209 - COVID-19 Transportation Safety: Holiday and Everyday Travel, Autonomous Vehicles, and Preparing for Future Pandemics
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How can people think about safety for holiday travel during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are some means of transport safer than others? What about safety during day-to-day transportation on school buses and trains? Dr. Mark Rosekind, a former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a Distinguished Policy Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health talks with guest host Dr. Colleen Barry about these and other questions of road safety during this and future pandemics.

New Books in Political Science
New Books in Political Science
Marshall Poe
Hilton L. Root, "Network Origins of the Global Economy: East vs. West in a Complex Systems Perspective" (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Twenty-eight years after Francis Fukuyama declared the “end of history” and pronounced Western-style liberalism as the culmination of a Hegelian narrative of progress, pundits and academics of all stripes find themselves struggling to explain the failed prediction that China’s increased activity in international markets would inevitably lead to increasing political and social liberalization in that country.  With his ground-breaking book, Network Origins of the Global Economy: East vs. West in a Complex Systems Perspective, out from Cambridge University Press in 2020, Hilton L. Root takes a road less-traveled in contemporary economics and brings the analytical tools of systems theory to bear on this perplexing question, believing that a study of network structure might be able to shed more light than the traditional tools of economic analysis. This clearly argued and eminently readable book accounts for much of the current state of affairs by tracing the contrasting historical evolution of Europe as a Small World Network constituted by the dense connectivity of dynastic marriages between the continent’s royal houses, and China as a Hub and Spoke Network with communications flowing outward through the branches of its vast and robustly structured bureaucracy from a primary central node. Other networked social factors under consideration are the development of Europe’s blend of Germanic custom and Roman law, and China’s tradition of the ideal Confucian gentleman and its deep commitment to merit rather than birthright as the condition for ascending the ranks of administrative power structures. Emerging from this thoughtful and well-researched study is a compelling explanatory narrative of Europe’s ongoing capacity to adapt to rapid change and China’s pattern of long stretches of stability, sudden collapse, and subsequent resurrection of largely unchanged network structure. This adventurous scholarly work simultaneously opens new theoretical doors for economists and provides systems scholars with access to new dimensions of application. Tom Scholte is a Professor of Directing and Acting in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia located on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of the Musqueam people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1 hr 13 min
POLITICO's Pulse Check
POLITICO's Pulse Check
Goodbye, Dan Diamond
After five years on the health beat — and at the helm of Pulse Check — Dan Diamond is leaving POLITICO. (But don't worry, you can still follow his reporting at The Washington Post!) Dan and Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel look back at some of Dan's biggest stories and trace the past few years of health policy to today's coronavirus response. But first, Dan gets a going away present. Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters. And subscribe to our other newsletter POLITICO Future Pulse, looking at where health care and technology intersect.  Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter. Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. Check out some of Dan Diamond's top POLITICO reporting:  - Trump team failed to follow NSC's pandemic playbook: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/25/trump-coronavirus-national-security-council-149285 - `We want them infected`: Trump appointee demanded `herd immunity` strategy, emails reveal: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/16/trump-appointee-demanded-herd-immunity-strategy-446408 - 'It's like every red flag': Trump-ordered HHS ad blitz raises alarms: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/25/trump-hhs-ads-coronavirus-421957 - How Trump warped HHS long before Covid-19: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/31/how-trump-warped-hhs-452964 - How we found Tom Price's private jets: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/04/how-we-found-tom-prices-private-jets-215680 - Trump challenges Native Americans' historical standing: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/22/trump-native-americans-historical-standing-492794 - How 100,000 Pacific Islanders got their health care back: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/01/marshall-islands-health-care-453215
27 min
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