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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.

Direct download: The_Weekly_Wonk_2-06-14_FMx3.mp3
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.

Direct download: The_Weekly_Wonk_SOTU_Edition.mp3
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.

Direct download: 01-23-14_Weekly_Wonk_FMx1.mp3
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.

Direct download: The_Weekly_Wonk_1-16-14_FMx1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

Former Senator Jon Kyl explains why 2014 may finally be the year our immigration system gets fixed; Teach For America Founder Wendy Kopp, and Education Policy Program Director Kevin Carey discuss a new strategy for educating the world.

(Note: the second half of this podcast was recorded in early December, before New York Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio decided to appoint Carmen Fariña as the new city chancellor.)

Direct download: 1-9-13_Weekly_Wonk_FMx1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:22am EDT