In the latest episode of AEI’s podcast Banter, hosts Stu James and Andrew Rugg sit down with AEI economics researcher Daniel Hanson to discuss the Federal Reserve’s latest round of quantitative easing. If you know nothing about it, you’re in good company. Andrew spends most of the podcast trying to understand what exactly QE3 is. Daniel carefully walks through the theory and practice of how the Fed is trying to kick start the US economy, providing his own hesitations about the effort. By the end, Andrew has a shadow of a hint of an idea about what QE3 is. Success! We hope you will as well. Stu and Andrew start the episode with a special round of Different Universes. Enjoy!
Right smack in the middle of the RNC convention, we interview in-house political expert Jennifer Marsico to get her take on the convention so far. Why brave the confetti and angry Ron Paul delegates on the convention floor when you can have Jen review the big speeches, examine the party platform, and look at where the party seems to be pointing itself? Jen also previews major road signs that listeners should watch out for as the campaign progresses. As a bonus, we sit down with friend-of-the-show Daniel Hanson to discuss the latest installment of the AEI debate series. Spoiler: Andrew struggles to find interest in a debate that centers on sports amateurism.
As we await the Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act, AEI adjunct scholar Dr. Christopher Conover sits down with us to discuss his new book, The American Health Economy Illustrated. Dr. Conover marshals an astounding amount of data to break down in simple language how the health economy works. He describes the major changes in spending on health care over the past few decades, how your health care dollar is spent, government involvement in the health sector, and how the U.S. compares to other countries. We also talk about likely impacts be from the Supreme Court’s health care ruling. Enjoy!
In the final installment of the Banter podcast’s Road to Freedom series, AEI President Arthur Brooks and Michael Strain sit down to discuss sources and solutions for the US debt problem. How large is the debt? What’s driving it? How can we solve it? Arthur and Michael present not only a detailed understanding of the debt, but why our concern for the underprivileged must drive political leaders towards a long term solution. Andrew also struggles to refrain from saying “excited” too often.
In the latest episode of the Banter podcast, Daniel Cox of the Public Religion Research Institute comes on to explore all the juicy data of a newly released poll on the millennial generation. Millennials are an extraordinarily diverse generation and their views on a lot of issues escape easy classification. Daniel paints a detailed picture for us of their views on religion, political ideology, social issues, life outlook, economic inequality, and more. The most surprising nugget of data? Half of them currently live at home. Also in this episode, Andrew admits to Stu, with mixed feelings, that he’s finally joined Twitter.
In the latest episode of AEI’s podcast, Banter, we sit down AEI scholar Mark Perry to talk energy. Mark, who blogs regularly on a variety of economic topics, discusses the role of oil speculators and why they often get more blame for gas prices than they should. We discuss why gas prices are beginning to fall, what are the costs involved in a dollar at the pump, and the difference between gas prices and onion prices (you might be surprised). We also talk about the recent natural gas boom in the US, hydraulic fracturing, and the role public policy plays in energy production. Plus, Andrew admits that his working knowledge of energy issues comes mostly from the Simpsons.
On the 50th episode of AEI’s podcast, Banter, we sit down with AEI scholar Michael Greve to talk about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. We go over the week’s proceedings in the Supreme Court, the prospects of the court overturning the individual mandate, and the looming questions surrounding Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Michael brings is deep legal knowledge to help not only describe the major issues, but give an accurate assessment for the laws future prospects.
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In the latest episode of Banter, Tim Mak sits down to discuss his experience as a news reporter at Politico. We talk about some of the recent stories he’s covered, including the Virginia ultra-sound bill, the Rush Limbaugh controversy, and the recent etch-a-sketch comments. Tim shares what it’s like covering news during a campaign and the state of the news media today.
In the latest episode of Banter, Stu and Andrew sit down with AEI resident scholar Michael Auslin to discuss Japan’s efforts to recover one year after the devastating Tsunami. Fresh from an event here at AEI with the Japanese ambassador, Michael discusses Japan’s recovery efforts since the disaster, how the Japanese military really stepped up to the plate, how the US and Japanese militaries cooperated to an unprecedented degree during the crisis, and the fallout (both literal and otherwise) from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Michael is able to provide a wealth of knowledge, history, and insight about the recovery efforts from every angle. Enjoy!