Cover image of PolicyCast
(51)

Rank #43 in Government category

Education
Courses
News
Government

PolicyCast

Updated 7 days ago

Rank #43 in Government category

Education
Courses
News
Government
Read more

Each week, host Thoko Moyo speaks with leading experts in public policy, media, and international affairs about their experiences confronting the world's most pressing public problems.

Read more

Each week, host Thoko Moyo speaks with leading experts in public policy, media, and international affairs about their experiences confronting the world's most pressing public problems.

iTunes Ratings

51 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
6
2
0
2

the more policy casts, the better

By M Isles - Jan 19 2019
Read more
the more policy casts, the better

Excellent Podcast

By Jabittan - Jan 04 2017
Read more
The show is very insightful with HKS leaders and guests discussing relevant issues. Matt is a great host and the guest hosts who step in from time to time round out the show. Always enjoy the short bite sized episodes and great insights.

iTunes Ratings

51 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
6
2
0
2

the more policy casts, the better

By M Isles - Jan 19 2019
Read more
the more policy casts, the better

Excellent Podcast

By Jabittan - Jan 04 2017
Read more
The show is very insightful with HKS leaders and guests discussing relevant issues. Matt is a great host and the guest hosts who step in from time to time round out the show. Always enjoy the short bite sized episodes and great insights.
Cover image of PolicyCast

PolicyCast

Updated 7 days ago

Rank #43 in Government category

Read more

Each week, host Thoko Moyo speaks with leading experts in public policy, media, and international affairs about their experiences confronting the world's most pressing public problems.

Rank #1: 164 The Causes and Consequences of Inequality

Podcast cover
Read more

HKS and HGSE Professor David Deming delves into the complicated causes and consequences of inequality, discusses why jobs lost from traditional sectors like manufacturing aren’t likely to return, and explains his belief in education as an important piece of the solution.

May 17 2017
26 mins
Play

Rank #2: Homeland Security’s Goldilocks Problem

Podcast cover
Read more

HKS Lecturer Juliette Kayyem, a national security expert and author of “Security Mom,” digs into the “Goldilocks” problem of security in the United States, analyzing whether the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is worth the cost and hassle to air travellers; providing historical context to US approaches to safety and security; and explaining why national security is shaping up to become the central theme in the 2016 presidential general election, and what that means for the candidates.

May 25 2016
25 mins
Play

Rank #3: 166 Where Economists Go Wrong

Podcast cover
Read more

Prof. Dani Rodrik has never been shy about bucking conventional wisdom, and many of his insights, often deemed unorthodox at their inception, now seem prescient. Nowhere is that more clear than in his warning, twenty years ago, that unrestricted globalization could have a backlash effect, straining the fundamental ideals that support democratic governance. In this episode, Rodrik explains some of his more notable insights, and discusses his new book, which takes aim at both economists and their detractors, seeking a middle ground where academic rigor can be effectively applied in the real world.

Jun 07 2017
29 mins
Play

Rank #4: The End of the American Dream?

Podcast cover
Read more

HKS Professor Robert Putnam explains how the United States has become a class-segregated society with a growing stratification between the educated and uneducated. He describes how upward mobility has nearly vanished over the last few decades and what can be done to turn things around.

Mar 11 2015
25 mins
Play

Rank #5: Big Data; Better Cities

Podcast cover
Read more

HKS Professor Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Data-Smart City Solutions Project at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center, describes how city and state governments can improve service to citizens by harnessing new technologies.

Feb 04 2015
11 mins
Play

Rank #6: Designing Smarter Policy

Podcast cover
Read more

HKS Professor Asim Khwaja, Co-Director of the Evidence for Policy Design program, explains the benefits of bringing academics into the field to develop policy in collaboration with practitioners.

Dec 17 2014
21 mins
Play

Rank #7: Is Transparency Bad for Politics?

Podcast cover
Read more

Professor Michael Ignatieff of the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy makes the case that increased transparency in government makes it harder for politicians to find compromise by relating his experience as the leader of the opposition in the Canadian Parliament. He also laments the tendency to argue over the standing of those who make arguments on various issues, as opposed to the substance of the issues themselves.

This episode originally published in December 2014.

Jan 20 2016
17 mins
Play

Rank #8: Is it Civil Rights or Human Rights?

Podcast cover
Read more

HKS Associate Professor Moshik Temkin argues that the debate over civil rights in the United States, sparked by the unrest in Ferguson, MO, is actually a debate about human rights and the difference is not just semantic.

Nov 25 2014
19 mins
Play

Rank #9: 194 Piketty’s Prescription for Wealth Inequality

Podcast cover
Read more

Economist Thomas Piketty details the policies he believes will be key to overcoming the wealth inequality illustrated in his seminal 2013 book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” He also discusses the 2018 World Inequality Report, which builds on and updates the data sets first featured in “Capital,” except on a global scale thanks to the involvement of more than one hundred economists around the world. Piketty was on campus to deliver the Wiener Center’s inaugural Stone Lecture on Economic Inequality.

Apr 04 2018
20 mins
Play

Rank #10: How the Press Covers the Election

Podcast cover
Read more

HKS Professor Thomas Patterson, author of an ongoing series of reports out of the Shorenstein Center on the media's coverage of the 2016 election cycle, discusses what he sees as troubling consequences of how the press approaches reporting on the campaign.

Sep 21 2016
32 mins
Play

Rank #11: Why Hasn't Homeownership Recovered?

Podcast cover
Read more

Christopher Herbert, managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, explains whether there’s reason for concern about the state of the US housing market, which has been beset by falling homeownership rates, rising rents, stalling incomes and demographic shifts that threaten to exacerbate trends towards inequality.

If you’d like to learn more, you can read the 2015 State of the Nation’s Housing Report at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies website.

Sep 30 2015
17 mins
Play

Rank #12: How Presidential Campaigns Influence Governance

Podcast cover
Read more

Republican strategist Matt Lira, a spring 2015 fellow at the Institute of Politics, discusses the early days of a presidential campaign, the importance of primaries, how campaign management eventually influences governance and what technologies will likely emerge as critical to 2016.

Apr 22 2015
20 mins
Play

Rank #13: The Accidental Fall of the Berlin Wall

Podcast cover
Read more

Professor Mary Elise Sarotte, a visiting professor at the Harvard Center for European Studies and author of “Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall,” explains how the opening of the border between East and West Germany came down to a decision by a single border guard.

Nov 05 2014
13 mins
Play

Rank #14: The Air Force of the Future

Podcast cover
Read more

US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James discusses the return of the Air Force's Reserve Officer Training Corps to Harvard; how remotely piloted drones have affected the United States' modern approach to warfare; whether serious issues regarding the command and control of US nuclear weapons have been adequately addressed; why the modernization of the nuclear arsenal is worth the $1 trillion it is expected to cost; and how the Air Force can foster more diversity in its ranks.

May 18 2016
16 mins
Play

Rank #15: 196 Europe's Evolving Stance on Russia

Podcast cover
Read more

Cathryn Clüver-Ashbrook, executive director of both the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Project on Trans-Atlantic and European Relations out of the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, describes the changing nature of relations between Europe and Russia, providing historical context, examining contemporary factors such as the Syrian civil war and Russian election meddling, and describing how the new Project on Trans-Atlantic and European Relations, chaired by HKS Professor Nicholas Burns, seeks to find solutions to the emerging challenges.

Apr 18 2018
41 mins
Play

Rank #16: Telling the True Story of Human Trafficking

Podcast cover
Read more

HKS Lecturer Siddharth Kara of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy explains how his research into the tens of millions of girls around the world who have been forced into sexual slavery led him to Hollywood, where he wrote and produced the new feature film “Trafficked.” The film, based on true stories, follows three enslaved teens who end up in a Texas brothel after being trafficked across the globe.

Oct 05 2016
36 mins
Play

Rank #17: Is Transparency Bad for Politics?

Podcast cover
Read more

Professor Michael Ignatieff of the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy makes the case that increased transparency in government makes it harder for politicians to find compromise by relating his experience as the Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian parliament. He also laments the tendency to argue over the standing of those who make arguments on various issues, as opposed to the substance of the issues themselves.

Professor Ignatieff discussed “Tensions in Transparency” with Professor David King at IDEASpHERE.

Dec 10 2014
16 mins
Play

Rank #18: The Criminal Injustice System

Podcast cover
Read more

HKS Alumnus Bryan Stevenson spent his career working to address issues of racial and wealth inequality in the United States’ justice system. He believes this inequality stems from a failure of the nation to reconcile its dark history with regard to slavery and Jim Crow. His work as Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative focuses on defending those without the means to properly defend themselves.

This episode was originally published on November 19, 2014.

Dec 29 2015
15 mins
Play

Rank #19: 183 Stop Calling It Fake News

Podcast cover
Read more

The Shorenstein Center’s Claire Wardle and journalist Hossein Derakhshan explain how information disorder has taken the world by storm, breaking down how it’s created, produced, and distributed, paying particular attention to the ways in which social media has exacerbated the problem, and making the case that the term F*** News isn’t just inaccurate, but actively harmful to democratic institutions.

Wardle, the research director for the Shorenstein Center’s First Draft News project, and Derakhshan are co-authors of Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking.

Dec 20 2017
38 mins
Play

Rank #20: Billionaires and their Newspapers

Podcast cover
Read more

Northeastern Professor Dan Kennedy, a spring 2016 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, describes the fates of three newspapers, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Orange County Register, that were bought in recent years by individuals with significant financial means but little background in journalism. He explains the differing approaches each paper has taken to find a sustainable business model, discusses how the models have impacted the quality of reporting, and interprets what other news organizations might learn from their examples.

Apr 27 2016
26 mins
Play

Similar Podcasts