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A Democrat and Republican Take a Road Trip

A Democrat and Republican Take a Road Trip

September 14, 2020

It’s been a contentious year so far, to say the least. Our political differences have never seemed more stark and common ground is hard to find. How do we work towards that common ground with our political opposites? Is the country hopelessly divided, or is there reason to hope? Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Jordan Balshek this week, co-author of the new book Union: A Democrat, a Republican and a Search for Common Ground, to discuss his road trip across the country to find common ground. Jordan and his co-author Chris are on opposite sides of the political spectrum and they traveled together through 44 states, meeting people from all walks of life, to discover the state of our union.

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How should we talk about police reform?

How should we talk about police reform?

August 31, 2020

In a summer of unrest and public debate around the issue of police reform, Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Arthur Rizer, Director of Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties and Resident Senior Fellow for R Street Institute, about the state of the criminal justice system in the US. As a former police officer, who studies criminal justice issues at Oxford, and a former prosecutor, Arthur has seen all sides of how police departments work. He shares his thoughts on how we should discuss the topic of police reform and how the language we use informs the outcomes we get.

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Education in a Pandemic

Education in a Pandemic

August 3, 2020

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Mike McShane, Director of National Research at EdChoice, to talk about what it looks like for students to go back to school this fall, given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. What kind of decisions must be made by schools? How do we make sure that kids get the best shot at the kind of education they deserve?  

 

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Habits of a Free Mind

Habits of a Free Mind

July 27, 2020

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Pamela Paresky, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chicago and Senior Scholar in Human Development and Psychology at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, to talk about what she calls the “habits of a free mind,” what they are, how to cultivate them, and how they can help us manage our difficult conversations with others about the COVID-19 crisis, racial justice, and more.  

 

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Protests and Social Change

Protests and Social Change

July 14, 2020

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined Fabio Rojas, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at

Indiana University, during the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19 protests, to discuss protests and social change.

The conversation covers several important topics. How do protests work? What makes a protest successful? How does the economic climate affect a protest? What’s happening with the protests that we’re seeing now in the US? How does violence change the effectiveness of protests?

 

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Broadening the Horizons of Innovation with Adam Thierer

Broadening the Horizons of Innovation with Adam Thierer

June 23, 2020

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Adam Thierer, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercator Center at George Mason University, for a conversation about innovation and regulation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

What stands in the way of entrepreneurship and innovation today? What can we do to address those obstacles, and why is it so important that we do it?

 

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Why Crisis Management Matters for Freedom

Why Crisis Management Matters for Freedom

May 19, 2020

Professor Larry Diamond returns to Ideas at Work for a conversation with Jennifer and Mike about democracy and freedom during the COVID-19 crisis.

How have different countries responded to the coronavirus pandemic? What have democracies around the world done to balance public health and individual liberty? What concerns should we have about the future of self-government?

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Empowering Entrepreneurs During a Pandemic

Empowering Entrepreneurs During a Pandemic

May 4, 2020

This week, Jennifer and Mike are joined by Pacific Legal Foundation's Anastasia Boden for a conversation about economic liberty and competition in the medical industry.

Do regulations like Certificate of Needs laws keep out new entrepreneurs and harm the people they could help? How do anti-competitive barriers affect our ability to fight COVID-19 and provide good healthcare in normal times?

 

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We Are One Another’s Best Resource: The Fight Against Poverty with Jesús Gerena

We Are One Another’s Best Resource: The Fight Against Poverty with Jesús Gerena

April 21, 2020

We’ve had a “war on poverty” for over 50 years.  During the COVID-19 crisis, we’re seeing dramatic changes to the social safety net in an effort to keep Americans housed, fed, and cared for during a national emergency.  

But what have those on the frontlines in the battle against poverty learned about what it takes to move families out of poverty? Are there ideas we should consider outside of the expansion of government programs to support financial recovery and economic mobility? What really breaks the cycle of poverty and helps people flourish?  

Our guest today is Jesús Gerena, the Chief Executive Officer of the Family Independence Initiative. We’ve invited him to join us to shed light on some different approaches to helping families escape poverty in the US.  

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There is No Right Answer: Healthcare in the Time of COVID-19

There is No Right Answer: Healthcare in the Time of COVID-19

April 7, 2020

Healthcare is front and center on all our minds, both as a leading policy question for the 2020 presidential race and, in recent days, as we navigate the new realities of life, work, and well-being during the coronavirus crisis.

Our guest today, Dr. Bobbi Herzberg, is a political scientist with extensive knowledge about healthcare policy in the US.  We invited Bobbi to join us to discuss a Civil Squared community question about Medicare-for-all, as well as to weigh in on healthcare today as we consider trade-offs between cost, quality, and access during COVID-19.

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