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No worries — me too. And during my years as a think tank executive, that was always a frustration. People who casually followed politics would ask me how to get a quick understanding of a public policy issue and … I wouldn’t know where to send them.
TV and the major newspapers increasingly focus on the political dimensions of policy fights, without telling you anything meaningful about the substantive debates. But where was I going to steer people? To one of our white papers? To a book I knew they didn’t have the time to read? I got paid to be immersed in that stuff — and I loved it. But these people had lives to lead. They wanted to be responsible, informed citizens, but didn’t have endless free time to delve deep into policy research.
For the past year, along with one of my former think tank colleagues — (we’re all friends here, so you obviously know that she did most of the work while I just drank coffee and loudly complained) — I’ve been developing a digital media company dedicated to solving that problem. We’ve created short videos on public policy accessible for everyone from the diehard wonk to the most casual observer of American politics.
It’s called Kite & Key — and it launches today with three videos: one on housing costs, one on proposals to abolish the use of cash, and one on America’s reliance on foreign sources for critical minerals. There will be another new release every week.
We hope you’ll follow along on social media (@KiteandKeyMedia on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, and YouTube) and visit us at our website, where we have bonus content unavailable anywhere else. And as a special preview, here’s our minerals video, narrated with the velvety precision you’ve to come to expect from America’s (approximately 12th) favorite former presidential speechwriter.