New America Podcasts

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The Weekly Wonk Podcast: Wesley Clark & Michael Lind

September 5, 2013
This week, Anne-Marie Slaughter is joined by General Wesley Clark, who oversaw the Kosovo campaign in the late ’90s. General Clark will share his thoughts on what the Balkans can teach us about Syria. Also, Slaughter talks with New America co-founder Michael Lind, senior fellow Peter Beinart, and Editorial Director Andrés Martinez about the ever-evolving quest for the American Center. Plus, find out what was overheard this week at New America. Pull up a chair, and let’s talk wonk.

New America NYC: Behind Bars

August 21, 2013
A conversation on life in prison through the lens of the individual with a former inmate, journalists who've followed the lives of convicted felons, and those who have forged lasting friendships with men and women living behind bars. In Collaboration with The Atavist.

The Sidebar: We Need To Talk

August 1, 2013
Leila Hilal and Ali Gharib tell us why the latest Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are different than past ones, and highlight the biggest obstacles to success. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

New America NYC: I Am the Beggar of the World

July 31, 2013
Photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy and journalist and poet Eliza Griswold have collected these poems in Afghan refugee camps, at weddings, and over plates of pomegranates.

The Sidebar: Field of Dreams

July 31, 2013
Barry C. Lynn and Mark Hertsgaard explain how we can harness agriculture to dial back the clock on climate change. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

The Sidebar: Monopoly Money

July 25, 2013

Lina Khan explains how banks are gaining monopoly power in some industries and who can stop them. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

And as discussed in this podcast, here's Lina Khan's piece in Quartz.

New America NYC: Cosmic Anomalies and Mysteries: A Night of Scientific Storytelling

July 23, 2013
In the 1990s, NASA scientists detected a mysterious force that was slowing down the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecraft, the first man-made objects to leave the solar system. The phenomenon baffled scientists. Their observations threatened to upend Einstein’s and Newton’s theories of gravity. “The Pioneer Anomaly”—how it was discovered in the radio signals from the Pioneers and how the puzzle was ultimately solved—reveals how scientists reach toward certainty while working with messy real-world data.

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.
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