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Host Fred Dews interviews experts from the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization (think tank) based in Washington, D.C., about their research and ideas on solutions to the most pressing public policy challenges facing the nation and the world.

Host Fred Dews interviews experts from the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization (think tank) based in Washington, D.C., about their research and ideas on solutions to the most pressing public policy challenges facing the nation and the world.
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United States

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Host Fred Dews interviews experts from the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization (think tank) based in Washington, D.C., about their research and ideas on solutions to the most pressing public policy challenges facing the nation and the world.

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English

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202-797-6000


Episodes

Grand strategy in the age of Trump

4/17/2018
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Hal Brands, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, discusses his new book, “American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump,” and what an “America First” foreign policy framework looks like. Also in this episode, Joe Parilla explains the economic development incentives that state and local governments offer to get corporations, such as Amazon, to locate there. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple Podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu,...

Duration:00:28:27

Tax day is coming, what are the experts saying?

4/13/2018
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Brookings experts discuss some of the biggest issues in the current tax policy debate including American’s sense of patriotic duty to pay taxes and why filing can be so complicated. Also in this episode, Andre Perry discusses how racism continues to impact racial disparities in a new edition of our regular Metro Lens segment. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple Podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter. The...

Duration:00:24:23

Intro to Southeast Asia: Diversity, security, and politics

4/6/2018
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Senior Fellow Jonathan Stromseth discusses the economic and security tensions in Southeast Asia, and relations among its nations with the United States and China. Also in this episode, Jon Valant previews his research on racial disparities in school discipline. A full interview with Jon will air later in May. And finally, David Wessel puts talk of the federal debt and deficits into context. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple Podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu,...

Duration:00:35:15

Balancing America's budget with an aging population

3/30/2018
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Senior Fellow Louise Scheiner discusses demographic shifts in the United States and the long term effects an aging population will have on the federal budget. Also in this episode, Molly Reynolds on the recently-passed omnibus spending bill and what priorities each chamber will likely address after Congress returns from recess. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple Podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter. The...

Duration:00:28:29

Empowering young people to end Chicago’s gun violence problem

3/23/2018
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Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sits down with young men from Chicago CRED (Creating Real Economic Diversity) to discuss the steps they have taken to disrupt the cycle of gun violence in their community and transition into the legal economy. Also in this episode, meet David M. Rubenstein Fellow Randall Akee in a recent edition of our Coffee Break segment. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple Podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us and...

Duration:00:30:20

Marvin Kalb’s stories from Russia

3/9/2018
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Nonresident Senior Fellow Marvin Kalb discusses his experience as a diplomatic attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in his recent book, “The Year I Was Peter the Great.” Also in this episode, David Wessel shares lessons learned from a recent event with former Fed Chairs Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke. Finally, Alan Krueger discusses his new paper with Eric Posner on three reforms for protecting low-income workers from monopsony and collusion. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on...

Duration:00:47:17

The millennial generation is a bridge to America's diverse future

3/2/2018
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William Frey, demographer and senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, discusses his research on the millennial generation. Frey explains why the millennial generation, now the most diverse adult generation in American history, serves as a social, economic, and political bridge to America’s diverse future. Also in this episode, Molly Reynolds discusses whether Congress will consider gun safety legislation, and Foreign Policy Senior Fellow Mireya Solís interviews retired Japanese...

Duration:00:39:57

America's track record in building foreign militaries

2/23/2018
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Mara Karlin, nonresident senior fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and Foreign Policy program at Brookings, discusses her work at the Department of Defense and her new book, “Building Militaries in Fragile States: Challenges for the United States.” Karlin explains how the United States trains and equips partner militaries abroad, and what failure and success look like through the examples of Vietnam, Greece, and Lebanon. Also in this episode, Scott Anderson, a...

Duration:00:36:03

Overcoming extremism in Pakistan

2/16/2018
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Madiha Afzal, nonresident fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings, discusses her new book, “Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State,” with the director of the Brookings Institution Press, Bill Finan. Afzal explains Pakistanis’ own views on terrorist groups, jihad, and America, the relationship between Islam and the Pakistani state, and how the country could redefine its sense of nationalism without what she calls "the crutch of religion." Also in...

Duration:00:37:15

Who is Kim Jong-un?

2/9/2018
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Jung Pak, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, discusses North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s rise to power, his objectives, and the United States’ military and diplomatic options for the Korean peninsula. In a new Brookings Essay, “The education of Kim Jong-un,” Pak further explains Kim’s upbringing and makes recommendations for thwarting Kim’s ambitions. Also in this episode, David Wessel discusses his views on the recent volatility of the...

Duration:00:30:54

How cities can thrive in the age of Trump

2/2/2018
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Bill Finan, director of the Brookings Institution Press, discusses “The New Localism: How Cities can Thrive in the Age of Populism” with authors Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak. In their book and in the interview, Katz and Nowak explain why cities and the communities that surround them are best suited to address many of the economic, social, and environmental challenges facing the world today. Also in this episode, Molly Reynolds explains what impact President Trump’s State of the Union...

Duration:00:52:35

How cities are creating inclusive economies, part III

1/30/2018
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In the last of a special three-episode series on Brookings's Inclusive Economic Development Lab, we talk to civic leaders from Indianapolis, Nashville, and San Diego about potential solutions each of their cities are considering to address the challenges of a rapidly-changing economy. In episodes one and two of this series, we took a closer look at some of those challenges and what city leaders learned from working with Brookings experts through the Inclusive Economic Development Lab....

Duration:00:49:28

How cities are creating inclusive economies, part II

1/29/2018
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In the second of a three-episode series, we discuss what civic leaders from Indianapolis, Nashville, and San Diego learned while working with Brookings experts through the Inclusive Economic Development Lab. In episodes one and three of this series, we explore the challenges and opportunities these cities face in a rapidly-changing economy and the potential solutions they are considering. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on Apple Podcasts, send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu,...

Duration:00:48:38

How cities are creating inclusive economies, part I

1/26/2018
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In the first of a special three-episode series on Brookings’s Inclusive Economic Development Lab, Rachel Barker, a policy analyst and engagement strategist in the Metropolitan Policy Program, speaks to civic leaders in Indianapolis, Nashville, and San Diego about the challenges and opportunities their cities face in a rapidly-changing economy. In episodes two and three of this series, we explore what leaders from each city learned while working with Brookings experts through the Inclusive...

Duration:00:43:57

Countering the wildlife trafficking and poaching threat

1/19/2018
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Vanda Felbab-Brown, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, discusses her new book “The Extinction Market: Wildlife Trafficking and How to Counter It.” She explains the threats posed by poaching, trophy hunting, and wildlife trafficking, and what policy measures can be taken to combat them. Also in this episode, John Austin explains why we should not paint the Rust Belt region with one broad brush, and what policies really matter for the...

Duration:00:39:58

Post-American Europe and the new geopolitics

1/12/2018
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Thomas Wright, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and director of the Center on the United States and Europe, discusses the state of transatlantic relations and argues that it’s in U.S. interests to engage more with Europe. He also discusses his book “All Measures Short of War,” analyzing the nature of geopolitical competition in the world today. Also in this episode, David Wessel stops by for his economic update, and Jamie Kirchick, a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and...

Duration:00:50:28

The top economic issues in 2018

1/5/2018
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Ted Gayer, vice president and director of Economic Studies at Brookings and the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow, analyzes the top economic issues facing the United States in the upcoming year. Also in this episode, Molly Reynolds on what Congress left unfinished before their holiday recess and the additions of Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in our regular “What’s Happening in Congress” segment, and Bill Galston answers a question from a listener. Subscribe to...

Duration:00:42:32

Best of the Brookings Cafeteria podcast in 2017

12/29/2017
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As 2017 ends, we look back gratefully on another excellent year for the Brookings Cafeteria podcast. We aired 52 episodes (not including this one), talked with over 60 guests, and covered dozens of policy topics. The Academy of Podcasters at Podcast Movement honored us once again with the award for best education podcast of the year. Our team experienced some changes but still turned out a terrific show every week. To celebrate the closing of the year, today’s show features our favorite...

Duration:00:42:02

Winners and losers in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

12/22/2017
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Adam Looney, a senior fellow in Economic Studies and former deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis at the U.S. Treasury Department, discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and explains the implications it will have on pass-through businesses, individual and corporate tax rates, and more. Also in this episode, Jenny Schuetz, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, explains in our latest Metro Lens segment how...

Duration:00:40:21

Putin’s disinformation war on the West

12/15/2017
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Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe and Foreign Policy program, discusses the disinformation campaign waged by the Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin on the United States and European democracies through election interference, cyber-attacks, and the cultivation of political allies. Also in this episode, David Wessel evaluates the legacy of outgoing Fed Chair Janet Yellen and the challenges facing her successor, Jerome...

Duration:00:42:04

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