This week on Banter, AEI Visiting Fellow Jay Cost joins the show to discuss his new book “The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy.” The book describes the fractious relationship between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. After working together to advocate for the ratification of the Constitution, Hamilton and Madison became bitter rivals with Hamilton emphasizing economic growth and Madison the importance of republican principles. The book has important lessons for how we balance nationalism and republicanism today. Dr. Cost hosted a release event for the book at AEI. You can watch the full event video and read Jay’s recent National Affairs piece at the links below.

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This week on Banter, AEI resident fellow Jason Delisle joined the show to discuss the role of inspectors general in the Department of Education and their influence on policy debates. He also discussed his new report on graduate schools with the lowest rates of student loan repayment. Delisle’s work at AEI focuses on higher education financing and student loan programs. You can read his piece on the inspectors general and the graduate schools report at the links below.

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This week on Banter, AEI’s John H. Makin Visiting Scholar Eric Hanushek discusses the relationship between teacher cognitive skills and student achievement. Dr. Hanushek’s research finds that there are substantial differences in teacher cognitive skills across countries that are related to student performance. Dr. Hanushek will soon publish a new academic paper in the Journal of Human Resources on the subject. You can read the full paper and listen to Dr. Hanushek’s appearance on the “Political Economy” podcast with Jim Pethokoukis at the links below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Visiting Scholar Rick Geddes joins the show to discuss hyperloop technology. Geddes has written extensively about how hyperloop technology could dramatically reduce travel time in the United States as well as the regulatory, environmental, and financial challenges such a system would need to overcome. Geddes hosted a public event at AEI headquarters on hyperloop in April. You can view the full event video below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Visiting Fellow Naomi Schaefer Riley joined the show to discuss the opioid epidemic’s strain on our foster care system and possible solutions to improve the lives of affected children. Riley cohosted an event at AEI featuring a keynote from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on the severity of the opioid crisis in Arizona and its effect on foster care families, followed by an expert panel discussion on what policies can best serve the interests of children affected by drug abuse. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Research Fellow Phill Lohaus joins the show to discuss the security environment in the Asia Pacific. Phill is cohosting an event with his colleague Tom Donnelly on June 1 featuring a panel of security experts discussing how the United States can keep its competitive edge in the Asia Pacific. You can livestream the event or catch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, Yossi Klein Halevi joined the show to discuss his new book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, which explores the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through Israeli eyes. In a series of letters, he outlines the difficult choices that both Israelis and Palestinians must face if there is ever to be a chance of lasting peace in the region. Halevi is an American-born journalist and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His other books include At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land and Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation.

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies Mackenzie Eaglen joined the show to discuss her latest white paper “Defense Budget Peaks in 2019, Underfunding the National Defense Strategy,” which analyzes President Trump’s second defense budget. She argues that this budget misses the mark on suggestions made in her report from earlier this year, “Repair and Rebuild: Balancing New Military Spending for a Three-Theater Strategy.” Eaglen has worked on defense issues in the House of Representatives and Senate and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff. You can read both reports at the links below.

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This week on Banter, Dr. William Galston joins the show to discuss his new book Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy. Dr. Galston serves as the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He is a former policy adviser to President Bill Clinton. The book describes populist movements in the United States and Europe and the economic, cultural, and societal factors that led us to this moment. Dr. Galston concludes the book with several policy recommendations that might stem the populist tide and strengthen liberal democracy.

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This week on Banter, AEI Visiting Scholar and Director of Agriculture Studies Vincent Smith joined the show to discuss the history of US agriculture policy and provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill, including farm subsidies and SNAP work requirement measures. Dr. Smith is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Montana State University and co-director of MSU’s Agricultural Marketing Policy Center. He hosted a public event at AEI on the 2018 Farm Bill including what it means for the future of farm subsidies and US agriculture productivity. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, Michael Strain and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach joined the show to discuss the importance of the 2020 census and the challenges to its implementation, including a lack of funding and a controversial proposal to include a question on US citizenship. Dr. Strain is the John G. Searle Scholar and director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, he worked in the Center for Economic Studies at the US Census Bureau. Dr. Schanzenbach serves as director of the Institute for Policy Research and is a faculty fellow and the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Drs. Strain and Schanzenbach contributed to a 2017 report, “In Order That They May Rest Their Argument on Facts: the Vital Role of Government-Collected Data,” and participated in a public event at AEI this week on the significance of the 2020 Census. You can watch the full event video and read the report at the links below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar Nat Malkus joins the show to discuss the DC Public Schools graduation scandal. After posting a record graduation rate in 2017, an audit revealed that one-third of graduates received diplomas in violation of the District’s attendance policy. If the District’s attendance policy had been followed, the graduation rate would have fallen from 73 percent to less than 50 percent. What implications does this have for education reform and what systems should be developed to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future? Read more about the scandal at the links below.

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This week on Banter, Dr. Yascha Mounk joined the show to discuss his new book, “The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It.” In his book, Mounk explains the rise of populism and its threats to liberal democracy, but also provides some practical solutions to turning that tide. Dr. Mounk is a lecturer on government at Harvard University, a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America, and executive director at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. His research focuses on political theory and comparative politics. He participated in a book event at AEI with AEI’s Jonah Goldberg, Norm Ornstein, and Stan Veuger. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, Dr. Marvin Olasky joined the show to discuss the history of compassionate conservatism, what it means, and whether or not it might return in the current political climate. Dr. Olasky is the editor in chief of World Magazine and the author of 20 books, including “Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Can Transform America” (Free Press, 2000) and “The Tragedy of American Compassion” (Regnery Publishing, 1992). He keynoted an event at AEI on compassionate conservatism hosted by AEI’s Director of Domestic Policy Studies Ryan Streeter and AEI Research Fellow Angela Rachidi. Olasky also joined a panel discussion on how the movement fell short and its chances for a comeback. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, AEI visiting scholar and director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy Rick Geddes joined the show to discuss the Trump administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan and the future of US infrastructure policy. Geddes’ work at AEI focuses on infrastructure, public and private partnerships, the US postal system and postal delivery policy, and corporate governance. He hosted Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Transportation Derek Kan and a panel of infrastructure policy experts at AEI for a discussion of the details of the plan. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies Leon Aron discusses the threat Vladimir Putin’s Russia poses to six countries in Europe and Central Asia. Dr. Aron recently released a new collection of essays titled “To Have and to Hold: Putin’s Quest for Control in the Former Soviet Empire.” The essays assess the likelihood and form of potential Russian intervention in six neighboring countries: Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Dr. Aron hosted a release event for the essays at AEI featuring the compilation’s authors and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) for a discussion on the threat Russia poses to the West on the eve of his reelection.

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This week on Banter, whistling champion and Managing Director and Director of Global Communications at the Carlyle Group Chris Ullman joined the show to discuss his new book, “Find Your Whistle: Simple Gifts Touch Hearts and Change Lives” as well as his career trajectory in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Carlyle, Ullman worked in government as Director of Communications at OMB. Formerly, he was public affairs director for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and he worked on Capitol Hill as Director of Communications for the House Budget Committee. You can check out the book webpage at the link below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar and deputy director of AEI’s Education Policy Studies Nat Malkus joined the show to discuss how a ruling in favor of Janus might affect unions in states where agency fees apply. Malkus’s work at AEI focuses on K-12 education, specifically school finance, charter schools, school choice, and the future of standardized testing. Before joining AEI, Malkus was a senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research. Learn more about the case and explore the potential effects of the expected ruling using Malkus’s interactive tool at the links below.

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On this week’s episode of Banter, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Richard Reeves discusses his book “Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It.” The book argues that the top 20 percent of income earners in America are increasingly passing their status to their children, reducing overall social mobility for the bottom 80 percent. “Dream Hoarders” received considerable attention upon its release in 2017. Check out the links below for more information including a review of the book by AEI Director of Economic Policy Studies Michael Strain.

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On this week’s episode of Banter, AEI visiting scholar Mark Jamison joins the show to discuss how cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin work and how they are different from government-backed currency. At AEI, Dr. Jamison’s work focuses on how technology affects the economy, and on telecommunications and Federal Communications Commission issues. He has written several pieces on cryptocurrencies including how policymakers should approach this technology.

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