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Two in-depth interviews every week with scholars, policy makers, and business executives on frontier ideas & urgent issues in our world. Sponsored by the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance and the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies at Princeton University. Hosted byRead more

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Sandro Galea: The Contagion Next Time

Nov 24 • 58:03
Professor Sandro Galea is a physician and epidemiologist who is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. His research is centered on the social factors that influence health and trauma, and his work is highly cited in the field of public health. Some of his most notable work relates to the ramifications of mass trauma after natural di...

Tiger’s Last Interview - Prema Gauranga Das: Satsang on the Ganges and the Pursuit of Absolute Truth

Sep 10 • 02:35:37
This interview marks my last interview as the host of Policy Punchline. I will soon release another recording giving you an update about Policy Punchline’s future, but for now I just want to present to you the following conversation with Prema Gauranga Das.

Over the last three years with Policy Punchline, I’ve interviewed more than 150 guests, mostly public intellectuals, ...

Jean Hebert: Do Our Minds Have To Decline With Age?

Aug 23 • 55:07
Dr. Jean Hebert is a professor at the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is also a professor in the department of genetics, and has conducted research that has been published in renowned journals such as Science. His current scope of research in the Hebert Lab includes devising methods of cell replacement for the a...

Anders Sandberg: Radical Views of Utility and Evaluating Risk

Aug 16 • 59:42
Dr. Anders Sandberg is a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. He is a senior research fellow on the ERC UnPrEDICT Programme, and a research associate to the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. He holds a PhD in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, and his...

Peter Wendell: The Evolution of Venture Capital and Secular Tech Growth

Aug 2 • 01:15:49
Peter Wendell is the founder of Sierra Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has invested more than $2 billion over the past 35 years in a wide variety of successful technology companies. Peter has taught more than 2,000 Stanford MBAs over the past 30 years, specifically the very popular course Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital with Google CEO Eric Schmid...

Richard V. Spencer: Integrated Naval Force, Eddie Gallagher, and the Philosophy of War

Jul 29 • 01:20:48
Richard V. Spencer served as the 76th United States Secretary of the Navy from 2017 to 2019. He also briefly served as Acting Secretary of Defense and Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense in 2019. Sec. Spencer’s term as the Navy Secretary was terminated on November 24, 2019, when Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requested his resignation over his handling of the Eddie Gallagh...

Jamil El-Imad: Connecting Our Brains to the World

Jul 26 • 01:03:56
Dr. Jamil El-Imad is the CEO of The Brain Forum, a neuroscience, brain-computer interface (BCI), and virtual reality (VR) research foundation in Switzerland, as well as the co-founder of NeuroPro, a Swiss-based Digital Health Solutions company that leverage the latest advances in computer science and digital technology to create new and improved tools that support research...

Toni Townes-Whitley: Digital Transformation in Government and Ethics of Innovation

Jul 22 • 01:00:44
Toni Townes-Whitley graduated from Princeton University in 1985 with a B.A. in Public Policy and Economics. She then went to the peace corps for three years in Gabon. With a non-tech background, she went on to become the President of the IT and business consulting services firm CGI Federal and presently the President of US Regulated Industries at Microsoft. She leads Micro...

Mitch Julis: Credit Investing in Covid, Complex Systems, and How Structure Determines Behavior

Jul 18 • 01:19:29
Mitch Julis is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Canyon Partners, one of the largest and best-performing multi-strategy hedge funds in the world. If you listen to the end of our interviews or visit our website, you’ll see that Policy Punchline is generously funded by the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance (JRCPPF) at Princeton University. The Center was ...

Paul Haaga Returns: A Deep Dive Into Facebook Oversight Board and Deplatforming Trump

Jul 15 • 01:04:43

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