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Policy Outsider

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Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government takes you outside the halls of power to understand how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.

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Ep. 38. Ghost Guns: A New Federal Rule

May 11th, 2021

25:05

On May 8, in response to an executive order from President Biden, the Department of Justice proposed a new rule to limit the proliferation of "ghost …

Ep. 37. It's Legal - In the Weeds Pt. IV

March 31st, 2021

24:10

New York State will legalize adult-use recreational marijuana. On the latest episode of Policy Outsider, Rockefeller Institute Director of Operations …

Ep. 36. Rebuilding the EPA

March 3rd, 2021

22:20

On the latest episode of Policy Outsider, Rockefeller Institute Deputy Director of Research Laura Rabinow discusses her recent research examining the …

Ep. 35. H.E.L.P. Higher Education

January 21st, 2021

18:58

On the latest episode of Policy Outsider, Rockefeller Institute Nathan Fellow Rebecca Natow joins host, Alex Morse, to discuss her latest analysis

Ep. 34. Drugs on the Ballot

November 17th, 2020

19:54

The Rockefeller Institute recently examined ballot initiatives in Oregon and Washington DC that would decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms ("magic …

Ep. 33. Policy and the Election

October 28th, 2020

32:48

In this episode of Policy Outsider, Rockefeller Institute researchers and fellows share remarks on the important policy issues facing the winner of …

Ep. 32. The Deconstruction of the Administrative State

October 14th, 2020

29:15

Under the Trump administration, the agencies and processes of the federal bureaucracy—i.e. the "Administrative State"—have been targeted for …

Ep. 31. Voting in the 2020 Election

October 5th, 2020

25:54

COVID-19 has raised many questions about voting in the 2020 election: how do we keep poll workers and voters safe during the ongoing coronavirus …

Ep. 30. History of the Postal Service

September 29th, 2020

23:34

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has a long history of technological innovation. It is, and has been, central to the project of democracy in …

Ep. 29. Epidemic in a Pandemic

September 23rd, 2020

45:35

In this episode of Policy Outsider, Rockefeller Institute Fellows and members of the Institute's award winning Stories from Sullivan research team …

Ep. 28. Restorative Justice

September 16th, 2020

51:38

The traditional model of criminal justice in the US isolates those who commit criminal acts from both survivors and society and the social support …

Ep. 27. Back to School

September 8th, 2020

25:10

As students return to school amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, school districts are using different models to balance instructional and safety …

Ep. 26. Gun Policy & Politics in a Pandemic

August 25th, 2020

41:50

On the latest episode of Policy Outsider, guest Robert J. Spitzer, a distinguished service professor at SUNY Cortland and member of the Rockefeller …

Ep. 25. What It Takes To Research Gun Violence

July 23rd, 2020

43:17

On the latest episode of Policy Outsider, guests Joseph Popcun, Rockefeller Institute director of policy and practice, and Nicholas Simons, project …

Ep. 24. COVID-19: Calculating the Balance of Payments

June 15th, 2020

14:37

In a new episode of Policy Outsider, guest Laura Schultz, executive director of research at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, discusses the …

Ep. 23. COVID-19: Achieving a Complete Count during a Pandemic

June 1st, 2020

20:02

In a new episode of Policy Outsider, guest Nicholas Simons, project coordinator at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, discusses how COVID-19 is …

Ep. 22. COVID19: In the Weeds III

May 26th, 2020

15:45

On this episode of Policy Outsider, guest Heather Trela, director of operations and fellow at the Rockefeller Institute, discusses how COVID-19 is …

Ep. 21. COVID-19: School Districts Sharing Resources & Supporting Students

May 19th, 2020

17:55

In a new episode of Policy Outsider, guest Anita Murphy, district superintendent at Capital Region BOCES, discusses how school districts and BOCES …

Ep. 20. COVID-19: Learning from Home

May 11th, 2020

22:22

On this episode of Policy Outsider, guest Leigh Wedenoja, senior policy analyst at the Institute, outlines existing and future challenges imposed by …

Ep. 19. COVID-19: Working From Home

April 20th, 2020

18:26

On the latest episode of Policy Outsider, guest Liz Farmer, a fellow at the Future of Labor Research Center, discusses how work-from-home …

Ep. 18. COVID-19: Government Economic Relief

April 13th, 2020

14:40

On the latest episode of Policy Outsider, the podcast of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, guest Laura Schultz, director of fiscal analysis …

Ep. 17. Using Online Learning to Bridge Cultural Divides

February 3rd, 2020

48:27

In episode 17, “Online Learning to Bridge Cultural Divides," Dr. Rhianna Rogers, associate professor at SUNY Empire State College and Ernest Boyer …

Ep. 16. Assignments for Teachers

January 6th, 2020

17:02

The latest episode of Policy Outsider features Dr. Leigh Wedenoja, senior policy analyst at the Rockefeller Institute. Wedenoja shares research …

Ep. 15. Vaping in Real Time

December 3rd, 2019

19:47

On the latest episode of Policy Outsider, guests Heather Trela, director of operations and fellow at the Rockefeller Institute, and Trevor Craft, …

Ep. 14. Detecting Dysleixa

November 5th, 2019

21:40

On the latest episode, Brian Backstrom, director of education policy studies, shares insights from a recent Rockefeller Institute forum on effective …

Ep. 13. Gun Policy 101

October 3rd, 2019

59:20

This special edition of "Policy Outsider" was recorded live at a forum hosted by the Rockefeller Institute of Government and features distinguished …

Ep. 12. Power to the People

September 3rd, 2019

19:42

On this episode of "Policy Outsider," we have Rockefeller Institute fellow Dr. Lisa Parshall to discuss the New N.Y. Government Reorganization and …

Ep. 11. Failing Schools: Makeover or Takeover?

July 26th, 2019

1:07:54

On the latest episode of “Policy Outsider,” we explain why so many turnaround efforts have failed and identifying the keys for future success. The …

Ep. 10. And Yet I'm Here

June 25th, 2019

37:09

We return to Sullivan County, New York, with our Stories from Sullivan researchers to hear directly from a group of people in recovery at Catholic …

Ep. 9. How to Reduce Gun Homicides

May 31st, 2019

45:08

The debate about gun violence in the U.S. seems to be dominated by division and policy paralysis. But it doesn't have to be. Some of the most …

Ep. 8. In the Weeds II - A Gateway Drug for Federalism

April 26th, 2019

23:29

What happened to legalized adult-use marijuana in New York and New Jersey? We sit down with Rockefeller Institute Chief of Staff and Fellow Heather …

Ep. 7. Learning to Research Like a Pro

April 1st, 2019

22:36

The Rockefeller Institute's Center for Law & Policy Solutions partners undergraduate research interns from the University at Albany with policy …

Ep. 6. Digging into Student Debt in New York

February 22nd, 2019

23:02

Forty-two percent of college graduates in New York State carry some amount student debt, with an average debt load of about $30,000. We sit down with …

Ep. 5. Who Gives and Who Gets

January 18th, 2019

16:39

In the balance of payments between states and the federal government, some states "win" and some states "lose." We speak with the authors of our new report, "Giving or Getting? New York's Balance of Payments with the …

Ep. 4. Mankind v. Machines

January 10th, 2019

28:24

Artificial intelligence and automation technologies are bringing massive change to labor, the economy, ethics, and society. The question now is how …

Ep. 3. Dynamite Youth

November 21st, 2018

35:17

We take a trip to Sullivan County, New York, with the researchers behind the Rockefeller Institute's long-term study of the opioid epidemic to hear …

Ep. 2. From the Glass Ceiling to the Sticky Floor: Closing the Pay Equity Gap from the Bottom Up

October 30th, 2018

1:40:55

Whereas the "glass ceiling" refers to the last barriers a woman faces on the corporate ladder, the "sticky floor" refers to the first barriers that …

Ep. 1. In the Weeds with Heather Trela

October 19th, 2018

21:23

How can states legalize something that is illegal under federal law? Rockefeller Institute Chief of Staff and Fellow Heather Trela explains the growing tension between states and the federal government over marijuana …

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