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P.S. You’re Interesting is a series of conversations on political science research hosted by Jeffery A. Jenkins. Formerly, “Our American Discourse,” we continue the series to pick up the tradition Anthony W. Orlando began. We hope to keep conversations … discourse alive. To keep thinking about the research we do in the academy, why it matters to us, and hopefully to you. Sponsored by the USC Bedrosian Center http://bedrosian.usc.edu/ Recorded at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy http ...
 
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Jeffery speaks with new USC Dornsife assistant professor Miguel Pereira about research and experiments in political science. Pereira's research focuses on political representation and the behavior of political elites in established democracies, with a focus on causal inference. In addition, he shares some new research looking at responsiveness of l…
 
In this episode, Jeff speaks with Rachel VanSickle-Ward and Kevin Wallsten. In The Politics of the Pill, the two authors explore how gender has shaped contemporary debates over contraception policy in the U.S. Within historical context, they examine the impact that women and perceptions of gender roles had on media coverage, public opinion, policy …
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins speaks with Melissa Lee, Assistant Professor of Politics & International Affairs, Princeton University. They begin discussing a recent project in which Lee and co-author study the change in civic language reflecting the change in thinking about the U.S. as a collection of states to …
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins speaks with Clayton Nall, Assistant Professor UCSB. Nall looks to explain how spatial policies change American politics. These discuss Nall's research on housing policy preferences and party affiliation and how building highways in the 1950s worked to build Republican suburbs (incre…
 
Hope…. Is it the one thing that kept you going the past six months? Did hope sustain you through the recent drought of Red Taped episodes. Do you find comfort in the simple fact that no matter what happens no one can take your hope away? This episode we give your feeling brain what it is craving and leave your rational mind wanting by discussing (p…
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins speaks with Jared Rubin, Professor in the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. Rubin is an economic historian interested in the political and religious economies of the Middle East and Western Europe. His research focuses on historical relationships betwee…
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins speaks with Christian Fong, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Fong's research focus is legislative politics. Recent work is on reciprocity in Congress questions the motivation for cooperation. They discuss recent research, Congressional leadership, as well as method…
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks with Michael Hankinson, Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Hankinson's work focuses on how institutional spatial scale affects political behavior to undermine democratic representation. They discuss institutional scale and how institution…
 
Has it been minutes, days, weeks, months, years? We are not sure because life has become the overlapping timelines of the Witcher. Back in April your fearless and house-bound hosts decided to watch Season 1 of Parks and Recreation and talk about it with their friends. Yes, season 1 is pretty horrible but re-watching it was just a small, fading embe…
 
“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”- Ursula K. Le Guin “Ready to give up so I seek the Old Earth. Who explained working hard may help you maintain. To learn to overcome the heartaches and pain.” - “C.R.E.A.M” by Wu Tang Clan Is this episode good or bad? Trick question: Only a Sith deals in absolutes. This episode two caged bearcats w…
 
“Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!” ― Winston Zeddmore, Ghostbusters (1984) “We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. But habit is a great deadener.”― Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot Social distancing, teleworking, beans and rice/rice and beans, TP shortages, virtual happy hours, and forgetting to hit mute—is…
 
Fat monks, tigers, cobras, and viruses, oh my! A few weeks ago, two bearcats met via technology from their respective cages to honor a fellow bureaucrat with the prestigious Walter Peck Excellency in Bureaucracy Award. They also took some time to talk about their recent transition to “all-telework-all-the-time” and other random things. This is the …
 
I asked him, “How can a man be brave if he is afraid?” “That is the only time a man can be brave,” he told me. – Robb Stark describing Ned Stark, Game of Thrones Two bearcats went over the mountain to see what they could see. When they got to the peak, they immediately fell into a deep valley where they “dulled-out” for several months. We taped thi…
 
Q: What do you get when you combine 1-part Sean Connery, 1-part Jimmy Stewart, and 2.5-parts sketchy guy that lives in a van? A: Santa Claus. This week we finally meet the legendary Santa Claus and he is not the jolly, old elf you imagined. In reality, Santa is a hard-driving, down to brass tacks CEO with lots of leadership (and other) secrets to s…
 
We don’t want to be a couple of old guys that disappear for months and return unannounced to give you poorly-informed life advice, but we think you should listen to this episode. This week we remedy all your dysfunctions while discussing The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. We also travel to the Napa Valley to eat Pizza Hut and drin…
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks with Leah Stokes. Stokes, a public scholar, is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (…
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks with Danielle Thomsen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC Irvine. Her research in American Politics primarily falls into looking at Congress, parties, and gender & politics. They discuss why pipelines to primaries (and then to elected office) matter so much in term…
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks with a Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate, Abby K. Wood. Wood is Associate Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy. When she first started her career she noticed that program evaluation wasn't as robust as it could be, so she wanted to learn causal inference in order to…
 
“You wanted to kill your father in order to be your father yourself. Now you are your father, but a dead father.” -Sigmund Freud “Your son is gone. He was weak and foolish like his father and so I destroyed him.” – Kylo Ren Once again, the Red Taped bros found themselves becalmed in the doldrums of summer. Despite valiant efforts, the Navy SEALs co…
 
In this episode we return to Trillium, Oregon to visit our fictional hero and the “James Bond” of the public sector, Ben Cromarty. As true fan-boys of author Scott Lazenby, we were enthralled to partake in a new bureaucratic adventure. However, as Ben began slipping in and out of statutory loopholes without hesitation or remorse, aligning himself w…
 
After being lost in the woods (actual and metaphorical), we have returned to the parasocial experiment that is Red Taped. Representative democracy, separation of church and state, a system of checks and balances, and national independence form a very small sample of our forefathers’ legacy. However, the greatest gift they bestowed upon the American…
 
Feeling hopeless, lost, and stuck? It happens to most people at some point or multiple points in their lives. Fortunately, the solution is easy: 1.) find a manic pixie dream girl; 2.) expand your mind by consuming some “not-red-rocks”; and 3.) lucid dream yourself to a new reality--Basic stuff, people! We hope you are hungry because this week we ar…
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks with Pamela Ban, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego. Ban discusses her recent research. First, she looks at how policy outcomes might change as Congress has a bit more gender representations. Then they discuss the revolving door and lobbying - how the coo…
 
Do you have a minute? How about sixty? If so, please join us as we meet the New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. In addition to offering a plethora of “1-minute man” jokes, we eventually get around to sharing our analysis of this management classic. We also criticize management cults after unconditionally pledging ourselves …
 
Lovable losers? These two bearcats have something in common with the Chicago Cubs. At Andy's request or insistence, we celebrate the beginning of the baseball season by discussing The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci. In this episode, we discuss and analyze the key management players that built the team that finally broke the famous Cubs curse. In order to…
 
In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins's guest is Elisabeth R. Gerber, Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement; Jack L. Walker, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy (UMich). They discuss the move from Political Science departments to public policy departments - how the focus has moved from theory developme…
 
It was not the threesome we wanted but it was definitely the one we deserved. This week we are joined by our one listener/special guest, Spartacus and discuss his book recommendation: Unsung Heroes: Federal Execucrats Making a Difference by Norma. M. Riccucci. We also explore the uncharted realm of bureaucrat porn (Spoiler: It consists entirely of …
 
If you are seeking a paradigm shift that creates synergy and results in an unprecedented win-win situation, this episode will be 7th heaven for you. This week we review the leadership classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey. We also test the effectiveness of bottom shelf whisky, meet th…
 
It will be funny, he said. It is an easy read, he said. We’ve earned a little light-work, he declared. This week your hosts get hypnotized and led down an oyster-crab infested rabbit hole. We also complain about the outbreak of live music in the DC suburbs, review bureaucrat fashion trends, and travel via chicken wings to Korea...Don’t worry we sta…
 
When do leaders pay penalties for backing down on promises? In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins's guest is Philip Potter, Associate Professor of Politics (UVA), and the Founding Director of the National Security Policy Center. Potter's work looks at how public opinion effects foreign policy, when do policymakers have …
 
This week two bearcats walk into a bar to wrestle with a green turtle and leave with bleeding eardrums— I am still not sure what Andy said during the past hour but I am sure it was heartfelt. We also get our hopes smashed by a panda, get needlessly nostalgic over forgotten sodas (Coke 2, Crystal Pepsi, Upper 10, and Super Mario Bros?) and find a po…
 
National Party Committees and Political Power In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins and political Boris Heersink, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Fordham University, look at the national party committees. What kind of power do the national committees have? What is the role of the committees…
 
Bargain bins are usually home to knock off sneakers, workout DVDs, XXXL- or XXXS -sized clothing, expired gourmet condiments, and misfit toys, but this week we struck gold by finding a copy of the management fable, Chess not Checkers by Mark Miller. This short fictional story about Blake, a former douche turned CEO, carefully balances leadership in…
 
Democracy & Inequality of Political Influence In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks economic and political inequality in democracies with Martin Gilens, Professor of Public Policy at UCLA Luskin. The degree of political influence is dramatically unequal for people within the United States, public policy can help i…
 
It was a tough week in bearcat country. To get through this episode, your fearless hosts had to dig deep and feel feelings, which is a very overrated experience. Fortunately, we were supported by the thoughtful words of our super fan, BearcatFan#1. We also remember H.W. Bush, dance with the green fairy, pay a welfare check on Darrell Hammond, find …
 
PS You’re Busted: How bridging silos in research & practice can impact human trafficking irl In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks about human trafficking with Greg DeAngelo, Associate Professor of Economic Studies at Claremont Graduate University. How does an economist get data on human trafficking, and other bla…
 
Everyone has one but don’t be one; this week we are talking about a-holes. Is one too many, not enough, or just right? We also search for the cause of all conflict (a local taco shortage?!), launch the now defunct Red Taped Consulting Firm, rant about TMI in email signature blocks, discover exotic whiskey pairings, and one bearcat gets forever lost…
 
America, Heck Yeah! Public Schools & Baseball In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins and D. Roderick (Rod) Kiewiet, Professor of Political Science at Caltech, break down the long standing myth of the equalizing force of public education. We hold the idea that public schools present Americans with equal opportunity. Kiewi…
 
Social Network Roles in Foreign Capital and Research In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins and Benjamin A. T. Graham, assistant professor in the School of International Relations at USC, discuss the role that migrants can play in bringing foreign capital into countries. He uses case studies from the Philippines and Geor…
 
Q. What pairs best with cheap cheese? A. Apparently, bureaucrat tears. This week we drink several bottles of wine, get emotional, regret major life decisions, opine on the wonders of guava paste, and think deeply about change. We also get a visit from 50’s dad, who is still trying to make friends and influence them. It is time to quit your hemming-…
 
Political Influence of Public Protest In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins and LaGina Gause, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego, discuss the pro-democracy (small d) results of her study on legislative responsiveness to collective action by marginalized groups. Her findings seem counterintuitive, i…
 
Fun fact: Bearcat urine smells like buttered popcorn. Sad fact: Bureaucrats smell like burnt popcorn, old coffee, and loneliness. Don’t worry about this unfortunate situation because we have your back. This week we drink like Don Draper, suffer subway shame, exchange vintage marriage advice, and review How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dal…
 
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