New America Podcasts

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Education Watch Podcast: Driving Innovation in Higher Education: Credit Hours and College Online

May 1, 2013
New America higher education experts Amy Laitinen and Rachel Fishman discuss policy reforms that could alter the higher education system for the better. Laitinen explains how to move past the credit hour and measure learning, not just seat time, and Fishman explores how public universities are collaborating on that and other issues to develop online courses. Fuzz Hogan hosts.

New America NYC: On Covering Tragedy

April 30, 2013
Nonfiction writers face a tangle of contradictory responsibilities in their work: to information and entertainment, to their readers and their subjects. Nowhere are these conflicts thrown into sharper relief than in the business of reporting on tragedy. In Collaboration with The Atavist.

The Sidebar: Reddit Detectives and a Gun Bill Postmortem

April 25, 2013
Lorelei Kelly explains why the failure of the gun legislation in the Senate isn't just a result of the NRA's power over Congress. Slate's Will Oremus tells the story of the Boston manhunt through the lens of social media sites like reddit, and shares why he thinks the Internet's feverish need to pin suspects in the wake of a tragedy is evolving. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

New America NYC: Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden

April 23, 2013
A decade before America even knew his name, Osama bin Laden was being tracked by a team of mostly female C.I.A. analysts known as “The Sisterhood.” This extraordinary group of women warned Washington about Al Qaeda years before the 9/11 attacks, and their tireless efforts in the years that followed led to bin Laden’s downfall. Manhunt is an HBO Documentary Film and will premiere on HBO, Wednesday, May 1st. New America Foundation held this discussion on April 22 following a pre-release screening of Manhunt, a thriller that reveals the true story of the twenty-year hunt for bin Laden.

New America NYC: Is Wall Street Still Broken?

April 23, 2013
It's been just five years since the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression hit, yet Wall Street is booming again. Record-breaking stocks and ever-increasing investor confidence make it difficult to tell that it so recently took a half a trillion dollar bailout and major government intervention just to keep the economy afloat. With today's banks still too big to fail and the same risky behavior that led to the crisis still ruling on Wall Street, it's easy to worry that the lessons learned have quickly been forgotten.

The Sidebar: Boston Bombing and High-Tech Lobbying

April 18, 2013
Jennifer Rowland explains how terrorism investigations have evolved since 9/11, and what we can learn from data on domestic terror attacks in the last 12 years. Marvin Ammori and Josh Mendelsohn give us the inside scoop on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's new political advocacy group, and tell us about common mistakes Silicon Valley leaders make on the Hill. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

In The Tank: Tighten Your Belt, Washington

April 16, 2013
Like every presidential budget, President Obama's recent submission is unlikely to pass in its entirety. Even so, his blueprint offers a deeper look at the administration’s policy priorities. Justin King and Josh Freedman break down the budget’s proposals for encouraging asset-building and economic growth for average Americans. And they address the week’s big question: What happens next? They discuss the president's controversial social security proposals in the podcast - and why they think he's got the wrong plan. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Education Watch: NAF Education Experts Weigh in on the President’s Budget Proposal

April 12, 2013

This week’s podcast features Clare McCann, program associate with the Education Policy Program at New America, as well as Jason Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project, discussing the president’s 2014 budget request.

The Sidebar: The North Korean Threat and Immigration Hustle

April 11, 2013
Fred Kaplan tells us the reasons we should - and should not - be concerned about North Korea. Alexandra Starr explains why the Canadian and Australian immigration systems work for them but are not ideal for the US. Adam Sneed hosts.

New America NYC: Adding It Up

April 10, 2013
Under new learning standards known as the Common Core, students across the country are being asked to flex math muscles they have rarely used. Before students in New York sit down for tests tied to the tougher standards for the first time, hear from educators at the front lines of the transition. New America NYC and GothamSchools join forces to host classroom presentations and a conversation with educators on the opportunities, challenges, and unanswered questions about the Common Core in math.
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