30,000 Leagues

30,000 Leagues

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A new podcast from The Policy Lab


Rhode Island’s plan for re-opening our communities (with Dr. James McDonald, RI Dept of Health)
Apr 29 • 42 min
It’s April 28th, 2020, and we’re a few months into the Covid-19 pandemic. Here in Rhode Island we’ve been under a stringent, stay-and-home order for the past 30 days. States across the country are starting to consider when and how to responsibly lift…
Does cash bail increase mass incarceration? (with Robin Steinberg)
Mar 23 • 59 min
On any given day, about half a million people are locked in jail, but not yet convicted of any crime. The most common reason by far is an inability to pay cash bail. Bail is the main driver of mass incarceration, but what is cash bail? How should it work…
Special Edition: What we know about coronavirus (with Dr. Philip Chan)
Mar 16 • 59 min
We’re in an unusual moment. Schools are closed. We’re being asked to socially distance ourselves from our neighbors and in general. Society is bunkering down in the face of novel coronavirus. What is COVID-19 what can it do to our bodies and what are the…
What is the knowledge illusion? (with Steve Sloman)
Feb 26 • 48 min
Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works! How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? In this episode, David Yokum sits down with Steve Sloman, author of The…
When does advertising become manipulation? (with Mark Bartholomew)
Jan 29 • 68 min
Corporate America knows you better than ever before, but is that a good thing? The apps we use, the electronic books we read, and the digital coupons we shop with may be convenient, but they also provide businesses with an increasingly fine-grained map of…
Can money buy you happiness? (with Mike Norton)
Sep 23, 2019 • 67 min
Can money make you happy? How should you spend the 20 dollars in your pocket right now? Is mo’ money really mo’ problems? We are joined today by Mike Norton, a Professor of Harvard Business School and Co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter…
What is the future of the energy grid? (with Macky McCleary)
Sep 9, 2019 • 60 min
A few weeks ago there was a blackout in New York City and it caused all sorts of problems: traffic and subway gridlock, people trapped in elevators, no working appliances or computers. It is really a window into what our life would look like if there…
How do you raise a three-year old? (with Emily Oster)
Aug 23, 2019 • 48 min
We’re joined by The Policy Lab’s Emily Oster, bestselling author of Cribsheet and Expecting Better, for a conversation about how data can help us become better, more relaxed parents. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
How can government data be leveraged for public good? (with Amy O’Hara)
Aug 7, 2019 • 66 min
A conversation about the messy intersection of data governance, evidence building, and privacy in pursuit of leveraging our administrative data for the public good. With Amy O’Hara, Director of the Massive Data Institute at Georgetown University. See…