Most advice on how to prepare for a disaster is just plain wrong. On this episode, Jim Carafano explains five attributes an individual should have in order to survive a major disaster.

 

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Contact tracing has been going on for decades. But now, Google and Apple are aiming to turn smartphones into digital contact tracers. But what does this mean for our privacy? Is this just another grab of our data by big tech? Could this be a way for the government to get our health information? This week, Klon Kitchen walks us through what Google and Apple are proposing, some of the legitimate concerns, and why this effort could serve as an effective tool to fight against the spread of Covid-19 and other diseases in the future.

 

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Restaurants are closed due to COVID-19. Farmers are dumping fresh milk and eggs. Meat processing plants are shutting down, causing shortages of beef, poultry, and pork. How long can these disruptions last? Is there a solution to help farmers, meat processing plants and their workers? Some are making calls for American’s to just stop eating meat. Should we even entertain that? Today, Daren Bakst a senior research fellow in agricultural policy, in Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies helps explain.


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For over 25 years, The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom has been a mainstay in policy discussions in Washington D.C. and around the world. It is a clear example of why free markets and liberty matter when it comes to building a flourishing society. This week, Nick Loris explains a new Heritage report that spells out what the US needs to do to not only increase its ranking, but also to increase the quality of life for our families. Given the rebuilding that must take place after COVID-19, now is the time to implement these ideas of more freedom and less government.

 

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This week, Dr. Richard Tubb, a retired military officer and one of the longest-serving White House physicians in history, serving from 1995-2009, joins us to talk about what plans we should have in place to reopen America. He also talks about his time working for President George W. Bush to build out some of the first pandemic planning. Dr. Tubb is also a member of Heritage’s National Coronavirus Recovery Commission.

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Since Coronavirus fundamentally changed the way we live life, there has been a lot of talk from liberals about moving away from in-person elections, and making all elections by mail. But what would the implications of this be? This week, Hans von Spakovsky breaks down some of the challenges in moving away from in-person elections, and why moving to by-mail elections would unwisely endanger the security and integrity of the election process.

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We have empirical evidence that ‘Medicare For All’ isn’t the answer to COVID-19 Care. Today, we’ll explain how Canada, Italy and Great Britain prove that government run healthcare is not the way to fight this new coronavirus. We get into why price controls on a vaccine would be a really bad idea. Also, what solutions exist for Americans who get sick with COVID-19 but don’t have health insurance? Healthcare expert Sally Pipes, who is also Canadian, breaks it down.

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Since COVID-19 changed life as we know it, everyone is asking the same thing: when will this be over and things return to normal for my family? Unfortunately, there are many things left to discover about this new virus we know very little about. On this episode, Tim and Michelle co-host, and Jim Carafano assesses where we have been and the things to look for as we make our way back to normal. 

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A lot of talking heads on TV go back and forth about just how much power President Trump has when dealing with the Chinese Virus. Where does it start and where does it end? How much power do states have in the unique situation we find ourselves in? This week, David Rivkin and Cully Stimson talk about their recent Wall Street Journal article that gives us a Constitutional guide to emergency powers, and how this should impact our collective response to the Chinese Virus.

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For years, President Trump has been driven to secure the Southern Border. But what has he done since he’s been in the White House to do this? Are Americans safer and more secure? What are the obstacles standing in his way? This week, we sit down with Mike Howell to help us see beyond the media narrative, and explain what more needs to happen.  
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Forget what you think you know about Colombia. It’s not all cocaine and Pablo Escobar. Rather, Colombia is a key pillar of stability and security in South America – as well as an economic leader. This week, Heritage expert Ana Quintana explains the steps Colombia and the US must take in order to secure this peace and progress.

 

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The stock market crashed to record lows this week and lawmakers and the administration are rushing to put out new legislation to deal with the spread of coronavirus and its effects on the economy. But how does everything happening on Wall Street effect everyday Americans? This week, Joel Griffith, a research fellow in Heritage’s Roe Institute for economic policy, breaks it down.

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Can it be? After over 19 years of war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban are ready for peace? That’s what the recent agreement says. But it will be a long difficult road to travel before this happens. This week, we talk with Heritage Foundation expert Luke Coffee about what the deal entails, and whether or not we can count on The Taliban to hold up their end of the agreement. Hint: the term “healthy skepticism” is used more than once.

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The White House is expected to announce details on tax cuts for Trump’s second term. One of the ideas on the table is to create tax-free investment accounts for individuals and families. This week, Heritage’s Adam Michel, explains what a “Universal Savings Account” is and how if we can get Americans on board with the idea — President Trump would be taking a major step in replacing the entitlement culture with self made wealth.

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Coronavirus has been dominating the news cycle for several weeks, but there are a lot of things still unknown. One of the best ways to solve a problem, is to have accurate and up-to-date information. Are we getting that from China? Do we have all the resources we need to properly handle coronavirus? This week, Heritage Foundation expert Peter Brookes talks about the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak, stopping the spread of disease, and The Trump Administration’s response.

 

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That’s a wrap? After more than 3.5 years since the British people voted to leave the European Union, they have officially left. With all the celebration from Brexiteers and the protest from “Remainers”, there are a lot of questions to be answered on what happens now. This week, Nile Gardiner joins us to give his perspective from the front lines of the Brexit celebration, and talks about all that needs to happen to move forward. Hint: A lot of work needs to be done. He also gives an insider perspective on the Huawei 5G situation in the UK. 

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The 5G race is heating up, and we are beginning to see how fierce the competition is. 5G will usher in a completely new era of mobile technology, and shape our culture for an entire generation. While there are significant economic implications to the winners, there are also serious national security implications. On this episode of Explains, Klon Kitchen talks about the implications of the United Kingdom’s decision to allow Chinese controlled Huawei to build portions of their 5G network, and what that means for the future of US security.

 

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Major studies have concluded that Americans use firearms in lawful defense of themselves and others between 500,000 and three million times every year. Yet as we have pointed out on this podcast — these are not the stories that make their way to the national cable channels. Heritage has been documenting several dozen examples of Americans relying on their Second Amendment rights to protect life, liberty, and property. This week, Amy Swearer will highlight heroic and under reported cases of defensive gun uses in 2019.

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As anti-Semitic attacks and incidents continue to rise, we take a closer look at who is to blame, and what we need to do as a Nation to stop this disturbing trend. This week, we revisit this topic and dive deeper with the Executive Vice President of The Heritage Foundation, Dr. Kim Holmes.

 

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Last month, President Donald Trump tweeted that San Francisco, California has “rapidly become one of the worst anywhere in the U.S. when it comes to the homeless and crime.” The homeless situation is so bad that there are maps dedicated to alerting the public where there is human feces or needles on the street. In this episode Katrina Trinko, editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal, discusses her reporting on what the streets of San Francisco are really like.

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