Area 45

Hoover Institution

Area 45 is a Hoover Institution podcast devoted to the Trump administration and the policy avenues available to America’s forty-fifth president. It is hosted by Hoover fellow, Bill Whalen

All Episodes

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death makes an already fierce presidential election even more contentious. John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, reflects on the legacy of “notorious RBG” and weighs the pros and cons of waging a bitter confirmation battle before or after Election Day and January’s presidential inauguration. 

Sep 20

66 min

Hoover Institution research fellow Lanhee Chen explains the politics behind the social media companies, the World Health Organization, and what the future may hold for social media outlets amidst the current cancel-culture phenomenon. 

Sep 17

40 min

Did the parties’ virtual convention change the dynamics of the presidential race? Apparently not. David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, discuss the lack of a lasting “Trump bump,” and whether civil unrest is affecting Joe Biden’s lead, plus the concept of a “hidden” Trump voter that pollsters can’t ascertain.  

Sep 4

54 min

If you think the presidential election is contentious, there’s a chance that constitutional law might add to the public’s dyspepsia. John Yoo, a Hoover Institution fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, details scenarios in which a Democratic-controlled House re-elects President Trump, or an indecisive Congress paves the way for President Nancy Pelosi. 

Sep 1

52 min

What’s the status of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un? Is his younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, the heir apparent? Michael Auslin, the Hoover Institution’s Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia and co-host of Hoover’s Pacific Century podcast,  discusses the family dynamics at play in Pyongyang and possible changes to American diplomacy post-November election. 

Aug 27

59 min

For the first time in nearly two decades, California faced the prospect of rolling blackouts due to an imbalance between supply and demand for electricity. James Sweeney, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and energy-market scholar, explains the differences between crises present and past, and suggests ways California can better balance population and environmental concerns. 

Aug 20

50 min

California Senator Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s running mate and, arguably, first in line to be her party’s next presidential nominee. Dan Walters, a CalMatters columnist and authority on California political issues and policy, explains where Harris fits in the Golden State’s elected mosaic – and why a Biden-Harris victory would trigger competition among California Democrats to replace her in Washington.   

Aug 14

53 min

With the fall election less than 90 days away, what happens to immigration reform should the White House and Congress change hands? Tim Kane, an economist and the Hoover Institution’s J.P. Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies, discusses a sensible approach to immigration policy that would balance America’s economic, security and humanitarian concerns – and why the topic isn’t the same flash point it was in the last presidential election.   

Aug 5

44 min

Born 108 years ago this July, Milton Friedman continues to cast a long shadow across the American landscape. Jennifer Burns, a Hoover Institution research fellow and Stanford University history professor currently working on an intellectual biography of the late Hoover senior fellow, explains what separates Friedman from other conservative economists, his quintessentially American life story, plus what the famed libertarian might make of the debate over masks, government edicts, and civil liberties.   Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jul 30

44 min

Joe Biden enjoys a healthy lead over President Trump after months of running a low-profile campaign. With the election a little over 100 days away, can Biden keep doing the same as Muhammed Ali – stay back on the ropes while his rival swings in vain? David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford  University political scientists, assess the health of the two presidential candidates.   Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jul 24

50 min

To celebrate the 4th of July holiday, we dipped into the Area 45 vault (June 26, 2018) for this conversation with Thomas Gilligan, the Hoover Institution’s Tad and Dianne Taube Director. He discusses the individual, economic, and political freedoms that are quintessentially American – and are at the core of the Hoover Institution’s mission of “ideas defining a free society.” Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jul 2

28 min

Social unrest, policing reforms, coronavirus, stricken economies, homelessness, the federal-state-city balance of power, and on and on. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer discusses these and other challenges facing both his and many of America’s great cities.     Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jun 19

30 min

Joe Biden has taken the lead, though polls differ on how commanding it is nationally and in “swing” states. President Trump struggles to regain his footing as the coronavirus and policing practices dominate the election-year narrative. David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the November candidates. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jun 16

46 min

President Trump dislikes the media, but needs their cameras to earn re-election. The political press corps dislikes Trump, though he’s boosted ratings, subscriptions and Internet clicks. Tom Bevan, co-founder of Real Clear Politics and a Hoover Institution media fellow, discusses the dysfunctional Trump-media dynamic and reflects on a progressive bent in America’s newsrooms as well as Joe Biden’s media strategy moving forward.   Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jun 10

55 min

The last time federal troops were dispatched to quell urban unrest was in 1992, when Army and Marines forces entered Los Angeles. Then-Gov. Pete Wilson, the man who made that request, recalls the events that led to his action. He also discusses the future of policing and, on the 16th anniversary of the passing of Ronald Reagan, reflects on their overlapping paths that spanned nearly four decades. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jun 6

62 min

Should Washington come to the rescue of several of the nation’s largest states – California, Illinois, New York – currently experiencing budget shortfalls? David Henderson, a Hoover Institution research fellow and economist who studies state and federal budgeting, explains why such aid doesn’t qualify, in the purest sense, as disaster aid.  Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jun 5

53 min

Are free markets and property rights the keys to improving the lives of reservation-dwelling Native Americans? Terry Anderson, the Hoover Institution’s John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow and head of Hoover’s Project on Renewing Indigenous Economies, discusses why federal policy hasn’t adapted to modern times on reservations. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jun 1

42 min

Does the sales pitch that brought the “Beverly Hillbillies” west – “California is the place you ought to be” – still apply? Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and a weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, discusses the Golden State’s latest unemployment numbers and whether present-day Tesla Motors is in the same position as was Apple at the century’s start. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

May 25

62 min

Los Angeles County’s extended “shelter-at-home” order confuses the locals, California’s record budget deficit is formally unveiled, and Tesla's CEO Elon Musk re-opens his Bay Area car factory – in defiance of local business restrictions – and threatens to move Tesla’s corporate headquarters to Nevada or Texas. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and a weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, breaks down a busy week in the Golden State. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

May 16

53 min

Over the past two months, the federal government has spent an unprecedented $2.6 trillion addressing the COVID-19 crisis, with another $3 trillion in new spending that is up for debate. Daniel Heil, a Hoover research fellow specializing in fiscal policy, explains the short- and long-term effects of “binge-spending” and why any serious conversation about fiscal and entitlement reform is years way at best. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

May 15

45 min

California’s current fiscal plight – a record $54.3 billion dollar budget deficit for this year and next – raises the question of how much the coronavirus is to blame. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and a weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, discusses the poor tax and fiscal choices that are partially responsible for the Golden State finding itself awash in red ink. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

May 9

46 min

California Gov. Gavin Newsom finds himself at odds with Orange County lawmakers over the opening and re-closing of Southern California beaches. Meanwhile, a “tsunami” approaches – in a ravaged economy and a wave of tax increases needed to prop up otherwise unsustainable state spending. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow, economist, and weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, explains the size and shape of the tax tidal wave. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

May 1

54 min

Not a recession, but an emerging depression. Or so deems Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow, economist, and weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel. When will California’s economy restart? Will an anticipated Green New Deal agenda pushed by Gov. Newsom’s economic recovery task force make matters worse? Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Apr 24

44 min

February’s announcement of a potential US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 raises the question of the legacy of America’s military involvement in that region – a presence dating back to the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Col. Joseph Felter, a Hoover Institution research fellow and Iraq and Afghanistan counterinsurgency veteran, reflects on lessons learned and what comes next in South and Southeast Asia.   Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Apr 23

46 min

A global pandemic brings the world’s fifth-largest economy – which is California – to a crawl. But will it derail the Golden State’s progressive agenda? Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, discusses how best to bring California’s economy back to life – and the opportunities (helping the gig economy) that Gov. Gavin Newsom may be ignoring. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Apr 17

46 min

The first rule of the movie Fight Club: “you do not talk about fight club.” The first rule of “fight house,” aka the White House: you talk and leak and self-promote, even if it hurts the boss. White House historian Tevi Troy, author of Fight House: Rivalries In The White House, From Truman To Trump, explains what makes for feuds and turf struggles inside the Office of the President and what challenges Donald Trump and Joe Biden face in staffing a White House in 2021. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Apr 14

49 min

That’s Vladimir as in Putin, the Russian president who intends to remain in power until at least the next decade’s end – and maybe as long as 2036 – now that Russia’s high court has deemed term limits inapplicable to his current rule. Hoover senior fellow and Russian historian Robert Service offers his thoughts on Putin’s grip on power, the role of oligarchs in maintaining that power, why Putin recently engaged in an oil price war with Saudi Arabia, as well as Putin’s regional and global ambitions.  Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Apr 11

50 min

Yes, that would be the presidential race, which slowed to a crawl courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, weigh in on the state of the race – discussing what polling suggests about Joe Biden’s campaign, President Trump’s handling of the health and economic crises, and the virus’ effect on voters’ attitudes. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Mar 31

42 min

Should Washington’s reaction to the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic include a stimulus package? John Cochrane, the Hoover Institution’s Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson Senior Fellow and author of the “Grumpy Economist” blog, discusses the do’s and don’ts of Washington’s economic response to the pandemic. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Mar 12

51 min

Remember all those predictions that Bernie Sanders was the Democratic front-runner and socialism was in vogue? That no longer seems the case after resounding Joe Biden wins in South Carolina and Super Tuesday states. David Brady, Hoover senior fellow emeritus and Stanford political scientist, weighs in on the state of the race – why the ground suddenly shifted in Biden’s favor.   Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Mar 7

50 min

After four rounds of voting in February, the Democratic presidential primaries kick into high gear with March 3’s “Super Tuesday” avalanche of 14 states, followed by votes in key swing states across America for the remainder of the month. David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, weigh in on the state of the race and what their tracking survey reveals as the candidates scramble for support. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Feb 28

56 min

Will a president of the United States ever be impeached? Was the term “high crimes and misdemeanors” clarified? Did one branch of government emerge stronger than others? What does the future hold for the FBI, FISA Court, and Special Counsels? John Yoo, a Hoover Institution fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, discusses the legal fallout from the Trump impeachment saga. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Feb 7

59 min

After 40 years of service to his country, Army Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper is one of only two members of West Point’s Class of 1979 still on active duty. He reflects on changes in the military over that span, his tours abroad, and Douglas MacArthur’s principles of “duty, honor, and country.” Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Feb 5

42 min

A schism within the field of Democratic candidates: Medicare-for-All advocates vs. supporters of a “public option” for America’s health care system – i.e., expanded Obamacare. Hoover research fellow Tom Church details the enormous fiscal impact on government and taxpayers should a politically feasible public option become law. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jan 31

54 min

Iowans will caucus next week and the Democratic presidential field remains unsettled. David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, weigh in on the state of the race – what their tracking survey reveals pre-Iowa, what impact Washington’s impeachment drama has had on the Democratic presidential race. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jan 27

54 min

China cheats on trade, Iran cheats on nukes, Trump cheated his way into office…or so the allegations go. And of course, there’s baseball’s cheating scandal. Richard Epstein, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and the voice behind The Libertarian and Law Talk podcasts, weighs in on the balance of virtue and rules-flaunting in modern society. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jan 24

65 min

Iran’s next move, a Senate impeachment trial, and the beginning of the Democratic primaries. Despite January and February’s uncertainties, Victor Davis Hanson, the Hoover Institution’s Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, believes in this certainty: President Trump is on a path to reelection this fall. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jan 15

60 min

Last week’s US drone attack killing Iranian military leader and terrorism architect Qassim Soleimani marks a new chapter in America’s relationship with the Persian people and their regime. Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, offers his thoughts on what happens next inside Iran.  Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Jan 8

52 min

Regardless of next November’s outcome, Republicans will be searching for a new presidential standard-bearer for 2024 and beyond. Sarah Isgur, a staff writer for The Dispatch and a CNN commentator (and, prior to that, an aide to Jeff Sessions, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina), discusses what life after Donald Trump might look like for the GOP. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Dec 2019

48 min

He’s had a front-row seat to the Nixon, Clinton, and Trump impeachment sagas. Fred Barnes, a veteran Washington journalist and Hoover media fellow, discusses the nuances among the three proceedings dating over the past 45 years and the what current drama in Washington says about these hyper-partisan times. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Dec 2019

52 min

We are replaying this wonderful Thanksgiving podcast with Niall Ferguson. As a prolific columnist and observer of US and world affairs, Niall Ferguson has plenty to be grateful for, beginning with an American president seemingly always in the news. Ferguson, the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains the many reasons why Americans should be giving thanks this holiday season. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Nov 2019

55 min

Two prominent Democratic presidential candidates want to impose “wealth taxes” on millionaires’ holdings. A prominent liberal economist declares that no billionaire ever made their fortune legitimately. John Cochrane, a renowned economist and the Hoover Institution’s Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson Senior Fellow, explains how and why “wealth” became a pejorative term and where we go from here. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Nov 2019

46 min

What a week in politics: public impeachment hearings, a candidates’ filing deadline in New Hampshire, one Republican leaving the presidential race and one (perhaps two) Democrats jumping in. Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists Dave Brady and Doug Rivers review their latest poll data on the 2020 election. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Nov 2019

62 min

For nearly two decades now, radio host and Hoover media fellow John Batchelor has saturated the airwaves with cerebral conversations pertaining to national and international affairs. This time answering the questions rather than asking them, Batchelor discusses what drew him to the world of talk radio and how the Trump presidency has affected his show. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Nov 2019

44 min

In an era of competitive influence with China and Russia, what are the policy implications for the Indo-Pacific region? Joseph Felter, a Hoover Institution research fellow and, until just recently, a defense assistant secretary for South and Southeast Asia, explains the Trump Administration’s options. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Nov 2019

44 min

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s recent criticism of President Trump, coupled with growing Republican angst over the coming election, has made a complicated relationship between President Trump and party regulars all the more tangled. Lanhee Chen, the Hoover Institution’s David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies and policy director for the 2012 Romney presidential campaign, assesses the current Republican mindset. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Oct 2019

34 min

For 40 years now, as political media have grown more polarized, the C-SPAN cable news channel has offered unbiased, unfiltered coverage of political figures, elections, and government. Steve Scully, C-SPAN’s political director, discusses the channel’s approach to the 2020 election, last July’s C-SPAN interview with President Trump, and the challenge of being a neutral “Switzerland” of political journalism. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Oct 2019

49 min

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of US-Vietnamese bilateral relations. Navy Capt. Christopher Sharman, a Hoover Institution National Security Affairs Fellow and former naval attaché to Vietnam and China, explains how Vietnam balances its international relations and the strategic options available to the US, as well as the efficacy of soft power in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Oct 2019

39 min

Last week’s decision by California utilities to halt power to about two million residents, to avoid downed electricity lines sparking wildfires, plunged parts of the Golden State into darkness – and begged the questions of why the world’s fifth-largest economy can’t keep its lights on. James Sweeney, a Hoover Institution senior fellow who studies electricity market problems, explains why this is a matter of risk management in America’s wealthiest and most populous state. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Oct 2019

48 min

Is Texas in play in 2020 for Democrats? Is America’s Latino vote the “sleeping giant” the media predict it will be every four years? David Leal, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and University of Texas-Austin political scientist, separates fact from fiction in the Lone Star State, and explains how the Latino segment of the electorate fits into the national landscape. Did you like the show? You can rate, review, subscribe, and download the podcast on the following platforms:Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | RadioPublic | Overcast |Google Play | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Oct 2019

49 min

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