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Area 45 is a Hoover Institution podcast devoted to the Trump administration and the policy avenues available to America’s forty-fifth president. It is hosted by Hoover fellow, Bill Whalen.
Islam Under Assault In China With Michael Auslin
Nov 27 • 32 min
In China’s western Xinjiang territory, that country’s Uighur population finds itself banished to “re-education” camps in order to shed its Muslim faith and conform with Chinese ways. Michael Auslin, the Hoover Institution’s Hoover’s Williams-Griffis…
Giving Thanks With Niall Ferguson
Nov 21 • 53 min
As a prolific columnist and observer of U.S. and world affairs, Niall Ferguson has plenty to be grateful for, beginning with an American president seemingly always in the news. Ferguson, the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains…
Iran – Will Protests Lead To Progress? With Abbas Milani
Nov 19 • 39 min
A year ago, public protests in Iran put the future of that repressive regime in doubt. With new sanctions in place and protestors again taking to the street to demonstrate against economic conditions (and new US sanctions), will 2019 witness a sea change…
Trump Agonistes and the Harvard Lawsuit With John Yoo
Nov 13 • 52 min
The Trump Administration’s first post-midterm controversy: the constitutionality of the president’s choice for acting attorney general. John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, discusses the policy and political…
Into The Wild Blue Yonder With Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson
Nov 8 • 32 min
What does America need to do to maintain and improve military air superiority around the world? Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson offers her thoughts on weapons procurement, recruitment and retainment, plus the changing role of pilots in 21st Century…
What Challenges Face California’s New Governor With Lee Ohanian
Nov 6 • 43 min
A departure from the usual Area 45 podcast: instead of discussing the 45th president, we take a closer look at the 31st state in the union – California. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and UCLA economist, discusses what motivated him to…
Election Preview With Dave Brady, Mo Fiorina, and Doug Rivers
Nov 2 • 60 min
Next Tuesday’s midterm vote is both the first national referendum on the Trump presidency and a test of the zeal of Trump supporters and detractors. David Brady, Morris Fiorina and Doug Rivers – all Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford…
H.R. McMaster – “A Warrior Thinker”, Pt. 2
Oct 31 • 33 min
Prior to his appointment as the Hoover Institution’s Fouad and Michelle Ajami senior fellow, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster served as the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In the second installment of this Area 45 podcast, McMaster…
H.R. McMaster – “A Warrior Thinker”, Pt. 1
Oct 29 • 49 min
For 34 years, Army Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster served his country in times of war and peace – scoring victories on the battlefield and figuring better ways to prepare for future conflicts. Now the Hoover Institution’s Fouad and Michelle Ajami senior fellow,…
Is the Republican Party the “Party of Trump?” With Lanhee Chen
Oct 19 • 48 min
If Democrats regain the House, it’s not President Trump’s fault – or so the President tells the media. His son accuses the Republican establishment of a “losing” mentality. As this administration approaches its midpoint, is the Republican Party the “Party…
Is America Winning Against China?
Sep 27 • 48 min
President Trump delivered a U.N. address calling for China to change its American trade practices, which was followed by the two nations escalating their tariff war. Michael Auslin, Hoover Institution’s inaugural Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary…
Seven Weeks To Election Day
Sep 20 • 37 min
The “surf forecast” for the first Tuesday in November – a big “blue wave” or not? Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists David Brady and Douglas Rivers, conductors of a recount poll on political trends, discuss what their survey data…
Michael Anton on “The Flight 93 Election” Two Years Later
Sep 17 • 36 min
In September 2016, an anonymous author penned an essay entitled “The Flight 93 Election”, comparing the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is not unlike the doomed airliner that crashed during the 9/11 attacks. The author of that…
Trump & Conservatism With Matthew Continetti
Sep 10 • 50 min
Nearly two years into his presidency, what’s the status of Donald Trump’s relationship with his conservative base – and the conservative media? Matthew Continetti, a Hoover media fellow and editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon, discusses the…
A Hoover Institution Fellow’s Idea Becomes Law
Sep 4 • 39 min
How does a scholar bring policy reforms to legislative life? Tim Kane, the Hoover Institution’s J.P. Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies and a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, discusses his five-year odyssey with military pension reform, his…
George Shultz – Learning From Experience
Aug 31 • 83 min
George P. Shultz is one of only two individuals in U.S. history to have held four federal cabinet posts and has answered his nation’s call for over 75 years, from serving with the Marines in World War II to working with Ronald Reagan to bring a peaceful…
Covering John McCain with Jeff Barker
Aug 29 • 32 min
What was it like to firsthand observe John McCain transform from a first-term U.S. Senator into a national political icon? Jeff Barker, a Baltimore Sun reporter who covered McCain from 1991-2000 while writing for the D.C. bureau of the Arizona Republic,…
The Kavanaugh Hearings with Michael McConnell
Aug 27 • 40 min
Awaiting Congress on the day after Labor Day: the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Michael McConnell, a Hoover Institution senior fellow, the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional…
The Hoovers— A Family Tradition of Leadership and Public Service
Aug 9 • 35 min
August 10 marks the 144th birthday of America’s 31st president. How should the nation remember Herbert Hoover, and what might he think in the age of Trump? Margaret Hoover, host of PBS’ reprised Firing Line and a Hoover Institution overseer, discusses her…
What Survey Data Indicates About the Parties’ Chances this Fall
Aug 6 • 50 min
With the election less than one hundred days away, which narrative to believe—an approaching Democratic blue wave or a district-by-district slog? Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists David Brady and Douglas Rivers, conductors of a…
Taxes, GDP Growth, and the Trump Economy
Jul 31 • 41 min
A second-quarter GDP that surpassed 4% was cause for a victory lap in the Trump White House last week. Is the exuberance justified? Is the US economy looking at sustained growth or a third-quarter surprise? John Cochrane, the Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson…
The Enigmatic Russian President
Jul 25 • 42 min
Vladimir Putin: President Trump’s friend, foe, or a category entirely his own? With a second Putin-Trump meeting in the works for later this year, Hoover senior fellow and Russian historian Robert Service offers his thoughts on the enigmatic Russian…
The Supreme Court and Judge Brett Kavanaugh
Jul 11 • 42 min
After a 12-day build-up that was one-part suspense and another part “The Bachelor”, President Trump settled on Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. Adam White, a Hoover Institution research fellow and director of the Center for the Study of…
Tom Gilligan on Ideas Defining a Free Society
Jun 27 • 26 min
After a particularly contentious June, America settles into the 4th of July holiday – and with it, an opportunity to reflect on the privileges of living in a free society. Thomas Gilligan, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution,…
A Blue Wave in the November 2018 Election?
Jun 19 • 46 min
Will we see a big “blue wave” this November that puts Democrats back in control of the US House of Representatives or a more modest action the hurts Republicans but doesn’t end their majority status? David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Senior…
The 2018 summit featuring President Trump and Kim Jong-un
Jun 13 • 47 min
The Road To Singapore, not the 1940 film starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, but the 2018 summit featuring President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Michael Auslin, the Hoover Institution’s Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia, explains…
The US Navy - Ready for Anything
Jun 4 • 48 min
What all’s involved in training today’s warriors for combat? CDR Michael Nordeen, a Hoover Institution National Security Affairs fellow and decorated naval aviator, discusses the tools and technology necessary to keep the US Navy at a state of readiness.…
Anticipating Global Insecurity with Amy Zegart
May 30 • 46 min
In a world complicated by terrorism, cyber threats and political instability, the private sector has to prepare for the unexpected. Amy Zegart, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Family Senior Fellow and co-author (along with Condoleezza Rice) of Political…
The 2018 Election – A Second Quarter Update
May 25 • 52 min
In basketball parlance, the fourth and decisive quarter of this year’s election doesn’t commence until after Labor Day. But that doesn’t mean important trends haven’t developed. Hoover senior fellow and renowned pollster Doug Rivers explains what current…
Iran Nuclear Deal – The Aftermath of Withdrawing
May 10 • 51 min
Now that President Trump has made good on a major campaign promise – pulling the U.S. out of the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal – the debate has begun whether it was the right move. Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam…
Unleashing the Economy With John Cochrane
May 3 • 44 min
Four of the Dow Jones’ greatest single-day swings occurred in a one-week stretch in February. Was it an aberration, or the new normal in the Trump economy? John Cochrane, the Hoover Institution’s Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson Senior Fellow and purveyor of…
North Korea – No Nukes?
Apr 26 • 43 min
As North and South Korean leaders meet to discuss a possible peace agreement and an end to decades of hostility, is President Trump’s next move a one-on-one summit with the “honorable” Kim Jong-un? Hoover senior fellow Thomas Henriksen assesses the stakes…
Melania - Citizen and Friend of the World
Apr 24 • 43 min
First Lady Melania Trump has championed cyber-bullying as a cause, but Hoover visiting fellow Markos Kounalakis thinks she should broaden her horizons – to include a little diplomacy in her native Central Europe. It’s a portion of the world that’s drifted…
Modernizing National Parks – At What Price?
Apr 16 • 44 min
Now that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has pulled back on a plan to double the entry fees to America’s national parks, how will Washington address the multi-billion-dollar infrastructure backlog facing the National Park Service? Terry Anderson, the Hoover…
Charting A Course For Charter Schools
Apr 12 • 44 min
A quarter of a century since the nation’s first charter school opened in Minnesota, a new administration in Washington speaks of “school choice.” Eric Hanushek, the Hoover Institution’s Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, and Macke Raymond, a Hoover…
Sorting Out the Midterm Elections with David Brady
Apr 5 • 53 min
The coming midterm election is more than a litmus test of the Trump presidency. It’s also a continuation of a fourth cycle of political polarization dating back to the Civil War. David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Family Senior Fellow, explains…
Big Brother Facebook Is Watching You
Apr 2 • 54 min
T.S. Eliot deemed April “the cruelest month,” but for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg it’s been March with the Cambridge Analytica data scandal that’s cast doubt on the fabled “social network.” Niall Ferguson, the Hoover Institution’s Milbank Family Senior…
Scott Pruitt on How the Trump Administration has reoriented the EPA
Mar 29 • 17 min
“Making America toxic again,” as one publication suggested, or a public servant dedicated to paring honest science and environmental stewardship? Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, stops by to explain how the Trump…
Trump and Politics in the “Hugh-niverse” with Hugh Hewitt
Mar 29 • 34 min
How’s the Trump presidency faring and what’s its effect on “Victorian Reagan conservatives” and the political chattering class? Hugh Hewitt, a conservative talk-radio and MSNBC host (not to mention the recipient of several Trump barbs as a 2016 GOP debate…
Trump – Like A Rolling Stone
Mar 27 • 40 min
Donald Trump’s rallies with the Rolling Stone’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But If You Try Sometimes, You Get What You Need.” Is that the prevailing conservative attitude 14 months into his presidency? Rich Lowry, editor of The National Review,…
Baby Boomers, Millennials, Generation Z and the Power of the Vote
Mar 22 • 40 min
By the 2020 election, America’s “millennial” class will replace Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest age-bloc of voters. David Davenport, a Hoover Institution research fellow specializing in constitution federalism and Americans politics and law,…
How to build resilience to catastrophic events with Alice Hill
Mar 20 • 39 min
The latest FEMA “strategic plan” mentions “risking natural hazard risk” but not a peep about global warming, rising sea levels or devastating weather. Alice Hill, a Hoover Institution research fellow focusing on building resilience to catastrophic events,…
The Trump and California Economies with Michael Boskin
Mar 15 • 70 min
Tariffs and the looming threat of a trade war, the White House shaking up its economic team, and the president suggesting another round of tax cuts begs the question: what next in Washington, DC? Dr. Michael J. Boskin, a Hoover Institution senior fellow…
National Security and Trade - China, North Korea, and the United States
Mar 9 • 55 min
China is a big player in economic and geopolitical matters, including trade, global aspirations, and finding a solution to the escalating tensions with North Korea. Michael Auslin, Hoover’s inaugural Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia, discusses…
The State Of The US Economy With John Taylor
Mar 5 • 31 min
The state of the US economy in two words: “getting better.” That’s the learned opinion of John Taylor, the Hoover Institution’s George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He…
On Top Of The World With David Slayton
Feb 27 • 41 min
Though it’s a relatively small expanse (just one-and-a-half times the size of the US), the Arctic Ocean is fraught with global strategic concerns. David Slayton, a Hoover research fellow and co-chair of Hoover’s Arctic Security Initiative, explains the…
Influencing Influenza with Dr. Henry Miller
Feb 20 • 52 min
A century ago, an American president had little to say while the world was ravaged by a flu pandemic. In 2018, in the midst of yet another flu epidemic, so too is President Trump silent. What are the Trump Administration’s options in terms of offering…
Act II: Mitt Romney vs. the White House
Feb 16 • 34 min
Ordinarily, the second-place finisher in a presidential election doesn’t have a second political act. But the times aren’t ordinary and Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, is now a US Senate candidate in Utah. Hoover research fellow Lanhee Chen, Romney’s…
President Trump, From A Libertarian Perspective
Feb 7 • 62 min
A funny thing happened to America’s libertarian movement – it expected a champion to emerge in the 2016 election; it may or may not have one in Donald Trump. Richard Epstein, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and the voice…
Trump, By The Numbers
Feb 2 • 59 min
With the polling data available, how does the discerning citizen make sense of the Trump presidency and the probabilities in the upcoming midterm election? David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Family Senior Fellows, offers his viewers’ guide for…
The State Of The Golden State
Jan 25 • 47 min
California, the land of anti-Trump “resistance”, has its own problems both irresistible and intractable – mounting public pension debt, underfunded schools, and a revenue stream too dependent upon capital gains. David Crane, a Stanford lecturer, past…
Iran on the Brink? with Abbas Milani
Jan 12 • 49 min
Eight years after Iran’s Green Movement and antigovernment protests, will the current unrest in the nation have no lasting impact or is it the beginning of the end for the repressive theocracy? Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and the Hamid and…
Battleground Washington: Trump versus DC
Dec 21, 2017 • 60 min
Recorded on December 12, 2017 Washington, DC, is a complicated town full of competing interests vying to control the federal government. Michael Franc, director of the Hoover Institution’s research and initiatives program in the nation’s capital and a…
The Media, the Message, and President Trump, Featuring Debra J. Saunders
Dec 19, 2017 • 52 min
Recorded on December 11, 2017 For years Hoover media fellow Debra J. Saunders was the San Francisco Chronicle’s token conservative columnist until moving to Washington to cover the Trump White House for the Las Vegas Review–Journal. In this podcast she…
China’s Maritime Silk Road and American Naval Readiness, Featuring Admiral Gary Roughead
Dec 15, 2017 • 55 min
Recorded on December 11, 2017 As the US Navy carries out high-profile missions in the Persian Gulf and off the Korean coast, China’s navy quietly continues its expansion: a maritime silk road stretching across the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Aden. Admiral…
Who’s in Charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Featuring Adam White
Dec 12, 2017 • 47 min
A question over who’s in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has led to a standoff between the Trump administration and the Rebel Alliance: independent-minded CFPB staffers who believe they don’t report to the president. Hoover…
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Dec 7, 2017 • 50 min
Seventy-six years ago, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America went to war. Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover senior fellow and author of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, discusses lessons learned from that…
Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate Featuring Morris Fiorina
Nov 28, 2017 • 38 min
America at its worst divide since the Civil War? Not exactly, says Hoover senior fellow Morris Fiorina, the author of Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate. Fiorina contends that voters haven’t abandoned the center but…
Lee Harvey Oswald Was My Friend Featuring Paul Gregory
Nov 20, 2017 • 32 min
In November 1963 Paul Gregory’s family resided in Fort Worth, Texas. As members of the city’s Russian immigrant community, they befriended Lee and Marina Oswald. Gregory recounts his time in the company of JFK’s assassin, possible motivations for Oswald’s…
The Future of Germany Featuring Russell Berman
Nov 17, 2017 • 37 min
The good news for Angela Merkel is to be re-elected to a fourth term as German chancellor. The bad news is fashioning a working coalition of political parties divided over taxes, immigration, and climate policy. Hoover Institution senior fellow Russell…
Hoover Fellow Doug Rivers Breaks Down the Virginia Election
Nov 8, 2017 • 54 min
A year after Donald Trump’s improbable win, voters went to the polls in Virginia to elect a new governor—a contest that was, in part, a referendum on Trump’s nascent presidency. Hoover senior fellow and renowned pollster Doug Rivers breaks down the Old…
Hamilton—the Man, the Myth —the Donald?
Oct 19, 2017 • 56 min
Lionized in print and on theater stages, Alexander Hamilton is a curious bookend for a new president who likewise calls Manhattan home, is steeped in capitalism, and uses the media to joust with his rivals. Elizabeth Cobbs, a Hoover Institution senior…
Of Patents, Trump, and Trolls Featuring Stephen Haber
Oct 18, 2017 • 43 min
The United States is tenth in the world among nations’ protecting intellectual property. In 2016 US patent applications declined by one percent. Stephen Haber, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, examines a patent landscape that…
Let’s Get This Party Started Featuring Lanhee Chen
Oct 13, 2017 • 50 min
America’s GOP dominates at all levels of government—state legislative, gubernatorial, congressional, presidential—yet Republicans have struggled, quite publicly, to come to terms with the party’s direction during the era of Trump. Lanhee Chen, the Hoover…
Trump’s Energy Strategy, the Nuclear Option, featuring Jeremy Carl
Oct 11, 2017 • 41 min
Recorded on October 6, 2017 A new administration means a new approach to federal energy approach, in the case of Donald Trump’s presidency, a new look at nuclear energy. Hoover research fellow Jeremy Carl, coauthor of Keeping the Lights on at America’s…
American Attitudes toward Immigration featuring Tim Kane
Oct 9, 2017 • 41 min
Recorded on September 28, 2017 As Congress and the White House wrestle over immigration reform—funding for a border wall, protecting Dreamers—what is the public’s attitude? Timothy Kane, the Hoover Institution’s J. P Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies,…
Is Entitlement Reform Possible? Featuring John Cogan
Oct 4, 2017 • 40 min
It’s a tradition dating back to the Founding Fathers: the American government financing safeguards, be it retirement (Social Security), health benefits (Medicare), or rewards for military service in the form of federal entitlements. In an age of debt and…
The Geopolitics of China and North Korea
Sep 28, 2017 • 49 min
Recorded on September 26, 2017 The largest nation on the other side of the Pacific Rim plays an outsized role in economic and geopolitical matters, including trade, global aspirations, and finding a solution to the escalating tensions with North Korea.…
The North Korean Conundrum
Sep 28, 2017 • 42 min
Recorded on September 26, 2017 After nearly a quarter of a century of the same approach—diplomacy, sanctions, and concessions—the United States seems out of policy options other than a military solution with regard to North Korea . Michael Auslin,…
The Trump Administration’s Peacemaking Strategy in Israel
Sep 25, 2017 • 46 min
Recorded on September 13, 2017 “In Israel, in order to be a realist … you have to believe in miracles,” observed the late David Ben-Gurion. Peter Berkowitz, the Hoover Institution’s Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow and an expert on Israeli affairs,…
A House Divided – Can the Conservatives Come Together?
Sep 19, 2017 • 47 min
An irony of Donald Trump: in the process of besting Hillary Clinton, he also divided conservatives into three camps. So contends Tevi Troy, a best-selling author and political analyst who worries about the lack of an intellectual presence in the current…
A Better Strategy for the Next Natural Disaster in Light of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Sep 15, 2017 • 40 min
Americans watched with forlorn fascination as devastating hurricanes laid waste to stretches of Florida and Texas. Hoover research fellow Alice Hill explains how the nation can better prepare for future natural disasters. The key word is “resilience.” Did…
A View from across the Aisle
Aug 23, 2017 • 50 min
Representative Ro Khanna, a California Democrat from Silicon Valley and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, discusses the feasibility of re-creating the technology economy in other parts of the United States. Is there room for working with…
School of Public Opinion: K–12 Schools in the United States
Aug 17, 2017 • 42 min
Recorded on July 24, 2017 With schools in session across the country, Hoover senior fellow Paul Peterson details this year’s survey of American education by Education Next. Among the more notable results: teachers are wary of their colleagues’…
President Trump Rolls Past 200 Days
Aug 15, 2017 • 48 min
Where does President Trump stand in the opinion polls now that his second hundred days in office are complete? David Brady and Doug Rivers, both Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, reveal data showing where Republicans and…
The Divided States of America
Aug 8, 2017 • 37 min
Recorded on July 26, 2017 So many of the presumptions going into the November election–Donald Trump swamped by a tidal wave of vengeful women, minorities, and progressives – didn’t pan out. Why? Morris Fiorina, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and…
Discovering America One Day at a Time
Aug 1, 2017 • 47 min
Recorded on July 20, 2017 How do you remedy Americans’ lack of historical knowledge? By picking up a copy of On This Date–from the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day At a Time. The book’s author, Carl Cannon, is the Real Clear Politics…
Is the Legislative Branch Broken?
Jul 25, 2017 • 47 min
Recorded on July 19, 2017 Six months into the Trump presidency the GOP Congress struggles with the promise of swift and dramatic reforms. Kevin Kosar, the R Street Institute’s vice president of policy and a ten-year veteran of Capitol Hill, discusses how…
Trump’s Executive Orders
Jul 20, 2017 • 43 min
One hundred and fifty days into his presidency, Donald Trump is on pace to issue the most executive orders for a first-year president since Harry Truman in 1945. Hoover research fellow Adam White reviews the highs and lows of Trump’s signing flurry–and…
America’s 241st Birthday
Jul 3, 2017 • 38 min
Summary As the nation prepares for its Fourth of July celebration, the question arises of where the Trump presidency fits in the mosaic of American leadership. David M. Kennedy, a Stanford University historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, discusses the…
President Trump’s Report Card
Jun 20, 2017 • 38 min
As Donald Trump’s presidency passes the five-month mark, Hoover senior fellows Dave Brady and Doug Rivers share their polling on Trump’s support from Republicans and independents, plus his policy strengths and weaknesses. We also take a further look at…
The State Of The United Kingdom
Jun 13, 2017 • 35 min
The drama in Washington? A pittance compared to the upheaval across the pond: British prime minister Theresa May’s disastrous snap election. Hoover Institution senior fellow Niall Ferguson, a native Scot, assesses May’s future and that of Brexit, plus…
The Art of Presidential Wordsmithery Featuring Peter Robinson
Jun 6, 2017 • 55 min
Presidents are defined by rhetorical moments: Reagan and Kennedy at the Berlin Wall; George W. Bush rallying the nation after the 9/11 attacks. And Donald Trump? So far his presidency hasn’t been one of major addresses. Hoover fellow Peter Robinson,…
The Fate Of Obamacare
May 30, 2017 • 40 min
Recorded on May 25, 2017 As far as the fate of Obamacare goes, the ball’s in the Senate’s court: to alter the House’s plan or develop a prescription of its own. Dr. Scott Atlas, the Hoover Institution’s David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow and a frequent…
President Trump, a Rugged Individualist?
May 18, 2017 • 42 min
The American dream rests on the notion on “rugged individualism”: freedom, liberty, and equality of opportunity and a tradition of conquering physical, economic, social, and political frontiers. David Davenport, coauthor of Rugged Individualism: Dead or…
Cyber Security
May 11, 2017 • 42 min
It’s a threat the likes of which America has never faced: the theft of intellectual property, lifestyle disruptions, and attacks tailored to degrade or destroy the nation’s military capabilities. Amy Zegart, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Family Senior…
The French Elections
May 9, 2017 • 39 min
Hoover senior fellow Russell Berman, a specialist in the study of German literary and cultural politics, takes us through the aftershocks of the French presidential election. Is German chancellor Angela Merkel breathing a sigh of relief or, despite the…
Trump’s First Hundred Days (Plus Six)
May 6, 2017 • 49 min
Hoover political scientists David Brady and Doug Rivers diagnose the Trump presidency’s health based on polling data and the state of antiglobalization populism on the eve of France’s presidential vote. Will European Union resentment, like many a would-be…
The Media vs. Donald Trump
Apr 27, 2017 • 31 min
Recorded on April 13, 2017 No presidency in the post–Watergate era has had this contentious a relationship with the Fourth Estate. Rarely have correspondents and news outlets been this boisterous in their objection to the policies and personality of a…
Trump’s First Hundred Days
Apr 24, 2017 • 42 min
As the Trump presidency approaches its first notable milestone, we check in with Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover senior fellow and proprietor of The Classicist podcast, on the administration’s early moves. It was Victor Davis Hanson who saw the Trump train…
The Environment
Apr 19, 2017 • 38 min
As Earth Day approaches, Hoover senior fellow Terry Anderson rates the new interior secretary and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator and suggests some free-market environmental principles for the two to pursue. Also should the Trump…
North Korea
Apr 13, 2017 • 42 min
As tensions mount on the Korean Peninsula, the possibility increases of a US military strike against the rogue regime of Kim Jong-un. Tom Henriksen, a Hoover senior fellow emeritus and author of multiple books on US military and diplomatic approaches to…
The Gorsuch Nomination
Apr 6, 2017 • 39 min
As the US Senate decides the fate of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, we look at the fragile state of the federal judicial nomination process. Hoover senior fellow Michael McConnell, who served alongside Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals,…
Education Reform
Mar 14, 2017 • 32 min
Recorded on March 9, 2017 President Trump calls it “the civil rights issue of our time,” offering low-income families their choice of better schools. Checker Finn, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and chair of Hoover’s Task Force on K-12 Education,…
US Military
Mar 6, 2017 • 39 min
President Trump wants a nearly 10 percent increase in defense spending. Is the new administration on the right track? Hoover research fellow Kori Schake, coauthor with Defense Secretary James Mattis of Warriors and Citizens, a book detailing the…
Immigration Reform
Mar 1, 2017 • 40 min
Comprehensive immigration reform is dead in Washington, but Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane discusses a step-by-step approach on the economics, safety, and fairness of immigration reform that’s feasible if the president and congressional leaders are…
US and Russian relations
Feb 23, 2017 • 34 min
What to make of US-Russian relations? Michael McFaul, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow and US ambassador to Moscow from 2012-2014, deciphers the riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, that is the coming diplomacy…
The Art of Presidential Transitions
Feb 16, 2017 • 46 min
Tax Reform during the forty-fifth Presidency
Feb 9, 2017 • 38 min
President Trump has indicated that a “phenomenal” tax reform will materialize in two to three weeks. John Cochrane, Hoover senior fellow and author of the Grumpy Economist blog, walks us through the intricacies of what may evolve and why a carbon tax…
Trump’s First Two Weeks
Feb 2, 2017 • 38 min
Only two weeks into the job, President Trump hasn’t lacked for action – or drama. That includes executive orders, meetings with foreign leaders, a Supreme Court pick and an open question as to implementing an ambitious agenda. Hoover polling experts…