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The Hoover Institution is a public-policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy — both domestic and foreign — as well as international affairs.

The Hoover Institution is a public-policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy — both domestic and foreign — as well as international affairs.
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The Hoover Institution is a public-policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy — both domestic and foreign — as well as international affairs.

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English


Episodes

Federalism and the Resistance

8/9/2018
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Richard Epstein looks at current controversies about federalism — including over environmental regulation and immigration — and discusses the Founders’ concept of subsidiarity and how it has changed over the years.

Duration:00:24:04

Regulating Big Tech?

8/2/2018
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Richard Epstein looks at proposals to regulate tech companies over antitrust, privacy and free speech issues — and takes a look at the tech world’s embrace of a Universal Basic Income as the salve for automation-driven job losses.

Duration:00:27:03

Fighting the Trade War

7/26/2018
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Richard Epstein explains the shortcomings of President Trump’s trade policy, explores the best and worst-cases scenarios, and lays out the right — and wrong — ways to think about trade deficits.

Duration:00:21:32

Trump, Putin, and the US-Russia Relationship

7/17/2018
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Richard Epstein reacts to President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and explains how the Mueller investigation colors the president’s views on Russia.

Duration:00:22:14

Judging Brett Kavanaugh

7/11/2018
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Richard Epstein grades the choice of Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court, critiques the current confirmation process, and explains why “judicial activism” and “judicial restraint” are frequently mischaracterized.

Duration:00:22:39

A New Era at the Supreme Court

6/27/2018
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Richard Epstein reacts to the news that Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court, speculates on his possible replacements, and explains the potential implications for constitutional law.

Duration:00:19:54

The Kennedy Conundrum

6/21/2018
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As has become an annual tradition in the Trump era, the end of another Supreme Court session brings rumors of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s impending retirement. In this episode, Richard Epstein looks at Justice Kennedy’s legacy, considers whether lifetime terms on the Supreme Court are justified, and looks at the future of a post-Kennedy court.

Duration:00:20:23

North Korea and Trump’s Foreign Policy

6/15/2018
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Richard Epstein considers the pros and cons of America’s newfound diplomatic engagement with North Korea, and discusses related issues of trade, human rights, and presidential power.

Duration:00:17:03

Religious Liberty and the Masterpiece verdict

6/11/2018
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Richard Epstein explores the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay marriage ceremony, critiques the judicial style of Anthony Kennedy, and explains how anti-discrimination laws have expanded beyond a useful scope.

Duration:00:20:58

The (Self) Pardon Power?

6/7/2018
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Richard Epstein explains what the Constitution says about President Trump’s ability to pardon himself, grapples with the constitutional standards for impeachment, and warns about the political excesses being engendered by the Mueller investigation.

Duration:00:18:16

Arbitration, Collective Bargaining, and the Supreme Court

6/1/2018
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Richard Epstein reacts to the recent Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis, defending the right of employers to use arbitration and avoid class action lawsuits.

Duration:00:17:49

Peace in the Middle East?

5/24/2018
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Richard Epstein examines the recent violence in Gaza and explains the hopelessness of current Middle East peace initiatives.

Duration:00:22:49

Reasonable Disagreements: Trade-War Debate: Richard Epstein vs Adam White

5/23/2018
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On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced that “we’re putting the trade war [with China] on hold.” Meanwhile the NAFTA renegotiations seem to be stalling. Professors Epstein and White debate trade policy in theory and practice. Featuring cameo appearances by Ricardo, Keynes, Lincoln, Hamilton, Clay, Mnuchin, and Trump. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe!

Duration:00:37:15

Mueller’s Mistakes

5/8/2018
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Richard Epstein analyzes the latest developments in the Russia investigation and delivers a withering judgment as to how the Mueller team has performed thus far.

Duration:00:18:15

North Korea, Iran, and American Foreign Policy

5/2/2018
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Richard Epstein analyzes Donald Trump’s recent gambits on North Korea and Iran, contrasts the Trump Administration’s approach to foreign policy with the Obama Administration’s, and explains how contract theory should inform negotiations with Pyongyang.

Duration:00:17:10

The Behaviorist Temptation

4/26/2018
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Ten years after the release of Nudge, the volume that popularized behavioral economics, Richard Epstein considers the shortcomings of the behaviorist school and the concept of “libertarian paternalism.” (Playing time: 20:26)

Duration:00:20:26