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American Wonk covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on domestic and foreign policy. Avik explores important ideas and policies with the experts who know them best—right or left—and ask challenging questions to all, in the spirit of Bill Buckley.

Latest Episodes

Criminal Justice Reform and the First Step Act

Congress is on the verge of passing a landmark criminaljustice reform bill called theFirst Step Act. Thebill would take several stepsaimed at helping low-risk federal prisoners, like non-violent offenders,movemore quickly into halfway houses and home detention, and strive to do better atre-integratingex-convicts into the private sector.What’s just as interesting as the bill itself is the […]

41 MIN2018 DEC 19
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Criminal Justice Reform and the First Step Act

John Yoo on Harvard’s Anti-Asian Discrimination

In 2014, a group calledStudents for Fair Admissionsfiled a120-page legal complaint against Harvard,alleging that Harvard systematicallydiscriminates against Asian-Americans. On October 15, 2018, thetrialbegan ina federal courthouse in Boston. If the plaintiffs win, the case could havefar-reaching consequencesfor society and for American politics. To help us get smarter about the issues at play in thiscase, we’re […]

51 MIN2018 OCT 19
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John Yoo on Harvard’s Anti-Asian Discrimination

Scott Winship on the Social Capital Project

One of the most popular theories about Donald Trump’svictory in 2016 is that Trumpappealed to an increasing number ofAmericans—especially white Americans without acollege degree—with feelings ofalienation and loneliness. In 2015, Princeton economistsAnne Case and AngusDeatonpublished a landmark paperdocumenting a “markedincrease” in deathsamong middle-aged white Americans in the 21stcentury,at a timewhen mortality wasdecreasingforeveryone else. Case and […]

44 MIN2018 AUG 29
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Scott Winship on the Social Capital Project

Randy Barnett on Justice Kennedy’s Replacement

One of the most widely-made conservative arguments in favor of voting for Donald Trump in 2016 was his ability to nominate constitutionalist justices to the Supreme Court. This year, President Trump will get his chance to name the replacement for Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring. From a conservative point of view, it’s an […]

45 MIN2018 JUL 9
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Randy Barnett on Justice Kennedy’s Replacement

Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio (R – FL) joined Avik Roy Thursday morning to kick off the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit. Among the topics covered are the future of the economy, the future of the Republican Party, confronting China and the challenges of the 21st Century.

34 MIN2018 MAY 14
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Senator Marco Rubio

Pete Hegseth on Veterans Health Reform

One of the core promises that President Trump made on the campaign trail was to fix the broken veterans’ health care system. In 2017, he nominated David Shulkin, a holdover from the Obama administration, to be his Veterans Affairs Secretary. But Shulkin spent most of his tenure opposing efforts to reform the VA, because reform, […]

47 MIN2018 MAY 3
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Pete Hegseth on Veterans Health Reform

Patrick Ruffini on Facebook, Trump, and the Future of Political Campaigns

When the campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama mined users’ Facebook feeds for information about how they might vote in 2008, Obama was praised as an innovator. But this spring, a firestorm of controversy enveloped Facebook, after the New York Times reported that Cambridge Analytica mined data from Facebook users to help elect Donald Trump. So […]

41 MIN2018 MAR 27
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Patrick Ruffini on Facebook, Trump, and the Future of Political Campaigns

Paul Winfree’s Inside View of the Trump West Wing

Paul Winfree, director of economic policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, left that post in January 2017 to take a senior policy position in the Trump White House. A year later, he’s back at Heritage, and—you guessed it—spending more time with his family. On this episode of American Wonk, Paul talks freely about his year […]

59 MIN2018 FEB 28
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Paul Winfree’s Inside View of the Trump West Wing

Mark Krikorian on Immigration Reform

Today, we’re taking about President Trump’s new proposal on his signature issue: immigration reform. In January, Trump put forward a surprising new immigration plan, which would some expected things, like build a wall. But it would also provide a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million children brought here illegally by their parents: the so-called […]

34 MIN2018 JAN 31
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Mark Krikorian on Immigration Reform

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality

Today, we’re taking a deep dive into the biggest policy controversy in the tech community: the impending vote by the Federal Communications Commission to abandon the Obama-era effort to regulate the internet, known as “net neutrality.” What is “net neutrality?” Why has this highly technical topic aroused the passions of so many people in Silicon […]

27 MIN2017 DEC 5
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality

Latest Episodes

Criminal Justice Reform and the First Step Act

Congress is on the verge of passing a landmark criminaljustice reform bill called theFirst Step Act. Thebill would take several stepsaimed at helping low-risk federal prisoners, like non-violent offenders,movemore quickly into halfway houses and home detention, and strive to do better atre-integratingex-convicts into the private sector.What’s just as interesting as the bill itself is the […]

41 MIN2018 DEC 19
Comments
Criminal Justice Reform and the First Step Act

John Yoo on Harvard’s Anti-Asian Discrimination

In 2014, a group calledStudents for Fair Admissionsfiled a120-page legal complaint against Harvard,alleging that Harvard systematicallydiscriminates against Asian-Americans. On October 15, 2018, thetrialbegan ina federal courthouse in Boston. If the plaintiffs win, the case could havefar-reaching consequencesfor society and for American politics. To help us get smarter about the issues at play in thiscase, we’re […]

51 MIN2018 OCT 19
Comments
John Yoo on Harvard’s Anti-Asian Discrimination

Scott Winship on the Social Capital Project

One of the most popular theories about Donald Trump’svictory in 2016 is that Trumpappealed to an increasing number ofAmericans—especially white Americans without acollege degree—with feelings ofalienation and loneliness. In 2015, Princeton economistsAnne Case and AngusDeatonpublished a landmark paperdocumenting a “markedincrease” in deathsamong middle-aged white Americans in the 21stcentury,at a timewhen mortality wasdecreasingforeveryone else. Case and […]

44 MIN2018 AUG 29
Comments
Scott Winship on the Social Capital Project

Randy Barnett on Justice Kennedy’s Replacement

One of the most widely-made conservative arguments in favor of voting for Donald Trump in 2016 was his ability to nominate constitutionalist justices to the Supreme Court. This year, President Trump will get his chance to name the replacement for Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring. From a conservative point of view, it’s an […]

45 MIN2018 JUL 9
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Randy Barnett on Justice Kennedy’s Replacement

Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio (R – FL) joined Avik Roy Thursday morning to kick off the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit. Among the topics covered are the future of the economy, the future of the Republican Party, confronting China and the challenges of the 21st Century.

34 MIN2018 MAY 14
Comments
Senator Marco Rubio

Pete Hegseth on Veterans Health Reform

One of the core promises that President Trump made on the campaign trail was to fix the broken veterans’ health care system. In 2017, he nominated David Shulkin, a holdover from the Obama administration, to be his Veterans Affairs Secretary. But Shulkin spent most of his tenure opposing efforts to reform the VA, because reform, […]

47 MIN2018 MAY 3
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Pete Hegseth on Veterans Health Reform

Patrick Ruffini on Facebook, Trump, and the Future of Political Campaigns

When the campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama mined users’ Facebook feeds for information about how they might vote in 2008, Obama was praised as an innovator. But this spring, a firestorm of controversy enveloped Facebook, after the New York Times reported that Cambridge Analytica mined data from Facebook users to help elect Donald Trump. So […]

41 MIN2018 MAR 27
Comments
Patrick Ruffini on Facebook, Trump, and the Future of Political Campaigns

Paul Winfree’s Inside View of the Trump West Wing

Paul Winfree, director of economic policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, left that post in January 2017 to take a senior policy position in the Trump White House. A year later, he’s back at Heritage, and—you guessed it—spending more time with his family. On this episode of American Wonk, Paul talks freely about his year […]

59 MIN2018 FEB 28
Comments
Paul Winfree’s Inside View of the Trump West Wing

Mark Krikorian on Immigration Reform

Today, we’re taking about President Trump’s new proposal on his signature issue: immigration reform. In January, Trump put forward a surprising new immigration plan, which would some expected things, like build a wall. But it would also provide a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million children brought here illegally by their parents: the so-called […]

34 MIN2018 JAN 31
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Mark Krikorian on Immigration Reform

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality

Today, we’re taking a deep dive into the biggest policy controversy in the tech community: the impending vote by the Federal Communications Commission to abandon the Obama-era effort to regulate the internet, known as “net neutrality.” What is “net neutrality?” Why has this highly technical topic aroused the passions of so many people in Silicon […]

27 MIN2017 DEC 5
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality
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