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Pacific Research Institute interviews various scholars on topics of the day.
3 days ago
Sally Pipes – Single Payer Health Care Returns to California
In this podcast, our guest is Sally Pipes, President & CEO of the Pacific Research Institute and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy. Sally discusses the new single-payer health care proposal in California, the new tax hikes to fund the plan, and its impact on Californians. She also gives her perspective on whether or not she thinks the plan will pass.
Jan 12, 2022
PRI All Stars on the Governor’s Budget – What Will the Governor’s Spending Plan Mean for You?
Governor Newsom this week released his 2022-23 state budget plan. The PRI All Stars – Wayne Winegarden, Lance Izumi, and Kerry Jackson – break down what the Governor’s proposed spending bill will mean for you and your family. They discuss its impact on taxes, debt, spending, pensions, education, health care, infrastructure, and more.
Jan 4, 2022
Chris Wright – Energy, Environment and the North Face
Following the opening segment where Tim Anaya and Rowena Itchon discuss their “favorite” new California laws of 2022, listen to PRI’s recent webinar conversation with Chris Wright, CEO of Liberty Energy and PRI board member. PRI senior fellow Steven Hayward moderates a conversation with Wright about energy and the environment, and the critical role that oil and gas plays in the modern world. They also discuss why California and Colorado’s anti-oil and gas laws hurt both their citizens and the environment. Watch his “viral” video calling out The North Face’s critical policies on oil and gas while neglecting to mention that a majority of their products are made from fossil fuels: https://youtu.be/GH0UjtGCgU4
1 hr 15 min
Dec 20, 2021
PRI All-Stars – 2021 Year-End Awards
PRI’s All-Stars are back for the annual year-end rewards: Panelists include Kerry Jackson, Fellow at PRI’s Center for California Reform; Tim Anaya, Senior Director of Communications; Lance Izumi, Senior Director of Education; and Rowena Itchon, Senior Vice President.
Dec 13, 2021
Dr. Joshua Rhodes – How Does California Rate on New Electricity Competition Scorecard?
Dr. Joshua Rhodes, research associate with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas, Austin, joins us to discuss the findings of a new national scorecard on electricity competition in the 50 states, and discusses why electricity competition is key to reducing costs, increasing reliability, and lowering emissions in California and across the country.
Dec 6, 2021
Lanhee Chen: California Transparency and Accountability
Lanhee Chen, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses all things California, from budgetary mismanagement – including COVID-19 relief funds, the looming pension crisis, as well as government accountability and transparency. One of the state’s leading policy experts, Lanhee Chen provides his perspective on the issues facing California.
Nov 29, 2021
Mark Mills – The Cloud Revolution
Manhattan Institute senior fellow Mark Mills joins us to discuss his new book “The Cloud Revolution,” which explores how the convergence of new technologies centered around the Cloud has the potential to unleash the next great American economic boom and could set the stage for another “Roaring ‘20s”.
Nov 22, 2021
Melanie Kirkpatrick - All About Thanksgiving
This week’s podcast guest is Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience. Melanie Kirkpatrick is the former deputy editor of the _Wall Street Journal_ and is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. In her book, you’ll learn what really happened on the first Thanksgiving, how Thanksgiving became a national holiday, and the great traditions of Thanksgiving weekend.
Nov 15, 2021
Alicia Jessop – How the Free Market is Benefitting Student Athletes Following Landmark Court Ruling
Alicia Jessop, associate professor at Pepperdine University, sports industry leader, attorney, and journalist, discusses the massive changes to college athletics that have resulted from the change in name, image, and likeness regulations earlier this year. Jessop and Evan Harris of PRI’s Young Leaders Circle discuss how college athlete compensation has changed following the Supreme Court ruling in NCAA v. Alston and changes in state law, and analyze the impact of the initial name, image, and likeness deals made by college athletes this year.
Nov 8, 2021
Wayne Winegarden – How Government Policy Made the Pandemic Worse for Entrepreneurs
PRI senior fellow in business and economics Dr. Wayne Winegarden joins us to discuss the final paper in his “Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity” series on entrepreneurship. Wayne discusses how well-intentioned government policies enacted during the pandemic, such as eviction moratoriums and massive spending increases, actually made the pre-pandemic problems faced by small businesses even worse. He also analyzes the impact the budget reconciliation bill would have on future entrepreneurship and makes recommendations to federal and state policymakers to boost small businesses.
Nov 1, 2021
Howard Husock – The Poor Side of Town and Why We Need It
American Enterprise Institute senior fellow and Philanthropy Roundtable Executive Senior Fellow Howard Husock joins us to discuss his new book on housing policy, The Poor Side of Town and Why We Need It. We discuss various “housing reform” movements over the past century that actually wiped away once-thriving neighborhoods and private home ownership for many immigrant and minority communities, and what California policymakers can learn form a century of policy mistakes as they seek to alleviate the state’s housing crisis.
Oct 25, 2021
Jon Miltimore – The Push for Socialism and Economic Restrictions in the Name of the Pandemic
Enjoy this recent conversation between Jon Miltimore of the Foundation for Economic Education and PRI’s Evan Harris for our Young Leaders Circle Speaker Series. They discuss socialism, progressive politics, economic news, and the latest pandemic restrictions.
Oct 18, 2021
Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson – California Migrating
Our guests in this podcast are Wayne Winegarden, PRI senior fellow in business and economics and Kerry Jackson, PRI fellow on California Reform. Wayne and Kerry co-authored PRI’s new study “California Migrating,” which reveals the root causes of the outmigration by California residents and businesses. The state’s detrimental policies have reduced people’s quality of life and inhibited their ability to prosper. Kerry and Wayne discuss the reforms we need to bring people back to the state and reinvigorate the California dream.
Oct 11, 2021
Roxana Janka – Helping Get Students Back on Track After a Year of Learning Loss and Trauma
Roxana Janka of the new Good4U coalition and campaign discusses their mission to ensure every child has the individualized educational options necessary to meet the demands of the workforce and get a good paying job. She also discusses their new statewide poll and the message that California high school parents upset with the current state of public education have for state lawmakers. The podcast begins with Rowena and Tim discussing the latest bad economic numbers and another big California company announcing their move out of state.
Oct 4, 2021
Zack Smith – Rogue Prosecutors
Our guest this week is Zack Smith, a legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Zack has been closely watching the growing movement of progressive prosecutors who flout the rule of law. In California, we see this in San Francisco and Los Angeles where both district attorneys faced recall efforts. Zack discusses how these “rogue prosecutors” have resulted in increasing crime in our cities.
Sep 27, 2021
Clark Judge – The State of the Biden Presidency
This week’s guest is Clark Judge. In addition to being chairman of PRI, he is the founder and managing director of the White House Writers Group – a high stakes communications firm. Clark Judge was also speechwriter to Pres. Ronald Reagan. We discuss Pres. Biden’s handling of the pandemic, the Afghanistan catastrophe, the crisis at the southern border, and the slow economic recovery. He also offers his perspective on the White House’s ineffective communications strategy.
Sep 20, 2021
PRI All-Stars – The Recall and What’s Next
In this podcast, PRI All-Stars, Rowena Itchon, senior vice president, Lance Izumi, senior director of education, and Tim Anaya, senior director of communications come together to provide their perspective on the California recall election and its defeat. The All-Stars discuss what this means for the direction of public policy in the state and how it impacts the 2022 mid-term elections.
Sep 13, 2021
Lance Izumi – The Homeschool Boom
Our guest this week on PRI’s Next Round podcast is Lance Izumi, senior director of education. Lance discusses his upcoming book The Homeschool Boom: Pandemic, Policies, and Possibilities. There’s been a homeschooling boom during the pandemic, as parents have sought ways to improve their children’s education during the school lockdowns. Lance explains why homeschooling is becoming more popular, discusses many of its myths, and profiles a diverse group of families who are homeschooling their children.
Sep 6, 2021
Corey DeAngelis – School Choice and Covid-19
PRI’s podcast guest this week is Corey DeAngelis, executive director of the Educational Freedom Institute, director of research for the National Federation for Children, and a fellow at the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation. He is interviewed by PRI’s director of the Young Leaders Circle, Evan Harris. They discuss all things school choice and why it’s even more important now that the flaws in the public school system have been exposed by the pandemic. Ro and Tim also discuss the latest California recall polls.
Aug 30, 2021
Wayne Winegarden – Electricity, Environment, and the Economy
Next Round’s guest is economist Wayne Winegarden, PRI senior fellow in Business and Economics. Dr. Winegarden discusses some of the key issues being debated in Washington and Sacramento, from the infrastructure bill to the $3.5 trillion budget resolution package to California and the nation’s climate change policies. As director of PRI’s Center for Medical Economics and Innovation, he also highlights his breakthrough research on valuing medicines.
Aug 23, 2021
Pat Nolan - On California Crime
Next Round’s guest this week is Pat Nolan director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform. Nolan, an author of a chapter in PRI’s new book Saving California, discusses the state’s rising crime problem, “woke” prosecutors, and reforming California’s prison system through faith-based programs.
Aug 16, 2021
Adrian Moore – Saving California’s Infrastructure
This week’s podcast guest is Adrian Moore, vice president of the Reason Foundation. His areas of research are privatization, government and regulatory reform, transportation, urban growth, and utilities. Dr. Moore discusses his chapter on California’s infrastructure problems in PRI’s new book, Saving California. He also gives his perspective on Pres. Biden’s infrastructure plan.
Aug 9, 2021
Steven Greenhut – Saving California
Next Round’s guest this week is Steven Greenhut, editor of PRI’s new book _Saving California: Solutions to the state’s biggest policy problems._ Greenhut brings together policy experts, including Wendel Cox, Joel Kotkin, Sally Pipes, and Lance Izumi, to offer policy reforms to tackle the state’s most pressing problems, from housing affordability, to homelessness, to wildfires. We also get Steve’s take on the effort to recall Gov. Newsom.
Aug 2, 2021
An Interview with Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of the new biography on Sarah Josepha Hale
This week’s podcast guest is Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of the new book, _Lady Editor_, a biography of Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale was the editor of the most prominent ladies magazine in her day and responsible for publishing prominent American authors such as Edgar Allen Poe and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her influence popularized the white wedding dress, the polka, and recipes in magazines. Hale also lobbied to bring us Thanksgiving. Melanie Kirkpatrick, author, former deputy editor of the _Wall Street Journal_, and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute brings to life a remarkable American figure.
Jul 26, 2021
Judge Janice Rogers Brown discusses the rise of “woke” ideology
In this podcast, PRI’s guest is Judge Janice Rogers Brown, former associate justice of the California Supreme Court and a former judge on the DC Court of Appeals. Judge Brown discusses the rise of “woke” ideology and how it threatens our Constitution and America’s institutions. The moderator is Judge Daniel Kolkey, former justice of California’s Court of Appeals, counsel to Governor Pete Wilson, and a member of PRI’s board.
1 hr 8 min
Jul 19, 2021
William Voegeli – California Progressively Worse
This podcast features William Voegeli, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and senior editor at the Claremont Review of Books. Ro and Tim discuss with Dr. Voegeli his recent essay in the Claremont Review on California’s activist government and its crisis of competence.
Jul 12, 2021
Carol Roth - The War on Small Business: How the Government Used the Pandemic to Crush the Backbone of America
Next Round features Carol Roth, _New York Times _bestselling author and PRI fellow and economist Wayne Winegarden. They discuss Ms. Roth’s new book, _The War on Small Business,_ the economic recovery, Federal Reserve policy, and what’s next for American small business owners. Carol Roth is a “recovering” investment banker, entrepreneur, TV pundit and host, and bestselling author of _The Entrepreneur Equation_.
1 hr 8 min
Jul 5, 2021
Glenn Reynolds – America’s New Destiny in Space
University of Tennessee law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds – author of an Encounter Intelligence book on space policy – joins us for a fascinating conversation about America’s future in space, which will be dominated by the private sector rather than the work of government space agencies. We discuss how space can address climate change and global energy problems, how space will inspire new innovation, and what our policy approach should be to encourage more space activity while minimizing international conflict.
Jun 29, 2021
Sally Pipes and Naomi Lopez – The Future of Health Care in America
This podcast features PRI President Sally Pipes and the Goldwater Institutes Director of Health Care Policy Naomi Lopez in an insightful discussion on health care in America and what lies ahead under the Biden-Harris administration.
Jun 21, 2021
Gail Heriot – A Dubious Expediency: How Race Preferences Damage Higher Education
Gail Heriot, a law professor at the University of San Diego, was co-chair of both the campaign for California’s Prop. 209 in 1996 and the successful campaign to prevent its repeal in 2020. Editor of the new book _A Dubious Expediency_, she offers compelling reasons to reconsider educational policies that discriminate in favor of some students and inevitably against others.
Jun 14, 2021
Debra Saunders – Covering the Trump White House
This podcast features Debra Saunders, the long-time columnist for the _San Francisco Chronicle_ who turned Trump White House beat reporter for the _Las Vegas Review-Journal_. These days Debra Saunders is a fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership. Debra discusses what it was like to be a member of the White House press corps during the Trump years, reporting during the coronavirus pandemic, and offers her insights on the state of California.
Jun 7, 2021
Anne Marie Schubert – The Rising Crime in California
In this podcast our guest is Anne Marie Schubert, District Attorney for Sacramento County. Ms. Schubert along with 44 DAs are suing Gov. Newsom for his policy to allow 76,000 inmates – including many who committed violent crimes – to attain early release with good behavior credits. We also discuss the state’s growing soft-on-crime approach and the rise in crime in major cities across California
Jun 1, 2021
Erik Jaffe – The U.S. Supreme Court Cases this Session
The featured guest for this podcast Erik Jaffe, partner at Schaerr Jaffe, a constitutional lawyer, and a PRI fellow in Legal Studies. Erik takes us through a tour of the major U.S. Supreme Court cases this session and the constitutional issues in question, from Obamacare to the First Amendment. Erik also discusses what he thinks of Pres. Biden’s bipartisan commission on Supreme Court reforms.
May 24, 2021
Jorge Galicia – The Perils of Socialism
This podcast features Venezuelan Jorge Galicia, a lawsuit student who escaped his country and is now speaking to college students nationwide about his experience. Jorge recounts Venezuela’s path, beginning with socialist policies such as free college and free health care, then descending to the authoritarian regime it is today. This podcast was first aired for PRI’s Young Leaders Circle. The interview was conducted by Evan Harris, director of YLC.
May 17, 2021
Steve Greenhut – Update on the California Drought
This week’s podcast features Steve Greenhut, author of PRI’s new book _Winning the Water Wars_. Steve gives an update on California’s drought and how we got here, after failing to prepare during the previous non-drought years. He discusses current legislation, the concept of water markets, and countries that have better managed their water issues – namely Israel. Ro and Tim discuss the Governor’s revised budget and the blizzard of billions Newsom plans to spend.
May 10, 2021
Robert Poole – Pres. Biden’s “Infrastructure” Plan
This week’s podcast features Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation. Bob Poole, one of the leading transportation policy experts in the nation – discusses Pres. Biden’s so-called infrastructure plan and what’s really in it. Mr. Poole also discusses California’s poor infrastructure and ideas to improve it, including public-private partnerships and market-oriented solutions.
May 3, 2021
Nolan Gray – The California Housing Crisis
PRI’s guest in this podcast is Nolan Gray, an urban planner and currently a Ph.D. student at UCLA. Housing affordability and housing shortages are two key reasons so many Californians are fleeing the state. Nolan discusses why housing is so expensive and the regulatory barriers that are preventing more houses from being built. He also offers policy recommendations to help more Californians find an affordable place to live.
Apr 26, 2021
Dr. Henry Miller – A COVID-19 Update and Progress on Vaccinations
This week’s guest is Dr. Henry Miller, PRI senior fellow in health care studies. In addition to being a physician, Dr. Miller was a former official at the FDA and founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology. Dr. Miller provides an update on the pandemic, the progress of vaccine distribution, and his perspective on the CDC’s pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Co-hosts Rowena and Tim discuss Biden’s first 100 days, the recall effort, and new gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner.
Apr 20, 2021
Earth Day 2021 Special with Julian Morris
Julian Morris, Senior Fellow at Reason and a Senior Scholar at the International Center for Law and Economics, joins us for a discussion on environmental topics as we mark Earth Day 2021. We discuss the Biden Administration's "green infrastructure" proposals, California's big government energy policies, whether government fuel emission standards have delivered on their promises, and how California's and America's environmental policy regimes have worsened the state's housing crisis and undermined growth in so many areas of the economy.
Apr 12, 2021
Charles Kesler – Crisis of the Two Constitutions
Prominent conservative scholar Charles Kesler discusses his new book Crisis of the Two Constitutions – The Rise, Decline, and Recovery of American Greatness with PRI senior fellow Steve Hayward. Prof. Kesler is the editor of the Claremont Review of Books, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, and a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute.
1 hr 8 min
Apr 5, 2021
Wayne Winegarden – A Flawed Analysis on Valuing Medicines
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) promotes itself as “the nation’s drug pricing watchdog.” However, as documented in the first of a series of PRI reports, ICER’s cost-effectiveness analyses contain inappropriate methodologies and subjective judgments in determining the value of medicines. In this podcast, PRI senior fellow Wayne Winegarden discusses why ICER’s reports contain biased, inaccurate assumptions.
Mar 29, 2021
California’s Water Future: Sacramento Policy Conference
Steven Greenhut, author of the recent PRI book _Winning the Water Wars_, moderates a panel of water experts and policymakers who preview the course the Biden Administration will likely chart on California water policy. They also highlight potential landmines in the water debate in the months ahead and discuss how free-market ideas like water markets could secure the state’s water future. Panelists include: Congressman Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, former Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, and Brett Barbre, General Manager of the Yorba Linda Water District.
1 hr 9 min
Mar 22, 2021
The Threats to Charter Schools – PRI Sacramento Policy Conference
Despite the success of charter schools, they have come under attack on multiple fronts. State lawmakers have enacted state laws that handicap the establishment of charter schools and their operation. Additionally, charter school opponents have used the Covid-19 pandemic to exacerbate funding disparities between charter schools and traditional public schools. Lance Izumi, author of the new PRI brief, “New and Emerging Threats Facing Charter Schools,” will lead a panel discussing what charter school parents, students and advocates must do to combat the growing threat from teacher unions, state lawmakers, and a new federal administration hostile to their very existence. Panelists include State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, Norman Gonzales of John Adams Academy, and Cameron Curry of Classical Academies.
1 hr 7 min
Mar 15, 2021
Homelessness in California – PRI Sacramento Policy Conference
In this podcast, Kerry Jackson and Wayne Winegarden preview their new book No Way Home: The Crisis of Homelessness and How to Fix it with Intelligence and Humanity. The panel discussion was recorded from PRI’s annual Sacramento Policy Conference in February. Also, Rowena Itchon and Tim Anaya, former gubernatorial speechwriters, in the opening round give their review of Gov. Newsom’s State of the State Address.
1 hr 7 min
Mar 8, 2021
Free Speech, Social Media, Fake News, Dangerous Speech, and Democracy: What Should Be Done?
This podcast features a virtual debate on free speech and the role of social media platforms in moderating online content. PRI brings together an unmatched team of experts including former Congressman Chris Cox, one of the original authors of Section 230; the Honorable Dan Oliver, one of the country’s leading conservatives and former Federal Trade Commissioner under President Ronald Reagan; and Bartlett Cleland, PRI’s senior fellow in Technology and Innovation and a top expert on tech policy.
1 hr 8 min
Mar 1, 2021
Wayne Winegarden – The Gig Economy
In this podcast, PRI Senior Fellow Wayne Winegarden discusses his new study “The Small Business Gig.” The gig economy is one of the fastest growth sectors in the U.S. But entrenched union power has been leading the charge for more and more restrictions in California and the U.S. Winegarden discusses the importance of the gig economy in creating entrepreneurial businesses and he offers reforms to help spur continued growth.
Feb 22, 2021
Healthcare Policy During COVID-19 – Sacramento Policy Conference
This podcast is a recording of the health care panel discussion at PRI’s virtual Sacramento Policy Conference. Our All-Star panelists include Sally Pipes, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy; Wayne Winegarden, PRI senior fellow in business and economics and director of PRI’s Center for Medical Economics and Innovation; and Dr. Henry Miller, PRI senior fellow in health studies. It also includes introductory remarks from PRI Board Member Daniel Kolkey. PRI’s health care experts discuss health care policy reforms that should be made permanent following the pandemic, and the latest developments on Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
1 hr 7 min
Feb 16, 2021
California’s Economic Recovery – PRI Sacramento Policy Conference
Policymakers in Sacramento and Washington are focusing on how to turn the economy around, keep businesses afloat, and help people stay employed amidst the ongoing pandemic. Elected officials, policy insiders, and free market economists discuss efforts to retain and create new jobs in California, the federal stimulus legislation, and other reforms to reduce costs and economic burdens on employers and employees. The speakers are: Wayne Winegarden, PRI senior fellow in business and economics and director of PRI’s Center for Medical Economics and Innovation; Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute; Lance Hastings of the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, and Professor Michael Thom of USC.
1 hr 5 min
Feb 8, 2021
Representative Young Kim (CA-39) – Keynote, PRI Sacramento Policy Conference
Newly elected Representative Young Kim of Orange County provided the keynote address at this year’s virtual Sacramento Ideas in Action Policy conference. Rep. Kim discusses her first days in Congress, her legislative priorities, and her goal to forge bipartisanship in Washington.
Feb 1, 2021
Cynthia Ariosta and Carl Dene: The Plight of Small Businesses during COVID 19
Cynthia Ariosta and Carl Dene of the Coalition of Bay Area Restaurants and Wineries discuss the impact of Gov. Newsom’s on again/off again restrictions on small businesses. The pandemic has hit California hard, especially small businesses and employees of restaurants and wineries. Cynthia and Carl provide first-hand experience on what they have done to survive the pandemic, the cost of the outside dining restrictions to their establishments, and what they would do to help small businesses thrive and prosper in the state.
Jan 26, 2021
Mia Giordano – National School Week, 2021
The new Pacific Research Institute book A Kite in a Hurricane No More profiles the challenges and ultimate triumph of Mia Giordano, a young woman with serious learning disabilities. As we observe National School Choice Week 2021, this podcast features Mia along with Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education; Mia’s mother, Christine Zanello; and Barbara Arrowsmith, founder of the Arrowsmith Program that helped Mia succeed. Learn what policy changes would ensure every American child has the same choices that Mia has had.
1 hr 17 min
Jan 20, 2021
PRI Former Speechwriters on Pres. Biden’s Inaugural Address
PRI former speechwriters offer their perspective on President Biden’s inaugural speech. Lance Izumi was speechwriter to Attorney General Edwin Meese and Gov. Deukmejian and is now PRI’s senior director of education studies, Tim Anaya was speechwriter to Gov. Schwarzenegger and other California lawmakers and now PRI senior director of communications, and Rowena Itchon was a speechwriter to Gov. Wilson and a research assistant in Pres. Reagan’s speechwriting office, and now senior vice president at PRI.
Jan 11, 2021
Michael Thom – Taxing Sin
Michael Thom, professor at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, discusses his new book _Taxing Sin. _ Prof. Thom reviews the history of sin taxes, which goes back for hundreds of years, and the traditional sin taxes, such as alcohol and tobacco taxes. He also discusses new 21st century sin taxes – soda, plastic bags, and marijuana. Tim Anaya also provides highlights from Governor Newsom’s proposed 2021 budget.
Jan 4, 2021
Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: 2020’s Winners and Losers
Listen to PRI’s recent webinar featuring an all-star panel of experts representing legal, regulatory, and policy industries discussing state and federal changes to data privacy and cybersecurity during 2020 and what the future holds for tech, digital privacy, and cybersecurity in 2021.
1 hr 13 min
Dec 14, 2020
Leslie Lenkowsky – Democracy Under Lockdown
Dr. Leslie Lenkowsky, an expert on philanthropy and public affairs, offers his insights into American civil society’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what increased restrictions on personal freedom mean for our democracy. Dr. Lenkowsky is a professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and a member of the philanthropic studies faculty of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Dec 7, 2020
Steve Moore - What Lies Ahead: Policy Implications from the 2020 Election
Steve Moore, a member of President Trump’s economic task force, discusses the domestic policy implications from the 2020 election with moderator PRI senior fellow Steve Hayward. Steve Moore offer his insights into what lies ahead for our nation amid the ongoing pandemic, civil unrest, and increasing political divide.
Nov 30, 2020
Lance Izumi – A Kite in a Hurricane No More
Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, joins us to discuss his new book, which profiles the journey of Mia Giordano, who overcame learning disabilities through science and school choice. He discusses the promise show by advanced brain research in helping students with learning disabilities to overcome them, how Mia was able to undergo a “life-changing metamorphosis” thanks to school choice, and what policy reforms should be enacted to give every student the choices Mia had to enroll in alternative learning programs and secure a bright future.
Nov 23, 2020
Dr. Henry Miller – Is a Covid-19 Vaccine Really Just Around the Corner?
Dr. Henry Miller, PRI senior fellow in health care studies and former founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology, joins us with an update on efforts to develop vaccines and therapeutics to fight Covid-19. He discusses how a transition between two presidential administrations will affect the work of the federal government in fighting Covid-19, whether a national mask mandate is a good idea, whether Governors like Gavin Newsom should initiate state-level reviews of potential vaccines, and what can be done to respond to the recent surges in the coronavirus.
Nov 16, 2020
Clark Judge – The Lessons from Election 2020
PRI Chairman of the Board Clark Judge returns to discuss the lessons learned from Election 2020. He shares his thoughts on where the conservative movement stands today after four years of President Trump, offers advice to conservatives, President Trump and President-Elect Biden on the road ahead, and provides a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in Washington during a presidential transition.
Nov 9, 2020
Steven Greenhut – Winning the Water Wars
This week, PRI’s Evan Harris interviews R Street Institute’s Steven Greenhut about his newly-published PRI book, Winning the Water Wars. In the book, Greenhut makes the case that California can end its decades-long water wars and meet the state’s water needs by promoting abundance rather than managing scarcity.
Nov 4, 2020
Is It Over Yet? The PRI All Stars on Election 2020
Now that all the votes have been cast, the PRI All Stars are back with a special election wrap-up. They break down the night’s biggest winners and losers and the night’s biggest surprise results, discuss what the national election trends mean for California, analyze the results of the big state ballot propositions, and explore how Tuesday’s results impact Gov. Newsom’s budget balancing efforts.
Oct 28, 2020
PRI All Stars Election 2020 Preview
Our PRI All Stars are back with an election preview. On deck are Tim Anaya, senior director of communications, Kerry Jackson, fellow in California Reform, Evan Harris, manager of media relations and outreach, and Rowena Itchon, senior vice president. We discuss the California propositions, the presidential race, and of course “Preeeedictions”.
Oct 26, 2020
Michael Anton – The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return
Michael Anton, lecturer in politics and research fellow at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center in Washington, DC and former national security official in the Bush (43) and Trump administrations, joins PRI senior fellow Steve Hayward for a discussion of Anton’s new book, “The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return”.
Oct 19, 2020
Erik Jaffe – On the Amy Coney Barrett Nomination Hearings
PRI fellow in legal studies Erik Jaffe shares his thoughts on the Amy Coney Barrett nomination hearings, and what changes we might expect to see at the Supreme Court under a Justice Barrett. We discuss the controversy over “court packing” in the presidential campaign, some of the notable cases that the Court will consider this term, and whether it will be the Supreme Court who will ultimately decide the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Oct 12, 2020
Norman Gonzales and Carlos Yniguez – How This Year’s State Budget Hurts Thousands of Charter School Students
Norman Gonzales and Carlos Yniguez from John Adams Academy join PRI’s Lance Izumi to discuss a change in this year’s budget that takes away funding for thousands of kids attending charter schools across the state, and how the school is fighting this loss of critical charter school funding in the courts.
Oct 8, 2020
A Conversation with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
In case you missed our special live webinar, listen to PRI’s Lance Izumi as he interviews U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The two discuss the importance of expanding school choice opportunities for every American student, school reopenings following the COVID-19 pandemic, and the President’s education reform agenda.
Oct 5, 2020
Heather Mac Donald: The War on Cops Continues
This podcast with Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor at City Journal, was recorded from a recent webinar with PRI’s own Steve Hayward doing the Q&A. Heather offers her perspective on the recent riots, the surge in violent crime in our cities, and calls to defund police departments nationwide.
Oct 2, 2020
Ted Gaines – On Property Taxes and the Fight over Proposition 15
State Board of Equalization Member Ted Gaines joins us to discuss one of the most controversial issues on the November ballot, Proposition 15, which would create a new split roll property tax system for commercial property. He shares his thoughts on how Prop. 15 would impact small businesses, renters, and family farmers, and whether its passage would be a stepping stone to eliminating the landmark Proposition 13.
Sep 30, 2020
What a Mess! Former Speechwriters on the 1st Presidential Debate
PRI’s former speechwriters (Rowena Itchon, Lance Izumi and Tim Anaya) are joined by attorney, former Reagan and Wilson administration appointee and PRI board member Lawrence Siskind in breaking down the best and worst moments of the first presidential debate. They share their thoughts on the most memorable lines by President Trump and former Vice President Biden and Chris Wallace’s performance as debate moderator, and discuss whether the debate helped or hurt the candidates.
Sep 22, 2020
John Barger – The U.S. Postal Service and the 2020 Election
Few topics are hotter these days than mail-in ballots and the role of the U.S. Postal Service. John Barger, a member of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors appointed by President Trump, joins us to discuss the Postal Service’s plans to move what looks to be an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots in the upcoming election, the misinformation and politicization of the post office’s role, and the current financial and operational state of the U.S. Postal Service.
Sep 14, 2020
Kenneth Green – Energy and the Environment
Kenneth Green, Ph.D., PRI Senior Fellow in Environment, discusses the recent California wildfires, the state’s climate change policies, what he thinks about presidential candidate Joe Biden’s environmental agenda, as well as Pres. Trump’s performance on energy and environmental issues.
Sep 7, 2020
Wayne Winegarden – Surprise Medical Billing
If you’ve ever had a medical procedure and received a large bill from your hospital because, unknown to you, one of your doctors was not in your insurance network – that’s the subject of this podcast. PRI senior fellow Wayne Winegarden discusses his recently released study on “Surprise Medical Billing.” He explains how it happens, why it happens, and the reforms that could prevent it.
Aug 31, 2020
Former Speechwriters Take on the Republican National Convention
PRI’s former speechwriters (Rowena Itchon, Lance Izumi and Tim Anaya) review the 2020 Republican National Convention. They discuss how the convention dealt with outside events taking over the headlines, analyze the party’s use of real people versus big names, and weigh in on whether the Democrats or Republicans had a more effective “virtual convention.” And, of course, they break down the big convention speeches, including those by Kevin McCarthy, Mike Pompeo, Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Trump Kids, Melania Trump, Mike Pence, and President Trump.
Aug 24, 2020
Former Speechwriters Take on 2020 Democratic Convention
PRI’s former speechwriters (Rowena Itchon, Lance Izumi, and Tim Anaya) discuss the highs and lows of the first virtual convention in American history. We share our thoughts on the key highlights from the -2020 Democratic convention, including John Kasich, Bernie Sanders, Michele Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jill Biden, Barack Obama – and, of course, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. Stay tuned because you may be surprised by some of our takes on the convention’s big speeches.
Aug 17, 2020
Craft Beer, Distilleries, and COVID-19
This week’s podcast is a special presentation of PRI’s recent Young Leaders’ Circle webinar, which brought together distillery owners, craft brewers, and licensing experts to examine the impact that COVID-19 has had on the production of our favorite cocktails and beers. The craft beer and distillery industry has seen incredible disruption, with states and counties opening and closing breweries almost overnight. California, like many other states, has adjusted its alcohol distribution and regulations to allow breweries and distilleries easier access to customers. Are these regulations working? Are there any changes needed? What does the rest of 2020 look like? Should temporary regulatory relief be made permanent?
Aug 10, 2020
The Hon. Dan Kolkey – How 2020’s Key Public Policy Issues Are Being Affected by the Courts
The Hon. Dan Kolkey – former legal advisor to Gov. Wilson, former appeals court justice, and PRI board member – joins us to discuss how this year’s key public policy issues, such as the state’s response to COVID-19, the housing crisis, and efforts to prevent mass power outages during this year’s fire season, are being impacted by the courts. He also discusses how the Attorney General is putting his thumb on the scale for several November ballot initiatives with biased titles and summaries.
Aug 3, 2020
Steven Greenhut – On the Most Unpredictable California Legislative Session in Recent Memory
R Street Institute’s Steven Greenhut returns for his annual look at the year’s legislative session in Sacramento. We discuss how the Legislature and Governor have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising social unrest, a $54 billion budget deficit, and worsening homeless and housing crises. He also looks ahead to November at what he calls the “scary propositions” that voters will decide, and previews his soon-to-be released PRI book on California water policy, Winning the Water Wars.
Jul 27, 2020
Bartlett Cleland – Everything You Need to Know About California’s New Privacy Law
PRI Senior Fellow in Tech and Innovation Bartlett Cleland joins us to discuss the California Consumer Privacy Act, which took effect on July 1. He discusses the serious flaws with the new law and how it will impact consumers and business owners, looks ahead to November when voters would have a chance to enact an even tougher law in Proposition 24, shares the ideal free market version of a privacy law, and talks about how COVID-19 has affected technology and data privacy.
Jul 20, 2020
Dr. Henry Miller – What Scientists Are Learning About COVID-19 and What Americans Must Do to Reduce Its Spread
PRI senior fellow in health care studies Dr. Henry Miller gives us an update on what scientists are learning about COVID-19 and the progress in finding a vaccine. He also weighs in on whether schools should be reopening this fall, gives his thoughts on what the Trump administration is doing good and bad in fighting the pandemic, and offers advices on how we can reduce our chances of getting the coronavirus.
Jul 13, 2020
Damon Dunn – Punting Poverty
This podcast is a special rebroadcast of a recent webinar featuring Damon Dunn, PRI fellow in business and economics, discussing his new book _Punting Poverty: Breaking the Chains of Welfare_. The former collegiate and pro football player turned entrepreneur pushes back against the universal basic income movement, calling it “fool’s gold that does not even attempt to offer economic empowerment.”
Jul 6, 2020
Wayne Winegarden – Empowering Entrepreneurs to Address America’s Health Care Challenges
PRI Senior Fellow in Business and Economics Dr. Wayne Winegarden joins us to discuss the latest study in the “Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity” series, which makes the case that future medical innovation will be hindered unless state and federal policymakers embrace health care entrepreneurship.
Jun 29, 2020
Clark Judge – Political Communication Amidst a National Pandemic and Social Unrest
PRI Chairman and White House Writers Group founder and managing director Clark Judge evaluates how effectively political leaders in Washington, state capitols, and city halls are communicating with the public during the COVID-19 crisis and the social unrest following the death of George Floyd.
Jun 22, 2020
Medicare for All and the COVID-19 Crisis
As single-payer advocates such as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and House member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are seizing on the COVID-19 pandemic to push even more aggressively for a complete takeover of our health care system by the federal government, listen to a special presentation of our recent webinar featuring PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally C. Pipes discussing why “Medicare for All” would be the wrong solution for the U.S. to embark on to combat the coronavirus and other future health crises.
Jun 15, 2020
Erik Jaffe – U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
This podcast features Erik Jaffe, a partner at Schaerr-Jaffe and a PRI fellow in Legal Studies. A constitutional attorney, Erik has been involved in over 100 Supreme Court matters. We discuss some of the high court’s decisions involving COVID-19, and the upcoming major cases in this session including LGBTQ rights, DACA and the “Dreamers”, abortion, and President Trump’s personal financial records. We also discuss whether the U.S. Supreme Court will be a factor in this year’s presidential elections.
Jun 8, 2020
Kerry Jackson – Criminal Justice Policy in CA Following COVID-19 and Statewide Riots
PRI Fellow Kerry Jackson, author of the book “Living in Fear in California,” joins us to discuss the debate over criminal justice policy in California in these troubled times. We discuss temporary changes to early release and cash bail policies during the COVID-19 crisis, controversies over police activities highlighted by the statewide riots, and potential future legislation affecting California’s public safety laws.
Jun 1, 2020
Distance and Online-Learning Options for Parents and Children During COVID-19
Listen to a special presentation of PRI’s webinar featuring a panel of policy experts, education specialists, and homeschooling practitioners discussing the coronavirus impact on education in the United States. They discuss the many options available to parents, how to make good decisions as to what will best meet the needs of their children, and give practical information that parents and educators can use to help children learn well.
1 hr 1 min
May 26, 2020
Dr. Wayne Winegarden – Legislating Energy Prosperity
PRI Senior Fellow in Business and Economics Dr. Wayne Winegarden joins us to discuss his latest study “Legislating Energy Prosperity,” which makes the case that if lawmakers acted to alleviate the unnecessary costs from state energy mandates, Californians living through these unprecedented times could save more than $2,000 annually – while still lowering emissions.
May 18, 2020
PRI All-Stars on the Gov. Newsom’s Revised Budget
Governor Newsom announced his new budget revisions for the next fiscal year. Due to the forced shutdown of California’s businesses and the additional spending on the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom expects a budget shortfall of $54 billion. Our All-Star panel of experts examines the governor’s new budget and discusses what Californians can expect in the coming months. Our All-Stars are Tim Anaya, PRI’s senior director of communications, Lance Izumi, senior director of education, Rowena Itchon, senior vice president, Kerry Jackson, fellow in California studies, and Wayne Winegarden, senior fellow in business and economics.
May 11, 2020
David White – Keeping the Wine Flowing During the Coronavirus Crisis
Public affairs professional and noted wine blogger David White of Terroirist.com joins us to discuss how the wine industry is faring during the global coronavirus crisis. He also shares his advice on organizing a virtual Happy Hour and gives recommendations for good wines that you can buy online or at the corner grocery store as shelter-in-place orders are keeping Californians away from our favorite wineries.
May 4, 2020
How California Can Embrace Entrepreneurship and Small Business in an Economic Downturn
Listen to a special presentation of PRI’s webinar featuring a panel of business experts and entrepreneurs analyzing how California can recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic. The panel looks at the current economic outlook resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and talks about current or new policies that should be passed, put on hold, or abolished to help Californians climb back up the economic ladder.
Apr 27, 2020
Sally Pipes – The Push for Government-Run Health Care During the Coronavirus Crisis
PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Studies Sally C. Pipes is back to discuss some of the health care challenges that have popped up during the coronavirus crisis, including a renewed push for single-payer and calls for prescription drug price controls and a “Buy America” mandate for drug manufacturing. We also discuss a few positives changes that have occurred despite these tough times – the rise of telehealth and the rolling back of regulations to better serve patients
Apr 20, 2020
Wayne Winegarden – Keeping America’s Economy Afloat Amidst the Coronavirus
PRI Senior Fellow in Business and Economics Dr. Wayne Winegarden joins us to evaluate the response by state and federal governments to boost America’s economy amidst the coronavirus pandemic. We discuss the “phase 3” $2 trillion stimulus package enacted by Congress, the long-term consequences of the significant debt increase, how long we should expect the recession to last, and how entrepreneurship can help millions who are suddenly unemployed earn a living from home.
Apr 13, 2020
Lance Izumi – Online Learning and Homeschooling During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, joins us to discuss a situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic that millions of parents never though they’d find themselves in – homeschooling their kids. He shares advice from experts to parents on homeschooling, shares online education and homeschooling resources, discusses state and federal efforts to make it easier for parents and students to access online education, and spotlights how teacher unions and opponents of charter schools are not allowing the crisis to go to waste to further their policy agenda.
Apr 6, 2020
Dr. Henry Miller – The Latest on the Global Fight Against the Coronavirus
PRI Senior Fellow in Health Care Studies Dr. Henry Miller joins us with an update on the fight against the coronavirus. He offers much-needed perspective on what public health officials are doing to “flatten the curve,” efforts to find vaccines and treatments, the efforts of other countries to contain the virus, when we can expect to get back to business as usual, and whether we should expect more viruses like these going forward.
Apr 3, 2020
Daniel Kolkey – What the Governor Can Do to Help Californians in the Next Fire Season
This podcast is a recorded lecture from PRI’s second annual policy conference in Sacramento. The speaker is Judge Daniel Kolkey, a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He served as an Associate Justice on the California Court of Appeals and Legal Affairs Secretary for Governor Pete Wilson. California is approaching warmer weather – that means fire season. Judge Kolkey believes that the governor can help mitigate future power outages and wildfires through his executive powers. In this lecture, he makes his case.
Mar 30, 2020
Mark Skousen – On These Uncertain Times
Dr. Mark Skousen is one of the most prominent libertarians in the country and founder of FreedomFest – the largest gathering of libertarians in the world. Dr. Skousen also teaches economics at Chapman University. In this podcast, we discuss the economic impact of the coronavirus, the financial markets, politics, California, and teaching economics to a new generation.
Mar 23, 2020
Education: PRI’s Second Annual Policy Conference
This podcast is a recorded panel discussion from PRI’s second annual policy conference in Sacramento. The panel focuses on education. As the attack over charter schools has increased, one false narrative is that they don’t serve the needs of special needs students. To the contrary, school choice options including charter schools give students the diverse educational opportunities they are seeking. This panel discusses the forthcoming PRI book Mia’s Story and the importance of school choice and innovative approaches to learning for special needs children. You’ll hear presentations from Carrie Carlson, Regional Coordinator for an independent study charter school in Northern California, Sarah Bailey, who started her own homeschool learning center, and Bill Lucia, President and CEO of EdVoice. The panel was moderated by PRI’s senior director of education studies, Lance Izumi.
1 hr 6 min
Mar 16, 2020
Entrepreneurship: PRI’s Second Annual Policy Conference
This podcast is a recorded panel discussion on entrepreneurship from PRI’s second annual policy conference in Sacramento. The state’s new law re-classifying many independent contractors to employees has put the livelihoods of many entrepreneurs and independent contractors at risk. Our panel of distinguished speakers discusses this issue as well as reforms that will help entrepreneurs thrive in California The panel includes John Kabateck of Kabateck Strategies and former state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Lorraine Salazar, immediate past chair of the California Restaurant Association, PRI fellow in Business & Economics Damon Dunn, and Tim Anaya, senior director of communications, discussing PRI’s research on entrepreneurship. Thanks for joining us.
1 hr 5 min
Mar 9, 2020
Judge Janice Rogers Brown – Threats to Our Constitution
Janice Rogers Brown, a former U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the D.C. Circuit and former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court was the keynote speaker at PRI’s second annual policy conference in Sacramento. Judge Brown discusses the threats to the U.S. Constitution and American democracy because of current cultural trends such as identity politics, political correctness, and speech codes.
Mar 4, 2020
The PRI All Stars Super Tuesday Wrap Up
The PRI All Stars discuss the big takeaways from Super Tuesday – including Joe Biden’s big comeback, which candidate would be easier for President Trump to defeat, and voter attitudes on single-payer health care and socialism. We also talk about the interesting California legislative races and preview the mega ballot battles that will be coming to California in the November election.