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Area 45: Tom Gillian: Let Freedom Ring

Area 45: Tom Gillian: Let Freedom Ring

July 2, 2020

To celebrate the 4th of July holiday, we dipped into the Area 45 vault (June 26, 2018) for this conversation with Thomas Gilligan, the Hoover Institution’s Tad and Dianne Taube Director. He discusses the individual, economic, and political freedoms that are quintessentially American – and are at the core of the Hoover Institution’s mission of “ideas defining a free society.”

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Getting Vocal

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Getting Vocal

June 18, 2020

Social unrest, policing reforms, coronavirus, stricken economies, homelessness, the federal-state-city balance of power, and on and on. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer discusses these and other challenges facing both his and many of America’s great cities.    

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Dave Brady and Doug Rivers: The State Of The Presidential Race . . .

Dave Brady and Doug Rivers: The State Of The Presidential Race . . .

June 15, 2020

Joe Biden has taken the lead, though polls differ on how commanding it is nationally and in “swing” states. President Trump struggles to regain his footing as the coronavirus and policing practices dominate the election-year narrative. David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the November candidates.

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Tom Bevan: The Trump-Media “War Of The Roses”

Tom Bevan: The Trump-Media “War Of The Roses”

June 10, 2020

President Trump dislikes the media, but needs their cameras to earn re-election. The political press corps dislikes Trump, though he’s boosted ratings, subscriptions and Internet clicks. Tom Bevan, co-founder of Real Clear Politics and a Hoover Institution media fellow, discusses the dysfunctional Trump-media dynamic and reflects on a progressive bent in America’s newsrooms as well as Joe Biden’s media strategy moving forward.  

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Pete Wilson: “A Charming Irishman”

Pete Wilson: “A Charming Irishman”

June 5, 2020

The last time federal troops were dispatched to quell urban unrest was in 1992, when Army and Marines forces entered Los Angeles. Then-Gov. Pete Wilson, the man who made that request, recalls the events that led to his action. He also discusses the future of policing and, on the 16th anniversary of the passing of Ronald Reagan, reflects on their overlapping paths that spanned nearly four decades.

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David Henderson: Pandemics & “Never-Ending Pasta Bowls”

David Henderson: Pandemics & “Never-Ending Pasta Bowls”

June 4, 2020

Should Washington come to the rescue of several of the nation’s largest states – California, Illinois, New York – currently experiencing budget shortfalls? David Henderson, a Hoover Institution research fellow and economist who studies state and federal budgeting, explains why such aid doesn’t qualify, in the purest sense, as disaster aid. 

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Terry Anderson: Renewing Indigenous Economies

Terry Anderson: Renewing Indigenous Economies

June 1, 2020

Are free markets and property rights the keys to improving the lives of reservation-dwelling Native Americans? Terry Anderson, the Hoover Institution’s John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow and head of Hoover’s Project on Renewing Indigenous Economies, discusses why federal policy hasn’t adapted to modern times on reservations.

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Lee Ohanian: The Place You Ought To Be?

Lee Ohanian: The Place You Ought To Be?

May 25, 2020

Does the sales pitch that brought the “Beverly Hillbillies” west – “California is the place you ought to be” – still apply? Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and a weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, discusses the Golden State’s latest unemployment numbers and whether present-day Tesla Motors is in the same position as was Apple at the century’s start.

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Lee Ohanian: Tesla Recoil

Lee Ohanian: Tesla Recoil

May 16, 2020

Los Angeles County’s extended “shelter-at-home” order confuses the locals, California’s record budget deficit is formally unveiled, and Tesla's CEO Elon Musk re-opens his Bay Area car factory – in defiance of local business restrictions – and threatens to move Tesla’s corporate headquarters to Nevada or Texas. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and a weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, breaks down a busy week in the Golden State.

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Daniel Heil: Binge-Watching, Binge-Spending

Daniel Heil: Binge-Watching, Binge-Spending

May 14, 2020

Over the past two months, the federal government has spent an unprecedented $2.6 trillion addressing the COVID-19 crisis, with another $3 trillion in new spending that is up for debate. Daniel Heil, a Hoover research fellow specializing in fiscal policy, explains the short- and long-term effects of “binge-spending” and why any serious conversation about fiscal and entitlement reform is years way at best.

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