Matters of Policy & Politics
Joe Biden: “The New FDR” Or “Sander-Plus”?

Joe Biden: “The New FDR” Or “Sander-Plus”?

March 31, 2021

As liberal historians urge President Biden to “go big,” will any new policy shifts have the same lasting effect as the New Deal? Richard Epstein, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow, discusses the similarities and differences between what Franklin Roosevelt set in motion in the 1930’s and what the Biden Administration is pursuing at present. 

Where Is Chief Joseph?

Where Is Chief Joseph?

March 24, 2021

President Biden’s choice for Interior Secretary, former New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, made history as the first Native American to hold a federal cabinet post. She’s also an outspoken critic of fossil fuels and fracking – a departure from past Interior picks. Terry Anderson, the Hoover Institution’s John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow and a proponent of “free market environmentalism,” discusses the potential impact on federal land management, what Haaland could do for her fellow Native Americans in terms of self-reliance, and previews his upcoming book on climate change.

But Is It Constitutional?

But Is It Constitutional?

March 12, 2021

A federal COVID relief package that dictates how states can spend grant money, a federal election reform bill that likewise imposes restrictions on state governments, plus talk of killing  the Senate filibuster all lead to one question: are such actions constitutional and what did the Founding Fathers envision? John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, analyzes the legality of the latest legislation from Congress plus the Supreme Court’s legacy after denying the last of the Trump election challenges.

Kamala’s Way

Kamala’s Way

March 10, 2021

The first Californian to hold national office since Ronald Reagan also made history as America’s first female and biracial vice president. Journalist Dan Morain, author of Kamala’s Way: An American Life, discusses Vice President Harris’ climb up California’s political ladder to Joe Biden’s running mate, in theory, first in line for the Democratic nomination should Biden not seek re-election in 2024.

Auf Wiedersehn, Merkel . . . Bonjour, Macron?

Auf Wiedersehn, Merkel . . . Bonjour, Macron?

March 4, 2021

Two elections this year and next will underscore Europe’s political shift – Germany choosing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor, France possibly giving Emmanuel Macron a second presidential term. Hoover Institution senior fellow Russell Berman examines the two leaders’ political fortunes, how COVID and the cancel culture have affected both nations’ characters, as well as the state of the transatlantic alliance given a new American president.

In Search Of A Republican Message

In Search Of A Republican Message

March 1, 2021

Donald Trump addresses an adoring CPAC audience, while California’s troubles linger – chief among them, government mismanagement. Lanhee Chen, the Hoover Institution’s David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies and Director of Domestic Policy Studies in Stanford University’s Public Policy Program, discusses Trump’s hold on the GOP and what role a dysfunctional bureaucracy might play in a 2021 gubernatorial recall election in the Golden State.

Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App