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The Trump and California Economies with Michael Boskin

Tariffs and the looming threat of a trade war, the White House shaking up its economic team, and the president suggesting another round of tax cuts begs the question: what next in Washington, DC? Dr. Michael J. Boskin, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and the Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discusses what President Trump can do to keep the economy growing and takes a look at the financial health of California—the scene of this week’s visit by President Trump.Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

1hr 10mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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The State Of The US Economy With John Taylor

The state of the US economy in two words: “getting better.” That’s the learned opinion of John Taylor, the Hoover Institution’s George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He forecasts continued growth thanks to the latest round of tax cuts and regulatory reform – and wishes Washington would address another of his proscribed principles of economic well-being: budget reform.Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

31mins

5 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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How to build resilience to catastrophic events with Alice Hill

The latest FEMA “strategic plan” mentions “risking natural hazard risk” but not a peep about global warming, rising sea levels or devastating weather. Alice Hill, a Hoover Institution research fellow focusing on building resilience to catastrophic events, discusses the Trump Administration’s reluctance to utter the phrase “climate change” and where scientific debate stands in 2018.Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

39mins

20 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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National Security and Trade - China, North Korea, and the United States

China is a big player in economic and geopolitical matters, including trade, global aspirations, and finding a solution to the escalating tensions with North Korea. Michael Auslin, Hoover’s inaugural Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia, discusses North Korea, China, trade wars, tariffs, ICBMs, China’s one belt one road plan to link the infrastructure and trade of Eurasian under Chinese auspices, as well as many other topics including China’s presence in the Arctic. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

55mins

9 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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On Top Of The World With David Slayton

Though it’s a relatively small expanse (just one-and-a-half times the size of the US), the Arctic Ocean is fraught with global strategic concerns. David Slayton, a Hoover research fellow and co-chair of Hoover’s Arctic Security Initiative, explains the Trump Administration’s options on “the top of the world” regarding military expansion, resource development and maritime passage.Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

41mins

27 Feb 2018

Rank #5

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Influencing Influenza with Dr. Henry Miller

A century ago, an American president had little to say while the world was ravaged by a flu pandemic. In 2018, in the midst of yet another flu epidemic, so too is President Trump silent. What are the Trump Administration’s options in terms of offering vaccines, speeding up drug research and raising public awareness? Dr. Henry Miller, the Hoover Institution’s Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy – and a physician and former flu researcher – discusses how to cure what literally ails the nation. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

52mins

20 Feb 2018

Rank #6

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Act II: Mitt Romney vs. the White House

Ordinarily, the second-place finisher in a presidential election doesn’t have a second political act. But the times aren’t ordinary and Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, is now a US Senate candidate in Utah. Hoover research fellow Lanhee Chen, Romney’s 2012 policy director, discusses what compelled his former boss to make the run and whether Romney will be a Trump White House ally or nemesis. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

34mins

16 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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President Trump, From A Libertarian Perspective

A funny thing happened to America’s libertarian movement – it expected a champion to emerge in the 2016 election; it may or may not have one in Donald Trump. Richard Epstein, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and the voice behind “The Libertarian” podcast, grades the Trump presidency from a libertarian vantage. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

1hr 2mins

7 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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The State Of The Golden State

California, the land of anti-Trump “resistance”, has its own problems both irresistible and intractable – mounting public pension debt, underfunded schools, and a revenue stream too dependent upon capital gains. David Crane, a Stanford lecturer, past economic aide to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-founder of Govern for California, weighs the health of the state so bitterly opposed to Trump. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

47mins

25 Jan 2018

Rank #9

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Iran on the Brink? with Abbas Milani

Eight years after Iran’s Green Movement and antigovernment protests, will the current unrest in the nation have no lasting impact or is it the beginning of the end for the repressive theocracy? Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, explains the nature of the uprising, Tehran’s response, and the Trump administration’s options. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

49mins

12 Jan 2018

Rank #10

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Battleground Washington: Trump versus DC

Recorded on December 12, 2017Washington, DC, is a complicated town full of competing interests vying to control the federal government. Michael Franc, director of the Hoover Institution’s research and initiatives program in the nation’s capital and a former congressional aide, takes us through the past year’s drama, saying why the town hasn’t adjusted to the Trump presidency and offering a holiday guide as to who’s been naughty and nice in 2017. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

1hr

21 Dec 2017

Rank #11

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Seventy-six years ago, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America went to war. Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover senior fellow and author of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, discusses lessons learned from that conflict’s successes and failures and how they apply today. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

50mins

7 Dec 2017

Rank #12

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Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate Featuring Morris Fiorina

America at its worst divide since the Civil War? Not exactly, says Hoover senior fellow Morris Fiorina, the author of Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate. Fiorina contends that voters haven’t abandoned the center but that the two major parties have, the result being continued experimentation with the political order in Washington. Will 2018 see a continuation of the third great stretch of instability in national politics? Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

38mins

28 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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Lee Harvey Oswald Was My Friend Featuring Paul Gregory

In November 1963 Paul Gregory’s family resided in Fort Worth, Texas. As members of the city’s Russian immigrant community, they befriended Lee and Marina Oswald. Gregory recounts his time in the company of JFK’s assassin, possible motivations for Oswald’s committing the crime, and why he doesn’t buy into the many conspiracy theories surrounding the events in Dallas. Paul Gregory is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

32mins

22 Nov 2017

Rank #14

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The Future of Germany Featuring Russell Berman

The good news for Angela Merkel is to be re-elected to a fourth term as German chancellor. The bad news is fashioning a working coalition of political parties divided over taxes, immigration, and climate policy. Hoover Institution senior fellow Russell Berman examines the options available to Germany’s chancellor, including any changes to her roles on the European and world stages. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

37mins

17 Nov 2017

Rank #15

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Hamilton—the Man, the Myth —the Donald?

Lionized in print and on theater stages, Alexander Hamilton is a curious bookend for a new president who likewise calls Manhattan home, is steeped in capitalism, and uses the media to joust with his rivals. Elizabeth Cobbs, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and author of The Hamilton Affair: A Novel, separates fact from fiction regarding the famed Founding Father. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

56mins

20 Oct 2017

Rank #16

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Of Patents, Trump, and Trolls Featuring Stephen Haber

The United States is tenth in the world among nations’ protecting intellectual property. In 2016 US patent applications declined by one percent. Stephen Haber, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, examines a patent landscape that includes Big Pharma, Big Tech, legal trolls, and Keanu Reeves–like actors. He also offers a few suggestions for how the Trump administration can shield and spur American innovation.Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

43mins

18 Oct 2017

Rank #17

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Let’s Get This Party Started Featuring Lanhee Chen

America’s GOP dominates at all levels of government—state legislative, gubernatorial, congressional, presidential—yet Republicans have struggled, quite publicly, to come to terms with the party’s direction during the era of Trump. Lanhee Chen, the Hoover Institution’s David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow, discusses the Republican identity crisis, the lingering effects on the GOP brand, and the party’s ability to produce change in Washington. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

50mins

13 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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American Attitudes toward Immigration featuring Tim Kane

Recorded on September 28, 2017As Congress and the White House wrestle over immigration reform—funding for a border wall, protecting Dreamers—what is the public’s attitude? Timothy Kane, the Hoover Institution’s J. P Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies, highlights the findings of a new Hoover/YouGov survey on immigration and which policy ideas enjoy consensus approval. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

41mins

9 Oct 2017

Rank #19

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The Trump Administration’s Peacemaking Strategy in Israel

Recorded on September 13, 2017 “In Israel, in order to be a realist . . . you have to believe in miracles,” observed the late David Ben-Gurion. Peter Berkowitz, the Hoover Institution’s Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow and an expert on Israeli affairs, assesses the Trump administration’s peacemaking strategy, which includes deploying Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and taking into account Prime Minister Netanyahu’s fragile political health. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

46mins

25 Sep 2017

Rank #20