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In Washington, the story often ends when Congress passes a law. For The Impact, that’s where our story begins. We focus on the human consequences of policy-making, what happens in the real world after the government, non-profits, even academic institutions start doing something differently. The Impact looks at policies that work — and policies that need some work — as they make their way out into the real world, with many surprises along the way.
||CleanBonus: The gender wage gap||The Impact team is hard at work on our second season! In the meantime, here's an episode of Vox’s newest podcast, Today, Explained. This episode is about the gender pay gap, and you’ll hear Sarah talking about the real reason working women earn abo||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHelp us make season 2!||We're making season 2, and we need your help! We want to know about local policy experiments from around the country. These can be at the state, county, or city level, and can cover any kind of policy—environmental or housing or criminal justice. S||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow California saves moms from dying in childbirth||The United States has an astoundingly high maternal death rate. It is three times higher than the UK, eight times higher than Norway, and still climbing. But California does way better than the rest of the country. Over the last decade, doctors in the||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe black robe effect||What is the best way to care for patients with severe mental illness? The United States has struggled with this question for decades. In 1963, President Kennedy signed a law that was supposed to transfer patients with severe mental illness out of hospi||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis robotic pelvis reduces teen pregnancy||American women are changing up their birth control. The use of IUDs and implants has increased 6000% in the United States since 2002. That's the result of specific policy choices made in Washington and in state houses. These policies have reduced t||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe controversial way doctors fight pain without opioids||On this episode of The Impact, we’re looking at a possible future for pain treatment. It’s an idea known as “pain acceptance,” and in the wake of the opioid epidemic, it is gaining traction among American doctors. Music from Podington Bear, Ke||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe policies that created the opioid epidemic||There's a well-known narrative about the opioid epidemic: pharmaceutical companies and dirty doctors pushed misinformation and addictive drugs on patients. But there's also a policy story here, about well-meaning doctors who tried to find the best solu||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt’s time to face the fax||Why are fax machines still such a staple of American health care? We talk to a pair of policy makers who hatched a plan to replace paper files and fax machines with electronic medical records. We explain why that plan backfired. And we go into clinics||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCar crash hospitals vs. plane crash hospitals||Central line infections can be deadly. And they used to be extremely common: just a decade ago, hundreds of thousands of patients got them every year. Now, that number is closer to 9,000 annually. That's still high, but it's a dramatic drop in just ten||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe curious case of the $629 Band-Aid||How does a Band-Aid wind up costing so much money? Why are American health care prices so incredibly high? Vox’s new podcast, the Impact, explores how policy affects real lives. This season, we’re focusing on healthcare, and we wanted to begin with||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Impact: Real people, and the policies that shape their lives||The Impact is a show about how policy affects people — policies that work and policies that need some work. We are going to follow those policies after they leave Congress or statehouses, to see what happens when they wind their way out into the real||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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