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America First?

Comedy Podcasts

A show that uses comedy to explore overseas solutions to America’s economic issues. Every episode we take one issue and look overseas for solutions. The show combines the deep dives of Last Week Tonight with the global outlook of Conan Without Borders and adds its own solutions oriented approach.We'll explore topics such as housing, cell phone bills, healthcare, licensing and so much more. Tune in before Trump extends the travel ban to include ideas from overseas, and not just people.

A show that uses comedy to explore overseas solutions to America’s economic issues. Every episode we take one issue and look overseas for solutions. The show combines the deep dives of Last Week Tonight with the global outlook of Conan Without Borders and adds its own solutions oriented approach.We'll explore topics such as housing, cell phone bills, healthcare, licensing and so much more. Tune in before Trump extends the travel ban to include ideas from overseas, and not just people.

Location:

United States

Description:

A show that uses comedy to explore overseas solutions to America’s economic issues. Every episode we take one issue and look overseas for solutions. The show combines the deep dives of Last Week Tonight with the global outlook of Conan Without Borders and adds its own solutions oriented approach.We'll explore topics such as housing, cell phone bills, healthcare, licensing and so much more. Tune in before Trump extends the travel ban to include ideas from overseas, and not just people.

Twitter:

@abediaa

Language:

English

Contact:

5126959534


Episodes

How Germany lowered the costs of prescription drugs

11/29/2020
German healthcare is based on private insurance, much like the U.S. When drug prices got too high, Germany lowered costs in a way that benefits patients and but still keeps pharma companies happy. Meanwhile in America, we're still paying more for medication than any country in the world. Find out what America can learn from Germany's experience in this episode. It's a shorter episode because sadly no German with knowledge of this topic agreed to be interviewed for this show.

Duration:00:07:40

How the 4 day work week succeeded in New Zealand

10/5/2020
In 2018, a New Zealand company called Perpetual Guardian implemented a 4 day work week - but paid its staff as if they worked for 5. In this episode, we explore the results from this trial on employee productivity and well-being as well as business revenues and expenses. To get a first hand perspective on the topic, we're joined from New Zealand by Andrew Barnes, the CEO of Perpetual Guardian, who is the pioneer of the 4 day work week.

Duration:00:24:09

How France made childcare affordable

10/3/2020
Childcare in the United States is absurdly expensive. In extreme cases it can cost more than college. Childcare is so costly that its starting to have a negative impact on America's birthrate. In this episode, we explore the steps France took to ensure that childcare is affordable for all. After all, France enjoys the highest birth rate in Europe. For a French perspective we're joined by Anne-Claire Legendre, the former Consul General of France in New York (and current Ambassador of France...

Duration:00:25:11

How Utah took on police militarization

10/2/2020
American police forces are very militarized. But conservative Utah passed a bill to take on police militarization with bipartisan support after a deadly SWAT raid killed a veteran. For a deeper discussion on police brutality, we're joined by writer, director and producer Francis Agyapong Jr.

Duration:00:27:07

How Israel lowered absurdly high cell phone bills

6/29/2020
A few years ago Israelis were paying extortionate amount for cell phone service. But then a new Communications Minister came in to shake up the cell phone service market and lower bills for consumers. In this episode we're joined by Asher Schechter, an Israeli columnist and author who reported on this issue at the time it was happening.

Duration:00:24:15

Why housing in Tokyo is so much cheaper than US cities

6/20/2020
Tokyo is a mega-city with a growing population - just like NYC. But rents in Tokyo have barely moved over the past decade, while rent in places like NY, SF, LA has skyrocketed. Tune in to find out what Tokyo did to achieve a stable cost of housing. You might be surprised at their solution! To get a first hand perspective on the topic, we're joined by author and columnist Teru Clavel, a New Yorker who lived in Tokyo for several years. Her excellent book "World Class" documents experiences...

Duration:00:21:57