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Deep Dive with Laura Arnold

Deep Dive with Laura Arnold

Author: Laura Arnold

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Sky-high drug prices. Mass incarceration. Predatory lending. These are the surface-level symptoms of broken systems. To find answers, we must peel back the layers and look deeper. Join Arnold Ventures Co-Chair and host Laura Arnold as she shares the mike with leading data-driven experts in this podcast by the Arnold Ventures philanthropy that explores market failures in health care, criminal justice, education, and public finance — and how to fix them.
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"Dollar Signs in Uniform"

"Dollar Signs in Uniform"

2020-01-0800:24:141

For 75 years, the GI Bill has provided military service members with invaluable educational opportunities.  And for just as long, for-profit colleges and universities have sought to gain and maintain access to that funding stream.  In this episode, we examine some of the questionable recruiting tactics being employed by the institutions and discuss ways in which the system can be improved for the brave men and women who have proudly served.
The Fight for $15

The Fight for $15

2019-12-0900:32:13

It's a heated debate that's unfolding at the federal, state, and local levels.  What is the appropriate minimum wage that employers must pay their workers in the United States? On the latest episode of the podcast Deep Dive with Laura Arnold:  a closer look at "the fight for $15," and whether mandatory wage increases are a benefit to workers or a jobs killer.
Criminalizing poverty in America. For too many, it starts with a traffic ticket and can end with lost jobs, homes, and even dignity. On the latest episode of the podcast Deep Dive with Laura Arnold: a closer look at the hidden price tag behind our outdated system of courthouse fines and fees.
A Conversation in Cambridge

A Conversation in Cambridge

2019-10-0400:33:22

Even though it's been around for almost 400 years, most Americans know very little about the inner workings of Harvard University.  But with University President Lawrence Bacow at the helm, that trend is beginning to change.  In this episode, Laura Arnold covers a wide range of topics, from immigration to the skyrocketing cost of tuition and beyond.
Cheating Between the Lines

Cheating Between the Lines

2019-08-2900:30:013

The practice of gerrymandering is more than 200 years old in the United States, and yet its impact on our nation's politics is likely stronger today than at any other time in our American history.  Drawing voting maps with pure political partisanship in mind may seem inherently wrong, but the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it's not necessarily illegal.  In this episode, hear from the attorney at the heart of the most recent case, and from a twenty-something activist in Michigan who used social media channels to spark a state-level movement against the practice of gerrymandering.
Bootleggers and Baptists

Bootleggers and Baptists

2019-07-3100:38:09

In today's toxic political environment, reaching any type of bipartisan agreement can seem like an impossible goal. But criminal justice reform is one issue area where the left and the right routinely manage to form coalitions with one another. So, exactly how does that happen, and how can we replicate the results in other important issue areas?  In this episode, we bring together leaders from the left-leaning ACLU and the conservative campaign Right on Crime, and we ask them, "How do you find middle ground with one another when the rest of the country appears to be headed in opposite directions?"
It's one of the larger investments that most people will make during their lifetime, and yet, making sure that a college degree leads to a solid return on the original investment isn't always easy.  A lack of transparency and accountability within the higher education system often leads to confusion for the very students who are looking to mark a clear path for their future.  In this episode of "Deep Dive with Laura Arnold," we speak with education experts in order to identify exactly where the system is failing, and what steps might trigger improvement.
Each year in America, almost 350,000 people are incarcerated for some sort of violation of their probation or parole conditions. Often, these violations involve technical infractions that are as commonplace as a traffic violation but can result in multi-year prison sentences. Rap artist and activist Meek Mill is someone who knows all about the pitfalls of this particular area of the criminal justice system. Fourteen years after a questionable arrest in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mill is still trying to navigate a system that he feels places unreasonable requirements on those who are conditionally released from prison. In this episode, Mill discusses his personal experiences and what it was like to be at the center of a reform movement, and offers insight on how the current system may be improved.
Drug Pricing in America

Drug Pricing in America

2019-04-1600:36:061

How do you set a price on staying alive? In this episode of “Deep Dive,” Arnold Ventures Co-Chair Laura Arnold sits down with David Mitchell, founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs, who began his fight for drug pricing reform after a devastating diagnosis of an incurable blood cancer. The cost to keep him alive each year: $325,000. They discuss a broken system built to serve those who profit—rather than patients who depend on it for their health—and bust myths perpetuated by pharma to justify high prices.
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