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A Century Of Ideas: A Century Of Prosperity: A Review Of The Standard Of Living, 1919 Vs. 2019 The past century has witnessed dramatic improvements in the standard of living in the United States. Panelists will discuss the role that free markets, property rights, innovation, regulation, and national security have played in this remarkable advancement […]

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Recorded on September 13, 2017

“In Israel, in order to be a realist . . . you have to believe in miracles,” observed the late David Ben-Gurion. Peter Berkowitz, the Hoover Institution’s Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow and an expert on Israeli affairs, assesses the Trump administration’s peacemaking strategy, which includes deploying Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and taking into account Prime Minister Netanyahu’s fragile political health.

Recorded on July 24, 2017
With schools in session across the country, Hoover senior fellow Paul Peterson details this year’s survey of American education by Education Next. Among the more notable results: teachers are wary of their colleagues’ performance; parents are increasingly dissatisfied with charter schools.

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I would love for the beautiful people of Ricochet.com to check out my latest podcast. Next on Thinking It Through:  I get the chance to interview Mr. Peter Robinson, Hoover Institution Research Fellow and host of Uncommon Knowledge.  We speak about what led him to being a speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan […]

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Six months into the Trump presidency the GOP Congress struggles with the promise of swift and dramatic reforms. Kevin Kosar, the R Street Institute’s vice president of policy and a ten-year veteran of Capitol Hill, discusses how the legislative branch became the weakest of government’s limbs.

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One hundred and fifty days into his presidency, Donald Trump is on pace to issue the most executive orders for a first-year president since Harry Truman in 1945. Hoover research fellow Adam White reviews the highs and lows of Trump’s signing flurry–and discusses the need for the Trump White House to pick up the pace for executive and judicial appointments.

The American dream rests on the notion on “rugged individualism”: freedom, liberty, and equality of opportunity and a tradition of conquering physical, economic, social, and political frontiers. David Davenport, coauthor of Rugged Individualism: Dead or Alive?, looks at President Trump’s political philosophy, his record to date and suggests ways the new administration can restore this flickering American tradition.

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“Area 45,” Beaming Aboard


In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new addition to Ricochet’s already impressive choice of podcast listening.

Produced by the Hoover Institution, we call it “Area 45” – Hoover fellows and other notables in the greater Hoover galaxy (academics, media members, officeholders) examining various policy aspects of the 45th President of the United States.

Robert Conquest, RIP


The historian Robert Conquest died at 98 this past July. Earlier this week, the Hoover Institution held a day-long conference in Bob’s honor — and aired this brief video tribute.

Recollections of a genuinely great man.

The Eureka Podcast: Drought and Despair in California


In the newest installment of the Eureka podcast, Hoover Institution fellows Carson Bruno and Bill Whalen are joined by Stanford political science professor Bruce Cain (Director of the university’s Center for the American West) to discuss the ramifications of the California drought, how government may have compounded the problem, and whether or not residents of the Golden State have to settle for a future of rock gardens and being fined for overwatering their lawns. Listen in below:

The Strategika Podcast: Angelo Codevilla on the Futility of Arms Control Agreements


In the first of three new Strategika podcasts tackling the subject of arms control (and, specifically, the nuclear deal with Iran), Angelo Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University, goes one step further than many critics of the agreement with Tehran. He doesn’t just argue that this deal is unworkable. He argues that the entire framework of arms control that the West has embraced for the last century is unworkable. It’s a fascinating discussion and you can listen in by subscribing to Strategika through iTunes or by listening in below.

The Eureka Podcast: California’s Tax Problem


I’m back in California this week, being reminded all over again about this state’s many natural virtues and many manmade vices. Amongst the latter group is tax policy in the Golden State, which is — how do I put this tactfully — crazy. Beating-your-head-against-a-padded-wall crazy.

In this installment of the Eureka podcast from the Hoover Institution, I talk with Hoover fellows Carson Bruno and Bill Whalen about how the extreme progressivity of California’s tax code fuels its recurring budget crises, whether Californians are really the tax-loving lefties they’re made out to be in the popular consciousness, and whether meaningful tax reform in the Golden State is a real possibility. Listen in below:

Grand Strategy Podcast: Stephen Krasner on the Future of American Global Leadership


One of my favorite guests on our Hoover Institution podcasts is Stephen Krasner, the Graham H. Stuart Chair in International Relations at Stanford and the Chairman of Hoover’s Working Group on Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy. On this show, we discuss America’s role in shaping international order: how we’ve done since World War II, whether our days at the top are coming to a close, and which threats to our preeminence our most acute.

The Strategika Podcast: Peter Mansoor on NATO, Past and Future


Mansoor-PeterIn the newest installment of the Strategika podcast from the Hoover Institution, I’m talking with retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor (former executive officer to General Petraeus in Iraq), now the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at Ohio State University. In this first of three podcasts on the future prospects for NATO, Professor Mansoor takes us through the alliance’s history, how it’s adjusted to the post-Cold War world, and what its prospects for survival are given the threats from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Listen in below or subscribe to Strategika through iTunes or your favorite podcast player.

The Eureka Podcast: California’s Affordable Housing Crisis


Real estate in California is expensive. That much I’m guessing you knew already. What you may not know is how much of this trend is driven by factors other than lots of people wanting to live by the beach. In this installment of the Eureka podcast from the Hoover Institution, I talk to Hoover research fellows Carson Bruno and Bill Whalen about how much of that premium results from conscious decisions by California policymakers rather than market forces. It’s an eye-opening discussion about how the policy preferences of gentry liberals can put the squeeze to the middle and lower classes. If you live in California — or any other state that’s becoming more restrictive when it comes to development — you’ll want to listen to this cautionary tale about the ultimate costs.

The Strategika Podcast: Understanding Chinese-Japanese Tensions


In the new series of Strategika podcasts, we’re looking at the tensions between China and Japan and what the implications are for the United States and the future security situation in East Asia. In this first installment, I talk to Miles Maochun Yu, professor of East Asia and military and naval history at the United States Naval Academy. Miles explains the historical backdrop for tensions between the two countries, how China’s modern grievances may be a smokescreen for something slightly more nefarious, and what the U.S. needs to do to manage the situation. Listen in below:

The Libertarian Podcast: The Implications of the Halbig Case


On this week’s installment of The Libertarian Podcast from the Hoover Institution, Professor Epstein guides us through the implications of the Halbig case regarding Obamacare subsides. Is the president’s signature piece of legislation headed for defeat at the Supreme Court? And is this the right way to do undo the law. Richard delivers his tour de force analysis below:


The Libertarian Podcast: The Supreme Court and Campaign Finance — Troy Senik


In this week’s installment of the Libertarian podcast from the Hoover Institution, Richard discusses the Supreme Court’s decision last week in McCutcheon v. FEC; what level of campaign finance restrictions — if any — the government should impose; and why the recent Brendan Eich controversy should lead us to rethink transparency requirements for political donors.

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Hoover Podcast: Technology and Education, with John Chubb


I’ve recently been recording a series of interviews with members of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, the members of which just released a new book, What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools, a collection of essays on the major issues that are going to confront education in the years to come.

In the first of these discussions, I talked with John Chubb, President of the National Association of Independent Schools, about the influence of technology on education. Will internet learning displace or augment a conventional classroom education? Will grade levels become a thing of the past? And is it possible that consumer-centered innovations could actually result in teachers earning moreThose are just some of the topics we discussed in the conversation below: