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No Jargon, the Scholars Strategy Network’s monthly podcast, presents interviews with top university scholars on the politics, policy problems, and social issues facing the nation. Powerful research, intriguing perspectives -- and no jargon. Find show notes and plain-language research briefs on hundr… read more

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Episode 242: Midterm Trailblazers

November 1st, 2022


With the midterm elections around the corner, all eyes are on the record-breaking number of Black female candidates on the ballot. We spoke to professor of government Nadia E. Brown, who shared her research on what’s …

Episode 241: In Search of a Home

October 4th, 2022


With rent prices and mortgage rates continuing to skyrocket, finding and keeping stable housing is getting increasingly challenging for many  …

Episode 240: Falling Through the Social Safety Net

September 6th, 2022


Millions of Americans are poor, food insecure, housing cost-burdened, or medically uninsured. This is where the U.S. social safety net comes in – with programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and unemployment insurance  – …

Episode 239: Supporting the Needs of Refugees

August 2nd, 2022


The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine have brought an increased number of refugees to America over the past year. Enter refugee resettlement agencies – organizations that provide food, shelter, and …

Episode 238: The "Neutral" Umpires of the Supreme Court

June 29th, 2022


The US Supreme Court has a long history of firmly defending its philosophy of neutrality and did the same for the recent and historic overturn of Roe. Wade. But according to law professor Cedric Merlin Powell, the …

Episode 237: Who’s Really in a Student Debt Crisis?

June 7th, 2022


More and more Americans are facing massive student debt and daunting payment plans once the federal pause on loan payments runs out. But this burden is not spread evenly, and neither are the challenges of paying it off. …

Episode 236: How White Millennials Really Think About Race

May 3rd, 2022


Millennials are often seen as a progressive-minded generation – as 80’s and 90’s kids, they grew up in a digital landscape that exposed them to a diversity of perspectives. But while expectations were high that this …

Episode 235: The Real Culprits of Climate Change

April 5th, 2022


Conversations around climate change often focus on the consumption habits of everyday people: the cars we drive, the food we eat, our electricity bills. But according to geography professor Matt Huber, the carbon …

Episode 234: Election Disinformation

March 1st, 2022

The 2020 presidential election brought disinformation – defined as false information with the intent to mislead – to the forefront of public conversation. Subsequent events, such as the January 6 riot, reveal the …

Episode 233: Pandemic Postpartum

February 1st, 2022

The postpartum experience can be challenging enough for American mothers in normal times, but add a pandemic to the equation, and you may be left with a postpartum nightmare. To better understand what the birthing and …

Episode 232: Reflecting on Two Years of Trauma

January 4th, 2022


Amidst the dizzying onslaught of crises facing the nation – and the world – over the past several years, we are starting the new year by reflecting on how Americans react and respond to traumatic events, both as …

Episode 231: Broken Promises for Native American Healthcare

December 7th, 2021


Tribal communities are entitled to federally funded healthcare under treaties signed with the U.S. government. And yet, Native Americans often struggle to access  quality healthcare, creating health disparities that …

Episode 230: America's Childcare Crisis

November 2nd, 2021


The decades-long childcare crisis in America -- worsened by the pandemic -- continues to deepen: parents all across the nation have been facing immense challenges in finding quality, affordable childcare, all while …

Episode 229: Rolling Back Roe

October 5th, 2021


With a near-total abortion ban that was recently passed in Texas and Mississippi’s request to overturn Roe v. Wade making its way to the Supreme Court, many are asking what the uptick in abortion restrictions in the US …

Episode 228: The Past and Future of Big Tech

September 8th, 2021


Join us for the official relaunch of the No Jargon Podcast! For our first episode since our eleven-month hiatus, we take on Big Tech and government. Tech giants like Amazon and Facebook have been in the news a lot …

Episode 227: Elections Rule

October 9th, 2020


The 2020 election is quickly approaching and there is no lack of challenges for election administrators to overcome. From a pandemic that’s made …

Episode 226: The Past and Future of Medicaid

September 25th, 2020


No Jargon is back for a special episode featuring Dr. Emma Sandoe. Medicaid has become the largest source of health care coverage in America. Just this year, even more states expanded their Medicaid programs, meaning …

Episode 225: Black Lives Matter, Police, and America’s Democracy

June 25th, 2020


Since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police at the end of May, the United States has been rocked by weeks of nationwide protests against …

Episode 224: Voting in 2020

June 18th, 2020


The 2020 election was already shaping up to be one of the most consequential and contentious in recent memory, and then came the COVID-19 pandemic. While much about the future is uncertain, we know this: the election …

Episode 223: The Future of Abortion Care?

June 11th, 2020


Even at the best of times, accessing abortion care in the United States can be an arduous process. During a pandemic, the challenges only mount …

Episode 222: Violence in Resistance

June 2nd, 2020


In cities and towns across the country, protests have erupted following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and others. …

Episode 221: America’s Undocumented Students

May 28th, 2020


Being a college student can be stressful enough, but when you’re an undocumented immigrant, there are many additional hurdles in your way. Dr. Sayil …

Episode 220: Vaccination Education

May 21st, 2020


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, it’s widely accepted that without a vaccine, life cannot go back to normal. But as it turns out, not …

Episode 219: The College Hookup

May 14th, 2020


The scene is so common it’s almost cliche: two beautiful young people meet at a rowdy college party and drunkenly fall into bed together. American …

Episode 218: When Disasters Strike

May 7th, 2020


In any sense of the word, the COVID-19 crisis can be considered a disaster. Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives, millions have lost their jobs, and nearly everyone is experiencing a sense of shock at how …

Episode 217: Feeling the Economic Pain

April 30th, 2020


Every Thursday since America started locking down to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, a tragic new number is released: the latest unemployment claims. Tens of millions of Americans have already filed for …

Episode 216: A Model for Care

April 23rd, 2020


With the COVID-19 crisis spreading rapidly across the US, much attention has been paid to the hospitals on the front lines of this pandemic. But …

Episode 215: Polarization in a Pandemic

April 16th, 2020


We’re in April, as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Today, the U.S. has more reported cases than any other nation on earth - a fact …

Episode 214: A Second Safety Net

April 9th, 2020


As policymakers on Capitol Hill work to expand America’s safety net in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, it’s becoming …

Episode 213: Learning from Ebola

April 2nd, 2020


With governments rushing to put in place policies and guidelines to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s important to look to the past to …

Episode 212: Fighting Hunger During a Pandemic

March 26th, 2020


Around the United States, schools are shutting down due to coronavirus. For some Americans, this means setting up a home office and learning to work …

Episode 211: Rethinking Global Philanthropy

March 19th, 2020


Money. Power. Knowledge. Health. Education. When you look around the world, when it comes to resources and opportunities, there are massive imbalances between countries and even inside countries. In the name of making …

Episode 210: Students at the Polls

March 12th, 2020


With the 2020 primary in full swing, college campuses are full of conversations about politics, policy, and the future of American democracy. But …

Episode 209: Reporting from the Twittersphere

March 5th, 2020


Social media has permeated countless aspects of our daily lives. But perhaps no platform has influenced the media like Twitter, shaping not only what many journalists cover, but also how they cover it. Professor Shannon …

Episode 208: On the Abortion Front Line

February 27th, 2020


Over the last couple of years, states have passed increasingly restrictive laws in an effort to reduce access to abortion. And this year, the Supreme …

Episode 207: From The Tea Party to The Resistance

February 20th, 2020


In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African American president in this country’s history after a momentous election. But for many in this country, that election was anything but joyous. Soon after, a …

Episode 206: Creating Inclusive Campuses

February 13th, 2020


Over the last few decades, minority enrollment at America’s colleges and universities has increased exponentially. These institutions, many …

Episode 205: Black Teachers Wanted

February 6th, 2020


America is getting more diverse, and that means more children of color are students in our schools. But teachers are still overwhelmingly white, so …

Episode 204: Battling the Opioid Crisis

January 23rd, 2020


We are living in the midst of an epidemic. Over the past 15 years, the number of Americans dying from opioid-related overdoses has skyrocketed by …

Episode 203: Realizing Democracy

January 16th, 2020


What should the next 10 or 20 years look like in the United States? Many Americans say we need to go back to the future. They want to restore …

Episode 202: The Fight for Climate Justice

January 9th, 2020


Last year, climate change took center stage. With presidential candidates releasing bold plans to tackle the issue, massive protests organized by …

Episode 201: Death by a Thousand Cuts

December 12th, 2019


No one likes to believe they would be on the wrong side of history. Most of us prefer to think that in times of crisis, we would do the right thing …

Episode 200: Democracy in the States

December 5th, 2019


This year, millennials officially became the largest generation in America. In passing over Baby Boomers, these young Americans, along with …

Episode 199: Empty Wallets, Empty Stomachs

November 21st, 2019


The old saying goes: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And yet, across the country, there are thousands of children who struggle to …

Episode 198: What’s My Schedule?

November 14th, 2019


Imagine you’re a working parent. You make ends meet with a part-time job at a department store, but the ever-changing schedule makes life difficult. …

Episode 197: Making Research Matter

November 7th, 2019


What works best to teach children in our schools? How does pollution affect public health? Why is economic inequality on the rise? These are just …

Episode 196: The Rise of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes

October 31st, 2019


Twenty-one years ago this month, a gay University of Wyoming student by the name of Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered. His story brought national …

Episode 195: The Promise of Midwives

October 24th, 2019


America is the richest country on Earth with some of the most advanced healthcare services you can find. And yet, every year, hundreds of women die …

Archive Episode 87: NAFTA Winners and Losers

October 17th, 2019


Despite an ongoing impeachment inquiry, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been signaling that a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada is in the …

Episode 194: The Science of Science Communication

October 10th, 2019


With a global climate strike on September 20th and waves of protests surrounding the UN summit on climate change, public interest in science seems to be on the rise. And scientists are answering the call, with more …

Episode 193: The Toll of Stereotypes

October 3rd, 2019


America’s schools are supposed to treat all students fairly. But we know that all too often, black students face racial discrimination, stigma, and …

Episode 192: Black Homes, Black Cities

September 26th, 2019


Memphis, Baltimore, and Detroit. East Cleveland, Ohio, and Wilkinson, Pennsylvania. Black cities are on the rise. In 1970, Black people made up a majority of 460 cities and towns across the United States. Forty-seven …

Episode 191: Paying for Pollution

September 19th, 2019


Climate change is threatening our world, that much is becoming more and more apparent every year. And often it seems like little is happening on a …

Episode 190: Dental Care for All

September 12th, 2019


For many people, regular visits to the dentist are little more than a necessary inconvenience. But in lower-income communities, access to dental care …

Episode 189: Who Owns America’s Schools?

September 5th, 2019


Back-to-school season is upon us, and back as well are some familiar debates. From charter schools to voucher programs, education in America is …

Episode 188: Why Cities Lose

August 29th, 2019


Imagine a nation where the political rules are unfair. In this imagine nation, there are two parties. The Big Country party has its strengthen in …

Episode 187: Red Flags

August 22nd, 2019


El Paso, Texas. Dayton, Ohio. These two cities are the latest in a long string of communities that have experienced horrific mass shootings. And once again, the news of these shootings bring up many questions. Dr. …

Episode 186: Modernizing Congress

August 15th, 2019


The US Congress is a bedrock of American democracy, but as it stands, it often seems to be stuck in the dark ages. With more and more technology …

Archive Episode 71: Violence in Resistance

August 8th, 2019


Around five years ago, Ferguson, Missouri erupted in violent protests after the fatal police shooting of teenager Michael Brown. The Ferguson …

Episode 185: America’s Long Immigration Debate

August 1st, 2019


At the beginning of his campaign for president, Donald Trump disparaged Mexican immigrants coming to the US and since then, immigration has been a centerpiece of his administration. But to say that America’s immigration …

Episode 184: Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

July 25th, 2019


When the 2016 Academy Award acting nominations all went to white performers for the second consecutive year, a trending hashtag - #OscarsSoWhite - swept Twitter. But in the span of just a few years, things seem to have …

Episode 183: Do Endorsements Really Matter?

July 18th, 2019


When politicians run for local office, they try to appeal to lots of different kinds of voters. And one way they do this is by collecting …

Episode 182: Chile, the CIA, and the Cold War

July 11th, 2019


The CIA has become an almost mythical government agency, viewed as full of super spies who carry out the US government’s wishes across the globe. And …

Episode 181: Locked Away

June 27th, 2019


In 1890, the Supreme Court called solitary confinement “barbaric,” speculating that it would be abandoned altogether as a correctional practice. But …

Episode 180: Guest Show - Big Brains

June 20th, 2019


This week, we’re bringing you an episode from Big Brains, a podcast produced at The University of Chicago. Big Brains tells the stories behind the pivotal research and pioneering breakthroughs reshaping our world. They …

Episode 179: Gerrymandering on Trial

June 13th, 2019


When elected officials redraw districts in their own party’s favor, the impact can be enormous, swaying elections and influencing policy for years to …

Episode 178: Healthy Patients, Healthy Providers

June 6th, 2019


Building healthy and equitable communities is a tough challenge, but it’s one that public policy is well position to address. In this episode, …

Episode 177: Unintended Consequences

May 30th, 2019


Public policy influences just about every part of our lives, and perhaps one of the most important is our health and well-being. In this episode, …

Episode 176: Groundbreakers, part 2

May 23rd, 2019


Many of us are part of one organization or another that’s hoping to create change. Yet all too often, it feels like the levers of change are stuck. Professor Hahrie Han tells the stories of a few organizations that have …

Episode 175: Groundbreakers, part 1

May 16th, 2019


For many renters, evictions can depend on the whims and wishes of their landlord. And with no right to a lawyer in housing court, there’s almost no chance to fight back and win. But that all recently changed in New York …

Episode 174: Making Motherhood Work

May 9th, 2019


This Sunday is Mother’s Day. But while this is one day of celebrating moms everywhere, many of them aren’t doing so well the other 364 days of the year. That’s because more moms today are struggling to balance work and …

Archive Episode 52: Paying the Price

May 2nd, 2019


Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren recently proposed a massive plan to eliminate most student debt and tuition at public colleges. But student …

Episode 173: 2020’s Big Proposals

April 25th, 2019


The presidential race for 2020 is already well underway and two of the biggest policies Democratic hopefuls are pushing include a $15 minimum wage …

Episode 172: The Battle over Clean Energy

April 19th, 2019


Wildfires, flooding, and some of warmest years on record -- climate change has become an ever more imminent threat. But without action from DC, the …

Episode 171: A Life-Changing Course

April 11th, 2019


Inequality is rampant in America’s schools and many of the proposed fixes end up falling far short of their goals. But ethnic studies courses have …

Episode 170: Guest Show - Democracy Works

April 4th, 2019


This week, we’re bringing you an episode of Democracy Works, a podcast that examines what it means to live in a democracy. This episode is a …

Episode 169: Who Controls the States?

March 28th, 2019


We like to think that state governments make decisions based on their particular situations. But it turns out, often that’s not the case. In fact, …

Episode 168: Cities in Crisis

March 21st, 2019


Flint, Michigan has been in crisis since 2014, plagued with unsafe drinking water and a local government in debt. Thankfully nonprofits came to the …

Episode 167: A Case of Life and Death

March 14th, 2019


The death penalty has a long and controversial history in the US. And 30 states still have it on the books. But in 2018, the Washington State Supreme Court decided to ban this punishment after seeing evidence of deep …

Archive Episode 95: Who is Affirmative Action for?

March 7th, 2019


The future of affirmative action is unclear. Harvard has been taken to court for its admissions policies and the case is likely to be the first …

Episode 166: Lawyers, Lawyers, and More Lawyers

February 28th, 2019


In a democracy, government is supposed to represent the people. But Congress doesn’t exactly look like your average American. In fact, lawyers make up a huge number of our federal representatives, but only a small …

Episode 165: Civil Rights in Our Schools

February 21st, 2019


Every February students across the country learn about Black History Month, including the civil rights movement. But educating children on the civil …

Episode 164: Treating Pain, Treating Addiction

February 15th, 2019


Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than of a car accident. But even as national attention has shed light on this crisis, opioid …

Episode 163: Biased Towards Democracy

February 7th, 2019


America’s democracy is in uncharted waters. From attacks on the media to challenges against free and fair elections and the longest government shutdown in US history, the future of American democracy looks increasingly …

Archive Episode 61: Buying More Time

January 31st, 2019


The consequences of climate change are looking increasingly dangerous and imminent, yet little has been done to address this crisis. Professor Garth Heutel lays out a potentially cost-effective way to reduce global …

Episode 162: The Hidden Listings

January 17th, 2019


Real estate agents help us navigate the housing market, get the best prices, and find the perfect house to call a home. But they also help decide who gets to live where, and not everyone gets the same options. Professor …

Episode 161: Guns in America, part 2

January 10th, 2019


In the last few years, the United States has seen one horrific mass shooting after another. But despite public outcry and support for gun control …

Episode 160: Guns in America, part 1

January 3rd, 2019


In 2018, the debate about gun rights and gun control was front and center after a tragic school shooting in Florida. But this debate has been raging …

Episode 64 Archive: Restaurant Loophole

December 20th, 2018


Chinese restaurants have become a staple in America, and they’re especially popular during the holidays. In this archive episode, Professor Heather …

Episode 159: The Diaper Dilemma

December 13th, 2018


Babies need diapers. But for 1 in 3 mothers, diapers are just too expensive to always have on hand. And that can leave children and families in a precarious situation. Professor Jennifer Randles lays out the diaper …

Episode 158: Home is Where the Health is

December 6th, 2018


Access to good housing is key to better health, both now and in the future. So what happens when the youngest and oldest members of our society don’t …

Episode 157: Sickened by Systems

November 29th, 2018


Americans of color consistently have worse health outcomes than their white peers. So what’s behind this trend? First, Professor Margaret Hicken lays …

Archive Episode 54: Racing to the Bottom

November 22nd, 2018


After over a year of competition between hundreds of cities and municipalities, Amazon has finally announced the location, or two locations, for its HQ2. But in this archive episode, Professor Nathan Jensen explains how …

Episode 156: A Seat at the Table

November 15th, 2018


On November 6th a historic number of women and women of color were elected to Congress. And that means important changes could be coming to Capitol …

Episode 155: The Midterms and Beyond

November 8th, 2018


On Tuesday, voters across the country went to the polls in one of the most watched midterm elections in decades. And now the results are in. So what …

Episode 154: The Women Turned Away

November 1st, 2018


Across the country, states are making abortion less and less accessible. And that means there are many people who seek an abortion but are denied one. So what does that mean for a woman’s health and well being? And what …

Episode 153: Good Economy, Better Jobs

October 25th, 2018


Unemployment is very low and Americans report having strong confidence in the economy. But not everyone is benefitting equally. Professor Harry …

Episode 152: Who Gets a Green Card?

October 18th, 2018


When the US decides whether or not to grant an immigrant a green card, they look at many factors. That includes if they heavily rely on certain government programs to get by. But proposed changes at the federal level …

Episode 151: Students at the Polls

October 11th, 2018


College campuses are full of conversations about politics and policy. But many of these college students don’t turn out when it actually matters, on …

Episode 150: Giving the Vote Back

October 4th, 2018


Casting a ballot seems as American as apple pie. But in Florida, one in ten people have had their voting rights taken away because of a criminal conviction. Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy dives into the history of …

Episode 149: Beyond Legal Marijuana

September 27th, 2018


Thirty states have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, and come November four more states may join their ranks through ballot initiatives. But these new laws often do little to help people who have past marijuana …

Episode 148: California Greenin’

September 20th, 2018


In face of ongoing threats to its environment, California has taken big steps to protect its nature and wildlife. Professor David Vogel lays out California’s history as an environmental leader, how it plans to continue …

Episode 147: In Government We Distrust

September 13th, 2018


The government fights forest fires, protects us from foreign invasion, helps people go to college, and so much more. But Americans’ opinions of the …

Episode 146: Different Schools, Same Tests

September 6th, 2018


It’s back to school season and for many children, teachers, and parents across the country school looks very similar. That’s because in 2009, the …

Episode 145: Suicide and Black America

August 30th, 2018


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in America. And black youth in particular face increasing suicide rates and challenges …

Episode 144: Paid to Care

August 23rd, 2018


An unexpected surgery can cost a worker thousands in medical bills. And in states without paid family and medical leave, they also have to go without a paycheck while recovering. Professors Randy Albelda and Alan …

Episode 143: Trusting the Science

August 16th, 2018


Knowledge is power. Or at least that’s how the saying goes — but when it comes to climate change and its causes, that knowledge hasn’t translated into action. Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Motta discusses why climate …

Episode 142: Nowhere to Live

August 9th, 2018


Having a warm and comfortable home is important for health and well-being. But with rising rent prices and growing inequality, it can be tough – if not impossible – to find a place to live. Professors Rosie Tighe and …

Episode 141: Muslims in America

August 2nd, 2018


Since 9/11, fears about extremism have shaped the public’s view of Islam. And American policies often reflect these fears, zeroing in on Muslims and …

Episode 140: A Bank for Everyone

July 26th, 2018


In April 2018, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation to make basic banking services, like loans and check cashing, available at every branch of the United States Postal Service. Professor Mehrsa Baradaran …

Episode 139: Investing in Families

July 19th, 2018


A college degree can make a huge difference for parents and their kids. But if you’ve got an eight-year-old to support and a low-paying job, it’s …

Episode 138: Black Men’s Work

July 12th, 2018


Lawyers, doctors, engineers, and bankers are among America’s most respected professionals, and most are middle-aged white men. So what are the experiences of black men who join their ranks? Adia Harvey Wingfield …

Episode 137: Big Data

July 5th, 2018


Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, Americans have been talking about data: what online information is saved, what we should do with it, and …

Episode 136: (Paper)Work Requirements

June 28th, 2018


Everyone needs healthcare. But Americans can’t agree on how to fix our troubled healthcare system. Now, the Trump Administration and a number of states are pushing one idea — require people on Medicaid to work. …

(Special) Episode 135: Zero Tolerance

June 22nd, 2018


The Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy for migrants produced widespread outrage. Specific policies are in flux, so we asked researchers for …

Episode 134: How Democracies Die

June 21st, 2018


Democracy is under threat. From Venezuela to Turkey, from Hungary to the Philippines, powerful leaders are rewriting their countries norms and laws …

Episode 133: Black Teachers Wanted

June 14th, 2018


America is getting more diverse, and that means more children of color are students in our schools. But teachers are still overwhelmingly white, so …

Episode 132: Get Organized

June 6th, 2018


There are thousands of civic organizations in America, from big-time lobbying groups to local grassroots organizations, and they all want your time and support. But some organizations are more effective at creating …

Episode 131: Another Blow to Unions?

May 30th, 2018


Unions used to be a major political force in America. But over the last few decades they have steadily declined, and now a Supreme Court case might …

Episode 130: Informing Women’s Choices

May 23rd, 2018


In 1973, the Supreme Court made access to abortions a legal right. Since then, crisis pregnancy centers have popped up across the country to dissuade women from getting abortions. Professor Kimberly Kelly explains the …

Episode 129: Information vs. Opioids

May 16th, 2018


The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across America and there’s no silver bullet to fix it. But communicating to people about risks and steps …

Episode 128: The Women Rebooting Democracy

May 9th, 2018


Following the 2016 election, suburban well-educated women got together in PTA groups, libraries, and coffee shops to organize—some for the first …

Episode 127: Surviving Poverty

May 2nd, 2018


America—the world’s wealthiest country—is home to over 40 million people living under the poverty line. And for many, there is no safety net to fall back on. Professor Joan Maya Mazelis explains how we got here and …

Episode 126: Checking the President

April 25th, 2018


The Founding Fathers made sure to put checks in place that would prevent a president from becoming a king. But Professor Larry Jacobs explains that …

Episode 125: Losing the Party

April 18th, 2018


US politics is built around two parties, but recently there have been growing rifts between and within them. First, Professor Eliot Cohen explains …

Episode 124: Outrage in the Media

April 11th, 2018


From Sean Hannity to Rachel Maddow, TV and radio hosts are taking stronger ideological stances, telling audiences what is right and wrong in America. …

Episode 123: Closing the Gender Gap

April 4th, 2018


At only 20 percent, the number of US Congressional seats held by women ranks 101st in the world. Saskia Brechenmacher explains why this underrepresentation is bad for our democracy and looks at examples abroad to see …

Episode 122: Show Me Your Papers

March 28th, 2018


Immigration enforcement measures used to be concentrated on America’s borders. But as Professor Yalidy Matos outlines, federal agencies are increasingly partnering with local law enforcement to carry out deportations, …

Episode 121: The American DREAM

March 21st, 2018


For undocumented youth, the chance to receive legal status would be a life changer. Professor Amy Hsin shows how legalization could encourage young …

Episode 120: Growing Up Undocumented

March 14th, 2018


Family, education, and work—for undocumented people in the U.S., these areas of life are filled with uncertainty. As Professor Roberto Gonzales explains, growing up undocumented can throw your future into limbo.

For …

Episode 119: Democracy in Decline

March 7th, 2018


It’s no secret. Our political future is uncertain and unpredictable. Author and scholar Yascha Mounk outlines how economic inequality, a backlash …

Episode 118: Power to the Pharmacy?

February 28th, 2018


Birth control has helped many avoid unwanted pregnancies, but getting access to it can be a challenge. Professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez dives deep …

Episode 117: The Citizen Expert

February 21st, 2018


Ballot questions let voters decide on big issues. But with ad campaigns and special interests, reliable information can be hard to find. Professor …

Episode 116: Myth of Millionaire Tax Flight

February 14th, 2018


Raising taxes on the rich encourages job creators to skip town. Or so say some economists and policymakers. This week, Professor Cristobal Young …

Episode 115: Discounted Care

February 7th, 2018


Prescription drugs are expensive. But for years, a little-known program has given some hospitals discounts to help them provide care for low-income and uninsured patients. Professor Sayeh Nikpay explains why this …

Episode 114: Moonshots

January 31st, 2018


We all want innovative policies that propel our nation forward. But getting things done in DC isn’t always easy. This week, Thomas Kalil joins us to …

Episode 113: Ballot Blocked

January 24th, 2018


In 1965, the passage of the Voting Rights Act helped secure equal access to the ballot, and it has enjoyed bipartisan support ever since. Right? …

Episode 112: A Campaign Pitch

January 17th, 2018


The 2018 midterms are rapidly approaching and voters want to believe they’re going to make rational choices at the polls. But as Professor Casey …

Episode 111: Who Pays for Justice?

January 10th, 2018


A $50 citation, $100 in court costs—for many Americans navigating the criminal justice system, fines and fees like these add up quickly. Professor Alexes Harris reveals why local governments charge convicts to pay for …

Episode 110: Going Public

December 27th, 2017


Professors all across the country have expertise that can improve public policy, but how can they get their research into the hands that matter? …

Episode 109: Can Governments Earn Our Trust?

December 20th, 2017


Trust in our governments is low, and seems to only be getting worse. Professor Donald Kettl explains why widespread distrust plagues governments around the world, what this means for democracy, and how, if at all, …

Episode 45 Archive: Legislating in the Dark

December 13th, 2017


Republicans and Democrats alike have complained about the speed with which the recent tax bills are going through Congress. In light of this, we’re bringing you an archive episode with Professor James Curry who explains …

Episode 108 Bonus: Improving Policies on Campus Sexual Assault

December 6th, 2017


Nicole Bedera and Miriam Gleckman-Krut stay post-interview to discuss their ideas for changing university policies on campus sexual assault.

Episode 108: The Politics of Campus Sexual Assault

December 6th, 2017


Campus sexual assault is a problem across the country, but colleges differ widely in how they respond to these cases. PhD candidates Nicole Bedera …

Episode 107: Guest Show - The Measure of Everyday Life

November 28th, 2017


This week we are showcasing an episode from The Measure of Everyday Life, a podcast hosted by SSN member Brian Southwell. He spoke with Professor …

Episode 21 Archive: Big Money, Big Power

November 22nd, 2017


Congress is on the verge of passing major tax reform that many say is tilted in favor of the wealthy. This week we’re looking back at an episode with Professor Rick Hasen to explore why the wealthy often enjoy such …

Episode 106: Investing in Our Neighborhoods

November 15th, 2017


The neighborhoods we live in help shape our mental and physical health. Professor Antwan Jones explains what happens when some neighborhoods benefit from private and public investments while others are left behind, and …

Episode 105: The Captured Economy

November 8th, 2017


Inequality is on the rise in America, but what’s behind it? Professor Steven Teles and Dr. Brink Lindsey lay out how federal and state policies help …

Episode 104: Guest Show - Have You Heard

October 31st, 2017


This week we are highlighting an episode from Have You Heard, a podcast co-hosted by SSN member Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire. …

Episode 28 Archive: Americans Like Taxes

October 24th, 2017


As Republicans move forward with their tax overhaul, this week’s episode revisits Vanessa Williamson’s interview on the misconception that Americans …

Episode 103: The Political Rumor Mill

October 17th, 2017


Political rumors are spreading across the country and the widening divide between parties is only making them more potent. Professor Adam Berinsky …

Episode 102: Live Show Act III

October 3rd, 2017


For the final act of the live show, Professors Erin O’Brien and Peter Ubertaccio tackle Massachusetts politics. They dig into the character of the …

Episode 101: Live Show Act II

September 26th, 2017


For the second act of the live show, Professors Deondra Rose and Gunther Peck dive deep into North Carolina’s contentious politics, the impacts of …

Episode 100: Live Show Act I

September 19th, 2017


In the first of three acts for the 100th episode live show, Professors Theda Skocpol and René Flores discuss the role of national and local …

Episode 99: Funding Foster Care

September 12th, 2017


Foster parents and social workers help children in difficult situations, but too often they lack the resources they need. Professor Antonio Garcia …

Episode 98: The Cost of College

September 5th, 2017


High costs are making college unaffordable, or even impossible, for many Americans. Professor Nicholas Hillman outlines why student loan debt has …

Episode 97: Who Has the Right to Vote?

August 29th, 2017


Voting is a pillar of American democracy, but for many, the vote has been out of reach. Professor Doug Spencer explains the past and present of the right to vote in America, and how debates about voter fraud are missing …

Episode 96: Informing Policy

August 23rd, 2017


How do policymakers sort through all the information they get? Jenni Owen discusses how she and the office of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper …

Episode 95: Who is Affirmative Action For?

August 15th, 2017


Colleges highlight how affirmative action increases diversity on campus. Professor Natasha Warikoo discusses new investigations into school …

Announcing: No Jargon live show!

August 11th, 2017


Come to the first-ever LIVE taping of the Scholars Strategy Network’s podcast, No Jargon.

To celebrate No Jargon’s 100th episode, Avi will be joined …

Episode 94: Vaccination Education

August 8th, 2017


Fueled by misinformation, some parents are wary of vaccinating their kids. But this seemingly personal choice can cause disease outbreaks. Dr. Matthew Woodruff explains the science behind vaccines and how we can better …

Episode 93: Melting Pot, Boiling Pot

August 1st, 2017


A decade ago, the immigration debate divided Hazleton, PA when the mayor blamed a wave of immigrants for crimes and passed a harsh bill against them. Professor René Flores lays out what happened and how laws like this …

Episode 92: A Seat at the Table

July 26th, 2017


Residents are experts on their neighborhoods, but their voices often go unheard in local decision making. Professor Tia Gaynor discusses initiatives that bridge the gap between local governments and citizens – and …

Episode 91: Heat or Eat

July 18th, 2017


Millions of Americans struggle to pay their utility bills, and some families are even forced to choose between groceries or energy bills. Professor Tony Reames lays out energy’s unequal burden on low-income Americans …

Episode 90: The Past and Future of the Constitution

July 12th, 2017


Is the U.S. Constitution about to change? Professor David Marcus lays out why some states are calling for a constitutional convention to introduce amendments. And Professor David Robertson delves into the history behind …

Episode 89: Charismatic Campaigning

June 27th, 2017


The Sanders and Trump presidential campaigns both capitalized on emotional speeches and rallies. But politics weren’t always this way. Professor …

Episode 88: How Discrimination Hurts

June 21st, 2017


Many transgender Americans report being denied a job because of their identity, but that’s just one result of the discrimination they face. …

Episode 87: NAFTA Winners and Losers

June 13th, 2017


Since the North American Free Trade Agreement, American processed foods have flooded the Mexican food market -- with dramatic effects on people’s health. Professor Alyshia Gálvez explains how Mexico became a dumping …

Episode 86: Unequal Protection from Pollution

June 6th, 2017


As Congress and the Trump Administration roll back environmental protections, some communities are especially harmed. But Professor David Konisky …

Episode 85: Iran Deal or No Deal?

May 30th, 2017


What do Iran’s elections and Trump’s international trip mean for the nuclear deal and US-Iran relations? Professor Kevan Harris discusses the history behind the latest news and paints a different picture of Iranian …

Episode 84: Pregnancy in Prison

May 23rd, 2017


Quality of healthcare for women in jail varies widely, but it is the only place in the U.S. where they have a legal right to it. Professor Carolyn …

Episode 83: 21st Century Safety Net

May 16th, 2017


Social security, health insurance, and unemployment insurance help Americans through life’s ups and downs. Benjamin Veghte explains the benefits and challenges to these programs and offers ways they can adapt to …

Episode 82: Hidden Tax Benefits

May 9th, 2017


Food stamps, Social Security, and Medicaid are not the only, or even the largest, social welfare programs in America. Professor Suzanne Mettler reveals how hidden benefits in the tax code promote inequality and how to …

Episode 81: On Tyranny

May 2nd, 2017


In the 1900s, dictators rose to power across Europe as democracies fell to fascists and communists. History Professor Timothy Snyder argues that democracy today is far from invincible, and translates lessons from the …

Episode 80: Unequal Play to Unwanted Contact

April 25th, 2017


Title IX protects against sexual assault and gender discrimination at universities. Celene Reynolds discusses the state of Title IX today, and how a …

Episode 79: Is the Death Penalty Dying?

April 19th, 2017


Changing public opinion and high costs have death sentences in decline in America. Professor Frank Baumgartner explains that when they do happen, race, mental illness, and even location predict who is sentenced and …

Episode 41 Archive: White-Collar Government

April 11th, 2017


Trump’s cabinet is the wealthiest in U.S. history. In light of this news, this episode revisits Professor Nicholas Carnes' interview on the effects …

Episode 78: Can’t Get Ahead

April 5th, 2017


Poverty can persist in the same communities for generations, especially communities of color. Professor Darrick Hamilton walks through the policies …

Episode 77: Urban Renewal 2.0

March 28th, 2017


Development efforts in American cities often push out long-term residents and communities of color. Zeroing in on Baltimore, Professor Brandi …

Episode 76: American Job Guarantee

March 21st, 2017


Could we fight unemployment by providing government jobs in construction, child care, and other needed public projects? Professor William Darity …

Episode 75: Buy the Book

March 14th, 2017


As charter school debates play out at the local level, out-of-state donors are contributing millions of dollars to school board campaigns in cities …

Episode 74: Is Our Food Safe?

March 7th, 2017


Rollbacks on federal regulations will put American’s food at risk. Professor Adam Sheingate explains the risks to consumers and the prospects for …

Episode 73: Sanctuary City Limits

February 28th, 2017


As the federal government ramps up deportation efforts, myths about sanctuary cities are widespread. Professor Tom Wong shows how local sanctuary …

Episode 72: Power in Politics

February 23rd, 2017


The outsized influence of money is a problem in U.S. politics. Sean McElwee and Professor Tabatha Abu El-Haj describe how donors skew policy and how …

Episode 71: Violence in Resistance

February 14th, 2017


Protests that turn violent have been a constant throughout American history. Professor Ashley Howard explains their origins, and how new laws, …

Episode 70: The Future of Family Planning

February 7th, 2017


Republican majorities in the federal government and in most states are putting protections for abortion, parenting, and birth control rights at risk. …

Episode 69: Repeal and Replace?

February 1st, 2017


Trump and Republican leaders have promised to repeal Obamacare, leaving millions without health insurance. Professor Colleen Grogan breaks down the …

Episode 68: Bull in a China Shop

January 24th, 2017


Tensions with China are high, North Korea is testing nuclear warheads, and the Philippines is distancing itself. Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro explores the complicated web of U.S. trade and military relations in Asia …

Episode 67: Defending Democracy

January 17th, 2017


Americans across the political spectrum are questioning the integrity of U.S. elections and democracy. Professor Amel Ahmed walks through threats …

Episode 66: Supreme Inequality

January 10th, 2017


The Supreme Court is helps shape civil rights in the United States, but it is less recognized for its role in intensifying economic inequality. …

Episode 65: Timing is Everything

January 3rd, 2017


A voting rule no one is talking about could change the face of elections across the country. Professor Zoltan Hajnal explains how combining national, …

Episode 64: Restaurant Loophole

December 20th, 2016


Professor Heather Lee tells the story of how a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act led to the Chinese restaurant boom in America. Drawing parallels …

Episode 63: The Latino Vote

December 13th, 2016


Professor Gabriel Sanchez breaks down the Latino vote in the 2016 election and unpacks the controversy and misinterpretation of exit poll data on …

Episode 62: You’re Fired

December 9th, 2016


Tech error fixed: Professor Peter Shane describes the court case that could give the president new authority to fire any federal official, for any …

Episode 61: Buying More Time

November 29th, 2016


Professor Garth Heutel lays out a potentially cost-effective way to reduce global temperatures to stave off global warming. But solar geoengineering …

Episode 60: Thinking Outside the Kitchen

November 23rd, 2016


Professor Sarah Bowen discusses her research on why home-cooking is not all it's cracked up to be. She gives a more realistic account of the idealized family dinner, and how money, time, and gender norms impact how and …

Episode 59: Race and Reaction

November 22nd, 2016


Professor Chris S. Parker details why, given America’s racial history, the election of Donald Trump is not a surprise. Reactionary parties have always appealed to voters beyond just the rural, working class, and Trump …

Episode 58: Politics of Resentment

November 15th, 2016


Professor Kathy Cramer shares lessons from her conversations with rural communities in Wisconsin. Rural voters often feel forgotten, misunderstood, …

Episode 57: Election Autopsy

November 11th, 2016


Professor Theda Skocpol discusses the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and what to expect from a Trump presidency. Analyzing the factors …

Episode 56: Who Votes and Why

November 1st, 2016


Professor Jan Leighley walks through the factors that influence voter behavior from age to party to voting laws. Elected officials and campaigns are responsive to groups with high turnout and encourage them to vote. The …

Episode 55: Bernie or Bust?

October 25th, 2016


Professor Paul Lichterman analyzes strategies used by activists in social movements and explains how Sanders supporters decide to interact with …

Episode 54: Racing to the Bottom

October 18th, 2016


Professor Nathan Jensen explains how cities and states often lose more than they gain when politicians use tax incentives to bring businesses to town.

Episode 53: Polls, Polls, Polls

October 12th, 2016


Professor Amy Fried explains the use and abuse of public opinion research and tells ​how polling methods have changed over the past 100 years.

Episode 52: Paying the Price

October 4th, 2016


Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses the impact of the high cost of college on students at public and community colleges, including hunger, …

Episode 51: What Does Presidential Look Like?

September 26th, 2016


Professor Kelly Dittmar discusses how gender impacts attitudes towards candidates and informs voters’ expectations. Informed by the Presidential Gender Watch 2016 project, Dittmar flags what to look and listen for in …

Episode 50: Kindergarten Math

September 20th, 2016


This special episode tells the story of a professor who helped to inform local policy: Tamara Kay corrected misleading statistics about a labor law …

No Jargon is on break

September 13th, 2016


No Jargon is on break this week. It’s the beginning of the semester and professors and SSN chapters are starting up for the new year. If you need …

Episode 49: Science of Abortion Law

September 6th, 2016


Professor Ushma Upadhyay examined an abortion pill law in Ohio that required health care providers to use outdated FDA rules. Said to protect women’s …

Episode 48: Rio, Ryan Lochte, and Resistance

August 30th, 2016


Professor Jules Boykoff places Rio 2016 in historical context from the Olympics’ elitist beginnings to their continued strain on host cities. As …

Episode 47: A Path for Police Reform

August 23rd, 2016


Professor Tracey Meares discusses why building community trust must be at the foundation of police reform. Departments can strengthen legitimacy by …

Episode 46: Working Yourself to Death

August 16th, 2016


Professor Sarah Horton outlines why so many farmworkers face illness - and even death – on the job. Poor regulation, harsh labor practices, and …

Episode 45: Legislating in the Dark

August 9th, 2016


Professor James Curry explains how limited resources have enabled party leaders to write and negotiate most laws in Congress. Lacking expertise, staff, and time, rank-and-file members rarely have the chance to …

Episode 44: Tutoring Through Tech

August 2nd, 2016


Professor Carolyn Heinrich lays out how and why technology has a growing presence in America’s classrooms. Digital tools offer some benefits, but …

Episode 43: Seeking Candidates of Color

July 26th, 2016


Professor Paru Shah discusses why electing people of color is hindered by segregated districts, voter bias, and election rules and timing. Drawing on …

Episode 42: Running Against All Odds

July 19th, 2016


Professor Shauna Shames lays out why running for office often comes with additional costs for women and leads many to stay away from politics. …

Episode 41: White-Collar Government

July 12th, 2016


Professor Nicholas Carnes explains the consequences of having mostly white-collar elected officials - a government by the rich, for the rich. Working …

Episode 40: Beyond Pro-Choice

July 5th, 2016


Rocío Garcia describes how social class, race, gender, and citizenship status impact access to reproductive health care. To become more inclusive, the reproductive rights movement must address these factors and move …

Episode 39: Change from the Inside

June 28th, 2016


David Dagan outlines the GOP’s journey from being “tough on crime” to embracing prison reform. Despite falling crime rates, the party could only …

Episode 38 Bonus: Jump On The Bandwagon

June 21st, 2016


Professors Blasi, Freeman, and Kruse stay post-interview to discuss why trade unions, business schools, and foundations should get on board with …

Episode 38: When Workers Become Owners

June 21st, 2016


Professors Blasi, Freeman, and Kruse explain how sharing the ownership or profits of a company with workers can improve productivity, pay, and work life quality - all while reducing economic inequality.

Episode 37: Immigration Beyond the Border

June 14th, 2016


Professor Anna Law lays out meaningful and responsible reforms that the next President could use to address immigration. Law encourages the incoming …

Episode 36: Giving Away Guilt

June 7th, 2016


Professor Sofya Aptekar explores the gift economy through Freecycle, a network of groups where people can give and receive used items. Aptekar examines how income inequality and consumption patterns impact the …

Episode 35: The Overlooked Section

May 31st, 2016


Professor Jamila Michener discusses one way the U.S. tries to incorporate low-income and minority individuals into the political system and why the …

Episode 34: The Rise of Islamophobia

May 24th, 2016


Professor Saher Selod explains how 9/11 changed the lives of Muslims in America. This small and diverse group faces hostility, discriminatory …

Episode 33: The 10 Minute Change

May 17th, 2016


Joshua Kalla describes a new door to door canvassing technique, “deep canvassing,” that encourages voters to tell their own stories of discrimination and leads to dramatic, long-lasting decreases in prejudice.

Episode 32: Change They Can't Believe In

May 11th, 2016


Professor Christopher Parker shows the role of racial resentment in the rise of the Tea Party and connects it to “the paranoid style” in American …

Episode 31: Undemocratic and Unaccountable

May 3rd, 2016


Professor Lawrence Jacobs reveals how America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, used the 2008 financial crisis to expand its size and authority. With little accountability, this institution has favored big banks and …

Episode 30: Part 2. What Made America Great, Again?

April 26th, 2016


Professor Jacob Hacker shows how the war on government made America forget the root of its prosperity - a healthy mix of government and business. …

Episode 29: Part 1. What Made America Great

April 19th, 2016


Professor Paul Pierson presents the forgotten history of American prosperity: how public and private sectors worked together for economic growth and …

Episode 28: Americans Like Taxes

April 12th, 2016


Vanessa Williamson dispels the misconception that Americans hate taxes. In fact, most Americans support taxes and are willing to increase them for services they care about. She outlines how, despite this, anti-tax …

Episode 6 Archive: Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and Birth Control

April 5th, 2016


In light of recent news about abortion and birth control, this episode revisits Professor Carole Joffe's interview. She discussed the politics of …

Episode 27: Regulating Inequality

March 29th, 2016


Professor Arthur MacEwan explains how market regulations - from patent laws to healthcare to early childhood education - can address the roots of …

Episode 26: Truth and Reconciliation

March 22nd, 2016


Professor Joshua Inwood describes how truth and reconciliation processes address legacies of racism, violence, and conflict and move toward community …

Episode 25: Shooting Your Brand in the Foot

March 15th, 2016


Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy outlines the power of public backlash, shareholder pressure, and consumer boycotts to check corporate spending on …

Episode 25 Bonus: Bad Timing for “Isis Wallet”

March 15th, 2016


Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy stays post-interview to tell the story of a small tech and financial services company with a unique branding problem.

Episode 24: Senate Chamber, Echo Chamber

March 8th, 2016


Professor Dana Fisher shows that policymakers only hear scientific information about climate change that reaffirms their own positions. Fisher is a …

Episode 23: The Highest Glass Ceiling

March 1st, 2016


Professor Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the stories of three women who - long before Hillary Clinton - sought to win the U.S. presidency despite overwhelming challenges. Fitzpatrick is a Professor of History at the University …

Episode 22: The Case for $15

February 23rd, 2016


Professor Robert Pollin gives three reasons why a $15 minimum wage is feasible for the fast food industry and shows how it is better for workers and …

Episode 21: Big Money, Big Power

February 16th, 2016


Professor Rick Hasen explores why a few wealthy Americans have most of the influence in U.S. politics - and how changing the Supreme Court is the …

Episode 20: Does Your Vote Count?

February 9th, 2016


Professor David Schultz explains that only a tiny sliver of the American population - the voters in just 10 swing states - will truly matter in the …

Episode 19: Changing Neighborhoods for Better or Worse

February 2nd, 2016


Jackelyn Hwang discusses gentrification in America - how race and class impact who moves where and when. How can decision-makers encourage investment that protects long-time residents? Hwang is a Postdoctoral Research …

Episode 18: Feminism, A Century Later

January 26th, 2016


Professor Kristin Goss explains how women’s groups have grown, shrunk, and fought against getting pigeonholed in the century since they gained the …

Episode 17: The Politics of Abortion in America

January 19th, 2016


Professor Deana Rohlinger talks about five decades of American abortion battles and analyzes the successes and failures of groups on both sides. …

Episode 16: Local Agents of Democracy

January 12th, 2016


Professor Colleen Casey describes how community organizations help disenfranchised groups participate in democracy and addresses questions of …

Episode 15: Too Many Workers

January 5th, 2016


Daniel Alpert explains how the opening of the global market ​has reduced the bargaining power of workers at home and ​encouraged a global cycle of booms and busts. Alpert is a Fellow at The Century Foundation and a …

Episode 14: Family Values, Family Leave

December 29th, 2015


Marion Johnson discusses the costs and benefits of giving workers paid time off to recover from illness, care for a sick family member, or be with a …

Episode 13: The Misinformation Age

December 22nd, 2015


Professor Brian Southwell explains why people tend to believe false information and discusses strategies for correcting the public perception of misinformation. Southwell is a professor of Mass Communication at …

Episode 12: The Price for Parking Your Car(bon)

December 15th, 2015


Professor James Boyce explains how putting a price on carbon would increase the cost of non-renewable energy like oil, coal and gas and help reduce …

Episode 11: Christmas in April

December 8th, 2015


Professor Laura Tach discusses the Earned Income Tax Credit and explains why it is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in America. Tach …

Episode 10: Immigrant and Refugee Deja Vu

December 1st, 2015


Professor Benjamin Railton recounts the short history of US immigration law and the reaction to a historic situation similar to the Syrian refugee crisis. Railton is an Associate Professor of English and American …

Episode 9: Welfare for the Wealthy

November 24th, 2015


Professor Christopher Faricy explains how the U.S. federal tax code provides billions in private welfare that disproportionately benefits the rich …

Episode 8: Organizing for Leadership

November 24th, 2015


Professor Hahrie Han discusses how the most effective civic organizations reach out to the public and develop leaders. Han is an Associate Professor …

Episode 7: Mapping Black America

November 17th, 2015


Professor Marcus Anthony Hunter explores the geography of the Black American experience and gives historical context to Black politics and Black …

Episode 6: Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and Birth Control

November 10th, 2015


Professor Carole Joffe explains the culture and politics behind the Planned Parenthood controversy and the economic importance of reproductive health …

Episode 4: The Student Debt Crisis

November 3rd, 2015


Professor Nicholas Hillman discusses the burden of student debt and dispels common misconceptions. Hillman is an Assistant Professor of Educational …

Episode 5: Business at the Ballot Box

November 3rd, 2015


Alexander Hertel-Fernandez explores how small business interests influence politics and explains what businesses do to politically mobilize their …

Episode 3: The Tea Party Divided

October 28th, 2015


Professor Heath Brown discusses the Tea Party, explaining how this conservative movement has grown and changed – and how it may shape the 2016 elections. Brown is an Assistant Professor of Public Management at the City …

Episode 2: Jim Crow 2.0

October 28th, 2015


Professor Erin O’Brien illuminates the absence of voter fraud in the United States and details how and why voter fraud legislation is passed across …

Episode 1: The Kochs, Americans For Prosperity, and The Right

October 28th, 2015


Professor Theda Skocpol discusses changes in and around the Republican Party and explains how conservatives are reaching out to new constituencies. …

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