Episode number 100! Thank you to all our listeners who’ve supported the show for 100 great episodes. This week, we sit down with AEI scholar Jonah Goldberg to discuss the grisly Gosnell trial and the media coverage surrounding it. We also talk about how the demand for government to “do-something” in response to perceived problems distorts public policy. How do conservatives operate in a society where “do-something-ism” is rampant? Plus: Thoughts on love, life, loss, and more on a very special episode of Days of our Lives Banter! Here’s to 100 more episodes!
In the latest episode of the AEIs Banter podcast, AEI research fellow Andrew Kelly talks about the future of higher education. With state education budgets being cut, how are colleges and universities adapting? Andrew outlines the good (digital education, merit based degrees, etc) and the bad (higher tuitions). Are cheap bachelor degrees, the $10k BA, possible and useful? Is higher education a bubble about to burst? Andrew proves a knowledgeable guide in the rapidly evolving world of higher ed.
In the latest episode of the Banter podcast, we banter (get it!) with AEI healthcare expert Joe Antos on how recent changes to Medicare will negatively impact the most vulnerable. Joe walks us through how the poor are not receiving the care they need in traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medigap plans. And if you’re fuzzy on what those programs are, Joe takes the time to describe to this 20-something host what’s what. He also outlines reforms that could fix the system. At the end of the day, if you allow people to make choices for themselves, they tend to make good ones. It’s not too dissimilar to the great choice you’re making in listening to this podcast. Enjoy!
In the latest episode of the AEI Banter podcast, AEI’s own Daniel Hanson sits down to answer whether or not trillion dollar deficits are sustainable for the US. While the GDP to deficit ratio may be high, there are other factors that enable the US to bear its current deficit. Daniel discusses what those factors are, what’s currently driving the deficit, and what the costs of decreasing the deficit would be. Daniel also compares America’s situation to that of several European nations, suggesting that things could be worse. What a silver lining!
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On the latest AEI Banter podcast, we talk about our country’s culture of competition, or the possible lack thereof. And competing for your ears are not one, but two guests! First off, AEI’s own Dan Rothschild discuss what exactly a culture of competition means. Next, AEI visiting fellow Tim Carney sit down to banter about his research into how regulation affects competition, how politicians often confuse being pro-business with pro-competition, and why a competitive society matters. He also gives us a little insight to what Rand Paul’s filibuster was like from the Senate Gallery yesterday. If all that wasn’t delicious enough, we discuss competition through the lens of food trucks! Tasty, tasty food trucks. Bon appetit!
In the latest episode of AEI’s Banter, Stu and Andrew talk loudly about Silent Calvin Coolidge. Amity Shlaes, author of the new book, Coolidge, makes the case that the 30th president remains an important figure for us to learn from. She discusses his background, his rise to the presidency, what motivated him, and how his understanding of economics remains relevant today. Stu also takes a few minutes to discuss Jake Tapper’s book, The Outpost. Enjoy!
In the latest episode of the AEI Banter Podcast, Stu and Andrew get all hot and bothered over demographics! Jonathan Last of the Weekly Standard sits down to discuss his new book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting, where he outlines Americas coming fertility problems. We talk about how fertility rates are calculated, what’s contributing to America’s fertility problems, and how America can turn the fertility boat around. Jonathan brings an amazing amount of data, knowledge, and insight into a problem that should get everyone’s attention. We also take a few minutes to discuss the newest issue of AEI’s Political Report.
In the latest episode of Banter, we sit down the Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies Danielle Pletka to discuss Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense. We chat about Hagel’s background, his views on major foreign policy issues, and where he differs from the President. Danielle also weighs in on why she feels Senator Hagel wouldn’t make a good Secretary of Defense. Last, we try our hand at fortune telling, predicting whether or not Hagel will be confirmed. Enjoy!
In this week’s episode of Banter, Stu and Andrew set out an epic quest to understand the mystery of health care exchanges. To aid them on their journey of danger and adventure, they enlist the best guide in town – AEI’s own Tom Miller. Tom’s a loose cannon, but he’s the best there is. Tom explains the theory behind health care exchanges, how they are being implemented under the Affordable Care Act, and problems with the exchanges in both theory and practice. We also discuss the current legal challenges ACA is facing. Though faced with many trials and tribulations along the way, Stu and Andrew not only learn a lot about health care exchanges, but discover even more valuable lessons about friendship, about following your dreams, and about staying true to yourself. Enjoy!