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229 Systems Failure: With the climate crisis is hitting poorest people hardest, David Keith says now is the time to explore solar geoengineering

Nov 2 • 30:59

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228 Systems Failure: Jason Furman on the cost of economic inequality

Sep 29 • 25:12

Jason Furman is the Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy jointly at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Department of Economics at Harvard University. He served for eight years as a top economic adviser to President Obama, including as the 28th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from August 2013 to January 2017, acting as both President Obama’s chi...

227: Systems Failure: How to respond when our algorithms are biased and our privacy is in peril

Sep 17 • 31:54

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226 Happiness in an age of fear and grievance

Jul 30 • 46:30

Arthur Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. Brooks is also the former president of the American Enterprise Institute and a former member of the City Orchestra of Barcelona. He is the author of 11 books, including “Love Your Enemies” (...

225 Staying Power: Tony Saich on 100 Years of the Chinese Communist Party

Jun 10 • 35:12

Professor Anthony Saich is the Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School....

224 Between blind faith and denial: Finding a productive approach to merging policy, science, and technology

May 5 • 34:06

PolicyCast is a production of Harvard Kennedy School and is hosted by Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs Thoko Moyo....

223 Democracy’s uncertain prospects 10 years after the Arab Spring

Mar 25 • 32:17

222 Joe Aldy on how Joe Biden can jumpstart the global climate effort

Dec 8 • 34:29

Joseph Aldy, an economist and professor of the practice of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, has seen this all before. A climate in crisis. A big economic downturn. A transition from a Republican administration to a new Democratic president looking to drastically change the country’s direction. ...

221 Young voters ascendant: How a generational shift won the 2020 election and could remake American politics

Nov 18 • 35:49

In 2019, the 72-million strong Millennial generation (23-to-38-year-olds) quietly surpassed the Baby Boomers as America’s largest living generational cohort. In the 2020 election, they made their voices heard with a roar. ...

220 Garbage in, garbage out: Dissecting the disinformation that clouds our decisions

Nov 3 • 42:16

Some choices are easy. Some are hard. Some are momentous, which is how many people are describing today’s US national election. Yet all of the choices we make have one thing in common: Our decisions are only as good as the information we have to base them on. And with the rise of disinformation, misinformation, media manipulation, and social media bubbles, we’re finding it...

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