In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Sally Satel and Nicholas Eberstadt join a distinguished panel to begin a series of conversations addressing the opioid crisis ravaging the nation. The panel discussion touches the cultural factors underpinning today’s crisis, the social, cultural, economic factors driving overdose deaths, and the role of the federal government to provide treatment and prevent overdose.

Panelists include Christopher Caldwell (The Weekly Standard), Nicholas Eberstadt (AEI), Harold Pollack (University of Chicago), and Danny Seiden (Office of the Governor, Arizona). The discussion is moderated by Sally Satel (AEI).

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Thomas Miller hosts a group of experts gather to begin a series of conversations regarding emerging topics in health policy research, particularly the role of health savings accounts (HSAs) to reduce costs and improve outcomes.

Mr. Miller begins the event by discussion how HSAs fit within the contemporary health policy debate. In the following panel discussion, topics include how HSAs work in practice, how certain policy measures could aid in leveraging these accounts, how HSAs boost enrollment in small group health plans, and how they may capture the benefit conferred by the federal tax treatment of health insurance. Panelists include Jinqi Ye (Huazhong University of Science and Technology), Roy Ramthun (HSA Consulting Services), and Lauren Roth (St. John’s University School of Law). The discussion is moderated by Thomas P. Miller (AEI).

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In this AEI Events Podcast, Jay Powell of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System joins AEI’s Stephen D. Oliner to discuss the critical need to reform the housing finance system. During his remarks, Governor Powell emphasizes the potential systemic risk from a housing finance system that continues to be dominated by two large institutions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both of which remain in conservatorship today.

He also identifies a set of principles that should guide reform efforts, without favoring one specific plan over others. Governor Powell concludes by highlighting the need to move forward with the best feasible plan that would draw bipartisan support instead of holding out for the perfect solution.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, a group of financial experts and historians meet to evaluate the Glass-Steagall Act and the extent to which it can address current and upcoming challenges in American finance in an event hosted by AEI’s Paul H. Kupiec. In the keynote address, Dr. Richard Sylla (New York University Stern School) points out that the real problem of the financial banks was shadow banks – not universal banks – which the Glass-Steagall Act would fail to address.

In a following panel discussion, experts assess the prospects of passing the Glass-Steagall Act, in addition to the implications for banks and their respective bank holding companies. Panelists include Martin Baily, (The Brookings Institution), Oliver Ireland (Morrison and Foerster LLP), Paul H. Kupiec (AEI), and Norbert Michel (The Heritage Foundation). The discussion is moderated by Alex J. Pollock (R Street Institute).

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In this AEI Events Podcast, the members of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Paid Family Leave discuss their report and their perspectives on paid family and medical leave, hosted by AEI’s Aparna Mathur. This is part 2 of the event, which includes the first and second panel discussion.

The first panel discusses the current landscape and why paid leave needs reform. This panel is comprised of Heather Boushey (Washington Center for Equitable Growth) and Harry J. Holzer (Georgetown University), and is moderated by Richard V. Reeves (Brookings Institution). The second panel explores the challenges of providing paid leave and the benefits and costs of policy designs. This panel is comprised of Doug Holtz-Eakin (American Action Forum) and Betsey Stevenson (University of Michigan), and is moderated by Chrisopher J. Ruhm (University of Virginia).

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In this AEI Events Podcast, a group of experts convene to discuss the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) excessive regulation of e-cigarettes and what might be done to further encourage their use as an alternative to smoking. AEI’s Sally Satel begins by surveying the epidemiology of smoking and the potential of e-cigarettes to function as a cessation tool. In the following conversation, panelists discuss the history of e-cigarette regulation, potential legislative fixes to current regulations, and the role of pending litigation in scaling back the FDA’s regulations.

Panelists include Azim Chowdhury (Keller and Heckman LLP), Greg Conley (American Vaping Association), Sally Satel (AEI), Saul Shiffman (University of Pittsburgh), and Alan D. Viard (AEI). The discussion is moderated by Stan Veuger (AEI).

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In this AEI Events Podcast, the members of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Paid Family Leave discuss their report and their perspectives on paid family and medical leave. This is part 1 of the event, which includes the presentation of the report and further reflections on the report.

First, AEI’s Aparna Mathur, joined by the Brookings Institution’s Isabel V. Sawhill, explains the reasons for paid leave and the incomplete existing patchwork of state and private policies. Further reflections are provided by Abby M. McCloskey (McCloskey Policy LLC) and Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University).

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What does Ronald Reagan’s brand of conservatism mean for the GOP today? In this AEI Events Podcast, Henry Olsen, author of “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism,” joins AEI’s Karlyn Bowman and Jonah Goldberg to discuss his understanding of Reagan’s political odyssey.

Henry Olsen’s presentation is followed by two panel discussions, in which experts discuss the “true Reagan” and the future of the Republican Party. The first discussion features Mr. Olsen and Craig Shirley (author of “Regan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980). The second panel includes Mr. Olsen, Mr. Shirley, Jonah Goldberg (AEI), and Ruy Teixeira (Center for American Progress), and is moderated by William Galston (Brookings Institution).

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This AEI Events Podcast features the release of AEI’s new report, “Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers opening remarks and discusses with AEI’s Roger F. Noriega how Congress and the executive branch can proactively address the threats posed by transnational organized crime.

Following Sen. Rubio’s remarks, a panel of experts discuss some of the case studies featured in the report, including the Venezuelan regime’s widespread involvement in criminal activity, Hezbollah’s growing involvement in illicit networks regionally, and the role of FARC dissident in continued criminal activity in Colombia. Panelists include Douglas Farah (IBI Consultants), Joseph Humire (Center for a Free Society), Roger F. Noriega (AEI), and Celina Realuyo (National Defense University). The discussion is moderated by AEI’s Kirsten D. Madison.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Gerard Robinson hosts Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who addresses the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 he cosponsored with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and several other lawmakers. This aims to cut mandatory minimums, grant judges greater sentencing discretion, and help prisoners successfully return to society.

Following Chairman Grassley’s remarks, Hayne Yoon (Vera Institute), John Huffington (Living Classroom Foundation), and the Pat Nolan (American Conservative Union Center for Criminal Justice Reform) discuss how to prepare prisoners for life after prison, reduce recidivism, provide opportunities for returned citizens, and reform the criminal justice system to create safer communities and more stable families. The panelists also address improving prison conditions for women, introducing prosecutorial discretion in sentencing, and funding and operating correctional education programs.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Jeffrey Eisenach hosts Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai for a discussion on the chairman’s first 100 days and his vision for the future of US communications policy. Chairman Pai emphasizes the need to close the digital divide, modernize rules, eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens, promote entrepreneurship and innovation, protect consumers and public safety, increase agency transparency, and reform agency processes.

In a follow-up discussion, Dr. Eisenach and Chairman Pai discuss the Open Internet Order proceedings and the role of Congress and the courts in addressing the controversial issue, in addition to the importance of ensuring that FCC policies enable competition and empower innovators.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, Chairwoman Virginia Foxx of the House Education and Workforce Committee (R-NC) delivers a keynote to discuss the opportunities of career and technical education, followed by a discussion with AEI’s Andy Smarick. Chairwoman Foxx states that CTE can help fill jobs in in-demand fields, potentially increase graduation rates, and give students more schooling options.

Mr. Smarick and Chairwoman Foxx then discussed the federal government’s role in expanding CTE, with Chairwoman Foxx stating that local-level decisions on the subject were more beneficial. She also stressed the importance of online and distance learning.

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In this AEI Events PodcastWendy Wang and W. Bradford Wilcox presented their new report, “The millennial success sequence: Marriage, kids, and the ‘success sequence’ among young adults.” This joint report from AEI and the Institute for Family Studies investigates how the sequence of graduating from high school, working full time, and marrying before having children is linked to economic mobility and reduced poverty among millennials.

This podcast features the first of two panel discussions. In this discussion, experts discuss the importance of teaching young adults the benefits of creating stable, married households and having children inside marriage. Panelists include Ron Haskins (Brookings Institution), Annie Lowrey (The Atlantic), and Ian Rowe (Public Prep Network). The discussion is moderated by W. Bradford Wilcox (AEI).

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In this AEI Events Podcast, Princeton Professors Robert P. George and Cornel West discuss their close friendship that thrives despite their deep political disagreements—a surprising message in a politically polarized culture. Their lively conversation with Ramesh Ponnuru—who was their student at Princeton—seeks to answer one question: What is the purpose of a liberal arts education?

West and George have spent the past several years teaching and lecturing together to accomplish a common goal: the provision of a true liberal arts education to their students. Through their courses and their friendship, they have served as examples of how, when two knowledgeable and principled individuals come together in an honest and nonadversarial pursuit of truth, the competition of ideas deepens their own understanding of that truth.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Nat Malkus welcomes Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, Stephen Raudenbush, and Lisa Rosen, the authors of “The Ambitious Elementary School: Its Conception, Design, and Implications for Educational Equality,” to AEI to discuss school design, personalized instruction, and educational equality.

The authors open the event by describing their theory of school reform and its implementation at the University of Chicago Charter School. Their efforts have reduced racial inequality and improved reading ability among elementary school students. In short, the authors advocate for increased collaboration among teachers, administrators, and parents and for systemic approaches to school turnarounds.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and AEI’s Leon Aron discuss the threat Vladimir Putin’s regime poses to Western countries and institutions, particularly the United States. Rep. Smith argues that the US must deter Russia by providing Ukraine with more military assistance and forward-deploying troops in the Baltic States.

Dr. Aron and Rep. Smith agree that Putin prolongs his regime by using a false historical narrative based on resentment toward perceived Western affronts to maintain a besieged “us versus them” mentality; it is crucial to deter Putin and turn his foreign policy into a source of embarrassment and defeat, rather than pride.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, Jose Carrion, chairman of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, discusses the economic and political challenges faced by Puerto Rico. Following his address, a panel, including AEI’s Andrew Biggs and Desmond Lachman, exchange views on these challenges and propose a number of solutions, ranging from labor market reforms to stimulating economic growth through existing Medicaid reforms and the earned income tax credit.

The panel features Andrew Biggs (AEI, Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico), Desmond Lachman (AEI), Anne Krueger (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), and Antonio Weiss (Harvard Kennedy School), and is moderated by Alex J. Pollock (R Street Institute).

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Peter J. Wallison hosts Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) of the House Financial Services Committee at AEI to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act. They evaluate the causes of the 2007–08 financial crisis and how the Dodd-Frank Act fails to address those causes.

Mr. Wallison and Chairman Hensarling consider the Dodd-Frank Act’s role in reducing lending activities — especially among small and community banks — and the ensuing slow recovery. They then discuss the challenges for the CHOICE Act in the House and Senate.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) joins AEI President Arthur C. Brooks to discuss his book, The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis – and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance. Senator Sasse argues that debates about millennials miss the point. Millennials are different than different generations, but the problem is much more serious than many think. Their factory-style education has prevented them from learning the key inputs of being a good citizen: self-sufficiency, independence, and humility.

Sen. Sasse and Dr. Brooks agreed that too many high school graduates think they have to go to college. Sasse hypothesizes that this “college or bust” motif will not last long, as the demands of the economy will force education innovations that disrupt the model.

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