In a special bonus episode of Banter, AEI’s director of the Open Source Policy Center (OSPC), Matt Jensen, joined the show to discuss the ongoing tax reform debate and how the center’s models help make tax policy analysis more transparent. In addition to his work for OSPC, Jensen is a lecturer and founding member of the advisory board for the Open Source Macroeconomics Laboratory at the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute. He has written for RealClearMarkets, Tax Notes, The Wall Street Journal, and US News & World Report, among other publications.

Later this week, don’t miss Banter’s fifth installment of the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” series with AEI Visiting Scholar Mark Schneider on what’s wrong with our nation’s emphasis on the role of bachelor’s degrees for economic success.

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In Banter’s fourth installment of the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” series, John Bailey and Andy Smarick joined the show to share insights from their podcast, the New Skills Marketplace. In addition to discussing the skills gap, CTE programming, and charter schools, they discussed Smarick’s latest report, The Evolving High School CTE: New Jersey’s Distinctive Approach to Career Education. In addition to his role as AEI Visiting Fellow, Bailey is also a fellow at the Walton Family Foundation. His work focuses on finding new ways to reskill individuals. Smarick, the AEI Morgridge Fellow in Education Studies, also serves as president of the Maryland State Board of Education. His work centers on education and related domestic and social policy issues.

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In Banter’s third installment of the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” series, AEI Resident Fellow Gerard Robinson once again takes over as guest host. On this episode, he is joined by Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections to discuss prison education and evidence-based criminal justice reform. Duwe also serves as an academic adviser to AEI for criminal justice reform. He joined last week’s guests, Renita Seabrook and Ames Grawert, in an event at AEI hosted by Robinson and AEI Resident Scholar Stan Veuger on prison education reform policies.

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In Banter’s second installment of the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” series, AEI Resident Fellow Gerard Robinson takes over as guest host. In part one of this episode, Gerard interviews Renita Seabrook who serves as an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore. In part two, Ames Grawert from the Brennan Center’s Justice Program joins the show to discuss the legal basis for prison education. Both participated in an event at AEI hosted by Robinson and AEI Resident Scholar Stan Veuger on prison education reform policies.

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This week on Banter, Representative Greg Walden (R–OR) joins the show to discuss the opioid epidemic and how Congress is addressing the crisis. Rep. Walden is the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He keynoted an event at AEI hosted by AEI Resident Scholar Sally Satel on addressing the opioid epidemic.

This is the first installment of a series on “Bridging the Dignity Divide.” Over the next six weeks, Banter guests will address topics such as ending the opioid epidemic, expanding career and technical education, reintegrating the incarcerated into society, and promoting work and family formation to overcome poverty. This series is part of a broader institutional push to help close the dignity gap by creating a culture and economy where everyone is needed. The links below provide more information on AEI’s work promoting dignity.

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This week on Banter, Andrew Biggs joined the show to assess the House Republicans’ recently released Tax Cuts and Jobs Act plan and to debunk the myth of the “retirement crisis.” He also discussed his work on the The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to develop the island’s economy. In addition to his role on the board, Biggs is a resident scholar at AEI whose work focuses on Social Security reform, state and local government pensions, and public-sector pay and benefits. He participated in a seminar at AEI that analyzed the economic prospects of Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week on Banter, Sadanand Dhume joined the show to discuss the Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia as well as the performance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in reforming India’s economy. Dhume is an AEI Resident Fellow whose research focuses on South Asian political economy, foreign policy, business, and society. He is also a South Asia columnist for the Wall Street Journal and has written for the Far Eastern Economic Review in India and Indonesia.

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This week on Banter, Michael Rubin joined the show to discuss the recent Kurdish referendum on independence from Iraq, the Kirkuk crisis, and the implications of an independent Kurdistan for the Middle East as well as the US. Rubin is an AEI Resident Scholar and former Pentagon official whose research focuses on the Middle East, Turkey, Iran, and diplomacy. He has written extensively on the Kurds, including the recently published monograph, Kurdistan Rising.

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This week on Banter, Ed Glaeser explained how entrepreneurship helps America’s cities to thrive as well as options to make housing in these prosperous cities more affordable. Glaeser, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University where he teaches microeconomic theory and urban and public economics. His research focuses on determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. Glaeser participated in the sixth annual AEI and CRN conference on housing risk. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week on Banter, Eva Moskowitz joined the show to discuss her new book, “The Education of Eva Moskowitz.” Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, the highest-performing public charter school network in New York City. Formerly, Moskowitz served as a New York City councilmember. She joined AEI resident scholar Rick Hess for a conversation at AEI about her new book and efforts to reform America’s education system. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week on Banter, James Wallner and Peter Hanson joined the show to discuss the possibility and repercussions of reforming or abolishing the Senate filibuster. Wallner is a senior fellow of the R Street Institute whose research focuses on Congress, particularly the Senate. Hanson is an assistant professor of political science at Grinnell College who specializes in American politics and constitutional law. Both participated in an event at AEI debating the use of the Senate filibuster as a means of fostering deliberation.

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This week on Banter, John Yoo and Jeremy Rabkin joined the show to discuss their new book, “Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War.” Yoo is a visiting scholar at AEI and Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Rabkin is a law professor at George Mason University and serves on the board of directors of the US Institute of Peace, AEI’s Board of Academic Advisers, and the board of directors of the Center for Individual Rights. They hosted a book launch event at AEI to discuss the use of new military technologies such as drones, autonomous robots, and cyber weapons. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week on Banter, Nick Eberstadt joined the show to explain the ongoing nuclear standoff with North Korea and possible strategies to mitigate the nuclear threat. Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at AEI. His work focuses on demographics and economic development as well as international security in the Korean peninsula and Asia. Additionally, Eberstadt serves as a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR).

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This week on Banter, Bret Swanson explained why we should be optimistic about the future of technical innovation and the productivity gains it will foster. Swanson is a visiting fellow at AEI where he studies the impact of technology on the US economy, telecommunications, and internet regulation. He is also the president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm advising investors and tech companies on technology, innovation, and the economy.

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This week on Banter, Dr. Michael Strain discussed a variety of hot topics, including immigration, minimum wage laws, and the significance of the U.S. Census. Dr. Strain is the director of economic policy studies at AEI. His research focuses on labor economics, public finance, and social policies. Several of his papers have been published in peer-reviewed academic and policy journals, and he also writes frequently for popular audiences.

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This week on Banter, Dr. Ken Pollack explained the causes and global implications of the ongoing Qatar stand-off with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Dr. Pollack is a resident scholar at AEI, where he studies Middle Eastern political-military affairs, specifically those of Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf countries. He is the author of nine books, including Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

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This week on Banter, University of North Dakota president and former Member of Congress Mark Kennedy discusses his new book “Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism.” The book discusses how businesses engage with “shapeholders”—regulators, the media, and social and political activists who don’t necessarily have a stake in a company’s success but who often challenge what they view as bad business practice. You can check out the book webpage at the link below.

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This week on Banter, Myron Ebell and George Frampton debate the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a carbon tax. Ebell is director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment and chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition. Frampton is a cofounder of The Partnership for Responsible Growth and was previously senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s climate and clean energy practice. Both participated in a panel discussion at AEI to discuss the implications of the carbon tax proposal Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced at the event. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week on Banter, Dr. Desmond Lachman discussed the UK’s June election and its implications for Brexit negotiations. Dr. Lachman is a resident fellow at AEI where he studies the global economy. He previously served as deputy director in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Policy Development and Review Department. This week, Dr. Lachman hosted a seminar at AEI on the likely outcome of Brexit negotiations and Brexit’s effect on the UK and European economies. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week, following President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dr. Leon Aron joined Banter to discuss all things Russia—from election hacking to the conflict in Syria. Dr. Aron is a resident scholar and director of Russian studies at AEI, where he studies Russian domestic and foreign policy and US-Russia relations. He is the editor of the 2015 AEI collection of essays, “Putin’s Russia: How it rose, how it is maintained, and how it might end” and the author of two books: Roads to the Temple: Memory, Truth, Ideas and Ideals in the Making of the Russian Revolution, 1987–1991 and Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life.

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