening up and access to Arctic energy resources is expanding. In this podcast, John Banks explains what these changes mean for Arctic governance and for U.S. leadership of the Arctic Council in 2015.||4/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Measuring the Pursuit of Happiness||In this podcast, Carol Graham, author of The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being, explains how happiness/well-being research works and why it matters for public policy in the U.S. and globally.||3/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Presidential Pork||In this podcast, John Hudak, a fellow in Governance Studies, explains how presidents dole out over $100 billion per year in discretionary federal grants through scores of federal agencies, often in service of improving his electoral prospects.||3/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Education Crisis for Arab World's Children||"More than half of Arab children are not learning," says Hafez Ghanem who joined Liesbet Steer in this discussion about their findings on and solutions for a range of education issues in the region, including number and quality of teachers, accountability, gender, curriculum, and whether Arab world children are learning the skills they need to compete in the 21st century.||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Good, Bad, and Ugly Global Challenges||From East Asia to Africa, through Afghanistan to Syria and the greater Middle East, Michael O'Hanlon guides us on a brief tour of the good, the bad, and in some cases, the ugly challenges facing our world today. Find out why he says, despite all the challenges, the global order is remarkably healthy right now and what it means for America's role in the world.||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||America's War on Poverty Moves to the Suburbs||Elizabeth Kneebone explains how the geography of poverty in America has shifted from cities to suburbs, and how Lyndon Johnson's place-based anti-poverty programs, launched as an "unconditional war on poverty" a half-century ago, must be better adapted to meet this new reality.||1/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What You Need To Know||Peter Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings, talks about his new book, "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know." From pirates, to Anonymous, from cats, to cyber terrorism, Singer says we all need to know more about cyber issues.||1/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Politics + Policy = Lonely Place||"The intersection of politics and policy is a lonely place," writes Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck in her new book How Change Happens - Or Doesn't: The Politics of U.S. Public Policy. In this podcast, Kamarck touches on the ideas and examples in her book to explain why politics and policy have to come together for us to understand success and failure in U.S. politics.||12/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Senate Filibuster; Congress & the Federal Reserve||Sarah Binder explains why the Senate filibuster is a historical mistake, talks about her research on Congress's relationship with the Federal Reserve, and addresses whether Congress is more polarized today than it has been in the past.||12/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Educating Children Worldwide||Rebecca Winthrop explains why universal access to primary education with a focus on what children are learning is important. She addresses education in conflict areas, and the importance of Malala Yousefzai to the global education agenda.||11/21/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ending Global Poverty||The number of people worldwide living in extreme poverty—on $1.25 a day or less—was cut in half between 1990 and 2010. Yet more than one billion people still subsist at this level, and about three billion live at under $2.50 a day. Laurence Chandy discusses the possibility that by 2030 the world might eradicate the most extreme poverty.||11/7/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Arms Control, Russia, Ukraine||Steven Pifer calls for an additional round of strategic arms reductions between the U.S. and Russia, on top of those agreed-to under the New START treaty. He also examines Russian foreign policy and explains how Ukraine is attempting to follow a path to greater integration with Europe while facing pressure from Moscow.||10/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is the American Dream Dead?||The American Dream is not dead, but Americans today experience less socioeconomic fluidity between where they are born and where they end up than people in comparable nations, including Great Britain. In this podcast, Richard Reeves says that "an unequal society can become a stratified society. Inequality can begin to perpetuate itself almost automatically."||10/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||U.S. Immigrants and Immigration Reform||Over 40 million immigrants, more than 13% of the total population, call America home. Audrey Singer puts this population into historical context, explains where they live and how they contribute to their communities, and offers thoughts on immigration reform.||9/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Affordable Care Act and Health Care Reform||What is the state of American health? Will Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") implementation be successful? Which aspects of ACA are having a positive impact? Brookings Fellow Dr. Kavita Patel speaks with host Fred Dews about these and related questions.||9/12/13||Free||View In iTunes|
NPR listeners would enjoy this. Saw this podcast listed on the Brookings website and gave it a try. These are great conversations that humanize some fairly wonky topics. They're about 30 minutes so you get insights and details that go deeper than most news coverage.
As a previous reviewer said, this podcast humanizes some pretty wonky subjects. The interviewer deserves a lot of credit for that, but the experts being interviewed also show an ability to break down difficult topics. All the podcasts are 30 minutes and are published once a week so its a great regular program for your queue.
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