Ep. 17: Daniel LaCalle, Author of Escape from the Central Bank Trap (Part One)

Daniel LaCalle, Author and Chief Economist at Tressis Gestión, and I talk about his new book: Escape from the Central Bank Trap: How to Escape from the $20 Trillion Monetary Expansion Unharmed. Daniel tells us how rather than being the solution, central banks are becoming the problem by using “unconventional monetary policies” that were never intended to be the ultimate solutions. After analyzing the problems posed in his book, we find out how he believes we can escape the trap. … More Ep. 17: Daniel LaCalle, Author of Escape from the Central Bank Trap (Part One)

Ep. 18: Daniel LaCalle, Author of Escape from the Central Bank Trap (Part Two)

In the second half of my conversation with Daniel LaCalle we discuss the European Union Crisis, flexicurity in Nordic countries, and what government’s involvement in the economy ought to be. Daniel tells us how the European Union’s burdensome regulations and taxes are preventing a full recovery from the financial crashes. We look at some of the policies that have worked outside of the European Union, that may lead to a better recovery. Finally, we end the conversation by reflecting on where our society is headed with government at the helm. … More Ep. 18: Daniel LaCalle, Author of Escape from the Central Bank Trap (Part Two)

Ep. 16: Countable CEO and Founder, Bart Myers

Bart Myers, the founder of Countable, comes onto the show. He tells us how citizens can use the platform to become more involved in the political process simply by using his app. Additionally, we discuss Countable’s impact, who uses it, and what the future holds for the service. … More Ep. 16: Countable CEO and Founder, Bart Myers

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. 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. 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