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There is a so much news out there, but what really matters? On Underscored, join Stephen Kent and guests in a discussion of what's important this week in politics, policy and journalism. Featuring insights from expert guests and interviews with Young Voices writers, you'll get a clear picture of what's trending in the news and why. Young Voices is a non-profit focused on amplifying the perspectives and work of independent-minded, millennial policy and politics writers around the world.
 
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The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has been had. Or was it? You could be forgiven for not counting the 90 minute shouting fest and deluge of name calling, a debate. Moderator Chris Wallace had no control over the process and a certain President of the United State had an outsized role in that. Young Voices' panel react…
 
"The 2020 Republican National Convention lasted four days and featured over 70 speakers. The wide range of topics addressed included immigration, education, health, housing and policing. And yet, no speech proposed a single policy designed to combat climate change, arguably the single most politically and electorally significant issue of our time,"…
 
It's not an easy choice. Go back to college under the shadow of COVID-19 & often higher cost of attendance....or forego the semester to pursue other things? Justin Corbin is a junior college, but is not going back to school this fall. He outlined his thinking and larger issue in an op-ed for the Deseret News, and joined Underscored to speak about i…
 
A police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin reignited rioting across the country. Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a police officer, and now a 17-year old has been arrested for shooting and killing a handful of people on the streets on Kenosha during the chaos. Shaun Cammack and Aaron Andrews of Young Voices join Underscored to discuss a…
 
This week on Underscored: Young Voices' Editors, Aaron Andrews and Emma Ayers join the show to talk about the 2020 race and Kamala Harris' ascendance to the VP (or VEEP) spot. Then we're joined by contributor Brian Bensimon to hear about his latest piece in the OC Register "There’s nothing new about federal meddling in protest movements" who breaks…
 
The coronavirus has led inevitably to more time spent at home, a huge increase in home cooking and by extension, grocery store shopping. Grocery stores have been making a killing. Back in March the industry was up 90% from 2019 and that trend has continued throughout the summer. But there’s a problem. Supply isn’t keeping up with demand. Prices are…
 
A bipartisan commission, convened by the Academy of Arts & Sciences that recommends 31 steps to strengthen America's institutions and civic culture to help a nation in crisis emerge with a more resilient democracy. Our republic feels very unstable. So Young Voices' gathered some of its best contributors to discuss the report. Nate Hochman (YV, The …
 
Libertarians are a fractious bunch, like any ideological movement there are various camps and tensions between the big ideas and practical politics. In this moment of loud calls for policing reforms, it is worth noting that the libertarian movement has long been on the correct side of the issue. The coalitional problems arise when the far-left get …
 
In the wake of Minneapolis PD murdering on of their own citizens, George Floyd, the world is aflame in calls for police accountability. Calls for reform range from the minor to the radical. Young Voices' Molly Davis and Christian Watson join Underscored to talk through the issue of policing accountability and where reforms can make the most immedia…
 
Young Voices' contributors Michael Rieger and Nate Hochman discuss the merits of televising Supreme Court proceedings. Rieger argued on GlennBeck.com in an op-ed that it was past time for the American people to be able to see what happens in the highest court in the land. Seeing how decisions are made would help maintain the legitimacy of the court…
 
James Czerniawski (Libertas Institute) and Jennifer Huddleston (American Action Forum) join Underscored to assess the state of American's access to quick and stable Internet during the Coronavirus lockdown. Internet usage is way up and across the board, speeds online have slowed....but our guests look at how the American response has differed from …
 
Why are Federal agencies rushing to remove regulatory barriers in multiple sectors of the economy during the Coronavirus scare? It could be because what advocates of lighter regulation have always argued is true...that red tape slows down business, healthcare and is often more about protecting established industry than it is public safety. Shoshana…
 
There has been a lot of reason for the past decade to count middle America out of the economic and technological future of the country. But a new study from Heartland Forward tells a different story, showing that the "Heartland" is doing better at attracting and retaining members of the Millennial cohort in recent years. Ross DeVol, president and C…
 
Covid-19 is rapidly becoming a historical event that will define the new decade, or at the least, Donald Trump's presidency. Among the many areas of total disruption to American life is the education and healthcare systems. Here to break down why the Federal response to Covid-19 has stymied the success of states and the private sector in getting pe…
 
This week on Underscored, immigration policy in America is leaving a lot of money on the table and key sectors such as technology & STEM, understaffed. Talent from abroad is crucial to making American an engine for innovation. Sam Peak and Chris Harelson join the show to discuss the subject, which they both wrote about for the OC Register and Deser…
 
Jerrod Laber and Zachary Yost join Underscored to review the contents of the Washington Post report on Afghanistan, and the US government's effort to cover-up the failure of the 18-year war. --- ---- -- --- -- Many American’s concerns about the country’s long-standing war on terror were well-founded. In the “Afghanistan Papers,” a 2,000-page collec…
 
We are all canceled! That is the takeaway from this weeks episode of Underscored. Former President Obama dipped his foot into the culture war to critique cancel culture, now the left is deriding him with 'OK Boomer'. Dave Chapelle continues his weird ascendancy into the conservative bubble as an anti-PC comic and the FDA is moving against vaping. B…
 
We need to have a talk, about national conservatism and libertarianism. Populist politics and skepticism on the merits of unencumbered free-market thought has become a flashpoint in a tepid alliance between conservatives and libertarians against the political left. In the age of Trump, the alliance is broken. To talk over this and the road forward,…
 
Welcome back to Underscored! Political writers Shaun Cammack and Haley Smith join the podcast to review the weeks news: Climate strikes, Greta Thunberg at the UN, impeachment begins and Andrew Yang's steady rise. Read Shaun's piece on Andrew Yang in Spiked: ----------------------->>>>>> Well Said, Andrew Yang Follow Shaun @ShaunJCammack and @Haley_…
 
This week on Underscored, Stephen Kent gets into the weeds of Section 230 with Rob Winterton, amidst growing calls for amendments to the old communications law. Rob sheds some light on the threats to home-sharing services like Airbnb from hotel industry lobbyists if Section 230 undergoes changes. Then, Abigail Narbe drops by to talk about her recen…
 
This week the Trump administration moved to make minor changes to the legal process of citizenship for children of service members who are born abroad. The response was fast and furious. Then 24 hours later, cooler heads prevailed. Natalie Dowzicky of Young Voices and Libertarianism.org joins to talk about the details here + news that Trump will ke…
 
Today on Underscored, Stephen Kent interviews Abdulsamod Balogun of Young Voices' Agora Fellowship. He wrote in Business Insider (Sub-Saharan Africa edition) on the struggle to save Nigeria's troubled democracy. Abdulsamod Balogun is an African Liberty Writing Fellow, National Coordinator at Student for Liberty Gambia, and Communications Officer at…
 
Next up in the podcasts taped at FreedomFest 2019 in Las Vegas, Dave Sussman joins Underscored. Dave is the host of Whiskey Politics, a contributor to Ricochet.com and a host with America's Voice News. Stephen Kent and Dave met one morning to talk about Dave's path to new media and how he thinks young people can get ahead in this space. Follow Dave…
 
Social media companies are fighting on all front now with Democrats and Republicans united in the quest to curb their growth and influence. The GOP mostly sees a freedom of speech problem, the Democrats see a privacy and monopoly issue. Then there's the #FightFor15, which has gone totally mainstream in Democratic politics. Would a federal raise be …
 
This week Underscored is in Las Vegas for FREEDOMFEST 2019! Matt Kibbe (Free The People, TheBlaze) joins the podcast to discuss his trajectory towards new media, podcasting, the cable news business and also why he is so fond of cats. Follow Matt Kibbe on Twitter @MKibbe and check out his show Kibbe on Liberty on TheBlaze and Facebook.…
 
We're back!! Hope you had a great holiday, we sure did. Today we're talking about Justin Amash and his departure from the GOP. Was it political grandstanding, strategy or pure principles? Jordan Lancaster and Alex Muresianu dig into this with Stephen Kent. Also, Nolan Gray rejoins Underscored to talk about STRANGER THINGS season 3 and what it shows…
 
Welcome to Underscored, a podcast by Young Voices! This week, Stephen Kent hosts Jordan Lancaster and Matt Liles to discuss the Democratic Debates, proposals by Elizabeth Warren to cancel all student loan debt, and San Francisco banning vape products. This is Underscored! Follow guests….. Matt Liles @Matt_Liles Jordan Lancaster @JordyLancaster Step…
 
Healthcare in America is a mess. This is understood on the political left, right, and center. To get a better understanding of why our system leaves both proponents of universal healthcare and free marketeers disenchanted, I spoke with healthcare policy writer Elise Amez-Droz of Young Voices. This interview is part of the new Underscored Video Seri…
 
Mueller exploded the news cycle this week when he announced a press conference, then used it to announce his official exit from the DOJ and this entire saga. What did we learn? Guests Christian Watson and Kristiana Bolzman of Young Voices joined the show for a great discussion on the "conclusion" to the Mueller saga + what does it mean to be "presi…
 
Hello & welcome to a new and re-mixed Underscored Podcast from Young Voices. In this week's new show format, guests Alex Muresianu and Natalie Dowzicky join for a panel-style discussion of the week's top headlines. Impeachment! Trade with China! Georgia's abortion law and Hollywood's fist shaking at the state! High drama indeed. Follow guests Natal…
 
Cable news town halls have become the norm since the tail end of the 2016 election. Led primarily by CNN and then mastered by Fox News, this format for hearing from politicians has become popular. Kristiana Bolzman thinks this is largely a good thing. She joins the podcast today to talk about the trend towards townhalls, longer form discussion and …
 
Molly Davis is one of three nominees for the 2019 Young Voices Award! She wrote an exceptional piece for publication in WIRED about how Utah is leading the way on digital privacy rules that protect the civil liberties of Utahn's. She joins the podcast to discuss her roots in criminal justice policy going back to her days volunteering for YAL on cam…
 
The Electoral College has long been a popular scapegoat in American politics for whichever party is out of the White House. Since the election of Donald Trump without the popular vote, calls for its dissolution have been renewed by 2020 Democratic candidates. David Doerr wrote in the Washington Examiner that they are right to want it gone. Jacob Ri…
 
Sneer all you want at the ideas of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, but unless we engage her ideas....she will win. Look no further than Jeremy Corbyn in the UK as an example of how this happens. Tom Westgarth of Young Voices joins the podcast all the way from Spain to discuss this tricky balance when confronting avowed democratic socialists. Follow Tom o…
 
What sort of power should the government have in ending the life of its people? For a long time, the consensus has been in favor of allowing the death penalty across 50 states. Recently, Republican state legislatures across the country are moving against capital punishment, but why? Patrick Hauf joins the podcast to discuss his latest writing over …
 
Reparations has long been suggested as a form of repayment to African Americans for the crime of slavery. Many suggest we have not reconciled with it in full, as a country. 2020 Democrats are talking about it now more than ever, why is that? Jerrod Laber & Christian Watson joined the podcast to discuss the merits, pitfalls and politics of reparatio…
 
Are we headed toward a post-truth era in politics where any lie or slander can be backed up by falsified video evidence? Maybe. Ryan Khurana and Linsday Marchello of Young Voices join the podcast to discuss 'deep fake' technology and the threats it could pose to civil society. Is this technology inherently dangerous or are our institutions such as …
 
Matthew Larosiere joins Underscored today to weigh in on political forgiveness. What is it? How should forgiveness work in politics? This past week VA Governor Ralph Northam (D) endured a nasty scandal involving the wearing of blackface in his 20's. Democrats have united around calling for him to resign. Larosiere wrote It’s Time to Rediscover Poli…
 
Does a city on a hill need walls? Michael Shindler thinks it might. The issue of sovereignty, borders and the role of the nation-state is a fault line in libertarian circles today. As the world becomes smaller through globalization and international forms of governance, border politics captures the angst of the times and a young nation like the U.S…
 
Live at LibertyCon 2019, Democratic candidate for president in 2020 Andrew Yang joins Underscored. Stephen Kent and Ryan Khurana of Young Voices ask some key questions about his platform supporting a Universal Basic Income for all American's over 18. $1000 a month direct to your bank account? It's hard to hate such an idea. Yang rebuffs the idea th…
 
Welcome back to Underscored and a whole new year! Hey 2019. Today on the show Daniel DiMartino of Young Voices joins from Spain to discuss his latest in RealClearPolicy about infrastructure and America's roads. Who will fund them if the federal government coffers keep running on empty and gas taxes fail to fix that? Daniel says the states need to t…
 
This week on Underscored we follow up an episode on criminal justice reform with the exciting passage of the First Step Act by the US Senate. Ashley Keimach and Christian Barnard join the show to discuss the bill and criminal justice more broadly. Plus, Barnard reviews a study on millennials and school choice that he wrote about in The Federalist. …
 
Why is 2018 a punchline but 2017 is not? Matt Larosiere and Kayla Stetzel of Young Voices join the podcast to discuss some absurd stories from 2018. We touch on Tesla, Elon Musk, A Florida Man, Trump, Kevin Hart and much more. Larosiere stays on for an extra segment to get into gun policy and the Trump administrations move to ban bump stocks.…
 
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