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Matters of Policy & Politics

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Matters of Policy & Politics is a Hoover Institution podcast devoted to matters of governance and balance of power at home and abroad. It is hosted by Hoover fellow Bill Whalen. As the successor to Hoover’s Area 45 podcast, which focused on Trump-era issues and controversies, Matters of Policy & Politics will examine the direction of federal, state, and local leadership and elections, with an occasional examination of national security and geopolitical concerns, all featuring insightful analysis provided by Hoover Institution scholars and guests. Podcasts will be released weekly, with engaging topics and fellows.
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Presidential Debate Shake-Up: Who Trumped Whom? | Bill Whalen and Ben Ginsberg | Hoover Institution

President Biden and Donald Trump have agreed to a departure in presidential politics – two general-election debates in late June (a historical first) and early September, with a lone vice presidential debate somewhere in between. Ben Ginsberg, the Hoover Institution’s Volker Family Visiting Fellow and a nationally recognized election-integrity advocate and campaign counsel, discusses the merits of the new debate schedule, what it means for the future of the Commission on Presidential Debates (which both candidates purposely avoided) and national conventions and third-party candidacies, the impact on a changing media landscape, plus the feasibility of a third Biden-Trump debate in October if either the public demands or both campaigns feel compelled to do so.
5/18/202451 minutes, 14 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update | Bill Whalen and Lee Ohanian | Hoover Institution

Did a preeminent California university handle campus protests the right way, and why can’t the state prove that its homeless programs are working? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, discuss the latest news in the Golden State including third-party candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. qualifying for California’s November ballot, a fast-food wage hike that continues to cause economic heartburn, and Governor Gavin Newsom’s return to wanderlust (this time, a mid-May sojourn to the Vatican to preach about the perils of climate change).
5/10/202456 minutes, 6 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Bringing America Together | Bill Whalen and Bill Bradley | Hoover Institution

What happened to teamwork and the spirit of unity and common purpose – not just in sports, but in politics and in society? Former New Jersey senator and basketball legend Bill Bradley, the star of the one-man show Rolling Along, tells a tale that took him from a Missouri boyhood to a celebrated turn at Princeton, the bright lights of New York’s Madison Square Garden, and nearly 25 years in politics, followed by a post-political segue to academia, finance, and “story-telling.”
4/30/202458 minutes, 30 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: America’s Economic Riddle | Bill Whalen and Mickey Levy | Hoover Institution

President Biden’s campaign swing through Pennsylvania this week is notable for two things – three days devoted to one “swing” state, and a nuanced message regarding the US economy that’s heavy on class-warfare rhetoric and light on inflationary concerns. Mickey Levy, a macroeconomist and Hoover Institution visiting fellow, explains the complicated picture of America’s economy – higher employment, higher productivity, and higher prices for goods and services; then Levy previews the upcoming Hoover Monetary Policy Conference and its annual look at the Federal Reserve’s performance.
4/18/202448 minutes, 59 seconds
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Matters of Policy & Politics: Revisiting Freedom’s Cause: David Davenport and Checker Finn on Rejuvenating Civic Education | Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

Evidence points to generations of Americans increasingly less informed as to their republic’s origins and system of checks and balances, so it is not surprising that more Americans are less engaged in their communities and are increasingly pessimistic about the future. Checker Finn, a Hoover Institution adjunct senior fellow and past chairman of Hoover’s K-12 Education, joins Hoover emeritus research fellow David Davenport, co-author of the soon-to-be-released A Republic If You Can Teach It: Fixing America’s Civic Education, to discuss better ways to engage K-12 and college students in the understanding and appreciation of the concept of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
4/17/202456 minutes, 32 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: Southbound Economy, Media Hardball, and Remembering O.J.| Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

Recent economic news out of California isn’t all that “golden:” 400,000 jobs shed and the nation’s highest unemployment rate; and the Golden State soon to be demoted from fifth to six in terms of global economies. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, discuss why the West Coast economy has gone south (think: hostile business and jobs climate); and what’s behind governor Gavin Newsom’s recent spate of a bad publicity run that includes a harsh re-examination of his college baseball career. Finally, weighing the life and legacy of the late O.J. Simpson – and revealing the fate of the infamous white Ford Bronco (spoiler alert: start at Dollywood).
4/12/202451 minutes, 45 seconds
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Matters of Policy & Politics: California Update - Proposition 1 Wasn’t the Yeast of the Governor’s Worries | Lee Ohanian and Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

California’s Super Tuesday primary yielded a few surprises, including a low turnout that nearly doomed governor Newsom’s pet ballot measure and a San Francisco electorate moving rightward on local police tactics and welfare requirements. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, discuss election results, the controversy over Panera Bread and a gubernatorial chum seemingly exempted from a California minimum-wage increase for fast-food chains, plus the state legislature revisiting snack-food additives (potentially bad news for chips and Gatorade consumers), and the future of daylight savings time.
3/14/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 38 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Rep. Mike Gallagher on Congress, China and Public Service | Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

Unusual for a member of Congress, the 40-year-old Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher is retiring later this year after only four terms in the House of Representatives. In a wide-ranging interview, Gallagher discusses what brought him to Capitol Hill and why he’s decided to depart so relatively soon; life inside a fractious Republican caucus; his legacy as chair of a House select committee examining the threat of an ambitious Chinese Communist Party; plus lessons learned from political and military service (Gallagher is an ex-Marine who served alongside Hoover senior fellow and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in Iraq).  
3/8/202457 minutes, 20 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update - Mental Vs. Fiscal Health, and Remembering a Rebuilder

California’s Proposition 1, a $6.38 billion bond addressing mental health treatment across the Golden State, seems destined for voter approval. Is it sound policy – and a sound expense for a state deeply in debt? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior product manager Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the California, including a campaign to turn a coastal stretch of the Golden State into a new nation called “Pacifica”; the politics of “shrinkflation”; what this year’s US Senate race says about California’s top-two primary system; plus the legacy of the late C.C. Myers, who rebuilt the Santa Monica Freeway after 1994’s Northridge Earthquake.
2/16/202450 minutes, 53 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: DiFi’s Void, Deficit Dismay, Urban Dreams, Barbie Dolor | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

Four US Senate candidates gathered for the first televised debate in advance of California’s March 5 primary; the state’s alarming budget deficit exposes fundamental problems with spending and taxes; and what are the odds of Silicon Valley luminaries building a new city form scratch in the heart of rural Solano County? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior product manager Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the California, including Barbie’s rough Academy Award treatment – no Best Director or Actress nod – and what that says about filmdom’s perception of blockbusters and the female artists.
1/26/202455 minutes, 21 seconds
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Matters of Policy & Politics: American Lion, Near East Hyenas: US Options in Yemen and Iran | Bill Whalen, Joel Rayburn, and Bernard Haykel | Hoover Institution

A new year begins with a familiar story – Middle East turmoil – and two plots twists of late: US forces striking Yemen’s Houthi rebels while trying to safeguard Red Sea maritime traffic; and Iran firing missiles in the directions of Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria, which tests western resolve. Joel Rayburn, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and member of Hoover’s Middle East and the Islamic World Working Group, and Bernard Haykel, a Princeton University professor of Near Eastern Studies and noted expert on Yemen, discuss strategic options in the Middle East including how to curb Iranian aggression, strengthening ties with regional allies, and reintroducing the notion of American-led deterrence.  
1/19/202455 minutes, 24 seconds
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Matters of Policy & Politics: Iowa and Beyond: Three’s a (Republican) Crowd? | Bill Whalen, Dave Brady, and Doug Rivers | Hoover Institution

On the eve of Iowa’s presidential caucuses and the start of the 2024 primary season, what’s the inevitability of a Biden-Trump rematch? David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, discuss various political dynamics heading into Iowa and beyond including whether there’s room for three viable Republican candidates in January’s and February’s contests, the number of persuadable voters in a polarized “two-incumbent” general election, the role of third-party candidates as mischief-makers, plus alternate ways for selecting presidential nominees – i.e., is it time for national, regional or more “open” primaries?
1/12/202454 minutes, 17 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: 2023 Ends on a Sour Financial Note (Except for Shohei Ohtani) | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

What did we learn in 2023? California governor Gavin Newsom’s forays into national politics may have hurt his popularity back home; San Francisco’s pre-summit emergency clean-up proved that urban sanitation, like fame, can be fleeting. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior product manager Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including how California’s fiscal outlook went from a massive surplus to a titanic deficit, whether there’s light at the end of the tunnel for the state’s troubled high-speed rail project, plus Shohei Ohtani’s future in Dodger blue – and maybe a dodger of state income taxes.
12/20/202350 minutes, 12 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: SF Cleans Up, LA Melts Down and Arnold’s Back (in Sacramento) | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

A tale of not two but three California cities: what some have suggested was a hypocritical sanitizing of San Francisco ahead of this week’s APEC summit; the question of who and what caused a fire closing a portion of a Los Angeles freeway for weeks ahead; and in Sacramento, the 20th anniversary of Arnold Schwarzenegger taking office as California’s 38th governor. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior product manager Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including the addition of “disinformation” and ethnic studies classes (the latter now a graduation requirement) to California’s K-12 curriculum.
11/17/202354 minutes, 51 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative | Bill Whalen and Jennifer Burns | Hoover Institution

Though arguably one of the most celebrated economists of the past century, there’s much to still be learned about the late Milton Friedman – his embrace of free markets and capitalism, his oft-times contrarian thinking on the likes of drug legalization, and the women who supported his research. Author Jennifer Burns, a Hoover Institution research fellow and Stanford University historian, discusses what she learned about the fabled Hoover senior research fellow (courtesy of Friedman’s papers in Hoover’s archives)  in her new book, Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative.
11/14/202352 minutes, 26 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Michael Boskin: Defense Budgeting for a Safer World | Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

Add to an already uncertain world: America’s uncertain ability to adequately budget for its national and global security needs – those needs more apparent given the US’s current involvement in two “hot” wars, plus “Cold War 2.0" with China. Michael Boskin, the Hoover Institution’s Wohlford Family Senior Fellow and former chair of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, discusses Defense Budgeting for a Safer World – a new Hoover Institution press release he co-edited that features nearly three dozen defense and national security experts (many of them, Hoover fellows) outlining better ways to deliver “more bang for the buck” and recruit and retain needed personnel.
11/10/202349 minutes, 3 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: Bills That Lived or Died; Single-Payer Healthcare’s Resuscitation | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

In Sacramento, the State Capitol’s annual bill-signing season ends, with California governor Gavin Newsom deciding the fate of hundreds of pieces of legislation. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior product manager Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including the governor’s use of the process to enhance his national image, his allergic reaction to a bill legalizing “magic mushrooms,” plus his re-embrace of the progressive dream of single-payer healthcare.
10/19/202346 minutes, 2 seconds
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Silicon Triangle: Mary Kay Magistad on the Future of US-China Competition | Hoover Institution

Read "Scenarios for Future US-China Competition" here: https://www.hoover.org/sites/default/files/research/docs/SiliconTriangle_Chapter1_230828.pdf Mary Kay Magistad and Kharis Templeman discuss four potential futures for US-China relations. These scenarios depend on whether the global economy becomes more integrated or bifurcated, and whether the US or China leads in semiconductor technology. They also cover key findings and policy recommendations around supply chain security, US-China competition, and Taiwan's future. To learn more, go to https://www.hoover.org/silicon-triangle Mary Kay Magistad is deputy director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations. She is an award-winning journalist who lived and reported in Asia for more than two decades, including in China for NPR and PRI/BBC’s The World, and in Southeast Asia for NPR and the Washington Post. Kharis Templeman is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and program manager of the Hoover Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific. Silicon Triangle: The United States, Taiwan, China, and Global Semiconductor Security is a product of the Working Group on Semiconductors and the Security of the United States and Taiwan, a joint project of the Hoover Institution and the Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations.
10/11/202337 minutes, 48 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Ukraine and Russia: Empires, Genocide and a “Greatest Generation” | Bill Whalen and Norman Naimark | Hoover Institution

The Russia-Ukraine war is less about resources and more about empire, history, and two nations’ self-conceptions. Or so contends Norman Naimark, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and Stanford University history professor, who discusses how past and present cruelties involving the two combatants – common heritage, absorption, suppression and genocide, Vladimir Putin’s mindset, and the Ukrainian people’s resilience – factor into the past 19 months of fighting.
10/5/202349 minutes, 8 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Inflation, Disinflation, and Spending: When Fiscal and Monetary Worlds Collide | Bill Whalen and Mickey Levy | Hoover Institution

The good news: inflation isn’t what it was a year ago. The bad news: Americans still pay more for shelter, food, and energy – and may hold lawmakers accountable for the high costs in the next election. Mickey Levy, a Hoover Institution visiting scholar and senior economist at Berenberg Capital Markets, discusses the root causes of higher inflation, a more recent phase of “disinflation,” the Federal Reserve clinging to the notion of “transitory” higher prices, plus the consequences (and questionable wisdom) of the federal government engaging in economic stimuli.
9/29/202346 minutes, 51 seconds
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Silicon Triangle: Glenn Tiffert on Why China Struggles to Produce Advanced Semiconductors | Hoover Institution

China's challenges in developing its semiconductor industry despite massive government subsidies. Tiffert explains that factors like lack of talent, economic inefficiencies, corruption, and reliance on foreign firms have hampered China's progress, but US export controls could unintentionally help China become self-sufficient over the long term. He explains the Silicon Triangle report's recommendation of "friend-shoring" semiconductor production to trusted allies rather than trying to onshore it all to the US.
9/28/202326 minutes, 20 seconds
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Silicon Triangle: Matt Turpin On Mitigating China’s Nonmarket Behavior In Semiconductors | Hoover Institution

Matt Turpin discusses the intensifying competition between the US and China over dominance in the semiconductor industry. He discusses the strategies and policies the US is employing, such as export controls and domestic investment incentives, to try to maintain leadership in advanced semiconductors while limiting China's progress.
9/22/202343 minutes, 27 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: “Lee Was Wrong”, Jerry Is Right? | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

As Sacramento’s bill-signing season commences, Republican infighting is coming to Southern California, and does “Cincinnatus” need to return to office? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior product manager Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including pending “first-in-the-nation” laws, a fast-food backroom deal, Ronald Reagan’s lessons in governing California, what Lee Ohanian’s discovered in five years of analyzing California policy, plus former governor Jerry Brown – aka, Cincinnatus – awaiting “sensible people to rise to the occasion.”
9/21/202351 minutes, 14 seconds
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Silicon Triangle: H.-S. Philip Wong on the Implications of Technology Trends in the Semiconductor Industry | Hoover Institution

To read "Implications of Technology Trends in the Semiconductor Industry" by H.-S. Philip Wong and Jim Plummer, click the following link: https://www.hoover.org/sites/default/files/research/docs/SiliconTriangle_Chapter2_230828.pdf To learn more, go to https://www.hoover.org/silicon-triangle H.-S. Philip Wong discusses the semiconductor supply chain, explaining the difference between chip design vs manufacturing and leading edge vs legacy chips. Wong notes the semiconductor field requires global collaboration on research to advance and is optimistic about future innovation post "Moore's Law" as societal needs will drive new breakthroughs. Kharis Templeman is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and program manager of the Hoover Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific. H.-S. Philip Wong is a professor of electrical engineering and the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell professor in the Stanford University School of Engineering, where he is the founding faculty director of its SystemX Alliance and director of the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility. From 2018 to 2020 he was vice president for corporate research at TSMC, where he remains as chief scientist in an advisory role.
9/14/202352 minutes, 3 seconds
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Matters of Policy & Politics: Road to the White House: Is This The “Yogi Berra Election?” | Bill Whalen, David Brady, and Douglas Rivers | Hoover Institution

Does a repeat of the last presidential election take America into uncharted waters (an octogenarian incumbent vs. a predecessor on trial), or is it proof of Yogi Berra’s “déjà vu all over again” – as in 2016? Will a small sliver of independent voters decide the fates of a controversy-plagued Donald Trump and a Democratic opponent with his own set of problems? David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, discuss President Biden’s and former President Trump’s poll numbers, the economy’s role in the election, plus how “independent” are non-aligned voters?
9/7/202340 minutes, 55 seconds
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Silicon Triangle: Chris Ford on How the US Can Reduce Vulnerabilities in Semiconductor Supply Chains | Hoover Institution

Chris Ford discusses the need for an insurance policy to mitigate vulnerabilities in American semiconductor supply chains through government incentives, private sector investment, workforce development, and strategic stockpiling.
9/7/202339 minutes, 51 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Silicon Triangle: Semiconductors and Seminal Moments Across the Pacific | Bill Whalen, James Ellis, and Glenn Tiffert | Hoover Institution

Can America re-create a vibrant domestic semiconductor industry and, if so, what does that portend for an already strategically-vulnerable Taiwan? Glenn Tiffert, a Hoover Institution distinguished research fellow and co-chair of Hoover’s Project on China’s Global Sharp Power, and Retired Admiral James Ellis, Hoover’s Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow and a carrier battle group commander during 1996’s “Third Taiwan Strait Crisis”, discuss Silicon Triangle: The United States, Taiwan, China and Global Semiconductor Security – a joint Hoover Institution report examining the Pacific Rim’s geopolitics.
8/31/202351 minutes, 34 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: Riders on the Storm | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

California’s first tropical storm in over eight decades exposes both physical and emotional frailties; the Golden State’s governor continues his shadow presidential campaign; and not a living Californian merits state “hall of fame” recognition. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including a second political giant of late to celebrate a 90th birthday.
8/25/202350 minutes, 37 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Healthcare Reform: In Need of Resuscitation | Bill Whalen, and Lanhee Chen | Hoover Institution

Noticeably absent from both the floors of Congress and the presidential campaign trail: innovative ideas for lowering healthcare costs, easing the system’s regulatory burdens and offering patients greater freedom to design their own plans. Lanhee Chen, Hoover’s David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, discusses Hoover’s Choices for All project to revamp America’s healthcare system and he reflects on various health-related entitlement challenges that will soon overwhelm state and local governments (that includes rising Medicaid costs as well as Medicare costs related to America’s growing elderly population).
8/17/202346 minutes, 53 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: The Summer of Barbie…and Curricular Backlashes | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

With Hollywood at a standstill thanks to screenwriters and actors on strike, what to say about two summer blockbusters – Barbie and Oppenheimer – as California metaphors? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the economics and politics of the Hollywood strike, California’s K-12 math and social-science curriculum changes under fire, plus a nascent field of Democrats hoping to be California’s next governor – including an eerie parallel between vice president Kamala Harris and Richard Nixon.
7/25/202359 minutes, 10 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Supreme Court Fireworks: The Future of College Admissions | Bill Whalen and John Yoo | Hoover Institution

For a second straight summer, the Supreme Court issues a series of rulings that impact the nation’s social and political fabrics. John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and author of the newly released The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Supreme Court, explains the justices’ reasoning on race and free speech, what the future holds for college admissions (Harvard’s legacy factor now the subject of a lawsuit), plus the unusually personal nature of a few of the opinions.
7/5/202359 minutes, 26 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: The Beautiful People Republic | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

Florida’s governor comes to San Francisco and uses the city’s decay as fodder for a presidential campaign ad, while improvement and innovation in California’s K-12 schools remains elusive thanks to the state’s political dynamics. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including the summer’s first heat wave, the oddities of 4th of July on the West Coast, plus a Vanity Fair profile of a California overly obsessed with crime, homelessness, local nabobs, and trendy cuisine.
6/30/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 28 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Third Time’s More Charming: Macke Raymond on Charter School Progress | Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

A recent data study on America’s charter schools – the third in an ongoing series – shows students with average learning gains of six days in math and 16 days in reading for the academic years 2015-2019. Macke Raymond, a Hoover Institution Distinguished Research Fellow and founder and director of Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes, which authored the study, discusses lessons learned and the status of the three-decade charter school movement, the push for better performing traditional public schools, and a growing national conversation on classroom outcomes.
6/28/202350 minutes, 30 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Levant Update: Tony Soprano Survives . . . in Syria | Bill Whalen and Joel Rayburn | Hoover Institution

Arguably the world’s most troubled region, the Levant continues to produce geopolitical obstacles and conundrums. Joel Rayburn, a Hoover visiting fellow and former US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Levant Affairs explains how Bashar al-Assad (the Levant’s “Tony Soprano”) survived a civil war and sanctions, the Arab League readmitting Syria, the significance of regional lands conducting their own diplomacy without direct US involvement, the role of a fragile regime in Iran, plus the long shadows of Russia and China.
6/23/202349 minutes, 20 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Hacks, Attacks, and Pushing Back: Herb Lin on Cybersecurity | Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

A cyberattack on a European banking institution, the handiwork of a pro-Russian “hacktivist” collective, may be a preview of the next chapter in the war in Ukraine. Herb Lin, the Hoover Institution’s Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security, discusses possible motives behind the attack, various nations’ cyber-strategies – China in search of data, North Korea in need of cash – and the push and pull between the US government and the nation’s commercial and tech sectors over taking responsibility for future attacks.
6/21/202337 minutes
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Cyber-Rattling: Jacquelyn Schneider on (War) Games People Play | Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

Forty years after the movie WarGames showed the threat of a computer-driven nuclear holocaust, war-gaming has come to prominence as a way to foreshadow – and possibly deter – future conflicts. Jacquelyn Schneider, a Hoover fellow and director of Hoover’s Wargaming and Crisis Simulation Initiative, explains the fine art of quality war-gaming – and how the practice applies to current tensions between the US and China, and perhaps played a role in the current Russia-Ukraine conflict.
6/13/202343 minutes, 23 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: Indulgent Dodgers, Indebted San Francisco | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

San Francisco’s office values plummet as the city/county face a myriad of financial woes including a gaping budget shortfall and a public-transportation system approaching a “fiscal cliff.” Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including what policies San Francisco could implement to rejuvenate its business sector, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ dust-up with a “progressive order of queer and trans nuns,” plus the left’s efforts to force a frail senator Dianne Feinstein into an early retirement.
6/2/202345 minutes, 44 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Eye on the Prize: John Cochrane on Monetary Policy, the Fed’s Evolution, and Career Achievements | Bill Whalen and John Cochrane | Hoover Institution

What are we to make of the debt-ceiling drama in Washington and why is there a need for the Federal Reserve to engage in greater self-examination? John Cochrane, the Hoover Institution’s Rose Marie and Jack Anderson senior fellow and a recipient of the 2023 Bradley Prize for his contributions to the study of economics, reflects on lessons learned from inflation, institutional drift, and the art of economic storytelling.
5/19/202346 minutes, 29 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: California Update: What’s a Stay-at-Home Governor To Do? | Bill Whalen, Lee Ohanian, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

San Francisco’s fentanyl “crackdown” begins; California’s budget drama heats up inside the State Capitol; and Governor Gavin Newsom’s ongoing obsession with national politics prompts a media backlash back at home. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including what policy urgencies Newsom faces other than fiscal triage, plus a window into California’s cultural disparity that is the Lakers-Warriors NBA playoff series.
5/5/202343 minutes, 4 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Africa’s Future: The Great Powers’ “Second Scramble” for Influence and Leverage | Bill Whalen and Thomas Henriksen | Hoover Institution

At the dawn of the 20th Century, control of the African continent centered around European colonial desires – national pride, natural resources, and manpower. Hoover senior fellow emeritus Thomas Henriksen, author of America’s Wars: Interventions, Regime Change, and Insurgencies After the Cold War, explains what differs in this century other than the former colonies are now independent nations – Russian and Chinese influence (think war-financing and debt traps), terrorist-related “forever wars,” and a question of direct American involvement, such as special-forces operations, and then last weekend’s evacuation of US embassy staff in Khartoum.
4/28/202342 minutes, 28 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Did He Act Alone? Kevin Hassett on the Death of Curiosity, and the Birth of Economic Policy | Bill Whalen And Kevin Hassett | Hoover Institution

One economist believes that what is lacking in America today is too little in the way of intellectual curiosity. Kevin Hassett, a Hoover Institution distinguished visiting fellow and past chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors (and a man very curious about the motives behind JFK’s assassination as well as a recent book about the assassination, The Oswalds: An Untold Account of Marina and Lee by Hoover colleague Paul Gregory), ponders why some topics – climate change and CO2 emissions, social justice, and income inequality – don’t receive the re-examination they should. Finally, Hassett offers a few thoughts on how to talk about economic policy in the current political landscape.
4/21/202358 minutes, 4 seconds
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2024’s Elephant Parade: Who Plays the Trump Card? | Bill Whalen and Ben Ginsberg | Hoover Institution

Should he formalize his candidacy, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott would be the fifth Republican looking to unseat President Biden in 2024. How many other Republicans will join the field – and what are their odds of denying Donald Trump the GOP nomination? Ben Ginsberg, the Hoover Institution’s Volker Family Visiting Fellow and a nationally recognized political law advocate and veteran of past Republican presidential efforts, discusses the current state of the GOP “establishment,” Trump’s loyal base and influence over the primary electorate, plus his current Hoover projects devoted to election integrity and re-instilling voter confidence.
4/14/202357 minutes, 3 seconds
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A California Update: San Francisco’s “Doom Loop,” Newsom’s Wanderlust, Harris’ Bad Luck | Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalen, Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

A lurid homicide in an upscale neighborhood underscores San Francisco’s various crises. Meanwhile, California governor Gavin Newsom tours America’s red states – begging the question of his interest in his day job. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including why Newsom’s promise to build millions of new homes has fizzled as well as vice president Kamala Harris’ inability to catch a break – her tour of Africa is overshadowed by Donald Trump’s legal woes.
4/7/202359 minutes, 14 seconds
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As the World Turns: Macron’s China “Sweet Tooth”; Politics or Realpolitik for Biden? | Bill Whalen and Russell Berman | Hoover Institution

Amidst his country’s turmoil over pension reform, French president Emmanuel Macron courts Chinese president Xi Jinping, while Israel and the US are at odds over the Israel’s proposed judicial reform. Hoover senior fellow and former State Department senior advisor Russell Berman discusses the latest in Europe and the Middle East, including NATO’s commitment to arming Ukraine, Iran’s regional ambitions, and the Saudi government warming up to Chinese diplomacy – and currency – while cutting back on oil production.
4/5/202341 minutes, 50 seconds
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Campaign 2024: Waiting for Kohoutek, What’s Behind Door Number 3 | Bill Whalen, Dave Brady, and Doug Rivers | Hoover Institution

Donald Trump’s legal woes aren’t the only unknowns as the 2024 election cycle begins. There’s a question of the identity of today’s GOP; a Democratic void should President Biden surprisingly not run; plus the wild card of a domestic crisis (an economic recession) and a foreign crisis (Ukraine). Hoover senior fellows Dave Brady and Doug Rivers, both Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, whose polling tracks the health of the two parties’, reflect on the state of the next presidential race.
3/28/202351 minutes, 1 second
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California High-Speed Rail: More “Loco” Than “Motion” | Bill Whalen and Lee Ohanian | Hoover Institution

Why has California governor Gavin Newsom taken to denouncing Walgreens’ drug policy (hint: abortion-pill availability) and what should happen with the Golden State’s problematic high-speed rail project that’s more “loco” than “motion”? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, discuss the latest in the Golden State including why Newsom chose not to deliver a State of the State address, fentanyl-plagued San Francisco revisiting its sanctuary policy, and California bracing for (sigh) another round of battering rainstorms.
3/10/202346 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chicago’s Mayor Gets Schooled | Bill Whalen and Michael Hartney | Hoover Institution

A Chicago mayoral primary fueled by the issue of crime ends up with the incumbent’s ouster and an April runoff between two Democrats with opposing views on education – one espousing school choice, and the other backed by a powerful teachers’ union. Michael Hartney, a Hoover Institution fellow and author of How Policies Make Interest Groups: Governments, Unions, and American Education, discusses the oversized influence of teachers unions in policy-making, elections, and interest-group politics.  
3/3/202353 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Year After Putin’s Invasion: What is Next for Eastern Europe? | Bill Whalen and Tomasz Blusiewicz | Hoover Institution

As Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine passes its one-year milestone, what are the prospects of hostilities spreading across the European continent? Tomasz Blusiewicz, a Hoover Institution research fellow and a historian of modern Europe and Russia, reflects on the war’s legacy tapping into his roots as a Polish native, a Russian university professor, and a scholar and observer of the Baltic states’ as they emerged from their Cold War existence.
2/24/202356 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Supreme Court: Student Loan Debt and “Hiding Elephants in Mouseholes” | Bill Whalen and Michael McConnell | Hoover Institution

The 2023 Supreme Court docket includes weighing the constitutionality of President Biden’s student loan debt-forgiveness plan, state legislatures’ roles in redistricting, and whether California can export woke business practices across state lines. Michael McConnell, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and Stanford Law School professor, explains why he took part in an amicus brief in the matter of loan forgiveness and what to expect from the conservative-majority court.  
2/16/202356 minutes, 26 seconds
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Vengeance, Virtue and “Who We Are” | Bill Whalen and Zachary Shore | Hoover Institution

A look back at wartime moral dilemmas confronting America’s “greatest generation” – dropping atomic bombs, interning Japanese-Americans, whether to starve Axis populations – all raise questions concerning how present-day leaders will confront crises. Zachary Shore, a Hoover Institution national security fellow and Naval Postgraduate School professor, discusses lessons learned from World War II and the fine art of understanding enemies especially when dealing with the likes of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.
2/10/202342 minutes, 47 seconds
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No Home Court Advantage in Atherton | Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalen, Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

Can California governor Gavin Newsom play a role in the congressional debate over an assault weapons ban and what is the feasibility of reparations for San Francisco’s black community? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including NBA great Stephen Curry’s failed attempt to block a proposed housing expansion in his hometown of Atherton and why the now-retired Tom Brady (or so he says) may be looking at a heftier California tax bill.
2/3/202348 minutes, 56 seconds
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How ‘Bout Them Cowboys? | Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalen, Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

The aftermath of California’s devastating winter storms begs the questions: can state government clean up efficiently and effectively; and will lawmakers in Sacramento develop housing and regulatory policies to minimize the effects of future disasters? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss lessons learned from the winter storms, what do about San Francisco’s urban blight, plus the irony of a storied Texas franchise (the Dallas Cowboys) that choose to do business in the Golden State.
1/21/202355 minutes, 2 seconds
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Make a Run for the Border | Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalen, Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

Why did California governor Gavin Newsom slip across the US-Mexico border and how can anyone explain the Golden State’s exorbitant gasoline prices? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the politics of California-style “pain at the pump;” why Newsom’s newfound interest in America’s immigration crisis plays into his national aspirations; and what the future might hold for two California-based entities (Twitter and Disney).
12/16/202254 minutes, 32 seconds
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UC Campus Strikes – And Striking a Blow Against Big Oil? | Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalen, and Jonathan Movroydis | Hoover Institution

What’s the story behind the student-workers’ strike at UC campuses across California, and what changes in homeless policy will a pair of mayors-elect bring to Los Angeles and San Jose? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including the feasibility of a state windfall tax on oil companies’ profits currently making the rounds in Sacramento.
12/2/202257 minutes, 55 seconds
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: Turduckens and How to Discuss Politics This Holiday Season | Ben Ginsberg and Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

November provides two political hurdles for many an American: a contentious election, followed by a heated conversation around the Thanksgiving table. Ben Ginsberg, the Hoover Institution’s Volker Distinguished Visiting Fellow and a preeminent authority on election law, is joined by political strategist Sarah Longwell and Hoover distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen to discuss how best to blend in election integrity alongside the rest of the Thanksgiving trimmings on the table.
11/22/202254 minutes, 43 seconds
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: Grading Election Integrity | Ben Ginsberg and Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

After 2020’s contentious election, how well did America’s latest experiment in democracy fare? Ben Ginsberg, the Hoover Institution’s Volker Distinguished Visiting Fellow and a preeminent authority on election law, discusses why election deniers were rejected by voters in high-stakes races nationwide and offers a few thoughts on how to reform the voting process to improve the public’s trust in election outcomes. 
11/15/202251 minutes, 8 seconds
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The “Wave” That Wasn’t: What Data Says About Midterm Results | David Brady, Douglas Rivers, and Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

Why didn’t the anticipated “red wave” appear and what do last week’s results suggest about political polarization and the path moving forward for America’s two political parties? David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists who regularly survey America’s electorate, offer a data dive into what led to GOP underachievement in this year’s midterm vote.
11/15/202254 minutes, 53 seconds
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Should California Hire Tom & Gisele’s Attorneys? | Lee Ohanian and Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

California’s election returns slowly trickle in (no surprise there), with the Golden State being the wildcard in terms of control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including election winners and losers, plus a whimsical look at what would be “a very expensive divorce” should California seriously explore secession from the union.
11/12/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 23 seconds
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Matters of Policy & Politics: A Midterm Preview | David Brady, Douglas Rivers, and Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

A potentially good night for Republicans, whom to blame on the Democratic side should the party lose control of half, if not all, of Congress, plus what are voters signaling? David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, preview what may be in store for America come Election Day, including the nuances of “wave” forecasts, voters’ concerns, and effective messaging.
11/3/202250 minutes, 18 seconds
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: Your Election Night Roadmap | Ben Ginsberg and Bill Whalen | Hoover Institution

What to watch for in the midterm election returns—and the chances that the battle for Congress goes into overtime thanks to runoffs, slow vote counts, and legal challenges. Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a veteran campaign attorney and preeminent authority on election law, highlights key competitive races nationwide and how states differ in their approaches to voting and vote tallying. 
11/1/202249 minutes, 4 seconds
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: The State of the Election, the Saliency of Election Denial

As polls show the economy and crime toping the charts of voter concerns (with abortion as a wild card), what about the hangover from the 2020 election and the January 6 assault on democracy? Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a veteran campaign attorney and preeminent authority on election law, interviews Washington Post national reporter Amy Gardner and political strategist Matt Rhoades on the current campaign landscape, plus how the Left and the Right are ginning up their respective bases in America’s battleground states. 
10/25/202245 minutes, 46 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: No Bullet Train, No Test Scores, No Debates . . . But Plenty of Jane Fonda | Hoover Institution

California’s high-speed rail project grows ever more quizzical, the Golden State’s housing market slumps, and Sacramento’s Educrats seem in no rush to release K-12 test scores. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including a lack of candidates’ debates this fall and the emergence of actress/activist Jane Fonda as a voice for more taxes on California’s wealthy.
10/22/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds
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Saints, Sinners and Salvageables: Tackling the Crisis of Confidence in Elections | Ben Ginsberg | Hoover Institution

How to remove distrust and negative partisanship – the politics of maximum fear and maximum blame – from America’s voting population? Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a veteran campaign attorney and preeminent authority on election law, interviews Citizen Data CEO Mindy Finn on what her findings suggest in how to re-instill confidence in an electorate consisting of (in her words) democracy “defenders,” “inhibitors,” and “shifters.”
10/18/202246 minutes, 54 seconds
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Dr. Jay Bhattacharya: Is COVID Done . . . Or Is the Public Done with COVID? | Hoover Institution

President Biden’s assertion that the pandemic has ended notwithstanding, a new COVID wave seems likely during the holiday season. Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Hoover senior fellow and Stanford University professor of medicine and epidemiological researcher, assesses the public’s appetite for a new round of restrictions as well as the ramifications of a new California law cracking down on medical “misinformation.” Dr. Bhattacharya also talks about the First Amendment implications of a lawsuit in federal court involving public-health dissenters, the Biden Administration officials, and media platforms.
10/12/202248 minutes
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: Election Safeguards—Stopping the Starting of Steals

What to do about the public’s eroding faith in elections and a lack of confidence in ballot tallies? Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a preeminent authority on election law, interviews Neal Kelley, former registrar of voters for California’s Orange County, on safeguards in place at the county level to deter election fraud and suggested improvements in the casting and counting of votes
10/11/202244 minutes, 22 seconds
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: “The Big Truth” vs. “The “Big Lie”

With polls showing alarming pluralities of voters not believing in the legitimacy of the last national election, how can we set the record straight on what transpired in 2020? Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a preeminent authority on election law, interviews Center for Election Innovation & Research executive David Becker and CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, coauthors of the newly released book The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of “The Big Lie,” on fact versus fiction in America’s democratic process.
10/4/202247 minutes, 25 seconds
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“Game Show Gavin”

Big-money initiative wars over wealth taxes and online gaming dominate California’s airwaves; the Golden State’s plan for electric vehicles travels down an uncertain road; and a downturn in state revenue could mean trouble ahead. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s California on Your Mind web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including a spend-happy governor Gavin Newsom suddenly embracing fiscal conservatism through his veto messages.
9/30/202243 minutes, 1 second
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: Rainbows, Unicorns, and Common-Sense Election Administration

How do elections officials prepare for midterm and presidential votes, and what improvements can be made to states’ voting systems? Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a preeminent authority on election law, interviews Milwaukee Election Commission executive director Claire Woodall-Vogg and Colorado County Clerks Association executive director Matt Crane on the highs (quick and accurate vote counts) and lows (personal threats, election deniers) that come from administering elections in America’s battleground states.
9/27/202247 minutes, 38 seconds
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: O Ye of Little Faith (in Elections)

In battleground states across the nation, disinformation and partisan accusations have fed a growing lack of public confidence in America’s democratic process. Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a preeminent authority on election law, interviews NYU Law professor Bob Bauer and Maricopa County supervisor Bill Gates on the root causes for the electorate’s trust going off the rails and suggested reforms to reassure those doubters that future elections are conducted honestly, with their votes counted accurately.
9/20/202242 minutes, 48 seconds
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Taiwan’s Outlook: Independence, Unification or Status Quo?

The “Fourth Taiwan Strait Crisis” raises unsettling questions as to the future of that island nation, including Beijing’s ambitions and America’s resolve to respond militarily should an invasion occur. Kharis Templeman, a Hoover veteran fellow and a program manager for Hoover’s Project on Taiwan, was part of a Hoover/Stanford delegation that visited the island in late August. Templeman offers a perspective based on his observations from both sides of the Pacific Rim.
9/20/202250 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ruling Newark With An “Iron” . . . Boxing Glove

How to reinvest in and reinvigorate Newark, New Jersey, a city stricken by chronic poverty, unemployment and lack of investment capital? Hoover veteran fellow “Iron Mike” Steadman, a former Marine infantry officer, three-time college boxing champ, and CEO of the nonprofit IRONBOUND Boxing & Education, discusses his plans to get kids into the “squared circle” and young adults on an entrepreneurial path.
9/14/202255 minutes, 58 seconds
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: And If an Election Denier Gets Elected . . . ?

An irony in states across America: candidates seeking to become chief election officers who campaign and rail against the integrity of the democratic process. Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a preeminent authority on election law, interviews former Kentucky secretary of state Trey Grayson and Politico reporter Zach Montellaro on the policy consequences should election deniers gain office, on current deficiencies within America’s voting systems, plus what state election officers can do ease the concerns of skeptics of our current democratic process.
9/13/202247 minutes, 10 seconds
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“Cut From A Cloth That Has Long Been Discontinued”

Over the next few days, London will be filled to the brim with mourners paying their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II; billions around the world will watch her state funeral. Historian and Hoover visiting fellow Andrew Roberts discusses the end of an era in Great Britain, how Charles III should proceed in her absence, and how historians might choose to examine the queen if given access to her diaries and personal papers.   
9/12/202225 minutes, 52 seconds
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“Our Greatest Strategic Regret In Afghanistan Is Yet To Come”

On the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, another event that went largely unnoticed outside the military community: Aug. 30 and the one-year anniversary of the chaotic U.S. evacuation from Kabul. Joseph Felter, a Hoover Institution research fellow and former Army Special Forces officer once deployed to Afghanistan, discusses lessons learned from that day, current intelligence capabilities in Afghanistan, the future of U.S. relations with Pakistan and India, plus how the war on terror is presented to a new generation of officers at West Point.
9/10/202238 minutes, 57 seconds
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Saints, Sinners, and Salvageables: Denial Is a River In . . . American Elections

Why is the right to vote important to a democracy? What legal protections should there be? How do we counter electoral refuseniks who won’t accept outcomes? Hoover Institution visiting fellow Ben Ginsberg, a preeminent authority on election law, interviews Stanford University political scientist Bruce Cain and Stanford Law School professor Nathaniel Persily on the struggle to restore the public’s confidence in the accuracy of elections.
9/6/202248 minutes, 43 seconds
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The FBI vs. Trump: “Raising The Volume to Level Ten – Or Eleven”

As an FBI affidavit reveals details of what classified documents the FBI found in Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence, the question is: will the Justice Department take the unprecedented step of prosecuting a former president? John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, weighs the legal options before Attorney General Merrick Garland, as well as how to restore the FBI’s tarnished image, plus the constitutionality of forgiving student-loan debt.
9/1/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 25 seconds
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Saints, Sinners And Salvageables: Ben Ginsberg On Voting Integrity

What can be done to avoid a repeat of 2020 and a re-questioning of the legitimacy and validity of American elections? Attorney Ben Ginsberg, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and preeminent authority on election law, introduces Saints, Sinners and Salvageables – Restoring America’s Faith In Voting, a multi-part podcast in which the nation’s leading election officials discuss federal and state voting reforms and new ways to bring further transparency to the democratic process.
8/30/202257 minutes, 2 seconds
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“Look For The Union Label”

An online retail giant chooses not to expand in California, and Newsom’s change of heart regarding safe injection sites generates further presidential buzz. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including farmworkers’ voting rights, fast-food oversight, and the irony of a renewable-loving California relying on one nuclear plant for its electricity needs.
8/26/202249 minutes, 39 seconds
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Troubled Waters: Admiral Gary Roughead on the U.S.-China Naval Rivalry

Are Chinese and American forces on a collision course in the South China Sea? Admiral Roughead, the Hoover Institution’s Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow and the U.S. Navy’s 29th chief of naval operations, discusses China’s PLA Naval expansion, U.S. strategic concerns in the Western Pacific, plus the U.S. Navy’s construction, maintenance, and personnel needs.
8/20/202247 minutes, 36 seconds
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Warming Up To Climate Policy

Congress allocates $370 billion to address climate change while philanthropists offer billions more under the guise of environmental stewardship. Bjorn Lomborg, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and environmental researcher, discusses ways to develop cheaper energy sources, along with a broader strategy addressing the quality-of-life needs of developed and developing lands.
8/16/202255 minutes, 58 seconds
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Where There’s Smoke…

As a result of California’s “wildfire season” now a year-long occurrence there is widespread difficulty in finding insurance, unsustainable pressure on the state’s insurance market, and a need to better anticipate and contain fire damage. Donnie Hasseltine and David Winnacker, members of Hoover’s inaugural class of veteran fellows, discuss their three-part plan to balance California’s competing housing and fire insurance demands.
8/10/202248 minutes, 35 seconds
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What “Is” Is: John Cochrane On Recessions, Inflation, The Fed, Debt and “Green Pork”

Are we in a recession, what are the roots of the present inflationary spiral, what’s valid criticism of Federal Reserve policy and federal spending choices? John Cochrane, the Hoover Institution’s Rose-Marie and Jack Anderson senior fellow and proprietor of the Grumpy Economist blog, walks us these and other economic questions.
8/3/202252 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Return Of AB 5: Will California Keep On Truckin’?

Will a California state law that’s survived a legal challenge now force the state’s independent truckers to unionize? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss a possible supply chain crisis should truckers disobey the requirement, the feasibility of a new north-south water tunnel, a proposed bill that would allow some California cities to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., plus the peculiarity of governor Gavin Newsom raising his national profile while Golden State Democrats don’t seem much interested in a larger role in 2024’s presidential primaries.
7/29/202252 minutes, 27 seconds
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All About The Benjamins

California governor Gavin Newsom vacations in Montana despite his public feuds with other such red states and a California law banning official travel by state employees. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss Newsom’s presidential prospects, the deflated state of San Francisco office space, plus UCLA and USC making a financial killing by relocating to the Big Ten Conference.
7/12/20221 hour, 57 seconds
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Post-Dobbs, Still A “Baked” Election?

The Supreme Court’s recent rulings on abortion, guns, and other contentious social issues further complicates an already opaque political landscape. David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, discuss what if any opinion shifts their polling data suggests and what other political variables (inflation, an unpopular president) might affect November’s outcome.
7/1/202257 minutes, 15 seconds
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A Conservative Judicial Renaissance?

The Supreme Court offers landmark decisions concerning abortion, Second Amendment rights, and public prayer at school activities. John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, discusses whether this year’s caseload marks the beginning of a historic conservative run on the high court, plus the internal dynamics of six right-leaning justices who sometimes differ on contentious jurisprudence.
6/28/20221 hour, 29 seconds
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San Francisco, Homelessness Reform and Gasoline Rebates – All Running On Empty?

San Francisco’s economy is a shell of its former self. California throws money at its homeless problem with mixed results, and Gavin Newsom resides on Donald Trump’s social-media website. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss where the fabled “Babylon by the Bay” went wrong, the right remedies for homelessness, plus the political upside of a blue-state governor trashing America’s red states.
6/24/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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Kevin Hassett – An Economic Primer

Inflation continues to rage as a recession nears, a market downturn erodes investments and savings, and the Biden White House struggles to find impactful solutions to America’s struggling economy. Kevin Hassett, a Hoover Institution Distinguished Visiting Fellow and past chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, explains what put America in its current economic misery, the merits of Federal Reserve policy, the outlook for investors, plus his remedies for bringing inflation under control.
6/23/202247 minutes, 6 seconds
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Slavery Reparations, Primary Repercussions

Primary night in California yielded damning results for San Francisco’s now-recalled district attorney and the question of whether a law-and-order “earthquake” is afoot in the Golden State. Hoover Institution senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss their latest columns on emerging themes from Tuesday’s vote, plus what California may provide in the way of reparations for descendants of slavery.
6/10/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 49 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Screen Time, But No Time For Lincoln

Sacramento’s legislative deadline brings bad news for California’s affordable housing crunch (no new development on community-owned golf courses) and grim tidings for Big Tech (can parents sue for kids’ alleged screen “addiction”?) and Abraham Lincoln (will the state’s President’s Day holiday be supplanted?). Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including what an encounter with a parent at a sporting event says about the mood of California’s Latino population and a chance for Republican inroads.
5/26/20221 hour, 1 minute, 15 seconds
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Meanwhile, Back in the Middle East . . .

While the war in Ukraine continues to make front-page news, a historically troubled region of the world offers its usual array of intrigue and challenges to America’s strategic interests. Cole Bunzel, a Hoover Institution fellow who studies the Islamic Middle East, gives an update on the latest developments in Iran (deal or no deal), Syria (Russia’s presence), Israel (trouble in all directions), Saudi Arabia (chilled U.S. relations), as well as the ISIS caliphate (who’s in charge?).
5/20/202254 minutes, 50 seconds
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What May Come From The “May Revise”

California’s Democratic governor questions his party’s willingness to engage in culture wars, the Golden State seeks to attract businesses offended by red-state abortion policies, and lawmakers in Sacramento quibble over what to do with tens of billions in surplus revenue. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including what if any progress will be achieved on homelessness, a worsening drought, and California’ stuck-in-a-rut high-speed rail project.
5/13/202255 minutes, 6 seconds
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Exit Sussexes, Enter AOC?

California’s new math standards don’t add up, Twitter’s San Francisco days may be numbered if Elon Musk has his way, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may be royally tired of California. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including forthcoming water restrictions in the Southland and Sacramento’s sudden complacency regarding gasoline prices.
4/29/202248 minutes, 59 seconds
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Goodbye, Mask Mandate . . . Now What?

Does a Florida judge’s decision to strike down the federal mandate for wearing masks mark a shift from pandemic to endemic thinking? Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Hoover senior fellow, a Stanford University professor of medicine, and an epidemiological researcher, discusses the efficacy of mask-wearing, the nuances of the BA.2 variant, lessons from past lockdowns, plus a proposed bill in Sacramento that would suppress COVID dissenters in California’s medical community.
4/19/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 9 seconds
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Sacramento’s Economic Illiteracy

A legislative maneuver turning a tax break into a tax hike, coupled with a proposed one-day reduction in California’s work-week, begs the question of economic knowledge in Sacramento. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss why is there a reflexive desire to tax; the impact of a four-day business week; a restless governor Newsom’s interest in the affairs of conservative states; plus the Oakland Athletics’ uncertain Golden State residency.
4/12/202257 minutes, 11 seconds
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The State Of Political Journalism

A major newspaper editorializes remorse over not covering the Hunter Biden laptop story when it first emerged soon before the November 2020 election – big news, little news, no real news at all? Carl Cannon, Real Clear Politics’ Washington bureau chief and a Hoover media fellow, discusses the state of political journalism, media bias, Elon Musk’s Twitter machinations, plus the health of the parties as the midterm election nears.
4/6/202257 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Undereducated Generation?

The COVID pandemic struck universities in various ways – a shift to online learning, declining enrollments, plus changes in standardized testing and admission requirements. Paul Peterson, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard, discusses the corollary between COVID policy and academic prestige, plus the long-term effects of shutting down college classrooms for multiple semesters.
4/1/202254 minutes, 8 seconds
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Mixed Cyber Signals?

Despite President Biden’s warning a week ago, a Russian-related cyberattack on American interests has yet to occur. Jacquelyn Schneider, a Hoover Institution fellow studying the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology, with a special interest in cybersecurity, discusses the odds and merits of the Kremlin “going cyber,” how cyberwarfare factors into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, lessons learned for other geopolitical rivals, plus the changing face of 21st century warfare.
3/30/202254 minutes, 32 seconds
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Sacramento’s Rebate Debate

California governor Gavin Newsom and Democratic lawmakers differ on how to spend the state’s budget surplus – Newsom favors $400 vouchers for car-owners to offset higher gasoline prices; legislators favor a $200 giveaway to all adults and dependents. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the feasibility of the proposals, plus the latest on California’s K-12 math curriculum, the Golden State’s role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the centrists’ inability to advance criminal justice reforms.
3/25/202258 minutes, 34 seconds
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Whither The Biden Bounce?

One month into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, does polling show a “rally ‘round the flag’” effect in America and President Biden enjoying a higher job-approval? David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, discuss American public sentiment towards the war in Ukraine, the added dynamics of inflation, a possible COVID relapse, and partisan primary outcomes as the midterm elections approach.
3/22/202257 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Hornet’s Nest Over The Door

California’s governor delivered an 18-minute State of the State oration notable for its many omissions, including underperforming public schools and Sacramento’s notorious “boom or bust” revenue stream. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss how market volatility may upend state budgeting, the latest on K-12 ethnic studies, the future of UC-Berkeley student enrollment, plus the field of contenders looking to oust Gavin Newsom this November.
3/11/202257 minutes, 30 seconds
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Did Europe Take The Red Pill?

Has the war in Ukraine and a reliance upon Russian fossil fuels prompted western European nations to reconsider their respective energy strategies? Bjorn Lomborg, a Hoover visiting fellow and environmental researcher, discusses ways for developed nations to reduce energy independence and battle climate change without necessarily devastating economies and lifestyles.
3/11/202253 minutes, 1 second
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Ukraine’s George Washington – Or Martyr

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine begs questions of flawed military strategy, bad geostrategic gambits, plus how information true and false flows amidst a hostile invasion. Paul Gregory, a Russian-fluent Hoover research fellow, offers insight into how to interpret news coming out of Eastern Europe, the makeup of Ukrainians and Russians – and an update on his 16-year-old granddaughter (of Ukrainian descent) presently trying to stay out of harm’s way in Kyiv.
3/3/202251 minutes, 52 seconds
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“Nothing Is Over Until We Decide It Is”

Gas prices soar in California, San Francisco voters lash out at three members of the county’s Board of Education, and a gubernatorially-declared “state of emergency” in the Golden State nears its second anniversary. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss economic “pain at the pump,” whether the San Francisco recall is a harbinger of political rebukes to come, and does Gavin Newsom’s prolonged “emergency” constitute an abuse of executive authority.  
2/25/202249 minutes, 33 seconds
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Schools Are “The Other”

Only two months into 2022 and already a turbulent year for K-12 education: voters recalled three members of San Francisco’s Board of Education; parents and schools districts at odds over student masking; questions of funding priorities are moving ahead, and on and on. Austin Beutner, former Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, discusses lessons learned from his tenure as the head of the nation’s second-largest school system during the pandemic, plus his plans to go to the ballot this November with an initiative to rejuvenate California’s student arts programs. 
2/18/202258 minutes, 56 seconds
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Headbangers’ Ball

Each year, California lawmakers fail to implement single-payer healthcare and curb homelessness – 2022 being no exception to the rule. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss why this annual exercise in futility, the easing of mask mandates, the challenges in fast-tracking new housing construction, and adding more yellow school buses across the Golden State isn’t as black-and-white as it may seem.
2/11/202251 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Problem Was Not The President

This past weekend marked Ronald Reagan’s 111th birthday. Peter Robinson, the Hoover Institution’s Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow and a Reagan White House speechwriter, discusses the late president’s relevancy in this day and age – in the American heartland, on the global stage, and within a Republican Party whose current infighting contradicts Reagan’s “11th Commandment” of intraparty civility. 
2/8/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 9 seconds
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Immigrant Superpower

On the back-burner in an otherwise ambitious first year of the Biden presidency: a dramatic overhaul of America’s immigration policies, a new pathway to citizenship, a revamp of family-based immigration, and additional diversity visas. Tim Kane, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and author of the newly released The Immigrant Superpower: How Brains, Brawn and Bravery Made America Stronger, discusses America’s immigration conundrum past, present, and future and what policy changes might strengthen the nation.
2/3/202250 minutes, 49 seconds
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The California Bowl

A state assembly committee advances a single-payer healthcare scheme without debate, California’s public employees unions dodge a political bullet, Nancy Pelosi plans to stick around the House for at least two more years, and what does Sunday’s Rams-49ers clash say about the Golden State’s notorious north-south divide? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest from the West Coast.
1/28/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Biden Presidency After Year One

On the one-year anniversary of President Biden’s inauguration, his administration’s struggles seem to lend truth to the adage: campaigning is easy, governing is hard. Tom Bevan, Real Clear Politics publisher/co-founder and a Hoover Institution media fellow, assesses the good, the bad, and the ugly of the first 12 months of the Biden White House.
1/20/202251 minutes, 41 seconds
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Single Payer, Multiple Headaches?

A big news week in Sacramento includes Governor Newsom unveiling a record $286 billion budget proposal and a Democratic lawmaker offering a massive tax increase to cover the cost of a statewide single-player healthcare system. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss what Newsom’s spending blueprint says about California’s priorities and what effects a single-payer system would have on California’s economy and outbound migration.
1/14/202258 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Supreme Court Weighs In On Vaccine Mandates

An unusually long Supreme Court hearing (three hours in all) regarding two Biden Administration vaccine mandates raises thorny questions regarding federalism, states’ rights, and balance of power between the three branches of the federal government. John Yoo, a Hoover Institution fellow and UC-Berkeley School of Law professor, explains why conservative justices may strike down at least one mandate and the he previews two upcoming landmark cases involving Harvard’s admission practices and New York’s gun restrictions.
1/8/202252 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Future Of The Republican Party – A Report

What issues resonate with today’s Republicans? How has the party morphed since the rise of Ronald Reagan? What is Donald Trump’s influence upon next year’s GOP primaries and beyond? David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, and co-authors (along with Hoover senior fellow Morris Fiorina) of a survey of self-identifying Republicans, discuss their findings and reflect on what transpired politically in 2021.
12/17/202158 minutes, 34 seconds
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Smash And Grab . . .Tax and Spend

A pandemic, a recall election, a year-end crime wave and the question of how to invest a revenue windfall next year. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss what transpired in the Golden State in 2021, and what 2022 may offer in the way of policy and political developments.
12/11/202152 minutes, 43 seconds
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Niall Ferguson (Still) Giving Thanks

As a celebrated historian and prolific columnist, Niall Ferguson has plenty for which to be grateful. Ferguson, the Hoover Institution’s Milbank Family Senior Fellow, explains why Americans should be giving thanks this holiday season. Note: this was first broadcast a few years ago, before the pandemic disrupted our lives and complicated our holiday planning.
11/23/202153 minutes, 27 seconds
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Fuzzy Math & Turkey Brine

“Diversity math,” the changing fortunes of Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris, a record revenue surplus in Sacramento, plus dubious outlooks for public pensions and high-speed rail. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including what Lee’s cooking on Thanksgiving Day.
11/20/202155 minutes, 9 seconds
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Inflation, The Fed And “Zero Dollars”

In a few days, the Congressional Budget Office will either back or buck President Biden’s claim that the Build Back Better plan – aka, “human infrastructure” – “costs zero dollars”. Michael Boskin, the Hoover Institution’s Wohlford Family Senior Fellow and the Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discusses the measure’s fiscal impact, inflationary concerns, plus the significance of President Biden’s choice for chairman of the Federal Reserve – also expected soon.
11/17/202127 minutes, 20 seconds
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Running Up The Score

Never mind Virginia’s gubernatorial vote: California has its own education-related controversy in the form of a new diversity math curriculum. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen discuss whether a parental backlash will occur in the Golden State, needed updates to California's water policy and government technology/computers, plus recall movements in San Francisco, and finally poor sportsmanship on display in a high-school football game in Inglewood.
11/3/202159 minutes, 19 seconds
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Veteran Fellows

As a younger generation of veterans transition from military service, how will they impact America’s communities? Jacquelyn Schneider, a Hoover fellow studying the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology with a special interest in cybersecurity, discusses the Hoover Institution’s newly announced Veterans Fellowship Program (10 military veterans studying significant policy issues that will affect localities across America) and offers her thoughts on the younger generation “coming home” and the military’s role in campus life and the IT sector.
10/22/202146 minutes, 11 seconds
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Yes, Virginia, There Is . . . An Election

Does an off-year gubernatorial race in the Old Dominion constitute a preview of next year’s midterm election? David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, discuss whether Virginia is a bellwether, President Biden’s declining poll numbers, and why some progressive columnists are forecasting a Democratic congressional wipeout next year.
10/21/202141 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Little Dutch Boy

California’s bill-signing session concludes with hundreds of new state laws – many long on woke symbolism. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, discuss what this year’s legislative batch says about the Golden State, its war on fossil fuels, a new ethnic-studies mandate, Elon Musk’s decision to relocate Tesla’s headquarters to Texas, plus the Giants’-Dodgers baseball rivalry as a window into California’s north-south divide.
10/14/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 17 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Will The Conservative Majority Hold?

As public and private-sector employees struggle with COVID vaccine mandates, the Supreme Court returns to in-person arguments, and Donald Trump seeks an end to his Twitter suspension. John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, discusses the legality of vaccine mandates, the High Court’s likely moves on abortion, gun restriction, and religious education in what might be a landmark session, plus the chances of Trump tweeting anytime soon.
10/6/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 32 seconds
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Home Depot?

California Governor Gavin Newsom signs legislation meant to ease California’s housing crisis, but is it sensible – will it make homes in the Golden State more affordable? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, talk with Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis about the Golden State’s housing conundrum, a new report on California’s economic health, and what to expect in the way of congressional redistricting later this year.
10/1/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 16 seconds
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School Re-Openings – Following The Political Science

A new school year is underway, but what has the past year taught us about the political and policy clout of America’s teachers’ unions? Michael Hartney, a Hoover Institution national fellow, Boston College political scientist and author of a forthcoming book on the ascent of teachers’ unions, discusses the role that unions played during the past year’s school-reopening drama and what their agenda may resemble moving forward.
9/30/202151 minutes, 41 seconds
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: A Recall Recap

The election results are in and California’s governor has survived an attempt to recall him from office. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian (the co-author of "Why Company Headquarters Are Leaving California in Unprecedented Numbers") and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s California on Your Mind web channel, sit down with Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss how Gavin Newsom managed to keep his job – and the policy implications for the Golden State and the nation moving forward.
9/16/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 4 seconds
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Business (Hostility) As Usual?

A new study shows companies are leaving California at double the rate of the past three years due to taxes, over-regulation, and a high cost of living. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian (the co-author of that report) and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, sit down with Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the plight of California’s business climate and the Golden State’s gubernatorial recall election. 
9/9/202157 minutes, 29 seconds
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Who Calls Whom The President Calls Upon?

An admission at a recent press conference that his staff pre-determines the order of reporters’ questions points to an odd facet of the Biden presidency: behind-the-scenes choreography on public display. Debra Saunders, a Washington-based columnist, past Trump White House correspondent, and Hoover media fellow, discusses the current presidency’s media relationship – and, harkening back to her days covering California policy and politics, Gavin Newsom’s recall prospects and why San Francisco-style justice may enable Sirhan Sirhan’s release.
8/31/202154 minutes, 53 seconds
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America After The Trump Presidency

Donald Trump’s gone (from office) but not forgotten as many of the elements that contributed to his political ascent – immigration, overseas entanglements, cultural divide – are as potent as ever. Victor Davis Hanson, the Hoover Institution’s Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, discusses Trump’s presence in the political landscape and the prospects of “Trumpism” beliefs moving forward.
8/26/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 36 seconds
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“The Slow Drift Back”

Taliban forces take control of Kabul and the visuals coming out of Afghanistan – Americans hastily evacuated, US-friendly Afghans desperate to join the exodus – evoke memories of Saigon in 1975. Joe Felter, a Hoover research fellow and counterinsurgency advisor in Afghanistan during his Army service, explains what went wrong in that nation and the impact on US foreign policy.  
8/16/202143 minutes, 53 seconds
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Curb Your Enthusiasm

As California’s gubernatorial recall election approaches, will Democrats rally behind their embattled governor or will Republicans continue to enjoy an advantage in voter enthusiasm, as polling suggests? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, sit down with Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss how California Gov. Gavin Newsom might try to rouse the Democratic faithful.  
8/14/202157 minutes, 47 seconds
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Delta (Variant) For Dummies

A new COVID variant raises complicated health-policy questions: should masking be mandated and proof of vaccination required to enter indoor spaces? What about the pace and imagination of research? Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford University professor of medicine and epidemiological researcher, separates fact from fiction related to the COVID “Delta” variant.  
8/6/202158 minutes, 25 seconds
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A Recall Horse Race?

With polls showing Californians almost evenly divided on whether to recall Gavin Newsom, just how concerned should California’s governor be? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, sit down with Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the upcoming recall candidates’ debate, plus the role of special-interest money in the special election. 
7/31/202154 minutes, 59 seconds
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Naval Gazing

The U.S. Navy’s latest budget request, coupled with Chinese naval expansion, raises questions concerning America’s ability to project strength and respond to crises across the Pacific Rim. Admiral Gary Roughead, former Chief of Naval Operations and the Hoover Institution’s Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow, discusses America’s naval readiness, including doubts about a “fighting culture,” plus whether the military’s upper echelon has become too politicized.  
7/21/202149 minutes, 1 second
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Garbage Time In California?

With only a week remaining for candidates to enter the race, California’s Sept. 14 recall election continues to take shape. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, sit down with Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State, including the gubernatorial challengers’ struggles in earning media attention. 
7/10/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 40 seconds
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Entitled To What?

President Biden’s American Families Plan would take Washington in a new direction: expanding entitlements deep into the nation’s middle class. Daniel Heil, a Hoover Institution policy fellow, explains the ramifications should an additional 21 million Americans – and more than half the nation’s working-age households – become dependent upon the federal government. 
7/7/202154 minutes, 19 seconds
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Philadelphia Freedom

For some Americans, July 4th has a special meaning. Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster, the Hoover Institution’s Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow, revisits his introduction to Independence Day as a Philadelphia native, reflects on times when the holiday found him defending freedom in the far corners of the world, plus his thoughts on how to educate young Americans on the roots of our wonderful republic. 
7/2/202151 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Post-Heart Attack Governor

Should he survive a recall election later this year, would California Governor Gavin Newsom preside more cautiously, having survived the political near-death experience, or push even harder to the left? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, sit down with Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State.
6/28/20211 hour, 1 minute, 28 seconds
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Party Like It’s 2010?

Five months into his presidency, Joe Biden’s poll numbers show slippage among independents. David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, assess Biden’s popularity, where Republicans and Democrats depart on COVID vaccines and immigration, plus whether a 2022 midterm election still 500 days away could or won’t resemble 2010’s referendum on the Obama presidency.
6/25/202149 minutes, 50 seconds
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An Assault On Wealth

A proposed “patriot” wealth tax in Washington and the call for America’s most moneyed individuals to hand over part of their fortunes to Washington leads to questions of motivation: more revenue for federal spending, or a loathing of capitalism. Hoover Institution research fellow and economist David Henderson discusses the accumulation of wealth in America and whether the “assault” on high-profile billionaires is a mere attack or the early stage of a longer siege. 
6/21/202147 minutes, 29 seconds
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Sweet Home Alabama

Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, has turned to the Hoover Institution for policy input on how to improve her state’s quality of living and economic prosperity. Stephen Haber, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow and a member of the Hoover contingent advising Alabama officials, shares his thoughts on the building blocks for a futuristic American state – broadband-based education, cutting-edge university research, business incentives, better infrastructure, and access to outdoor recreation. 
6/3/202153 minutes, 53 seconds
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How Secure Is U.S. Cybersecurity?

While the Colonial Pipeline hack brought cybersecurity into the headlines, there’s an open question as to the efficacy of the “cyber” component of national security as the U.S. looks to update and modernize its nuclear arsenal. Herb Lin, the Hoover Institution’s Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, discusses the challenges on the cybersecurity front.
5/27/202152 minutes, 54 seconds
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Populism

From ancient Athens to the America of today, democracies have borne witness to the rise of grassroots populism. Terry Moe, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University, discusses what it is to be a “populist” in this day and age – both in America and Europe – and whether Trump-brand populism, moving forward, is solely dependent on the former president’s participation. 
5/20/202153 minutes, 50 seconds