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Episode 23: A Democrat and Republican Take a Road Trip

It’s been a contentious year so far, to say the least. Our political differences have never seemed more stark and common ground is hard to find. How do we work towards that common ground with our political opposites? Is the country hopelessly divided, or is there...

Episode 22: How should we talk about police reform?

In a summer of unrest and public debate around the issue of police reform, Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Arthur Rizer, Director of Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties and Resident Senior Fellow for R Street Institute, about the state of the criminal justice...

Episode 21: Truth, media, and the influence of tech

  Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Marshall Kosloff, director of outreach and media for the Lincoln Network, to talk about how technology has changed news media and the role that it plays in a free and democratic society. How has the rise of the internet and...

Episode 20: Education in a Pandemic

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Mike McShane, Director of National Research at EdChoice, to talk about what it looks like for students to go back to school this fall, given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. What kind of decisions must be made by...

Episode 19: Habits of a Free Mind

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Pamela Paresky, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chicago and Senior Scholar in Human Development and Psychology at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, to talk about what she calls the “habits of a free mind,”...

Episode 18: Protests and Social Change

  Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Fabio Rojas, Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, during the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19 protests, to discuss protests and social change. The conversation covers several important...

Episode 17: Broadening the Horizons of Innovation

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Adam Thierer, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, for a conversation about innovation and regulation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. What stands in the way of entrepreneurship and...

Episode 16: Why Crisis Management Matters for Freedom

Professor Larry Diamond returns to Ideas at Work for a conversation with Jennifer and Mike about democracy and freedom during the COVID-19 crisis. How have different countries responded to the coronavirus? What have democracies around the world done to balance public...

Episode 15: Empowering Entrepreneurs During a Pandemic

This week, Jennifer and Mike are joined by Pacific Legal Foundation's Anastasia Boden for a conversation about economic liberty and competition in the medical industry. Do regulations like Certificate of Needs laws keep out new entrepreneurs and harm the people they...

Show Notes: We Are One Another’s Best Resource: Fighting Poverty

Show Notes: Family Independence Initiative Investing in Families to Escape Poverty - Video from FreeThink Hyde Square Task Force US Census Bureau Report: Poverty: 2017 and 2018 New York Times: Homeownership and Wealth Creation UpTogether platform #GiveTogetherNow...

Episode 14: We Are One Another’s Best Resource

We’ve had a  “war on poverty”  for over 50 years.  And during the COVID-19 crisis, we’re seeing dramatic changes to the social safety net  in an effort to keep Americans housed, fed, and cared for during a national emergency. But what have those on the frontlines in...

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Relationships and politics

You open Facebook over your morning coffee, looking for signs of life, joy, and human connection. Your normal community activities are cancelled, every day is feeling a bit like Groundhog Day, and you could use a boost. And you get one! A friend you haven’t seen in...

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Civil Squared: How and with whom do you disagree?

I am definitely a road trip kind of person. I love the uninterrupted time with friends or family, and it’s always cool to see so many different parts of this big and amazing country. Choose your own ending  Last fall, I was listening to The Braver Angels podcast when...

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Small Business and the American Dream

Americans love small businesses, because they reflect many of the things we value: being self-made, creative, helping others, and being good neighbors. In short, small businesses embody many of the characteristics we think of as distinctly American. Small businesses...

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