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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.


Fred Barnes: Impeachment Then, Then, And Now
Dec 13 • 51 min
He’s had a front-row seat to the Nixon, Clinton, and Trump impeachment sagas. Fred Barnes, a veteran Washington journalist and Hoover media fellow, discusses the nuances among the three proceedings dating over the past 45 years and the what current drama…
Giving Thanks With Niall Ferguson
Nov 26 • 54 min
We are replaying this wonderful Thanksgiving podcast with Niall Ferguson. As a prolific columnist and observer of US and world affairs, Niall Ferguson has plenty to be grateful for, beginning with an American president seemingly always in the news.…
John Cochrane: Wealth Under Attack
Nov 20 • 45 min
Two prominent Democratic presidential candidates want to impose “wealth taxes” on millionaires’ holdings. A prominent liberal economist declares that no billionaire ever made their fortune legitimately. John Cochrane, a renowned economist and the Hoover…
The State Of The Presidential Race
Nov 15 • 61 min
What a week in politics: public impeachment hearings, a candidates’ filing deadline in New Hampshire, one Republican leaving the presidential race and one (perhaps two) Democrats jumping in. Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists Dave…
John Batchelor
Nov 8 • 43 min
For nearly two decades now, radio host and Hoover media fellow John Batchelor has saturated the airwaves with cerebral conversations pertaining to national and international affairs. This time answering the questions rather than asking them, Batchelor…
Joe Felter: The Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy
Nov 4 • 43 min
In an era of competitive influence with China and Russia, what are the policy implications for the Indo-Pacific region? Joseph Felter, a Hoover Institution research fellow and, until just recently, a defense assistant secretary for South and Southeast…
Lanhee Chen: Republican Rift?
Oct 31 • 33 min
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s recent criticism of President Trump, coupled with growing Republican angst over the coming election, has made a complicated relationship between President Trump and party regulars all the more tangled. Lanhee Chen, the Hoover…
Steve Scully: C-SPAN And Campaign 2020
Oct 28 • 48 min
For 40 years now, as political media have grown more polarized, the C-SPAN cable news channel has offered unbiased, unfiltered coverage of political figures, elections, and government. Steve Scully, C-SPAN’s political director, discusses the channel’s…
Navy Capt. Christopher Sharman On Vietnam’s “Balancing” Act
Oct 23 • 38 min
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of US-Vietnamese bilateral relations. Navy Capt. Christopher Sharman, a Hoover Institution National Security Affairs Fellow and former naval attaché to Vietnam and China, explains how Vietnam balances its international…
James Sweeney On California’s Electricity Woes
Oct 18 • 47 min
Last week’s decision by California utilities to halt power to about two million residents, to avoid downed electricity lines sparking wildfires, plunged parts of the Golden State into darkness – and begged the questions of why the world’s fifth-largest…
David Leal On President Trump, Texas, And The Latino Vote
Oct 11 • 48 min
Is Texas in play in 2020 for Democrats? Is America’s Latino vote the “sleeping giant” the media predict it will be every four years? David Leal, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and University of Texas-Austin political scientist, separates fact from…
“All In On Donald Trump” With Charles Hurt
Oct 8 • 67 min
The rationale for Donald Trump in 2016: border control, the opiate crisis, honoring America’s “forgotten man,” and much more. Charles Hurt, a Fox News contributor and author of Still Winning: Why America Went All In On Donald Trump – And Why We Must Do It…
Debra Saunders On White House Press Briefings
Oct 4 • 53 min
Three words not uttered in the Trump White House’s press room “call the briefing.” Not since March has a White House press secretary done a full-on, live-televised briefing. Debra J. Saunders, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s White House correspondent,…
Brady and Rivers: Impeachment … By The Numbers
Oct 1 • 52 min
As impeachment speculation mounts, the question remains: what effect, if any, has it had on the popularity of President Trump, Joe Biden, and the Democratic field? David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University…
Daniel Heil Discusses “America Off Balance”
Sep 25 • 61 min
Federal budget choices have consequences – for this and for future generations of Americans. Daniel Heil, a Hoover research fellow specializing in fiscal policy, takes us on a tour of “America Off Balance” – a Hoover interactive site that seeks to educate…
Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer on House Republican Policy
Sep 18 • 43 min
Trying to regain the majority status they lost in the 2018 midterm election, what do House Republicans plan to showcase this fall in the way of ideas and initiatives? Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer, chair of the House Republican Policy Committee, discusses the…
Mark Tillman: Piloting Air Force One on 9/11
Sep 10 • 44 min
Most of us remember where we were on September 11, 2001. For Col. Mark Tillman, USAF-Ret., it was commanding Air Force One – which happened to be in Sarasota, Florida, on the day of the attack. One of only 14 Americans to have served as a presidential…
Tim Kane’s Economic “Beauty Contest”
Sep 4 • 51 min
Every wondered how individuals determine how much things are really worth? A Hoover Institution online survey – i.e., an “economic beauty contest” – wants your input. Tim Kane, an economist and the Hoover Institution’s J.P. Conte Fellow in Immigration…
Shelby Steele On Race And Victimization In America
Aug 27 • 64 min
He’s the son of a biracial couple who worked for equality well before “mixed” marriages were publicly accepted, protested in the 1960s and considered himself a “radical” before reconsidering race relations in America. On the 400th anniversary of African…
Michael Boskin Discusses The Left’s Agenda
Aug 21 • 43 min
A Green New Deal, Universal Basic Income, Medicare-For-All. Are these sounds ideas or economic illiteracy? Michael Boskin, the Hoover Institution’s Wohlford Family Senior Fellow and the Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University,…
Ed Lazear Assesses the Trump Economy
Aug 14 • 47 min
Trade wars with China, charges of currency manipulation, volatile markets, a labor market at full employment – all in a week’s news. Edward Lazear, the Hoover Institution’s Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow and chairman of the President’s…
Brady And Rivers On The State Of The Presidential Race
Aug 6 • 45 min
Two Democratic presidential debates down, the next one not until mid-September. David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, weigh in on the state of the race – including what post-debate polling suggests about the…
Guy Benson On Trump And The Millennial Vote
Jul 29 • 44 min
In order to secure re-election, President Trump will need to turn out his base – and then some. Guy Benson, a Hoover Institution media fellow and host of an eponymous Fox News Radio Show, discusses what it will take for his fellow “millennial…
Scott Atlas Discusses How To Replace Obamacare
Jul 19 • 50 min
Should the Affordable Care Act be struck down as unconstitutional? Senate Republicans will have to scramble to avoid a repeat of 2017, and the seven months that ended with an inability to come up with an Obamacare replacement. Scott Atlas, M.D., the…
The US-UK “Special Relationship” With Andrew Roberts
Jul 12 • 61 min
Political earthquakes on both sides of the Atlantic have left the “special relationship” between the US and the UK on shaky ground. Andrew Roberts, the Hoover Institution’s Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow and author of Churchill: Walking with…
The School Spending Disconnect With Paul Peterson
Jul 8 • 38 min
In California and other states nationwide, record sums are being sent on public education. And yet improvement – better testing scores, closing achievement gaps – remains elusive. Paul Peterson, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and director of the…
About Those Debates …With David Brady and Doug Rivers
Jul 1 • 63 min
One Democratic presidential debate down, another 11 to go. David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, weigh in on the state of the race to find a challenger to President Trump – including what post-debate polling…
Tilling The Democratic Field With Ben Domenech
Jun 5 • 61 min
Who will stand between President Trump and a second term? Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, recently traveled to New Hampshire for an up-close look at the Democrat’s presidential field. His conclusion: the nominee will come from one of three…
What’s Next For North Korea With Thomas Henriksen
May 31 • 42 min
President Trump’s insistence that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a good-faith bargainer begs the question: will Kim ever give up his nuclear ambitions or allow economic reforms into North Korea? Hoover emeritus senior fellow Thomas Henriksen assesses…
How Public Policy Became War With David Davenport
May 24 • 37 min
In case you haven’t noticed there’s a war on … terror, drugs, poverty, you name it. David Davenport, a Hoover Institution research fellow specializing in constitutional federalism and American politics and law, and co-author of the newly released How…
The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy (Part II) With Byron York
May 20 • 51 min
Nearly 15 years ago, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York wrote a book outlining the left’s efforts to outmaneuver the Bush 43 presidency. The differences then and now? York explains – and offers his thoughts on the state of the 2020 presidential race.…
Trump’s Suburban Divide With Barbara Comstock
May 15 • 52 min
For two terms, Barbara Comstock represented Virginia’s 10th Congressional District – until last year’s referendum on the Trump presidency. The former congresswoman discusses the Trump disconnect in her corner of Northern Virginia, and suggests ways for…
Japan’s New Emperor With Michael Auslin
May 9 • 37 min
A new Japanese emperor means the continuation of a centuries-old tradition, with a modern twist: the new emperor and empress haven’t produced a son to inherit the throne. Hoover fellow Michael Auslin, host of the “Pacific Century” podcast, explains the…
The Race For The Presidency With Dave Brady
May 1 • 43 min
With 20 Democrats seeking the presidency, is it too early to be thinking about a brokered convention? David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Family Senior Fellow and a Stanford political scientist, addresses that question plus whether Bernie Sanders…
Politics and Good Books With Barton Swaim
Apr 24 • 52 min
A rash of presidential candidates also means a rash of candidates’ books – some biographical, some more policy-oriented, and very few all that notable. Barton Swaim, who pens a politics-books column for the Wall Street Journal, explains why campaigning…
California And Economics On Your Mind With Lee Ohanian
Apr 18 • 43 min
What to make of California’s economic health, its new governor and the state’s role as the lead in the anti-Trump “resistance?” Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” twice-weekly column,…
A Healthier America With Health And Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan
Apr 11 • 30 min
The leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer: “unintentional injuries,” including opioid-related fatalities. US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan explains how the Trump Administration aims to limit…
An American Civics Lesson With David Davenport
Apr 3 • 42 min
Granting 16-years-old the right to vote, abolishing the Electoral College, reshaping the makeup of the Supreme Court, states entering a voting compact? All are proposals championed and floated by a left still smarting from the 2016 election. David…
The Trillion-Dollar Storm With Alice Hill
Mar 25 • 47 min
As economically devastating as this decade’s hurricanes and wildfires have been, the US is looking at even worse scenarios in the years ahead. Alice Hill, a Hoover Institution research fellow focusing on building resilience to catastrophic events,…
The Myths of Immigration with Tim Kane
Mar 20 • 42 min
Who supports a wall-for-legalization deal on immigration? The Trump base – more so than Republicans in general. That’s one of the nonconventional findings in a Hoover-YouGov poll on immigration reform. Tim Kane, the Hoover Institution’s J.P. Conte Fellow…
Is Washington, DC – Trump’s Town? With Mike Franc
Mar 14 • 44 min
Two years into his presidency, Washington, DC, is not Donald Trump’s town ceremonially or stylistically – which is how the 45th president wants it. Michael Franc, director of the Hoover Institution’s research and initiatives program in the nation’s…
The Roberts Court With Adam White
Mar 11 • 56 min
A Trump veto of a congressional rejection of his “national emergency” declaration means another controversy that could be settled by the Supreme Court – which in turns means Chief Justice Roberts as a potential swing vote. Hoover research fellow Adam…
Area 45: The 2020 Presidential Field With David Brady and Doug Rivers
Mar 4 • 58 min
A baker’s-dozen Democrats have launched presidential efforts; another dozen are weighing a run. Is it a sign that President Trump is easy pickings – or is it a sign that the Democratic party is undergoing an identity crisis? David Brady and Doug Rivers,…
Class Warfare—Teachers Go On Strike With Paul Peterson
Feb 17 • 42 min
Decades ago, a California teachers’ union executive described the notion of educators walking a picket line as “inappropriate, unprofessional, illegal, outmoded, and ineffective.” Paul Peterson, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and director of the…
The (Second) American Civil War? With Victor Davis Hanson
Feb 13 • 57 min
On the 210th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, some have suggested that United States faces a second “civil war” – a conflict over culture, economics, and world view. Victor Davis Hanson, the Hoover Institution’s Martin and Illie Anderson Senior…
Is Taxing Wealth “Economic Justice?” With John Cochrane
Feb 7 • 51 min
The 2020 election is shaping up as a referendum on raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans – what Democrats call “economic justice.” John Cochrane, the Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and proprietor of the “Grumpy…
Venezuela On The Brink With Markos Kounalakis
Jan 30 • 54 min
Six years ago, a US Secretary of State John Kerry declared an end to the Monroe Doctrine and US dominance of the Latin America. Hoover visiting fellow Markos Kounalakis suggests that the Trump Administration’s response to the constitutional crisis in…
Is It Constitutional? Featuring Richard Epstein
Jan 17 • 52 min
Constitutional law is frequently thrown around as a justification without people fulling understanding the document. From Speaker Pelosi believing she’s President Trump’s co-equal, to air traffic controllers demanding pay and senators wanting to know more…
The Lowdown On The Shutdown With David Brady
Jan 15 • 44 min
Now in its record third week, the partial shutdown of the federal government casts a long shadow over the new Congress and the nascent Democratic presidential field. But has it affected President Trump’s popularity? David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s…
What Political Scientists Learned in 2018
Dec 20, 2018 • 47 min
In 2018, the House went Democratic and the Senate remained Republican – both, as expected. Now, the presidential cycle begins. Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists David Brady and Douglas Rivers, conductors of a recount poll on…
Islam Under Assault In China With Michael Auslin
Nov 27, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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…