Creativity, Energy, & Experimentation with Ben Newman

Jeff Jenkins and Benjamin Newman, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the UC Riverside, discuss creativity and experimentation in political science.

Unsavory pork & decentralization

by Pamela Clouser McCann

We ask the question: what are the conditions under which legislators would vote against fiscal transfers to their states?  We argue that members of Congress, who care about the ability to claim credit and show their constituents they are fighting for their interests, think carefully about their intergovernmental context and the fact that executive branch agencies disseminate federal dollars and implement federal programs.

Tracking 101: How (constantly) taping candidates has changed our politics

North Country Public Radio quoted Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College on the tracking of politicians. Christian Grose, a political scientist at the University of Southern California, said the practice of tracking political players on tape has spread pretty far from its roots. “One of the very first ones I can remember that was…

Women & Power

Host Lisa Schweitzer, joined by Aubrey L. Hicks and Pamela Clouser McCann discuss the two lectures featured in Mary Beard’s Women & Power, their experiences as women in the academy, as well as the state of women in institutions of power today.

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Draft No. 4

In today’s episode of the #BookclubPodcast we think about John McPhee, writing, reading, and how to think about policy communication in an age of immediacy and tribalism. Thanks to our guests Aubrey Hicks, Anthony Orlando, and Lisa Schweitzer.

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“You can hold someone accountable and hold them at the same time.”

Ashlee Marie Preston, civil rights activist, writer, speaker, and host of the excellent podcast SHOOK with Ashlee Marie Preston. Ashlee Marie has many talents, but she is, above all, a communicator. She conceived her podcast as a “platform that is intentional about unpacking the accurate narrative of not just LGBTQ people or trans people, but being intentional about creating the world in which you wish to live in.” Listen to her activism and how you can be an ally.

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Who Has the Ear of Your Legislators and Why They Can’t Seem to Get Anything Done

We’re six months away from one of the most consequential midterm elections in modern history, and Americans are fed up with Congress. Politicians have gotten a bad rap throughout history, but today’s legislators are setting record lows in approval ratings and public trust. What gives? Why do they disappoint us so often? Are they really ignoring our needs and demands, or are we misunderstanding the challenges they face?

In this episode, Sarah Anderson shows that it’s a little of both: politicians don’t listen to all constituents equally, but they also can’t just snap their fingers and fulfill our wishes.

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“I am a powerful agent of change. I am deliberate. And I am not afraid.”

Native American award-winning film director and producer, actor, singer/songwriter, author, and founder and CEO of multiple media organizations, humanitarian Joanelle Romero. Joanelle was born in both the artistic and activist worlds and has spent her life bringing those two realms together. Listen to Joanelle share stories about her many years’ being an artist and humanitarian, and from where she draws all the necessary strength in a climate where the Native American—and especially the Native woman—is absent from virtually all popular media.

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