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Author: Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

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Policy 360 is a series of audio conversations from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. The series is hosted by Sanford's dean, Judith Kelley.
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Medicaid is one of the largest social welfare programs in the United States. With over 70 million people enrolled, it covers 20 percent of the US population. Though the program is federal, it’s implemented by the state and some states offer generous benefits while others do not. Professor Jamila Michener argues these disparities are actually having an effect on democratic citizenship. Her research shows that when Medicaid expands, more people vote, and when it contracts (or there’s a narrower scope of benefits) then people are less likely to vote. Jamila Michener is an assistant professor at Cornell University. Her book is Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018)   Read the episode transcript Music: Vittoro and Thannoid by Blue Dot Sessions / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution  
The number of college students across the nation who voted in the midterms doubled between 2014 and 2018. At Duke University, the voting rate was even higher – it jumped 114 percent. We explore how that jump happened and what specific strategies other colleges could use to increase their own student voting rates. Guests: BJ Rudell, Associate Director of POLIS, the Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service at Duke University and Lindsay Morgenstein, student voting drive organizer. Read the episode transcript Visit the Duke Votes website Music: Georgia Overdrive and The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
In 2009, President Obama launched an initiative designed to use a community outreach approach to counter violent extremism. Ten years later, Professor David Schanzer, Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security has analyzed the policy, and he says it was deeply flawed, but there are lessons to be learned. Read the episode transcript Read the report, “Engaging with Communities to Prevent Violent Extremism: A Review of the Obama Administration’s CVE Initiative” Music: Careless Morning by Blue Dot Sessions / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
With recent scientific reports on the effects of climate change, climate strikes around the world and big companies like Amazon promising action, climate change is a topic that is important to research and understand. We discuss climate-related policy ideas with Billy Pizer, an expert in climate change policy, law and legislation. Billy Pizer is Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy and senior associate dean in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Subscribe to the Policy 360 podcast Read the episode transcript Music: Li Fonte and The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
New research shows forest fires are actually more harmful than we've previously thought. It's not just about the impact they may have on the environment or on the economy, but also on human health, especially unborn children. Guest: Subhrendu Pattanayak, Oak Foundation Environmental and Energy Policy Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University Subscribe to the Policy 360 podcast Read an episode transcript Read more about Subhrendu Pattanayak’s research Music: Night Light and The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Jacob Bachmeier serves in Montana’s House of Representatives. He was just 18 when he was elected. A classmate was his campaign manager. At the time of his election, he was the youngest state lawmaker in the country. Guest host: Gunther Peck of Duke University’s Hart Leadership Program Note: Policy 360 will return to our regular biweekly schedule in September. Music: The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/
China is investing heavily in coal around the world, even going so far as to build the coal sector from scratch, in a variety of developing countries. Coal plants are either being planned or constructed in 14 countries that currently have no coal power to speak of. Plants are also being planned for 19 other countries, and those new coal plants would more than double each country’s existing coal-fired capacity. Guest, Jackson Ewing, of Duke University's Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions, explains. Subscribe to the Policy 360 podcast Read an episode transcript Read the op-ed Jackson Ewing wrote for The Hill Artwork: Melissa Carrico Music: Vittoro by Blue Dot Sessions / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
In a new intergovernmental report, scientists say a million species of plants and animals could go extinct due to climate change, many within our lifetimes. Duke University Professor Alexander Pfaff contributed to the report. He's here to talk about history, and the five hurdles that have tripped policymakers and advocates up in the past when it comes to reversing environmental loss. Show Notes: Read the op-ed Alexander Pfaff wrote for The Hill Music: Open Flames by Blue Dot Sessions / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution    
A Duke University interdisciplinary student team has spent the past academic year trying to get a better understanding of the barriers to energy investment in rural Zambia. The team looked at policy issues, assessed customers' willingness to pay, and even created a geospatial application so potential investors can easily look at variables in each region before deciding to invest. Read an episode transcript Find out more about the Energy Access Project at Duke University Find out more about Bass Connections at Duke University Music: Open Flames by Blue Dot Sessions / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Research shows that working-class people almost never become politicians, but Carmen Castillo is both a hotel housekeeper and a three-term Providence Rhode Island City Council member. Yet when Carmen first began to work as a housekeeper, the only English words she knew were "yes" and "no." How did she do it? Carmen Castillo is featured in the documentary film Councilwoman. Professor Nick Carnes' book is The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office. Subscribe to the Policy 360 podcast. Read the episode transcript. Image: Melissa Carrico Music: The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions  / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution.
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