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A Change in Perspective: Economic Policy for Women and Families with Aparna Mathur

A Change in Perspective: Economic Policy for Women and Families with Aparna Mathur

March 26, 2020

How do we support economic opportunity for women and economic well-being for families in America? Are there changes to the US’s “social safety net” that would better support families in times of crisis and beyond?

In this special bonus episode, Jennifer Thompson is once again joined by Dr. Aparna Mathur of the American Enterprise Institute. They discuss her research on the range of factors affecting women and families in the economy. What policy ideas are on the table for addressing issues like paid family leave, childcare, and the gender wage gap? Do they require policy solutions?

Show Notes

 

 

Guest:

Aparna Mathur is a resident scholar in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where she researches income inequality and mobility, tax policy, labor markets, and small businesses. She also directs the AEI-Brookings Project on Paid Family and Medical Leave, for which she was recognized in the 2017 Politico 50 list.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Mathur was an instructor in economics at the University of Maryland. She has been also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy (now the McCourt School of Public Policy). She has been published in several top scholarly journals and in the popular press on issues of policy relevance. Her work has been cited in academic journals and leading news outlets such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. She has also testified several times before Congress, and government organizations such as the Congressional Research Service and the Congressional Budget Office have cited her work in their own reports to Congress.

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Every Idea Counts: Policy Responses to COVID-19 with Aparna Mathur

Every Idea Counts: Policy Responses to COVID-19 with Aparna Mathur

March 24, 2020

In recent days, legislation has been enacted to provide for paid leave as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Many of us now find ourselves facing professional disruption or even unemployment. We’re juggling child-care, household chores, and meals without our normal networks of support. Questions about paid family leave, medical leave, and who bears the responsibility for childcare are much more immediate for all of us in recent days.

In this episode, we’re joined by Dr. Aparna Mathur from the American Enterprise Institute to share her thoughts on the new legislation. Her extensive knowledge on the issues of paid parental leave and paid medical leave, and her work on unemployment and the social safety net, help shed light on the policies under consideration.

Show Notes

 

Guest:

Aparna Mathur is a resident scholar in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where she researches income inequality and mobility, tax policy, labor markets, and small businesses. She also directs the AEI-Brookings Project on Paid Family and Medical Leave, for which she was recognized in the 2017 Politico 50 list.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Mathur was an instructor in economics at the University of Maryland. She has been also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy (now the McCourt School of Public Policy). She has been published in several top scholarly journals and in the popular press on issues of policy relevance. Her work has been cited in academic journals and leading news outlets such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. She has also testified several times before Congress, and government organizations such as the Congressional Research Service and the Congressional Budget Office have cited her work in their own reports to Congress.

Copyright: © 2020 Center for the Study of Liberty

When More Isn’t Better: Occupational Licensing with Robert McNamara

When More Isn’t Better: Occupational Licensing with Robert McNamara

March 17, 2020

In this episode, we’re joined by Robert McNamara for an eye-opening discussion about economic liberty and occupational licensing in America. McNamara, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice (IJ), sheds light on the explosion in occupational licensing we’re seeing in the US today. Listen in to learn fascinating stories of real IJ clients as they fight for the right to work, and why this issue should matter to all citizens – not just budding entrepreneurs.

Show Notes

 

Guest:

Robert McNamara serves as a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice. He joined the Institute in August 2006 and litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases protecting free speech, property rights, economic liberty and other individual liberties in both federal and state courts. Robert’s writing has been published by outlets including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and dozens more nationwide.  His opinions and views on legal issues have been featured in radio and television programs ranging from National Public Radio’s All Things Considered to Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes. Robert is a graduate of Boston University and the New York University School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia bar.

 

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Work is a Pathway to Hope with Gregg Keesling

Work is a Pathway to Hope with Gregg Keesling

March 10, 2020

In this episode, we bring you a conversation with Indiana entrepreneur Gregg Keesling. We invited Gregg to share the story of his social enterprise, RecycleForce, which employs and supports formerly incarcerated individuals as they re-enter society, and why he believes that work is a pathway to hope for our struggling communities.

Learn more about the criminal justice system in the United States, the realities of re-entry, and how science-driven, subsidized initiatives can offer creative solutions to challenges faced by marginalized populations in urban and rural communities.

Show Notes

 

 

Guest:

Gregg Keesling is an Indiana “Hoosier” whose entrepreneurial endeavors began during an 18-year adventure in Jamaica. He opened a resort in Negril called Summerset Village, became founder of the Negril, Jamaica Hotel Association, and served as President of a Jamaican Rotary Club. Keesling and his family returned to Indianapolis in 1996 and created the alternative-staffing company, Keys to Work, focused on serving the welfare to work population. 

In 2004, he launched RecycleForce, an electronic recycler that employs individuals coming out of incarceration in a service-rich environment.  Since inception, RecycleForce has helped 1800 individuals return home and processed over 100 million pounds of materials for re-use in manufacturing. In 2011, RecycleForce was awarded a $5.65M Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration grant from the United States Department of Labor.  The grant is designed to measure the impact of transitional jobs on those coming home from prison.

Keesling is a recipient of the Social Innovation Award from the Social Venture Network (SVN).  For his innovative approach to reentry, Keesling was asked to become a member of the National Transitional Jobs Network executive committee, whose goal is to grow transitional jobs and social enterprise as a way to improve the outcomes for persons leaving prison.

Repairing Our Social Fabric with John Wood, Jr. and April Lawson

Repairing Our Social Fabric with John Wood, Jr. and April Lawson

February 25, 2020

In this episode, we bring you a discussion with John Wood, Jr. and April Lawson of Better Angels, a national grassroots movement to reduce political polarization. John and April share insights from the frontlines of this movement, discuss the importance of building and maintaining fundamental social bonds, and offer practical ways to get involved in changing the trajectory of our civic culture.

Show Notes

Guests:

April Lawson is the architect and director of the Better Angels Debates program.  She previously worked for David Brooks at The New York Times for 4 years and co-founded Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. Her own research focuses on morality, feminism, and America’s current fragmentation in politics and culture.

John Wood Jr. is a national leader for Better Angels, a former nominee for congress, former Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, and a noted writer and speaker on political issues and racial reconciliation. John is the host of "The John Wood Jr. Show," a new podcast focused on looking beyond depolarization. He also co-hosts "The Better Angels Podcast."

 

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“America in One Room” and the Future of Democracy with Larry Diamond and James Fishkin

“America in One Room” and the Future of Democracy with Larry Diamond and James Fishkin

February 5, 2020

In this episode, we bring you a discussion with the architects of “America in One Room,” a ground-breaking experiment conducted in September 2019. Could our democracy work better if citizens were actually able to think through policy proposals and deliberate? Discover what happened when 500 American voters came together for a 3-day experience in self-government. Our guests share why this gathering might offer good news for the future of democracy.

Guests:

Professor Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

Professor James Fishkin, Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford University, Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy

 

Show Notes

“A Better Way to Talk Politics” with Sarah Stewart Holland & Beth Silvers

“A Better Way to Talk Politics” with Sarah Stewart Holland & Beth Silvers

January 2, 2020
In this episode, we bring you a special conversation with Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, hosts of the "Pantsuit Politics" podcast. We invited Sarah and Beth to join us to talk about their new book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), and share their principles and strategies for having healthy political conversations in the midst of profound disagreements.
 
You'll hear about the origins of their successful podcast, why they think it's so important for us all to keep talking about politics, and how we can navigate difficult discussions with our family, friends, and neighbors.
 

To learn more about "Pantsuit Politics," visit pantsuitpoliticsshow.com. Read more about I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) here.

 

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“Uncovering Truth in the Age of Fake News” with Katherine Mangu-Ward

“Uncovering Truth in the Age of Fake News” with Katherine Mangu-Ward

January 2, 2020
In this episode, we bring you a conversation with Katherine Mangu-Ward, the editor-in-chief of Reason, the magazine of free minds and free markets. Jennifer K. Thompson asks Katherine about her perspective on political journalism today, the rise of "fake news," polarization, and the call to regulate speech on social media.
 
Our guest offers an in-depth look at the state of journalism in the US and shares why she believes that competition, the free exchange of ideas, and human ingenuity will ultimately get us to the truth.
 

To learn more about Reason, visit reason.com.

 
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“Should Taxpayers Pay to Create Jobs?” with John C. Mozena

“Should Taxpayers Pay to Create Jobs?” with John C. Mozena

January 2, 2020
In this episode, we bring you an interview with John C. Mozena, the president of the Center for Economic Accountability. John joined Mike Craig for a conversation about economic development deals at the state and local level.
 
We'll dig into his experience on both sides of this issue - as a former communications and public relations expert who once authored press releases supporting tax credits and subsidies in the name of "job creation" - and now as the leader of a nonpartisan advocacy organization with a vision of economic opportunity for all. John shares the facts about economic development in the US and what you can do to promote transparency in your community.
 
 

To learn more about the Center for Economic Accountability, go to economicaccountability.org.

 
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“Dig Where You Are” with Nan Alexander Doyal

“Dig Where You Are” with Nan Alexander Doyal

January 2, 2020
In this episode, we bring you an interview with Nan Alexander Doyal. Nan joined Jennifer K. Thompson for a conversation about her book Dig Where You Are: How One Person’s Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World. They discuss her book as well as her work as President of the International Forum, an organization that designs active learning experiences for leaders of global corporations. Drawing from her extensive experience learning alongside of ordinary individuals making a big difference, Nan shares practical guidance about putting our talents into action for social change.
 
 
To learn more about Ms. Doyal's work, visit digwhereyouare.com.
 
 
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