Thor Steingraber: “I view my role as the leader of an arts organization as being a public servant”

Listen to Thor Steingraber, executive director of Cal State Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center, or “The Soraya,” explain he how sees himself as a public servant. “The great thing about public leadership and public policy, in the end: the greater good of the greatest number of people is achieved by the same means.”

Listen now! Regain some faith in contemporary leadership while you’re with us.

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How to Stop Feeling Marginalized and Start Engaging in Politics

You may think politics isn’t for you. It’s for the elites. It’s for the rich and powerful. It isn’t for people who look like you or talk like you or live like you. Well, that may be the world we’ve constructed, but it’s not inevitable. You deserve better.

Still not convinced? Good! This episode is for you! Learn how you can become a part of the solution.

In this episode, inspirational speaker and social work professor Melissa Bird knocks down the misconceptions that marginalize us and replaces them with the attitude we need to take on the injustices in our nation today.

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The Great American Housing Finance System and the Role of the Federal Government

Housing is local, but money is global. What is the best way to allocate our resources toward housing affordability? How far are we from that goal? How do we even agree on what affordability means?

In this episode, our resident housing finance expert Richard K. Green will walk us step-by-step through these winding routes we’ve constructed to access the American dream.

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Paid Family Leave and Work-Life Balance in Today’s America

Why do both a majority of both parties want paid family leave, and when are they going to get it? Where do we draw the line between work and life in today’s America? And what does it mean for the all-American centerpiece of our society: the family?

In this episode, we explore the future of our sacred family values and the policies that affect them with Johanna Thunell.

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Who’s Really in Charge? Government Bureaucracy Under Attack

Bureaucracy is so boring. Who cares? Not you, right? Well then, you’re in for an unwelcome surprise because the people who run our government from day to day aren’t the ones you voted for. Our democracy depends on the men and women of the bureaucracy. They execute the laws, and lately they’ve been doing it without supportive leadership, without the trust of the public … without a voice.

In this episode, William Resh is their voice, and we would be wise to listen.

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Federalism and the Battle for Partisan Power

We think we know how federalism works. Republicans believe in states’ rights, and Democrats want a strong federal government, right? Not so fast. New research reveals a whole different tug of war playing out on Capitol Hill. Our legislators don’t always do what they say, but they do have a strategy to design and implement our laws. It turns out that federalism is ground zero in their battle for partisan power—and now we finally know how the game is being played.

In this episode, we go behind-the-scenes with the researcher who uncovered these terms of engagement, Pamela Clouser McCann.

Price forum examines president’s executive role, capacity in shaping policy

By Matthew Kredell USC Price School of Public Policy Dean Jack H. Knott led a recent forum, featuring public administration scholars Kathleen Doherty and William Resh, that addressed the role and ways the U.S. President can shape national policy. The event was part of the Price School’s ongoing post-election conversation series, which explore the policy…

Our American Discourse

Great knowledge need not wither on the academic vine. We bring you the smartest minds from the University of Southern California and beyond, wrestling with the defining challenges of our time. In their research, we find wisdom. In their voice, hope.

Hosted by Anthony W. Orlando, Our American Discourse reminds us that we’re never too different to learn from each other, nor too divided to find common ground.

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On the Rhine: From the US to the EU

More than a dozen undergraduate and graduate students from USC and other universities embarked on the “USC Price on the Rhine” program. During the month-long program, the students lived side-by-side with European students at Speyer University, studying comparative public administration and policy with a focus on the United States, Germany and the European Union (EU).…