The Weekly Wonk






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Good news for all you F-students out there: You, too, can be president. Well, kind of. This week, journalist Megan McArdle’s big idea is that failure is actually the key to success – if you know how to properly harness your fumbles. Later on, Political Reform Program Director Mark Schmitt and Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative Fellow Zephyr Teachout talk about the implications of an imminent campaign finance ruling and a new bill.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:08am EDT

Hey, are you busy right now? If you live in America, the answer is probably “yes.” We’re busier than ever. Or…are we? New America Fellow Brigid Schulte, the author of the new book, “Overwhelmed,” challenges our basic assumptions about leisure time, and explains how the culture of busyness is changing our brains. Later, New America Fellows Meredith Wadman and Kathryn Bowers dissect the president’s science research budget and explore what the plateauing funding levels tell us about our curiosity, national priorities and the future of innovation.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

Emily Parker talks about the strange underworld of online activism around the world – and her new book on the subject. Later, New America Fellow and Foreign Policy columnist Rosa Brooks joins Breadwinning & Caregiving Program Director Liza Mundy and New America Fellow Brigid Schulte for a conversation about Rosa's recent "Lean In" rebellion, and what we're all misunderstanding about the work-life balance conversation.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:57am EDT

Chris Leonard talks about how farmers are the losers in today’s consolidated agriculture industry, and how your chicken can go from “egg to McNugget without ever touching a market where there’s a transparent price.” Then, on the eve of the Oscars, Peter Bergen and Liza Mundy talk about whether movies can move policy.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

Unlike a classic Hitchcock film, our 1950s-era measurements for progress haven’t aged well. Numbers like GDP, consumer price index and the jobless rate “obscure more than they illuminate,” economist Zachary Karabell tells Slaughter, exploring the argument in his new book, The Leading Indicators. Later, New America Fellow Hao Wu and Early Education Initiative Director Lisa Guernsey talk about the unlikely pre-K race between China and the United States, why China is poised to win, and what it could mean for the future of our relationship.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

It's official: After a five-year legal battle, Europe has ruled that Google is not being evil– or at least not entirely – when it comes to the search giant's treatment of competitors overseas. But what does this major antitrust decision tell us about why global policymakers are so eager to dismantle monopolies? Lina Khan, a policy analyst for the Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative and Daniel Kurtz–Phelan unpack the underreported benefits and controversy around trust-busting. Later, New America Fellow Gabe Sherman shares his bleak prognosis for Fox News' future – and what he learned from writing a 600-page biography of Fox News Founder Roger Ailes.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

Happy 10th birthday, Facebook! In this podcast, co-founder Chris Hughes joins us in a discussion of the world’s largest social network's early days. And, as the Sochi Olympics bring a mix of a excitement and fear, Bailey Cahall, a policy analyst with the National Security Studies Program, and New America Fellow Steve LeVine tell us just how worries we should be for the athletes' safety.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

Wondering what to make of President Obama's 2014 State of the Union? Listen to our new SOTU track, a mashup of the president’s sound bites and policy analyst reactions to his biggest lines. You'll hear the voices of Lisa Guernsey, Director of the Early Education Initiative; Lina Khan, Policy Analyst with the Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative; Justin King, Policy Director for the Asset Building Program; Alex Holt, Program Associate for the Education Policy Program; and Bailey Cahall, Policy Analyst for the National Security Program. After that, Political Reform Program Director Mark Schmitt and New America Fellow Perry Bacon grade the president’s oratory and proposals.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:54am EDT

Jake Sullivan, Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser and a key engineer of the Iranian interim nuclear deal, spotlights the most overlooked lever for changing policy in Iran– and the administration’s long-term strategy. Asset Building Program Director Reid Cramer and New America Fellow Jason DeParle tell us what's missing from the inequality debate, and point to policies that can narrow the divide.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:45am EDT

Hey, you! The one with the furrowed eyebrows, hunched over a report warning that developing world innovation is contributing to America’s slow, painful decline. Stop worrying! It’s time to embrace the rise of countries like China, Center for Global Development Senior Fellow Charles Kenny explains to Slaughter. Later, Open Technology Institute Policy Director Kevin Bankston and New America Fellow Katherine Mangu-Ward suggest big changes to the NSA’s bulk surveillance program, and show us how to grade the President’s upcoming speech on potential agency reforms.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:05am EDT