New America Podcasts

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Assets Podcast: A Better Way to Finance College?

July 16, 2013
College costs are soaring, keeping many students out and keeping others in debt. In this interview, William Elliott, Director of the Assets and Education Initiative at the University of Kansas, discusses his new report Building Expectations, Delivering Results, which argues that expanding savings policies could change the way that students pay for college - and how they think about college.

In The Tank: That's Affirmative: The SCOTUS Ruling That Was More Important Than You Thought.

July 3, 2013
What a letdown. That's how a whole host of educators, policymakers and students felt after the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action: SCOTUS remanded the case to the Fifth Circuit, and many people who follow the issue dismissed the decision as relatively anticlimactic. Kevin Carey disagrees. On this podcast, Carey, the director of the Education Policy Program, explains what this decision reveals about the nature of the affirmative action controversy, and the surprising ways that it's evolved in the past few decades.

In The Tank: Happy Anniversary, President Morsi. Now, Get Out.

July 1, 2013
It took a little more than two weeks for Egyptian protestors to oust former authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011. This time, it could take only days to eject Mohamed Morsi, Mubarak's democratically-elected successor, from his throne. On June 30, the one-year anniversary of Morsi's election, millions of Egyptians stormed the streets to protest his apparent injection of Islamic principles into the country's constitution, and his failure to revive the feeble Egyptian economy.

The Sidebar: Decisions Decisions and Taliban Talks

June 27, 2013
Schwartz Fellow Reniqua Allen catches us up on some of the historic rulings made by the Supreme Court this week. National Security Studies Program Associate Jennifer Rowland provides insight on renewed peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

New America NYC: Moving the Debate on Working Parenthood Forward

June 24, 2013
The United States lags behind the rest of the developed world in implementing constructive family policy that supports the evolving demands and desires of working parents. Often lost in the debates about “having it all” and “leaning in” is a discussion about specific structural and cultural barriers making it difficult to reconcile parenthood with a career. What exactly are these barriers, and how can we better address them, both as individuals and as a society? What can we do to foster a culture that supports meaningful adult life beyond parental and professional obligations?

The Sidebar: Mind Games

June 20, 2013
Ali Gharib on what Iran's new president could change; Annie Murphy Paul explains how tech, and reading, affect intelligence and empathy. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

New America NYC: Iraq: Remembering a Forgotten War

June 13, 2013
Just 10 years after the U.S. invasion, Iraq is already being called the “Forgotten War.” News organizations began scaling back on-the-ground reporting there soon after the U.S. declared an end to major combat operations in May 2003, and today only a handful of foreign bureaus remain in Baghdad.

The Sidebar: Insecure

June 13, 2013
Shane Harris highlights the worst of the NSA leaks; Tamar Jacoby is hopeful for Senate passage of immigration reform. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Education Watch Podcast: Bringing Data to the Classroom

June 10, 2013
Managing Editor Fuzz Hogan discusses with Education Policy Program Associate Clare McCann and former Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Cohen Kabaker the potential that data holds for improving teachers' instruction in K-12 classrooms. They debate the merits and challenges of data-driven instruction in light of a new report exploring two states' efforts to give teachers the data skills they'll need for the 21st century.

The Sidebar: Same-Sex Knots and Susan Rice's World

June 6, 2013
Ahead of the Supreme Court's decision on Prop 8 and DOMA, Liza Mundy dives into the psychology of same-sex marriage versus heterosexual unions – explaining what same-sex couples can teach straight ones. Doug Ollivant reacts to President Obama's decision to appoint Susan Rice as National Security Adviser, and catches us up on the latest Middle-East turmoil. Elizabeth Weingarten and Fuzz Hogan host.
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