In the first episode of the AEI Education Podcast, host Nat Malkus discusses the Janus V. AFCSME opinion, in which the Supreme Court ruled that public sector unions may no longer require non-members to pay agency fees.

First, Nat talks to the original filer of this case, Governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner, about why he thinks the opinion is such an important victory for taxpayers and for workers’ rights. Then, Katharine Strunk, Professor at Michigan State, joins Nat to discuss what the decision means for education policy and for the future of teacher unions.

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On this episode of Viewpoint, AEI president Arthur Brooks gives a presentation on “Telling the Human Story” at the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit in Washington, DC. The secret to stronger human connection and persuasion isn’t more data, it’s better stories. Neuroscientists and behavioral social scientists have demonstrated this. By learning to share the narratives of our own lives—and paying closer attention to those of others—we can all become more effective and more unifying leaders.

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This Viewpoint Podcast features a conversation with John Huffingon who, after spending 32 years in prison — 10 of which were on death row — maintained his innocence, and was ultimately released from prison in 2013 through a writ of actual innocence. Today, John works for Living Classrooms in Baltimore, where he runs programs to help educate former prisoners who are returning to the workforce. The goal is to reduce crime and recidivism in Maryland by helping those reentering society to get productive, legal jobs instead of going back to jail.

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On this Viewpoint Podcast, AEI’s Aparna Mathur sits down with Isabel V. Sawhill from the Brookings Institution to discuss paid family leave proposals and the reasoning behind it.

Is it time for a paid family laeve policy in the United States? Listen to their discussion to hear their thoughts.

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On this episode of ‘Viewpoint,’ AEI’s Andy Smarick sits down with Juliet Squire from Bellweather Education Partners for a wide-ranging conversation on the needs of rural America and when chartering might be a good fit. Proponents of school choice generally champion charter schools as a way to expand the education options available to families. But, for a host of policy and practical reasons, charters may not always be the right reform for a rural community.

This interview originally aired on AEI’s YouTube channel on December 15, 2017.

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On this episode of Viewpoint, AEI’s Katharine Stevens sits down with photographer Chris Arnade. Arnade has a PhD in physics and was a Wall Street trader. After a crisis of conscience following the 2008 financial crash [3:02], Chris abandoned his banking job to travel the country and chronicle the lives of America’s forgotten masses. But more compelling than the photos were the real conversations that Chris had with real people across the United States [5:23]. He discusses analyzing the “front row and back row” of educational classes [13:56].

This interview originally was published on AEI’s YouTube channel.

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Tamar Jacoby from Opportunity America to talk about workforce development.

Tamar begins by raising a number of questions about proposed solutions to the skills gap [3:57]. She then focuses specifically on apprenticeships [6:11]. Next, Tamar responds to concerns about job reductions due to automation and drops in economic mobility [10:26]. Finally, she identifies the main questions that policymakers, employers, and educational institutions need to answer to in order make meaningful changes to workforce training [19:20] and offers advice to policymakers looking to spur innovation [24:51]. Andy and John conclude with a reflection on their discussion with Tamar.

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Leah Belsky from Coursera.

Leah first recounts the founding of Coursera, addresses common misconceptions about massive open online courses (MOOCs), and identifies the groups of people that Coursera serves [2:22]. She then describes the ways in which Coursera measures the quality of the courses on its platform [8:36]. Leah next talks about the flexibility of nontraditional providers like Coursera [15:16]. Finally, Leah gives her perspective on the skills gap issue, how Coursera may fit into the solution to the problem, and what policymakers should do to help [21:51]. Andy and John conclude with a reflection on their discussion with Leah.

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Deborah Quazzo from Global Silicon Valley Acceleration to discuss ed tech and nontraditional skills providers.

Debora first provides some background on the surge of investment in ed tech starting in 2009 [6:00]. Next, she describes innovation in enterprise learning, entrepreneurial education, and talent identification [11:05]. Deborah then offers policy recommendations for funding nontraditional learning programs [18:48]. She speaks about the progress the ed tech sector has made in opening pathways for women and minorities to enter the field [25:27]. Finally, Deborah talks about peer-to-peer engagement on education platforms [30:46]. Andy and John conclude with a reflection on their discussion with Deborah.

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Doug Lynch from ‎the USC Rossier School of Education to discuss corporate learning.

First, Doug gives an overview of the reach, function, and history of corporate education programs in the United States [3:22] Doug then talks about corporate investment in the learning development [12:43]. Next, he discusses workforce training and education in the military [18:06]. Doug subsequently identifies a disconnect between the skills institutions of higher education are equipping their students with and the skills employers desire [23:41]. Lastly, Doug suggests what policymakers could do to promote corporate job training and skills development [27:24]. Andy and John conclude with a reflection on their discussion with Doug.

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Brian Jones from Strayer University to discuss innovations in higher education.

Brian first gives an overview of Strayer University and the nontraditional students that Strayer serves [2:51]. Next, Brian describes how “mindsets of behaviors” add value to students in the eyes of employers [9:09]. Brian then offers his opinion on the role that policy should play in closing the skills gap [16:25]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Brian.

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Matthew Sigelman from Burning Glass Technologies.

Matthew begins by explaining Burning Glass’s role in tracking the job market [2:57]. Next, he identifies a need for training programs which are more responsive to changes in skills demand [9:24]. From there, Matthew gives his take on the effect that automation will have on the job market [17:17]. Matthew then shifts to an analysis of nontraditional skills providers [21:03]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their discussion with Matthew [30:16].

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Liz Simon from General Assembly to talk about coding bootcamps and their role in closing the skills gap. Liz first outlines how General Assembly is providing pathways for nontraditional learners to reskill [7:55]. She then describes how General Assembly developed a framework to assess student outcomes and measure program quality [16:49]. Next, Liz offers her viewpoint on the Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships pilot, Title IV expansion, and the future of workforce development [21:38]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Liz [34:11].

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick and John Bailey sit down with Alex Hernandez from the Charter School Growth Fund to discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE) in charter schools.

Alex first analyses shifts in the charter school sector and explains the difference between the college prep and the CTE models of education [6:26]. Alex then discusses the feasibility of delivering charter school education to workers in need of retraining and to children in rural districts [15:12]. Next, Alex offers his perspective on what needs to be done on the policy front to allow CTE and other educational innovations to flourish [22:08]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Alex [27:12].

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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Diane Jones from the Urban Institute to discuss the role of community colleges and apprenticeship programs in closing the skills gap.

Diane first breaks down the world of apprenticeships: what they are [7:20], the sectors they serve [9:54], the differences between registered and unregistered apprenticeships [13:33], how apprenticeships in the United States compare to those in other countries [20:18], and how they are regulated [28:08]. Diane then shifts to a conversation about the role of community colleges and how they have changed in response to new challenges [33:29]. Next, Diane details state efforts to solve the skills gap issue [43:00]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Diane [46:30].

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In this first episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) introduce the “skills gap” problem: what it is, where it came from, and whom it affects [4:04]. Next, they give an overview of the various institutions—traditional and nontraditional— taking on the task of reskilling workers [8:42]. From there, Andy and John explain how the topics addressed on the New Skills Marketplace podcast fit into AEI’s Human Dignity Project [10:54]. Finally, Andy and John give a preview of future episodes in the series and other AEI publications which will address the skills gap issue [15:31].

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Welcome to the New Skills Marketplace podcast on the AEI Podcast Channel. Hosts Andy Smarick and John Bailey will be exploring new and innovative approaches to education, human-capital development, and preparation for the workforce in a world where technology and globalization have changed the nature of work.

Each Tuesday, starting September 19, they’ll interview some of the most innovative and prominent thinkers and practitioners across the landscape of education and workforce development, including leaders in American secondary and postsecondary education, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, the research and policy communities, and more.

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Do modern campuses actually value ideas and intellectual discourse? Should there be limits on capitalism? Is modern architecture bad? Sir Roger Scruton and Christina Hoff Sommers join ‘Viewpoint’ on the AEI Podcast Channel to discuss each of these topics and more.

This conversation originally aired on the AEI YouTube Channel on March 22, 2017.

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In this episode of Viewpoint, AEI’s Danielle Pletka sits down with David Makovsky, the Ziegler distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who has spent a career working and fighting for peace in the Middle East. In this interview, he dives into the diplomatic and military events of the neighboring Arab nations, United States, Israel and Palestinians surrounding the Six-Day War, and offers his thoughts on the future of the Middle East peace process.

The Six-Day War, otherwise known as the June War, between Israel and its neighbors, Egypt, Jordan and Syria, marked a turning point in how Arab countries would see the Jewish state for the next half century, and had lasting implications for US-Middle East relations more broadly. Despite being heavily outnumbered and out-armed, Israel won the war, which lasted from June 5 – 10, 1967. Israel seized control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria. All of these, besides the Sinai Peninsula, remain disputed territories today.

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In this episode of ‘Viewpoint,’ AEI’s Danielle Pletka sits down with Dr. Ziad Asali, president and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, to discuss a Palestinian perspective on the monumental Six-Day War and the struggles of establishing a Palestinian state.

The Six-Day War, otherwise known as the June War, between Israel and its neighbors, Egypt, Jordan and Syria, marked a turning point in how Arab countries would see the Jewish state for the next half century, and had lasting implications for US-Middle East relations more broadly. Despite being heavily outnumbered and out-armed, Israel won the war, which lasted from June 5 – 10, 1967. Israel seized control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria. All of these, besides the Sinai Peninsula, remain disputed territories today.

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