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. 15: The RAISE Act Pt. 1

I discuss Section Two of Senate Bill 354, the “Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act” or the “Raise Act.” This section eliminates the Diversity Visa Program, which was established under the Immigration and Nationality Act. I analyze the details of the Diversity Visa Program, its history, and the arguments for and against it. This episode is good for anyone curious about how the RAISE Act will change the United States’ immigration system. … More Ep. 15: The RAISE Act Pt. 1

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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