Policy Outsider

Policy Outsider

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Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government takes you outside the halls of power to understand how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.


10. And Yet I’m Here
Jun 25 • 37 min
We return to Sullivan County, New York, with our Stories from Sullivan researchers to hear directly from a group of people in recovery at Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties — people who have lost friends to the epidemic, been to…
9. How to Reduce Gun Homicides
May 31 • 45 min
The debate about gun violence in the U.S. seems to be dominated by division and policy paralysis. But it doesn’t have to be. Some of the most effective policies in reducing gun homicides are also the most popular — among gun owners and proponents of gun…
8. A Gateway Drug for Federalism
Apr 26 • 23 min
What happened to legalized adult-use marijuana in New York and New Jersey? We sit down with Rockefeller Institute Chief of Staff and Fellow Heather Trela to understand why legalization efforts seem to have stalled in both states, and where we can expect…
7. Learning to Research Like a Pro
Apr 1 • 22 min
The Rockefeller Institute’s Center for Law & Policy Solutions partners undergraduate research interns from the University at Albany with policy experts at the Institute to investigate a single issue of pressing state or national importance each semester.…
6. Digging into Student Debt in New York
Feb 22 • 23 min
Forty-two percent of college graduates in New York State carry some amount student debt, with an average debt load of about $30,000. We sit down with Rockefeller Institute Director of Education Policy Studies Brian Backstrom to break down those numbers…
5. Who Gives and Who Gets
Jan 18 • 16 min
In the balance of payments between states and the federal government, some states “win” and some states “lose.” We speak with the authors of our new report, “Giving or Getting? New York’s Balance of Payments with the Federal Government,” about the factors…
4. Mankind v. Machines
Jan 10 • 28 min
Artificial intelligence and automation technologies are bringing massive change to labor, the economy, ethics, and society. The question now is how to harness those technologies rather than being overwhelmed by them — or overwhelmed by those who embrace…
3: Dynamite Youth
Nov 21, 2018 • 35 min
We take a trip to Sullivan County, New York, with the researchers behind the Rockefeller Institute’s long-term study of the opioid epidemic to hear from the people on the front lines of the crisis. Follow their research in real time with the Stories from…
2: From the Glass Ceiling to the Sticky Floor: Closing the Pay Equity Gap from the Bottom Up
Oct 30, 2018 • 100 min
Whereas the “glass ceiling” refers to the last barriers a woman faces on the corporate ladder, the “sticky floor” refers to the first barriers that women and people color face when entering the workforce — barriers that often keep them in low-paying,…
1: In the Weeds with Heather Trela
Oct 19, 2018 • 21 min
How can states legalize something that is illegal under federal law? Rockefeller Institute Chief of Staff and Fellow Heather Trela explains the growing tension between states and the federal government over marijuana policy, and where it may lead. Learn…