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Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon

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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

181 Ratings
Average Ratings
156
14
2
6
3

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
Cover image of Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon

Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon

Updated 12 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: 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
26 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 126: Checking the President

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The Founding Fathers made sure to put checks in place that would prevent a president from becoming a king. But Professor Larry Jacobs explains that when it comes to foreign policy, the president goes largely unchecked. Next, Professor Frances Lee outlines the ways Congress has rebuked presidential power, even under the current administration. And finally, Professor Keith Whittington takes us to the courts, which have been skeptical of many of President Trump’s executive orders.

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Apr 25 2018
31 mins
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Rank #3: Archive Episode 71: Violence in Resistance

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Around five years ago, Ferguson, Missouri erupted in violent protests after the fatal police shooting of teenager Michael Brown. The Ferguson protests were part of a wave of protests nationwide spurred by police shootings of unarmed black men and the disproportionate violence that communities of color have often faced. In this archive episode, Professor Ashley Howard explains what these protests mean, what their history is, and how new laws, policing methods, and social media are changing the way people demonstrate.

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Aug 08 2019
24 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 185: America’s Long Immigration Debate

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At the beginning of his campaign for president, Donald Trump disparaged Mexican immigrants coming to the US and since then, immigration has been a centerpiece of his administration. But to say that America’s immigration debate started with Donald Trump is simply not true. Professor James Hollifield highlights the long history of immigration policy in this country and argues that the conversation won’t be going away any time soon, no matter what happens in 2020.

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Aug 01 2019
26 mins
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Rank #5: 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
29 mins
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Rank #6: 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
38 mins
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Rank #7: 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
28 mins
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Rank #8: 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
20 mins
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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
27 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 125: Losing the Party

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US politics is built around two parties, but recently there have been growing rifts between and within them. First, Professor Eliot Cohen explains why some Republicans, like himself, left the party after the 2016 election. Next, Professor Didi Kuo highlights the importance of political parties for democracy and why many voters feel disconnected from them.

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Apr 18 2018
29 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 67: Defending Democracy

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Americans across the political spectrum are questioning the integrity of U.S. elections and democracy. Professor Amel Ahmed walks through threats that can erode democracies and encourages protecting institutions, even the controversial Electoral College.

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Jan 17 2017
27 mins
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Rank #12: 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
28 mins
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Rank #13: 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
22 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 64: Restaurant Loophole

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Professor Heather Lee tells the story of how a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act led to the Chinese restaurant boom in America. Drawing parallels to today, she explains the unintended impacts of the law on the U.S. and China.

Dec 20 2016
28 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 141: Muslims in America

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Since 9/11, fears about extremism have shaped the public’s view of Islam. And American policies often reflect these fears, zeroing in on Muslims and Muslim-Americans in the name of national security. Professor Rachel Gillum explores whether these policies work, why we use them, and how they impact Muslims in America.

Aug 02 2018
19 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 81: On Tyranny

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In the 1900s, dictators rose to power across Europe as democracies fell to fascists and communists. History Professor Timothy Snyder argues that democracy today is far from invincible, and translates lessons from the 20th century to guide Americans now.

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May 02 2017
29 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 143: Trusting the Science

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Knowledge is power. Or at least that’s how the saying goes — but when it comes to climate change and its causes, that knowledge hasn’t translated into action. Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Motta discusses why climate research is often disregarded, where Americans’ suspicion of scientists comes from, and how our interest in science affects our trust in scientists.

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Aug 16 2018
20 mins
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Rank #18: 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
24 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 173: 2020’s Big Proposals

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The presidential race for 2020 is already well underway and two of the biggest policies Democratic hopefuls are pushing include a $15 minimum wage and Medicare-for-All. Professor Jeannette Wicks-Lim lays out the costs and benefits of each and what these massive policy changes would mean for the country—and for inequality.

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Apr 25 2019
29 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 90: The Past and Future of the Constitution

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Is the U.S. Constitution about to change? Professor David Marcus lays out why some states are calling for a constitutional convention to introduce amendments. And Professor David Robertson delves into the history behind this founding document.

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Jul 12 2017
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