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No Jargon, the Scholars Strategy Network’s weekly podcast, presents interviews with top university scholars on the politics, policy problems, and social issues facing the nation. Powerful research, intriguing perspectives -- and no jargon. Find show notes and plain-language research briefs on hundreds of topics at www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/nojargon.

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No Jargon, the Scholars Strategy Network’s weekly podcast, presents interviews with top university scholars on the politics, policy problems, and social issues facing the nation. Powerful research, intriguing perspectives -- and no jargon. Find show notes and plain-language research briefs on hundreds of topics at www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/nojargon.

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By dabidm - Nov 09 2018
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Excellent, digestible nuggets of wisdom. Just jump past the circus-y and abrasive intro jingle.

Very informative

By Mr. Buster! - Mar 16 2018
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I only wish we could hear more right leaning researchers, but even so, really good material

iTunes Ratings

192 Ratings
Average Ratings
162
15
3
8
4

Excellent

By dabidm - Nov 09 2018
Read more
Excellent, digestible nuggets of wisdom. Just jump past the circus-y and abrasive intro jingle.

Very informative

By Mr. Buster! - Mar 16 2018
Read more
I only wish we could hear more right leaning researchers, but even so, really good material
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Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon

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Rank #1: Episode 127: Surviving Poverty

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America—the world’s wealthiest country—is home to over 40 million people living under the poverty line. And for many, there is no safety net to fall back on. Professor Joan Maya Mazelis explains how we got here and highlights one innovative organization, run by and for poor people, that builds community among the poor and provides help when the safety net is missing.

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May 02 2018

23mins

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Rank #2: Episode 4: The Student Debt Crisis

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Professor Nicholas Hillman discusses the burden of student debt and dispels common misconceptions. Hillman is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nov 03 2015

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Rank #3: Episode 3: The Tea Party Divided

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Professor Heath Brown discusses the Tea Party, explaining how this conservative movement has grown and changed – and how it may shape the 2016 elections. Brown is an Assistant Professor of Public Management at the City University of New York. 

Oct 28 2015

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Rank #4: Episode 105: The Captured Economy

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Inequality is on the rise in America, but what’s behind it? Professor Steven Teles and Dr. Brink Lindsey lay out how federal and state policies help the rich get richer, slow economic growth, and promote inequality.

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Nov 08 2017

28mins

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Rank #5: Episode 58: Politics of Resentment

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Professor Kathy Cramer shares lessons from her conversations with rural communities in Wisconsin. Rural voters often feel forgotten, misunderstood, and disrespected, which directly affects their sense of politics and whom they elect to office.

Nov 15 2016

24mins

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Rank #6: Episode 124: Outrage in the Media

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From Sean Hannity to Rachel Maddow, TV and radio hosts are taking stronger ideological stances, telling audiences what is right and wrong in America. Professor Sarah Sobieraj examines this “outrage industry” and what it means for the millions who tune in. Later, she dives into new research on the attacks women face in online spaces.

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Apr 11 2018

27mins

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Rank #7: Episode 72: Power in Politics

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The outsized influence of money is a problem in U.S. politics. Sean McElwee and Professor Tabatha Abu El-Haj describe how donors skew policy and how getting more people to vote could counter big money in politics where repealing Citizens United cannot.

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Feb 23 2017

38mins

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Rank #8: Episode 169: Who Controls the States?

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We like to think that state governments make decisions based on their particular situations. But it turns out, often that’s not the case. In fact, three large conservative groups have gained massive influence in state houses across the country, working to pass legislation in line with their views and corporate sponsors. Professor Alexander Hertel-Fernandez explains their rise and strategies, why state governments are so susceptible to their influence, and what this all means for American democracy.

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Mar 28 2019

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Rank #9: Episode 62: You’re Fired

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Tech error fixed: Professor Peter Shane describes the court case that could give the president new authority to fire any federal official, for any reason. He explains the history of the theory behind the court’s ruling and arguments for and against it.

Dec 09 2016

27mins

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Rank #10: Episode 29: Part 1. What Made America Great

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Professor Paul Pierson presents the forgotten history of American prosperity: how public and private sectors worked together for economic growth and social progress. This mixed economy increased life spans, built infrastructure, and spurred innovation.

Apr 19 2016

26mins

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Rank #11: Episode 159: The Diaper Dilemma

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Babies need diapers. But for 1 in 3 mothers, diapers are just too expensive to always have on hand. And that can leave children and families in a precarious situation. Professor Jennifer Randles lays out the diaper dilemma, how it affects America’s families, and what policies can be put in place to help solve the problem.

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Dec 13 2018

24mins

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Rank #12: Episode 76: American Job Guarantee

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Could we fight unemployment by providing government jobs in construction, child care, and other needed public projects? Professor William Darity explains how a Federal Job Guarantee could work and how similar programs have been effective in the past.

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Mar 21 2017

22mins

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Rank #13: Episode 147: In Government We Distrust

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The government fights forest fires, protects us from foreign invasion, helps people go to college, and so much more. But Americans’ opinions of the government are increasingly negative. Professor Suzanne Mettler dives into why people don’t believe the government benefits them, even when it does, and how to bridge this disconnect between the government and the American people.

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Sep 13 2018

20mins

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Rank #14: Episode 66: Supreme Inequality

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The Supreme Court is helps shape civil rights in the United States, but it is less recognized for its role in intensifying economic inequality. Professor Stephen Gottlieb details cases in the high court that have promoted these inequalities.

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Jan 10 2017

29mins

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Rank #15: Episode 49: Science of Abortion Law

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Professor Ushma Upadhyay examined an abortion pill law in Ohio that required health care providers to use outdated FDA rules. Said to protect women’s health, the law instead hurt women’s health and increased the cost and time spent for the procedure.

Sep 06 2016

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Rank #16: Episode 111: Who Pays for Justice?

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A $50 citation, $100 in court costs—for many Americans navigating the criminal justice system, fines and fees like these add up quickly. Professor Alexes Harris reveals why local governments charge convicts to pay for the justice system and how this disproportionately burdens marginalized people and communities.

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Jan 10 2018

28mins

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Rank #17: Archive Episode 95: Who is Affirmative Action for?

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The future of affirmative action is unclear. Harvard has been taken to court for its admissions policies and the case is likely to be the first affirmative action case in front of the new Supreme Court judges. In this archive episode, Professor Natasha Warikoo discusses investigations into school admissions and how focusing on diversity ignores the real reasons for affirmative action.

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Mar 07 2019

22mins

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Rank #18: Episode 119: Democracy in Decline

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It’s no secret. Our political future is uncertain and unpredictable. Author and scholar Yascha Mounk outlines how economic inequality, a backlash against increasing diversity, and the rise of social media all threaten democracies across the globe—and what we can do to save them.

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Mar 07 2018

26mins

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Rank #19: Episode 70: The Future of Family Planning

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Republican majorities in the federal government and in most states are putting protections for abortion, parenting, and birth control rights at risk. Professor Monica McLemore details what the future may hold for reproductive health, rights, and justice.

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Feb 07 2017

28mins

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Rank #20: Archive Episode 52: Paying the Price

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Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren recently proposed a massive plan to eliminate most student debt and tuition at public colleges. But student debt is just one part of the larger problem of college affordability. Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab explains the impact of the high cost of college on students at public and community colleges, including hunger, homelessness, and debt without getting a degree, and offers concrete solutions.

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May 02 2019

29mins

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