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!
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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!
Entine - Is there really a science-based GMO controversy?
Hanson - Trillion-dollar deficits are sustainable for now, unfortunately
Aron - The Putin Doctrine
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 this week’s episode of AEI’s Banter podcast, Stu and Andrew sit down with the man, the myth, the legend: AEI economist Michael Strain. The topic: minimum wage laws. Michael walks through the likely effects of raising the federal minimum wage law from $7.25 to $9.00 as President Obama proposed in his recent state of the union address. Michael touches on both economic theory and empirical studies to make his case, suggesting that unemployment would rise. But we don’t just stop there. We also discuss the potential upside of raising the minimum wage, who works in minimum wage jobs, and the value of these jobs for workers. Last, Stu and Andrew reminisce about minimum wage jobs they’ve held (present jobs excluded). As always, thanks for listening and enjoy!
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 AEI’s Banter podcast, Stu and Andrew sit down with friend-of-the-show Daniel Cox of the Public Religion Research Institute to discuss religion, sports, and America. Their latest poll shows that about 3-in-10 (27%) Americans believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event. What does this say about how Americans practice their religion? What kind of God do Americans believe in? Where do most Americans spend their Sunday, at church or watching football? We talk about all this and more. As a bonus, we sit down with Josh Good and Greg Lane of the Values and Capitalism project and talk about their upcoming events. Enjoy!
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!