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Episode #39 Today's Workforce and Paid Family Leave

9/16/2019
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This week, Jordan LaPier and Kelly Parsons sit down with BPC fellow Adrienne Schweer to discuss what steps Congress is taking to implement a national paid family leave program, as well as challenges faced by both workers and employers regarding taking time off to care for family.

Duration:00:30:43

Episode #38 Free Speech and Expression on Campus

8/30/2019
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In this week’s episode, Jordan LaPier and Kelly Parsons go back to school with director of BPC’s Campus Free Expression Project Jacquie Pfeffer Merrill and fellow Steven Hayward to find out how incoming college freshmen should approach the issues of free speech and expression on campus and the broader impact these issues have on our democracy.

Duration:00:39:18

Episode #37 Midyear Review of Congress

8/16/2019
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In this week's episode, Jordan LaPier welcomes back associate director for BPC's Congress Project, Michael Thorning, to discuss the performance of the 116th Congress, the Healthy Congress Index, filibustering, and more.

Duration:00:28:17

#36 Infrastructure Recap and Round 2 of the Democratic Debate

8/7/2019
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In this week's episode, Jordan LaPier welcomes back associate director for infrastructure and housing policy, Andy Winkler, to discuss all of the recent happenings in the infrastructure realm, including a Senate committee markup of a highway bill, water infrastructure, and the infrastructure plans of the 2020 Democratic candidates.

Duration:00:19:11

#35 Securing the 2020 Elections

6/7/2019
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The 2020 Elections will be here before we know it. A few weeks ago, news broke that two counties in Florida had their voter databases breached, which we didn’t previously know. That has sparked another round of questions of what’s being done to defend against similar attacks in 2020, and whether we’re prepared to run a safe and secure presidential election. Are we doing enough to secure our elections and anticipate the potential threats? Matt Weil, Director of BPC’s Elections Project...

Duration:00:29:25

#34 Infrastructure Week

5/10/2019
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Infrastructure: Everyone agrees we need to invest but who pays? And how much can we afford? With industry’s official Infrastructure Week just ahead, Jordan LaPier sits down with senior policy analyst Andy Winkler to look at the state of the national conversation. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:25:31

#33 Ticking Clocks for Social Security and Medicare

4/26/2019
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Earlier this week the trustees for Social Security and Medicare released their latest projections on when their trust funds will dry up. They’re holding steady saying Medicare’s Hospital Insurance fund will run out by 2026 and the main Social Security fund will be empty by 2034. Jordan is joined by BPC associate director Tim Shaw to discuss why treading water for these programs isn’t enough. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:24:27

#32 The Complexity of America’s Tax Code

4/12/2019
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Tax day is just around the corner and for lots of Americans this weekend is going to be a final scramble to get their returns in order and filed. But they’re likely to find the process as confusing and cumbersome as ever. Jordan is joined by BPC research analyst Kody Carmody to discuss a new report from BPC on the complexity of American taxes. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:32:30

#31 Tracking Federal Funding for the Opioid Crisis

4/2/2019
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BPC released a new report on tracking federal funding given to states to fight the opioid epidemic over the last two years. Jordan LaPier and Joann Donnellan sit down with Tim Swope and Dr. Ananad Parekh to go over the findings of the report.

Duration:00:34:11

#30 How Evidence Informs Policy

3/1/2019
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Evidence isn’t just for court rooms anymore, it’s becoming an essential part of good policymaking. There’s a revolution underway for people who care about how and why laws are made. That revolution is using data to guide decision-making. BPC’s Nick Hart joins Jordan to explain how bigger and better data can help lawmakers make better laws. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:26:33

#29 A Border Deal

2/15/2019
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The border security deal is here. Jordan discusses with BPC policy analyst Cris Ramón what’s in the deal and what will happen with the rest of immigration policy. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:18:17

#28 An Innovative Energy Future

1/25/2019
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Recent reports on the pace of climate change and calls from the left for a Green New Deal have thrust issues of energy—where it comes from, how we use it, and the changes that lie ahead—into the center of the national conversation. The solution likely requires not just commitment but advances in next generation energy technology. But there’s another important angle to this story: who’s investing in all these new technologies, and is America keeping up with the competition? Jordan is joined...

Duration:00:23:51

#27 New Rules for the House

1/11/2019
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It’s a new year with a newly sworn in Congress and the House has some new rules. There’s also a recently formed Select Committee on the Organization of Congress that will take a look at how Congress organizes itself. Jordan is joined by BPC Senior Policy Analyst Michael Thorning to discuss all of this and more. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:26:57

#26: Remembering George H.W. Bush

12/7/2018
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The memorial services for George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, caught the nation’s attention this week. It’s been a time to reflect on his legacy. But beyond saying goodbye to a person, there was a sense that we were bidding farewell to a bygone political era that was marked by partnership instead of partisanship. BPC’s Bill Hoagland sits down with Jordan to discuss his own recollections of the president. Bill was the the lead Republican staffer for the Senate Budget Committee...

Duration:00:28:43

#25 Post-Election Recap

11/9/2018
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Jordan talks with BPC President Jason Grumet about how the results of the midterm elections will affect the policy agenda in 2019 and beyond, and how BPC fits into a new political dynamic. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:30:39

#24 The Migrant Caravan

10/26/2018
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The migrant caravan, what is it, who’s in it, and what does it tell us about our immigration system. Jordan sits down with policy analyst Cris Ramon to get in to all of that. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:29:50

#23 Voting in the 2018 Elections

10/12/2018
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The primaries are finally wrapped up, election day is just mere weeks away and some key states saw deadlines for voter registration this week. As we mark one year of Pints and Policy, Jordan sits down with Matt Weil to discuss voter turnout and BPC’s work to help register voters. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:35:31

#22 Special Episode: Preparing for Florence

9/14/2018
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This week’s podcast ditches the pints and gets serious as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast. We discuss the ways local officials prepare their communities for these disasters and communicate to residents about the dangers ahead, as well as the hard choices those residents face when asked to evacuate. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:22:42

#21 Is It Time for A National Paid Family Leave Policy?

8/31/2018
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The U.S. is practically the only developed country that does not guaranty access to paid family leave. After 25 years since the Family Medical Leave act was implemented, is it time to take the next step? Jordan LaPier sits down with BPC Senior Policy Analyst to discuss. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:24:11

#20 What’s Happening in Turkey?

8/17/2018
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Turkey expert Nick Danforth joins Jordan to explain how three threads of the story of ongoing turmoil in Turkey—currency troubles, U.S. sanctions, and the charges against an American pastor under house arrest—are woven together to create a vexing situation with no easy solutions. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play.

Duration:00:32:32