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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.
Feb 24, 2020
PRI 2nd Annual Policy Conference: The Homeless Crisis
California’s growing homeless crisis is impacting nearly everyone, especially those living in big cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento. In Governor Newsom’s recent State of the State address, he reportedly spent 35 of his 42 minute speech on the homeless crisis. On the same day, PRI held an A-list panel of policy experts to discuss the homeless. Chris Rufo is a PRI adjunct fellow and director of the Discovery Institute’s Wealth and Poverty Center, Joseph Tartakovky, also a PRI adjunct fellow, practices appellate and constitutional law at Gibson Dunn, and economist Wayne Winegarden, PRI senior fellow, was unable to make the panel, however PRI’s Tim Anaya summarized Wayne’s discussion. Finally, PRI California Fellow Kerry Jackson served as moderator.
1 hr 1 min
Feb 17, 2020
Lord Jamie Borwick – Everything You Need to Know about Britain, Brexit, and Boris
Lord Jamie Borwick of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords was a recent guest at a PRI luncheon in San Francisco. Britain’s House of Lords has certain similarities with the U.S. Senate, except the members are mostly appointed, or as in Lord Borwick’s case, elected for life. He provides his perspective on the future of Britain after the E.U., the possibilities of a free-trade agreement with the U.S., Britain’s national health care system, and the new prime minister Boris Johnson.
Feb 10, 2020
Larry Sand - Opportunities to Expand School Choice
Noted education reformer Larry Sand of the California Teachers Empowerment Network talks with PRI's Lance Izumi about opportunities to expand school choice in California despite recent legislative setbacks last year targeting charter schools. They discuss a looming Supreme Court decision that could help more students utilize education freedom scholarships to attend private, religious schools, and a new school choice ballot measure aiming for the 2022 ballot.
Feb 4, 2020
Dr. Henry Miller – What You Need to Know about the Wuhan Coronavirus
Dr. Henry Miller, senior fellow with PRI’s Center for Medical Economics and Innovation, joins us to discuss the Wuhan Coronavirus. We explore a wide variety of topics related to this public health crisis, including how people get the illness and how it is being treated, how the Chinese and U.S. governments are working to combat it, the prospects for the rapid development of a vaccine, how social media disinformation is fueling the crisis, and how concerned Americans should be about becoming the victims of a deadly pandemic on U.S. soil.
Jan 27, 2020
Adam Andrzejewski – Open the Books
Adam Andrzejewski is the founder of Open the Books, an organization dedicated to transparency in government. Open the Books has been at the forefront of holding state government accountable for how it spends taxpayer money. In California, Governor Newsom’s most recent state budget plan proposed $222 billion in General Fund spending alone. So when State Controller Betty Yee declined an Open the Books request for line-by-line state spending, they sued her in court to force her to reveal these public spending records. Adam discusses the case against California and Open the Books’ victories in other states in holding public officials accountable.
Jan 20, 2020
Joseph Tartakovsky – Martin v. Boise and the Homeless Crisis
Joseph Tartakovsky, a PRI adjunct fellow and with the law firm Gibson Dunn, discusses the homeless case Martin v. the City of Boise. It involves five homeless people who sued Boise, Idaho for fining them for violating a city ordinance prohibiting people from living in the streets. The homeless group believed that Boise violated the 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual clause. The LA City Council sided with Boise filing an amicus brief in support of Boise’s position. The ruling has tremendous implications for the homeless crisis in California and other western cities.
Jan 13, 2020
Wayne Winegarden – Why the Pelosi and Newsom Approaches to Prescription Drugs Won’t Really Help Patients
Dr. Wayne Winegarden, director of PRI’s Center for Medical Economics and Innovation, breaks down recently-proposed plans in Washington and Sacramento that emphasize price caps and more government control to address prescription drug prices. He discusses the conclusions of his new study on America’s drug pricing challenge, which makes the case that system-wide reforms to improve the complex drug supply chain and increase transparency are what’s needed to lower health care costs.
Jan 6, 2020
Sally Pipes talks about her new book, False Premise, False Promise
In this podcast, PRI President and CEO Sally Pipes discusses her new book False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All. Sally makes the case against Medicare for All using evidence from government-run systems in Canada and the U.K and explains how single-payer health care makes a litany of promises it can’t keep. She also discusses the Medicare for All proposals from the presidential candidates and grades President Trump on his health care policies.
Dec 23, 2019
3rd Annual PRI All-Stars Year End Awards
Back once again with their popular holiday tradition, the PRI All-Stars get together for our annual entertaining look back at 2019. We hand out our annual awards for the biggest winners and losers of 2019 in the worlds of politics and policy. Stay tuned to the end to hear our predictions for who will be the Democratic presidential nominee and America's 2020 presidential choice.
Dec 16, 2019
John O’Sullivan – What’s happening with Brexit?
This podcast is the fourth in the series of joint PRI and Claremont Institute 40th Anniversary Cruise lectures. The theme of the lectures was “The Future of America and the West: Liberty, Sovereignty, and Self-Government. This fourth lecture on Brexit isfrom John O’Sullivan, senior fellow at the National Review Institute and former advisor to Prime Minister Thatcher. John takes us through the history of Brexit, the economic and cultural underpinnings that brought this historic vote to the British people, and his thoughts on Brexit’s future.
Dec 16, 2019
Charles Kesler – Ancient Rome and Modern America
This podcast is the fifth and final in the series of joint PRI and Claremont Institute 40th Anniversary Cruise lectures. The cruise took place in October, started in Barcelona, with stops in Mallorca, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Nice, Florence, and ending in Rome. The theme of the lectures was “The Future of America and the West: Liberty, Sovereignty, and Self-Government.” This lecture titled “Keeping a Republic: Ancient Rome and Modern America,” is by Charles Kesler, Editor of the Claremont Review and a professor at Claremont McKenna College. Prof. Kesler compares and contrasts the Roman Republic with the current state of American democracy. So goes Rome, so goes America? Listen on. Thanks for joining us.
Dec 2, 2019
Steve Hayward, John O’Sullivan, and Michael Anton on Thatcher, Reagan, and Trump
This podcast is the third in the series of joint PRI and Claremont Institute 40th Anniversary Cruise lectures. The theme of the lectures was “The Future of America and the West: Liberty, Sovereignty, and Self-Government. This third lecture—a panel discussion—is titled “Thatcher, Reagan, and Trump” with PRI senior fellow and Berkeley professor Steve Hayward on Reagan, John O’Sullivan, senior fellow at the National Review Institute on Thatcher, and Michael Anton, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and former national security staff member in the Trump administration on President Trump. They compare and contrast the statecraft practiced by these three leaders.
Nov 25, 2019
Steve Hayward – The Past and Future of American Conservatism
This podcast is the second in the series of joint PRI and Claremont Institute 40th Anniversary Cruise lectures. The theme of the lectures was “The Future of America and the West: Liberty, Sovereignty, and Self-Government. This second lecture, titled “The Past and Future of American Conservatism” was from PRI Fellow and UC Berkeley professor Steve Hayward. He takes the audience through Conservatism’s evolution -- from its beginnings in the pre-World War II era to today, and along the way Prof. Hayward makes some interesting and penetrating observations.
Nov 18, 2019
Steve Hayward, Charles Kesler, Ryan Williams – Liberalization and the Polarization of American Politics
This past October, PRI and the Claremont Institute teamed up to celebrate our 40th anniversaries on a cruise in the Mediterranean. The cruise started in Barcelona, with stops in Mallorca, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Nice, Florence, and ending in Rome. The theme of the lecture series was “The Future of America and the West: Liberty, Sovereignty, and Self-Government.” Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing Next Round listeners these 40th Anniversary Lectures from the nation’s top scholars and writers. This first lecture, titled “Liberalism and the Polarization of American Politics” is from Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review, Steve Hayward, PRI senior fellow, and moderated by Ryan Williams, president of the Claremont Institute.
Nov 11, 2019
Kerry Jackson – The Great Blackouts of 2019
PRI Center for California fellow Kerry Jackson discusses the electricity shutoff that plunged some 3 million Californians into darkness. He reviews the history of California’s utility problems, the lack of market incentives for delivering power in the state, and examines the policy decisions that have contributed to the ongoing wildfire disaster.
Nov 4, 2019
Wayne Winegarden – Overregulation Hurts Immigrant and Low-Income Entrepreneurs
PRI’s Wayne Winegarden joins us to discuss the latest study in his Building Barriers to Opportunity series. We discuss how overregulation and misguided government policies make it harder for immigrant and low-income entrepreneurs to start a business, work their way up the economic ladder, and achieve the American Dream. Wayne makes the case that adopting policies that embrace entrepreneurship is perhaps the most important thing we can do to reduce poverty.
Oct 28, 2019
Siskind v. Siskind – Father and Daughter Face-Off on the Issues
Sarah Rose Siskind, a New York writer and aspiring comedienne and Larry Siskind, Bay Area attorney, father and daughter, go head to head on the issues of the day: climate change, socialism, the presidential race, technology and the changing culture of work, the generational divide, and the meaning of the American Dream.
Oct 22, 2019
Keli’i Akina – Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
Keli’i Akina is the president of the Grassroot Institute, a non-partisan think tank based in Hawaii. Besides sunshine and palm trees, California and Hawaii have something in common – one-party rule. As Dr, Akina says in the interview, Hawaii is as blue as the ocean that surrounds it. We discuss the common issues of the Golden State and the Aloha State – affordable housing, high poverty, a pension crisis, and the high cost of living.
Oct 14, 2019
Jared Walczak – Taxifornia
Jared Walczak of the Tax Foundation discusses taxes, taxes, and more taxes in the Golden State. He offers his analysis of the split roll tax, the state and local income tax deduction and its impact on high-tax states like California, reforming the state’s tax structure, high corporate taxes, and rising local sales taxes. You could call it our scary Halloween podcast special.
Oct 7, 2019
Gary Wolfram – The Debate Over Free Markets versus Socialism
Hillsdale College Professor of Economics and Public Policy Gary Wolfram shares his thoughts on some of the hot topics in the debate over free-market economic policy today, including the Green New Deal, electric car subsidies, the growing push for socialism, and the debate over free college.
Sep 30, 2019
Damon Dunn – My Life in Poverty and Why Socialism Doesn’t Work
PRI Fellow in Business and Economics Damon Dunn joins us to discuss his new brief on the rise of socialism. He shares stories from his childhood growing up in poverty in Texas as his inspiration for striving to work his way up the economic ladder rather than become addicted to government anti-poverty programs. He also offers advice to free marketeers on how to best counter the rise in popularity for socialism among Millennials, who are advocating basic income, Medicare for All, free college, and other socialist programs.
Sep 23, 2019
Wayne Winegarden – Making it Rain in California
PRI Senior Fellow in Business and Economics Wayne Winegarden joins us to discuss his new study on the State and Local Tax cap in the 2017 federal tax reform legislation. Wayne discusses how the legislation amounted to taxpayers in low-tax states subsidizing Sacramento’s high tax burden and out-of-control spending, and why efforts to reduce or repeal the cap in Congress would restore tax unfairness.
Sep 16, 2019
Steven Greenhut – 2019 End-of-Session Wrap-Up
Longtime Capitol journalist Steven Greenhut of the R Street Institute joins us for our annual end-of-session wrap-up. We discuss all the hot issues from this legislative session, including the debate over who is an independent contractor and who is an employee, the fight over charter schools, the potential return of redevelopment agencies*,* the future of PG&E, the battle over Prop. 13 and split roll, and more.
Sep 9, 2019
Colin Sharkey – What Do California Teachers Think About Their Newly-Won Worker Freedoms?
Association of American Educators executive director Colin Sharkey joins us to discuss a new survey from their Teacher Freedom project on the attitudes of teachers one year after the historic _Janus_ decision and shares insight on what teachers think about their union, their newly-won worker freedoms, and whether more disaffected teachers will exercise their new right to quit their union.
Sep 2, 2019
Lance Izumi – Will So-Called Compromise Cripple Future Charter School Expansion in California?
Lance Izumi, PRI’s Senior Director of Education Studies, joins us to discuss perhaps the most controversial education legislation in recent memory – a so-called compromise that would impose significant new requirements and restrictions on charter schools in California. Lance analyzes the key provisions of the legislation and the motivation behind it, and shares his thoughts on hit will impact future educational choice for every California student.
Aug 26, 2019
Andy McCarthy on his new book Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency
National Review’s Andy McCarthy joins us to discuss his new book The Ball of Collusion. No one is better than McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor who earned the Justice Department’s highest honor, to provide perspective on the Trump investigation into Russian “collusion.” In our conversation, McCarthy exposes the depth of the politicization within American law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. We also discuss Iran, China, and how we can prevent domestic terrorism in the wake of the recent mass shootings.
Aug 20, 2019
Jarrett Dieterle – Assembly Bill 5: Who Is An Independent Contractor and Who Is An Employee in California?
R Street Institute’s Jarrett Dieterle joins us to discuss his research on the hottest issue of the final weeks of the legislative session, Assembly Bill 5, and the impact its passage would have on employers, our innovation economy, and Californians who want to be their own boss and work when they want to work. We also discuss his research on occupational licensing reform, and his upcoming book on government policy on alcohol.
Aug 12, 2019
Ryan Williams - How We Can Encourage a More Balanced Political Debate on Campus
Claremont Institute President Ryan Williams joins us to discuss their current work on what they see as the growing threat from identity politics and multiculturalism, their recent censorship battle with Google, and how we can encourage a more balanced political debate and free exchange of ideas on campus.
Aug 5, 2019
Tim Snowball - The Ongoing Legal Fight for Worker Freedom Post Janus
Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Tim Snowball joins us to discuss the policy roadblocks unions and their allies have put up in California and other states following the Janus decision, and their ongoing legal efforts to overcome these hurdles and protect the worker freedom rights of every disaffected member who wishes to quit their union.
Jul 29, 2019
Robby Soave – Understanding the Rise of “Zillennials” and How They Will Affect The Future Political Agenda
Reason.com Associate Editor Robby Soave joins us to discuss his new book about the disruptive political activism and growing political unrest among millennials, _Panic Attack_. He discusses why “Zillennials” as he calls them are so hypersensitive and dis-unified despite sharing common goals and ideologies, explores the rise of so-called Democratic socialism, and offers advice to listeners if they find themselves confronted by a “woke” Zillennial.
Jul 22, 2019
Daniel Hannan – The World Turned Right-Way Up: Prospects for a Stronger Alliance After Brexit
Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England, joins us to share his perspective on Brexit and the ongoing political turmoil in the UK. He discusses the prospects for a stronger UK alliance with the United States once it leaves the European Union later this year.
Jul 15, 2019
Ting Sun – How Charter Schools Meet the Diverse Needs of Students and Transform Lives
California State Board of Education member and Natomas Charter School co-founder and retiring Executive Director Ting Sun joins us to discuss what makes her school so special. Natomas Charter School is one of the schools profiled in Lance Izumi’s book, Choosing Diversity. She discusses the innovative learning programs that are meeting the unique needs of Sacramento-area students, and also responds to the growing political hostility against charter schools at the State Capitol.
Jul 8, 2019
Kerry Jackson and Wayne Winegarden – Addressing San Francisco’s Homeless Crisis
PRI’s Kerry Jackson and Wayne Winegarden join us to discuss their new issue brief on San Francisco’s growing homeless crisis. They explore just how bad the problem really is in the City by the Bay and how the city got in this mess, analyze current efforts of city officials to get homeless off the streets, and discuss free-market solutions and policy reforms to reduce homelessness.
Jul 1, 2019
PRI All Stars on 1st Democratic Presidential Debate
The PRI All Stars share their thoughts on the 1st Democratic presidential debate and analyze of the policy platforms put forward by the 20 candidates. Who won? Who lost? Did anyone have a major gaffe? Did anyone really help themselves on their quest to win the White House? Who presented the most free-market vision for America? Tune in to hear their take on these questions and more.
Jun 24, 2019
Next Round's 100th Episode with Special Guest House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
It's the 100th episode of Next Round with PRI and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is our special guest. We discuss the first 6 months of the Democratic majority in the House, and a host of issues of concern to Californians including big tech and privacy, high-speed rail, health care, and water.
Jun 17, 2019
John Yoo and Steve Hayward - What's Wrong with Universities and Can They Be Fixed?
In this special episode - recorded at a recent PRI luncheon in San Francisco - PRI Senior Fellow and UC Berkeley Professor Steve Hayward and UC Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo share their thoughts diversity, equality, and the attacks on free speech on college campuses. They share their experiences teaching at UC Berkeley and offer solutions for restoring integrity at public and private colleges and universities.
1 hr 3 min
Jun 10, 2019
Brian Isom – How Policy Changes Can Help Minimize the Risk of Another Destructive California Wildfire
Brian Isom of the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University joins us to discuss his research on California wildfires. He discusses why the Paradise and Napa Valley fires were so destructive, why devastating wildfires are becoming much more common in the West, the political battle over healthy forest management, and his advice for California policymakers to minimize the potential that such deadly fires will hit these communities again.
Jun 3, 2019
Scott Rasmussen – Insights from America’s Top Pollster
Legendary pollster Scott Rasmussen of ScottRasmussen.com joins us to share his insights on all things polling – from how technological changes affect the polling industry today, to the state of the Presidential race and where Americans really stand on socialism and single-payer.
May 27, 2019
Kerry Jackson discusses new book, Living in Fear in California
Kerry Jackson, Fellow at PRI’s Center for California Reform, discusses PRI’s new book_, Living in Fear in California_. California once had the nation’s strongest public safety laws, but voters and lawmakers have recently embraced a shift in crime policy. Jackson explores the impact these changes have had on California’s communities and suggests proposals that would strike more balance between our obligation to crime victims and the rights of the accused and convicted. Thanks for joining us.
May 20, 2019
All Things Tech with Bartlett Cleland
In this podcast, Bartlett Cleland, PRI’s Senior Fellow in Tech and Innovation, discusses the state of tech policy including trade negotiations with China on intellectual property, privacy laws, the debate over the possible break-up of social media companies, internet taxation, and regulating the gig economy and the impact on new jobs.
May 13, 2019
Mark Cunningham – Politics with a New York State of Mind
New York Post editorial page editor Mark Cunningham joins us to discuss what’s going on in the Big Apple, including the push for single-payer, rent control, and criminal justice reform that are also hot issues in California. He also gives us the local view on AOC – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – and previews what Californians should know about Mayor Bill de Blasio if he jumps into the 2020 presidential race.
May 6, 2019
Tommy Few – A Front Row Seat in the Fight for Worker Freedom
Tommy Few talks about his legal efforts to fully secure the freedoms won by all public employees following the Janus decision. He shares his first-hand experience with how his local teachers unions is trying to preserve membership, and his legal battle to quit the union and keep more money in his paycheck.
Apr 29, 2019
Sally Pipes – Medicare for All in the 2020 Campaign
PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally Pipes joins us to discuss how Medicare for All is becoming a big issue in the 2020 presidential campaign, the growing push for Medicare for All in Congress and states like California and New York, and how the problems at the VA show the nightmare Americans could have in store for them if Medicare for All becomes a reality.
Apr 22, 2019
Earth Day Special with Steve Hayward
PRI senior fellow Steve Hayward joins us for a special Earth Day edition of Next Round. We talk all things environment, from how the environmental movement morphed from a call for conservation to a push for socialism, how the Green New Deal would hurt the economy and working class Americans, and how the free-market is bringing Americans more energy savings and environmental improvement than the type of big government policies pushed in California.
Apr 15, 2019
Wayne Winegarden – Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity
PRI senior fellow in business and economics Wayne Winegarden joins us to discuss his new series exploring how costly government regulations serve as a barrier to entrepreneurship, small business growth, innovation, and job opportunities to lift people into the middle class.
Apr 8, 2019
How Non-Profits and Private Charities Can More Effectively Lift People Out of Poverty
There are many well-intentioned programs serving the homeless in California, but private charities and non-profits are just as effective – if not more so – in getting people back on their feet. PRI’s Kerry Jackson and Damon Dunn, Michele Steeb of Saint John’s Program for Real Change, and Deacon Jim Vargas of Father Joe’s Villages, share their experiences on how out-of-the-box thinking can help alleviate poverty. Part 4 of our 4-part series on how free-market ideas can build new, diverse coalitions in California. Recorded at PRI’s “California Ideas in Action” conference in Sacramento.
Apr 1, 2019
Legislating Energy Poverty
Public opinion polls show that most Californians see climate change as a threat to the state’s economy and quality of life, yet the state’s approach is hurting poor, rural, inland, and minority communities. PRI’s Wayne Winegarden, Nick Loris of the Heritage Foundation, and John C. Gamboa of California Community Builders explore how market-driven policies can more effectively and affordably chart California’s energy future. Part 3 of our 4-part series on how free-market ideas can build new, diverse coalitions in California. Recorded at PRI’s “California Ideas in Action” conference in Sacramento.
Mar 25, 2019
The Benefits of Charter Schools – Choosing Diversity
Every day, charter schools play an important role in meeting the diverse needs of California’s students. PRI’s Lance Izumi, Fortune School CEO Margaret Fortune, and EdVoice’s Bill Lucia share real-life charter school success stories and explore ideas policymakers can embrace to expand school choice options. Part 2 of our 4-part series on how free-market ideas can build new, diverse coalitions in California. Recorded at PRI’s “California Ideas in Action” conference in Sacramento.
Mar 18, 2019
March 18 – Free-Market Solutions to California’s Health Care Challenges
In part 1 of a special 4-part series on how free-market ideas can build new, diverse coalitions in California, PRI’s Sally Pipes, Wayne Winegarden, and Henry Miller discuss how proposals like single-payer health care and new mandates on prescription drugs would hurt innovation and how market-based policies can better address the state’s health care challenges without bankrupting the state. Recorded at PRI’s “California Ideas in Action” conference in Sacramento.
Mar 11, 2019
Sen. Mike Morrell – Will the Legislature Finally Act to Break California’s Housing Logjam?
Senate Housing Committee Vice Chair Mike Morrell joins us to discuss all things housing, including the prospects for free-market housing reform legislation this session and his thoughts on Gov. Newsom targeting cities over their failure to meet state housing goals. We also discuss his student safety legislation, other legislative priorities, and what he’s doing that other Republicans might learn from as they work to turn around the party’s fortunes in the Golden State.
Mar 4, 2019
Terry Anderson – Increasing Prosperity and Quality of Life for Native Americans
Terry Anderson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses the history, culture, and the economic challenges of Native Americans. Native American life has been romanticized by Hollywood films and popular myths. Terry breaks down those myths and discusses policy reforms that would reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for Native Americans.
Feb 25, 2019
Kevin Yamamura – How Politico is Shining A New Light on What’s Going in Sacramento
Politico California Pro editor and Sacramento Bee veteran Kevin Yamamura joins us to discuss what to expect from the new kid on the block covering politics and government in Sacramento. We discuss the changing media landscape and trends in political journalism, how Politico California Pro’s state government coverage will be unique, and some of the big stories they’re covering in the first months of the Newsom Administration.
Feb 18, 2019
Samuel Coleman on the Impact of the Janus Decision in California
Samuel Coleman, California Director of the Freedom Foundation, discusses his organization’s efforts to inform union members of their First Amendment rights after the landmark Supreme Court _Janus_ decision in 2018. _ Janus_ ruled that non-union members no longer have to pay dues to their union, effectively making California and other states a right to work state. Coleman discusses the rights and choices of union members and the resources the Freedom Foundation provides.
Feb 11, 2019
Sally Pipes on Single-Payer Healthcare
Sally Pipes, president and CEO of PRI and PRI’s health care expert, discusses the future of single-payer health care, which is shaping up to be a hot political issue in the 2020 presidential elections. She also talks about the future of single-payer in California, especially now that both houses and the governor are hoping to eventually bring it to the state.
Feb 6, 2019
Former Speechwriters Take On The 2019 State of the Union
PRI’s Lance Izumi and Tim Anaya – both former speechwriters – weigh in on this week’s State of the Union address by President Trump and the Democratic response by Stacey Abrams. They discuss the impact of the one-week delay, whether the President and Democrats were effective in messaging the shutdown and immigration, the most memorable moments and missed opportunities, the “human props”, and whether we’ll even remember the speech by the end of the week.
Jan 28, 2019
Trumponomics with Steve Moore
Steve Moore is the co-author along with Arthur Laffer of the new book Trumponomics. He discusses Trumponomics, its key principles, how it differs from Reaganomics, and even some aspects of Trumponomics that he doesn’t agree with (no spoiler alert needed). He also has some great advice for California’s new governor.
Jan 21, 2019
Heather Mac Donald: Diversity Delusion
In this podcast, New York Times best-selling author Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute discusses her new book Diversity Delusion. It’s a provocative account of the attack on the humanities and sciences, the rise of intolerance, and the erosion of serious learning in our campuses and universities.
Jan 14, 2019
Lance Izumi – Choosing Diversity
Senior Director of PRI’s Center for Education Lance Izumi joins us to talk about his new book on charter schools, Choosing Diversity, which profiles several charter schools across the country that are a different as one could imagine, but all meet the diverse and complex needs of each individual student. He also discusses his new mini-documentary, “Welcome to Change,” which profiles Life Learning Academy – a charter school that serves primarily homeless youth in San Francisco.
Jan 8, 2019
Out With The Old and In With The New – The PRI All-Stars on the Newsom Inauguration
Join the PRI All Stars as we review Gov. Gavin Newsom’s inaugural address. We explore the memorable moments from his speech, whether Californians will remember anything he said by the end of the week, what we can glean from his speech on health care, the state budget, homelessness, and education, and how he’ll differ from outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown.
Dec 24, 2018
PRI All-Stars 2018 Year End Awards
The PRI All-Stars are back with our special year-end awards. Tune in to see our picks for the biggest winners and losers of 2018, the best and worst ideas, our New Year’s Resolutions, and our policy predictions for 2019.
Dec 17, 2018
Wayne Winegarden – Legislating Energy Poverty
PRI’s Wayne Winegarden joins us to discuss his new study exploring how big government energy policies in California and New York are increasing energy burdens on rural, poor, and minority communities, and how free-market ideas can more effectively reduce emissions without new taxes or government programs.
Dec 12, 2018
Tim Rice – Could New York’s Single-Payer Plan Be Exported to California?
Tim Rice, deputy director for health policy at the Manhattan Institute, joins us to talk about their new study on New York’s single-payer health care proposal and whether the same type of plan could become reality in California. WE also discuss other healthcare topics including President Trump’s plan to bring down the cost of prescription drugs and the future of Obamacare.
Dec 3, 2018
Sarah Rose Siskind – Making America Laugh Again
Former PRI intern, and now stand-up comic and lead writer for “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” Sarah Rose Siskind joins us to discuss the state of comedy in America today. We discuss how she got into comedy, whether we can laugh in an era of everyone being “triggered”, how social media impacts comedy, and even shares some joke writing tips for comedy amateurs.
Nov 26, 2018
Dr. Cara Stillings Candal – The Fight for the Nation’s Best Charter Schools
Dr. Cara Stillings Candal of the Pioneer Institute talks with PRI’s Lance Izumi about the fight for charter schools in Massachusetts, and what advocates in California can learn from their experiences to expand school choice for students and parents in the Golden State.
Nov 19, 2018
Henry Miller and Wayne Winegarden – Why You Should Get a Flu Shot This Year
It’s flu season and Americans are faced with our annual dilemma – should we get a flu shot or not? PRI’s Dr. Henry Miller and Dr. Wayne Winegarden join us to discuss the science behind flu shots, why last year’s flu shot failed and why this one should be more effective, why it’s important to always get a flu shot, and how reform would make it more convenient for Americans to get vaccines.
Nov 12, 2018
Clark Judge - Will A Divided Congress Bring Two Years of Government Gridlock?
PRI's chairman and White House Writers Group founder and managing director Clark Judge joins us to discuss the election results, what it means for the future of free-market reforms, and what we can expect from a divided Congress and a polarized Washington.
Nov 7, 2018
So, Now What? The PRI All Stars Post-Election Wrap Up
The PRI All Stars are back with a post-election wrap up on the results of the key races and propositions in California and nationally. We discuss what the election results will mean for single-payer health care, tax reform and free-market policies, and what Californians can expected from a divided Congress, a Democratic legislative supermajority, and Governor Gavin Newsom.
Oct 29, 2018
PRI’s Election 2018 Preview
The PRI All Stars are back, breaking down the 2018 election in California. Listen to this super-sized podcast for their analysis of the races for Governor, U.S. Senator, the U.S. House and the California Legislature, and all of the major ballot measures. Stay tuned for their predictions of who will win on November 6.
Oct 22, 2018
Jim Manley – Protecting Student Free Speech
Jim Manley of the Pacific Legal Foundation joins us to discuss his efforts in state legislatures and courtrooms across the country to protect student free speech.
Oct 15, 2018
Pete Constant – How Can We Tame California’s Pension Monster?
Pete Constant, former San Jose City Councilman and president of the Retirement Security Initiative, joins us to share his experiences as a local elected official grappling with runaway public employee pensions, and what can be done to tame California’s pension monster.