New America Podcasts

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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.

In The Tank: Bacon, China and the American Farmer

May 31, 2013
What does it mean when a Chinese company buys Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the U.S.? This podcast has all the answers. Chris Leonard, a Schwartz fellow who has just completed a book on the industrial meat system, and Lina Khan, Policy Analyst at the Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative, talk about the proposed purchase and its potential impact on the American farmer and you. Fuzz Hogan hosts.

In The Tank: Detroit Gone Wired

May 30, 2013
For most of us, connecting to the Internet requires a few clicks or iPhone finger swipes. For a group of Detroit residents, it involved, among other things, climbing to the top of a local church roof to install wireless nodes. It was all part of the Digital Stewards Program, an Open Technology Institute initiative that teaches community leaders from underserved communities how to build WiFi networks. The stewards are about to graduate from the 16-week program.

In The Tank: Moms as Breadwinners and the Family of the Future

May 30, 2013
Now that Pew has found that women are the main breadwinners in two of every five U.S. families, this raises the same questions we've been asking about the changing nature of work in America and its impact on gender roles and the family. Looking ahead, what will this conversation look like when today's high schoolers are winning the bread, be they men or women? Schwartz Fellows Liza Mundy and Brigid Schulte joined David Gray, Director of New America's Workforce and Family Program to answer that question in this In The Tank podcast.

The Sidebar: Lessons from Lincoln and Revenue Revelations

May 30, 2013
Incoming New America Fellow Matthew Pinsker tells President Obama what he can learn from that other Illinois President about dealing with bitter Congressional partisanship and transcending scandals. Schwartz Fellow Katherine Mangu-Ward looks at the biggest takeaways from the IRS scandal, and questions whether the role of the service should change. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Education Watch Podcast: The Hell of (and Hope for) American Daycare

May 20, 2013
Last week, at an event based on the New Republic article, The Hell of American Daycare, Reid Cramer, director of New America’s Asset Building Program, further explored the dismal state of American child care and started a conversation about potential strategies to improve our early education system more broadly.

The Sidebar: DoJ Taps in and Pakistan Elects

May 16, 2013
Schwartz Fellow Christopher Leonard explains why the Justice Department's overreach threatens journalism. National Security Studies Program Fellow Shamila Chaudhary breaks down the results of Pakistan's historic election. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

New America NYC: Which Cities Will Survive the 21st Century?

May 14, 2013

Just as cities are becoming the world's preeminent economic, technological, and even diplomatic actors, they face unprecedented risks from financial volatility, climate change, political violence, and the spread of pandemics. The concentration of demographics, wealth and talent could either drive a renaissance of innovation and well-being or a cataclysmic chain reaction that threatens the world's major population centers.


In The Tank: Future of Work: Moms and Dads, Unite!

May 14, 2013
Right, this is another podcast about work-life balance. Yep, we mention Sheryl Sandberg. But, hold on there, podcast listener. In this episode, by asking what this conversation will look like in 30 years, we expand the conversation in two ways.

Education Watch: Rating Teachers in the Early Grades

May 14, 2013

As a sneak peek to her policy paper to come out this week, senior policy analyst Laura Bornfreund talks about experiments underway in rating teachers' effectiveness in the PreK-3rd grades despite a death of reliable data on children's progress in those grades. With guest Elliott Regenstein, senior vice president for advocacy and policy with the Ounce of Prevention Fund. Moderated by Lisa Guernsey, director of New America's Early Education Initiative.

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