Ways & Means
By Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
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Ways & Means is a small radio show about surprising successes and spectacular failures in the art of creating successful neighborhoods, cities, states and countries.
||CleanSeason 4 is coming||Season 4 of Ways & Means will be available in January. (Music: Blue Dot Sessions)||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 6: Life After Loss for Orphans in Africa||For more than a decade, a multinational team of researchers has been exploring ways get mental healthcare to nearly 50 million orphans in Africa. With a new, five-year $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, a team led by...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 5: Childbirth, Babies & Bonuses||More than 800 women die in childbirth every day in the developing world - often because doctors know what to do, they just don't do it. (There's even a name for this: the know-do gap.) In this episode, testing different types of incentives for getting..||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 4: How Sputnik Sent Women to College||Before the 1960s, colleges routinely used gender quotas to suppress the number of women on campus. Some colleges excluded women entirely. There's a curious backstory to how more women ended up in college, and it starts with the Soviet’s launch of...||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS3 Episode 3: How Do Criminals Get Their Guns?||Duke professor Philip J. Cook has been tracking the underground gun market in the U.S. for the last 15 years. For one project, his team went to one of the largest jails in the country and asked the inmates a simple question: "Where do you get your...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom the Archives: Bootstraps and Silver Spoons||We will be back next month with a new episode. In the meantime, take a listen to the most popular episode we've produced so far. If you're black with a college degree, your household will likely have $10,000 less in net worth than your white neighbor...||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 2: Robots, WikiLeaks & the Fight Against Human Trafficking||How diplomacy and public shaming are helping shine a light on a problem that depends on secrecy to survive. This episode is the second of a three-part series, New Ideas for Policy in the Developing World.||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 1: Slum Detectives||Today, for our Season 3 premiere, we begin a three-part series, New Ideas for Policy in the Developing World. In this episode, high-tech meets high-need. How researchers are using Google Earth to find the undocumented slums of India. Series supported...||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 3 is coming||Season 3 will launch in October with a three part series - New Ideas for Policy in the Developing World. In the season premiere, we'll hear about how researchers are using Google Earth to find hidden slums in India.||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 7: Secret Life of Muslims||Ahmed Ahmed is an American-Muslim comedian who was typecast as a terrorist. Khalid Latif is a Muslim chaplain for the NYPD who was saluted in uniform, but harassed as a civilian. Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins fought Islamophobia with doughnuts and...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 6: Flimflams, Scams and Ripoffs||John Rusnak was a currency trader in Baltimore when he was convicted of one of the largest bank frauds in American history. When he was finally discovered, the bank had lost close to $700 million dollars. We look at John Rusnak's case through an...||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 5: Bootstraps and Silver Spoons||Most of us prize stories of people who start with nothing in life, and then become rich. Americans even have a saying for it: pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. However, new economic research is revealing how wealth is actually built...||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 4: 7 Concerns About Teens & Phones, Unwrapped||Sexting, stranger danger, cyberbullying. We explore seven major concerns parents have about teens and phones. What does the research say? Featuring Candice Odgers of the Duke Center for Child & Family Policy.||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 3: Crazy Districts, Lopsided Elections||Gerrymandering (drawing voting districts to favor one political party) has reached a whole new level in recent decades.We’ll hear about some stunning gerrymandering feats, and how reformers across the nation are trying to restore the power of your vot||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 2: Who is White?||In the early 20th century many new immigrants to the U.S. had blonde hair and blue eyes yet were not considered “white.” In this episode: who’s considered “white” in America – how it’s changed, what it means and how it may be changing stil||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 1: Dan Ariely, Gov't Innovation||Every four years, candidates promise change. But is change possible? Dan Ariely says resistance to change is actually hard-wired into human nature, yet bright pockets of innovation exist.||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 is coming||Here's a peek at Ways & Means season 2, which launches this fall.||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The Extraordinary Search for Ordinary Politicians||On this episode we explore one of the most vexing issues in politics - how to get more ordinary people to run for office.||4/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Sugar Fix||Public health advocates are waging battle against added sugar in our foods. And they’re taking pointers from another public health battle: the campaign against tobacco. New evidence suggests sugar, like tobacco, is addictive and harmful to...||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Women in Politics, Shout or Whisper?||The paradox of gender equality. We look at how women gained a political voice in the U.S. – and then (surprisingly) in some ways lost it. And we’re going to ask – what can women do to get their political voice back?||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: A Beautiful Death||What do seniors really want when they’re dying? Asking them, and listening carefully to what they say, could lead – surprisingly – to cost-savings for big government systems like Medicare. Guests include a Duke health policy expert...||12/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Pants on Fire||On this episode of Ways & Means we hear from the Daily Show’s resident fact-checker Adam Chodikoff. Also, Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Adair and a new movement of reporters going to great lengths to ensure we the people know the truth,...||11/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Versatile and Diverse
Love listening to this podcast while doing busywork; they keep everything so fresh to the point where each episode presents a new spin on policy for me.
Let’s be honest, we live in some pretty unique times. This podcast is extremely well produced and insightful. Discussing public policy can be boring, this podcast is everything but! Not just for policy wonks, Ways & Means is a must listen.
Great Reporting!! Interesting Stories!!
I'm a big fan of Emily Hanford's work on the Educate podcast. I came across this podcast from one her Tweets. Happy that I found it. You need some more advertising to get the word out!! Keep up the great work.
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