Ep. 14: Arpit Chaturvedi of the Cornell Policy Review (Pt. 2)

In this second part of my interview with Arpit Chaturvedi, Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Policy Review, we continue our discussion with an analysis of the policy process. Arpit gives us a sneak peak into the arguments presented in his book, Our Egalitarian Universe? We also learn more about the Cabrera Research Lab, where Arpit works as an associate, and how it uses systems thinking to help solve problems around the world. In addition to this, we discuss Arpit’s plans after he graduates from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and what advice he has for people looking to get more involved with policy. Stay tuned for more episodes, and be sure to check out the first part of our conversation. … More Ep. 14: Arpit Chaturvedi of the Cornell Policy Review (Pt. 2)

Ep. 13: Arpit Chaturvedi, Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Policy Review (Pt. 1)

In this episode I talk with Arpit Chaturvedi, Editor in Chief of the Cornell Policy Review, about his experience in government and policy in both India and the United States. We discuss what motivated him to move from the private sector, where he worked for Right Management, to the public sector. Arpit discusses how we can use systems thinking to analyze and create useful new policies, and how the Cornell Policy Review uses this type of thinking in their research and writing. In addition to in-depth policy discussions, Arpit tells us about how his experience in India contrasts with his work in the United States. We also talk about his work for the Huffington Post and the South Asian Journal. Check back soon for the second part of our interview! … More Ep. 13: Arpit Chaturvedi, Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Policy Review (Pt. 1)

Ep. 12: Timothy Buck, Co-Founder of Read A Bill

Timothy Buck, Co-Founder of Read A Bill, tells us more about his project. We discuss the story behind Read A Bill, the importance of accessibility and objectivity, and what exactly the Apple Plug is… … More Ep. 12: Timothy Buck, Co-Founder of Read A Bill

Ep. 11: Privacy and Police Body Cameras Part Two

In the second part of the Privacy and Police Body Camera series, I review the actual text of California Assembly Bill 748 (AB 748). With sublime ice cream analogies, we manage to break a complicated piece of legislation into manageable bites. During the last segment I review Baby Driver, a new action movie starting Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey. … More Ep. 11: Privacy and Police Body Cameras Part Two

Ep. 10: Privacy and Police Body Cameras Part One

In the first part of the Police Body Camera Episode, we analyze the impacts of instituting body cameras in local police forces. Body worn cameras increase accountability and decrease costs for departments. However, they bring about serious concerns about privacy. The discussion stems from the proposal of California Assembly Bill 748, introduced by Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). AB 748 would require all police agencies to create policies regarding the release of body cam footage to the public. Of course, I wouldn’t forget the ice cream analogies. … More Ep. 10: Privacy and Police Body Cameras Part One

Ep. 9: The Campus Free Speech Act Part Two

In today’s episode we review the second part of the Campus Free Speech Act proposed by the Goldwater Institute. This second installation deals with sections two through five of the bill, which serve important roles in promoting free expression on college campuses. Using only the best ice cream analogies, we break down the importance of free thought and expression, and how that importance expands beyond college campuses and into our everyday lives. Thus, we must be open to new perspectives and ideas in order to refine our own.
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Ep. 8: A doctor’s perspective on school start times

Mariah Baughn, MD, and I discuss the Start School Later Bill from the perspective of a pathologist and parent. We talk about the fact that high schools aren’t doing enough to help teens get enough sleep. Mariah tells about her personal experience with start times. For example, her son is entering high school this coming year. Unfortunately, very few of the available schools have start times after 8:30. We also discuss how parents, students, and anyone interested can get involved with the Start School Later organization. … More Ep. 8: A doctor’s perspective on school start times

Ep. 7: Giving Teens the Chance to Dream with Irena Keller of Start School Later

In today’s episode I talk with Dr. Irena Keller, who has a PhD in Change, Development, and Plasticity from University of California, Berkeley.  She is the leader of Start School Later’s California Chapter and an active supporter of California Senator Anthony Portantino’s Start School Later Bill. We discuss the science of sleep, the benefits of later start times, and the progress of the bill in the California Legislature. … More Ep. 7: Giving Teens the Chance to Dream with Irena Keller of Start School Later

Ep. 6: The Campus Free Speech Act Part 1

In the sixth episode of Bills with Luke Scorziell we review Section One of the Campus Free Speech Act, a piece of mock legislation published by the Goldwater Institute. Today’s episode marks the introduction of the High School Culture segment with an analysis of Jim and Pam’s relationship on The Office. … More Ep. 6: The Campus Free Speech Act Part 1

Ep. 5: The Start School Later Bill Interview

Today’s episode includes an exclusive 25 minute interview with my former Advanced Placement World History and current Advanced Placement United States History teacher Eric Newcombe (Graduated from Northern Arizona University Magna Cum Laude with University Honors). Throughout the episode we discuss the implications of Anthony Portantino’s Start School Later Bill (SB 328 in the California Senate) but also why it is needed from the perspective of both a student and a teacher.

For background, the Start School Later Bill would require all middle and high schools to begin school no earlier than 8:30 AM. It would allow schools up to July 1, 2020 to change their schedules accordingly. … More Ep. 5: The Start School Later Bill Interview