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. 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. 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

Ep. 4: Should the US temporarily defund the United Nations?

In under fifteen minutes we discuss the implications of defunding the United Nations under the proposed United Nations Review and Accounting Act (HR 264). This discussion ranges from a cost-benefit analysis of the UN to an analysis of current events in US and international politics. … More Ep. 4: Should the US temporarily defund the United Nations?

CNBC GOP Debate Recap: The Moderators

From Marco Rubio to Carly Fiorina, the GOP debate tonight was very entertaining, yet also a seemingly positive night for the conservative party. As a high school debater, I love these debates. They show all sides of the candidates: we see their personalities, policies, jokes, and how they perform under pressure. I feel that the main … More CNBC GOP Debate Recap: The Moderators