On the latest episode of AEI’s Banter podcast, we sit down with AEI Critical Threats guru Will Fulton to track Iran’s involvement in Syria. Will walks us through how he’s managed to asses Iranian influence using open source data. You’ll be amazed with what he’s been able to determine from judgmentally scrutinizing publically available information. He then lays out the nature of Iranian involvement – training, supplies, and intelligence. What level of influence does Iran have in Syria? Will the conflict spread out of Syria? What is the U.S. currently doing in the region? Is now the right time to buy that discount time share in Syria? All these question and more on the latest episode of Banter. Enjoy!
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What will you do with your Nobel Prize Money? On the latest episode of Banter, AEI economist Aparna Mathur discusses the tax policy surrounding academic, scientific, and philanthropic prize winnings. America is the only country that taxes these earnings and as a result, many give their winnings to charity. Should these winners, who’ve contributed so much to society already, be allowed to keep the fruits of their labor or should they be encouraged to contribute to further social good? Plus, Stu and Andrew play a round of “guess the feminist critique.” Enjoy!
This week on AEI’s Banter Podcast, we explore the policy restrictions around incarcerated individuals and their ability to donate organs. We sit down AEI’s own Sally Satel and discuss why prisoners would want to donate an organ, what society has to gain, and the potential dangers of such a policy. Sally also elaborates on her work concerning creating a market for organ donation, where donors receive compensation for their generosity. It’s a interesting topic and it’s something that most of us probably don’t think a whole lot about. As a bonus, we have Veronika Polakova bring Stu and Andrew up to speed on the latest from AEI’s Economics team. We hope you enjoy the episode!
Satel: A kidney for a kidney
Biggs: The chained CPI: A bad deal all around
Biggs: 9 reasons not to raise the Social Security ‘tax max’
On this, the 98th episode of AEI’s Banter podcast, we sit down with AEI resident scholar Christina Hoff Summers to talk about men and women in the workplace. Equal pay day was this week, and we begin our conversation with a simple question: do women earn 77 cents to a man’s dollar? Christina walks us through why that’s a misleading statistic and how a lot more can be explained by the individual preferences of women. We also discuss the unique challenge that women face in the workplace and what policy makers can do to help women deal with those challenges. Enjoy!
Christina Hoff Sommers: Scholar Page
Hoff Sommers: Lessons from a feminist paradise on Equal Pay Day
Kelly: How much money does the government really make from student loans?
Event: Through a screen darkly: Popular culture, public diplomacy, and America’s image abroad
Fresh from the 11th floor studio at AEI, the latest episode of AEI’s Banter podcast drills down on the energy revolution sweeping the nation. AEI blogger extraordinaire, Mark Perry, discusses how and why oil and gas production is heading through the roof in these United States. Mark explains why the US is leading the way, how expanded drilling benefits the economy, and what the impact is on the environment. The innovations that led to the boom took place largely outside the direction of public policy, making it a true case of private sector innovation. We also compare Texas and California, two states that are using their reserves in dramatically different ways. Enjoy!
This week on Banter we sit down with Slate Magazines’ Matthew Yglesias who’s fresh off his first panel here at AEI. We discuss the event which revolved around competition and consumer laws and how they hurt and help different industries. Specifically, we discuss Uber Cab, a mobile based ride service has grown despite a huge backlash from Taxi Cab unions and companies. Matt also gives us a little insight into how he developed his beliefs and how he ended up at Slate. Henrik Temp from the AEI Ideas blog also sits down to discuss a few recent posts with us. Enjoy!
Event: Uber competitive: How bogus consumer laws hurt taxis, toys, and braids
Matt Yglesias’: Moneybox Blog
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Perry: Year in review: America’s amazing energy revolution
McShane: Analyzing the Rubio and Rokita plan to create a school-choice tax credit
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 AEI’s Banter podcast, we sit down with East Asian expert and friend-of-the-show Michael Auslin to discuss the increasingly dangerous situation in the Korean Peninsula. What’s actually going on over there? Is North Korea bluffing? What can the United States do? Michael brings us up to date on not only the history of the situation, but how the recent tensions should change how the US thinks about its policy towards North Korea. As is the case whenever we discuss North Korea, we can’t forget to mention the panda in the room: China. All this, plus Stu vents on the annoyance of constant Chinese cyber-attacks. Enjoy!