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American Wonk covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on domestic and foreign policy. Avik explores important ideas and policies with the experts who know them best—right or left—and ask challenging questions to all, in the spirit of Bill Buckley.
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Congress is on the verge of passing a landmark criminal justice reform bill called the First Step Act. The bill would take several steps aimed at helping low-risk federal prisoners, like non-violent offenders, move more quickly into halfway houses and home detention, and strive to do better at re-integrating ex-convicts into the private sector.What’s just as interesting as the bill itself is the […]Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/criminal-justice-reform-and-the-first-step-act/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
In 2014, a group called Students for Fair Admissions filed a 120-page legal complaint against Harvard, alleging that Harvard systematically discriminates against Asian-Americans. On October 15, 2018, the trial began in a federal courthouse in Boston. If the plaintiffs win, the case could have far-reaching consequences for society and for American politics. To help us get smarter about the issues at play in this case, we’re […]Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/john-yoo-on-harvards-anti-asian-discrimination/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
One of the most popular theories about Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 is that Trump appealed to an increasing number of Americans—especially white Americans without a college degree—with feelings of alienation and loneliness. In 2015, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton published a landmark paper documenting a “marked increase” in deaths among middle-aged white Americans in the 21st century, at a time when mortality was decreasing for everyone else. Case and […]Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/scott-winship-on-the-social-capital-project/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
One of the most widely-made conservative arguments in favor of voting for Donald Trump in 2016 was his ability to nominate constitutionalist justices to the Supreme Court. This year, President Trump will get his chance to name the replacement for Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring. From a conservative point of view, it’s an […]Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/randy-barnett-on-justice-kennedys-replacement/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
30. Senator Marco Rubio

30. Senator Marco Rubio

2018-05-1300:34:53

Senator Marco Rubio (R – FL) joined Avik Roy Thursday morning to kick off the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit. Among the topics covered are the future of the economy, the future of the Republican Party, confronting China and the challenges of the 21st Century.Sponsored by DonorsTrustJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/senator-marco-rubio/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
One of the core promises that President Trump made on the campaign trail was to fix the broken veterans’ health care system. In 2017, he nominated David Shulkin, a holdover from the Obama administration, to be his Veterans Affairs Secretary. But Shulkin spent most of his tenure opposing efforts to reform the VA, because reform, […]Sponsored by QuipJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/pete-hegseth-veterans-health-reform/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
When the campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama mined users’ Facebook feeds for information about how they might vote in 2008, Obama was praised as an innovator. But this spring, a firestorm of controversy enveloped Facebook, after the New York Times reported that Cambridge Analytica mined data from Facebook users to help elect Donald Trump. So […]Sponsored by QuipJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/patrick-ruffini-facebook-trump-future-political-campaigns/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
Paul Winfree, director of economic policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, left that post in January 2017 to take a senior policy position in the Trump White House. A year later, he’s back at Heritage, and—you guessed it—spending more time with his family. On this episode of American Wonk, Paul talks freely about his year […]Sponsored by QuipJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/paul-winfrees-inside-view-trump-west-wing/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
Today, we’re taking about President Trump’s new proposal on his signature issue: immigration reform. In January, Trump put forward a surprising new immigration plan, which would some expected things, like build a wall. But it would also provide a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million children brought here illegally by their parents: the so-called […]Sponsored by QuipJoin the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/immigration-reform/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
Today, we’re taking a deep dive into the biggest policy controversy in the tech community: the impending vote by the Federal Communications Commission to abandon the Obama-era effort to regulate the internet, known as “net neutrality.” What is “net neutrality?” Why has this highly technical topic aroused the passions of so many people in Silicon […]Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/net-neutrality-fcc-chairman-ajit-pai/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to American Wonk in iTunes (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in iTunes or by RSS feed.
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