Storytelling in a disconnected age, and why it matters for policymakers

Soledad O’Brien’s attention to the intersection of public policy and storytelling is crucial in bringing awareness to public policy issues to those outside our policy wonk bubble. We are so excited to have her as our distinguished speaker for The Holt Lecture this year and learn more about her approach to storytelling.

If you would like tickets for this year’s Holt Lecture, click here. It’s free! Hope to see you there!

The Death of Truth

This month, Aubrey, Ange-Marie, Jeff, and David discuss the new book from renowned literary critic Michiko Kakutani, The Death of Truth : Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump. Or, perhaps … death by a thousand “realities.”

LaGina Gause

In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins and LaGina Gause, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego, discuss the pro-democracy (small d) results of her study on legislative responsiveness to collective action by marginalized groups.

Gavin Newsom Continues To Pile Up Campaign Cash In California Governor’s Race

Capital Public Radio quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the impact of fundraising on California’s gubernatorial race. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor of public policy at USC, said money alone won’t win the race for Newsom, who has consistently been ahead both in the polls and in fundraising. “Ask Meg Whitman, who spent something like $118…

Can You Hear Us Shouting into the Void? Here’s How We Do It…and Why

You have a choice. Will you listen to this podcast? Or will you choose one of the other millions of media sources clamoring for your attention? Your brain cells are weighing all sorts of factors, but it’s not easy. The world is increasingly trying to manipulate them, to overwhelm them, and Our American Discourse is smack in the middle of this tug-of-war. You want to know how we compete for your time? Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes? Today, you can find out.

In this episode, Jonathan Schwartz explains how we do what we do every time we broadcast over your smartphone—and how we fight the growing distractions and distortions that loom over the media landscape.

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All the President’s Men (40th Anniversary Edition)

Bernstein and Woodward published All the President’s Men a mere three months before Nixon’s resignation. We’re revisiting (or visiting for the first time) this classic work of political journalism in the wake of the many callbacks since the 2016 Presidential election. Are dirty tricks just part of politics? What role does the press play? Are there parallels to the Trump administration?

Featuring host Jeffery Jenkins (@jaj7d ‏), and guests Aubrey Hicks (@AubreyHi), Lisa Schweitzer (@drschweitzer), and Donnajean Ward (@DonnajeanWard).

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Bebitch Jeffe: Where We Stands Depends on Where We Sit

by Justine Dodgen Our discussion of how race is depicted in media coverage of violent events continues. Today we hear from Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a Senior Fellow at USC Price and a long-time political analyst for NBC Los Angeles. Bebitch Jeffe lends us her perspective today as both faculty and a member of the media.   Bedrosian Center: What’s one thing we…