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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 mas…
 
It's a good time to be Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. With President Biden about to sign an infrastructure bill into law, Buttigieg is one of its chief salesmen. CQ Roll Call's Jessica Wehrman joins the Political Theater podcast to discuss the bill, how Buttigieg is approaching it and what she has learned from covering the former South Be…
 
Congressman Ruben Gallego’s new book, 'They Called Us "Lucky": The Life and Afterlife of the Iraq War's Hardest Hit Unit,' isn’t your typical political memoir. It’s earthy, candid and, in the words of our own Jim Saksa, a “warts and all account of war.” Jim sat down with the Arizona Democrat to talk about the book and the stories behind it. Learn m…
 
The House voted 220-213 Friday morning to send the Senate the $2.2 trillion reconciliation package -- capping off overnight drama when GOP leader Kevin McCarthy stalled passage while speaking for more than eight hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy CQ Roll Call
 
The 2022 midterm elections are less than a year away, and CQ Roll Call politics team has been keeping an eye on vulnerable members, races to watch, and other dynamics and issues that will shape the battle for control of Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy CQ Roll Call
 
Civil rights leader and National Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial says he is "damn worried" about the state of American democracy. Mary C. Curtis sits down with Morial to talk about voting rights, Infrastructure, the filibuster and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The House could vote as soon as next week on the roughly $2 trillion reconciliation package, sending it to the Senate where it's provisions could be changed. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman break down the latest around the reconciliation package. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Financing concerns left moderate Democrats queasy about voting for a budget reconciliation package to expand the safety net and combat climate change. The plan hinges on new taxes, prescription drug cost savings, and increased tax enforcement. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Laura Weiss explain the financing behind the package and some last-minute …
 
Many in the nation were shocked when horrifying photographs appeared of immigration officers on horseback rounding up Haitian asylum seekers at the border last month. To unpack this difficult subject, Mary C. Curtis turned to Patrice Lawrence of UndocuBlack to talk about whether policies differ for white, brown and Black migrants and the overall hu…
 
Gubernatorial elections this week in Virginia and New Jersey showed a huge swing toward Republicans in two states previously thought of as solidly Democratic. The way politicians react to the elections will be hugely significant, and affect everything from the congressional agenda to 2022 recruiting and messaging. CQ Roll Call Elections Analyst Nat…
 
President Biden presented House Democrats with a $1.75 trillion reconciliation framework text this week. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman break down what was cut from the framework, the rift between progressive and moderate Democrats and what’s next for the reconciliation bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch…
 
In an evenly divided Senate, every senator has the ability to be a kingmaker. But West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has taken it to the next level. At a time when Democrats in the majority are assembling their Build Back Better legislation, Manchin has had a huge influence on one of the most consequential pieces of it: How to address climate chang…
 
When it comes to reconciliation, reducing the original price tag by $1.5 trillion has left a lot on the floor. President Joe Biden signaled Democrats are close now, or at least closer, to a final package. A Medicare expansion to cover dental, hearing and vision; tax rate increases on corporations and wealthy individuals; and two years of tuition-fr…
 
The legislative branch consistently misses statutory deadlines, lurching from crisis to crisis, all while sniping at one another in a way that would get most people fired from regular jobs. What are the long-term consequences of operating in perpetual crisis? Is there a way Congress could become boring and efficient? With us to discuss the branch m…
 
As Congress deliberates this week on what should be included in the reconciliation bill, child care and specifically universal pre-K is being debated. Educators, parents and doctors have long advocated for pre-K. Another group has added its voice to the chorus: law enforcement. Mary C. Curtis sits down with Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, the president o…
 
Democrats have two weeks to meet a self-imposed deadline to pass a reconciliation bill, but a rift between moderate and progressive Democrats over the size of the package remains. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman break down the latest around the reconciliation bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The team behind the Hulu mini-series “Dopesick,” discusses with Political Theater how they approached a story of monumental tragedy and loss, putting a human touch on the sprawling opioid epidemic that the United States is still in the throes of dealing with. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The Senate approved a short-term debt limit patch Thursday night, raising borrowing authority by $480 billion, but the compromise agreement between Senate leaders doesn’t provide much time to reach a longer-term agreement. CQ Roll Call's Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman take a look at the impending showdown over the debt limit. Learn more about your…
 
It has been more than a year since the killing of George Floyd sparked cries for police reform and even defunding. But it has all but stalled on the national level with congressional talks falling apart last month. The timing coincides with the FBI reporting a historic rise in murder rates. Mary C. Curtis speaks with author and professor David Kenn…
 
President Joe Biden took his pitch for enhanced infrastructure and social safety net spending to Howell, Mich., this week. CQ Roll Call Senior Writer Paul Krawzak also went there and spoke to people in that small town about how they felt about the president, his positions and politics more broadly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.…
 
The House could vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill Friday, but progressive Democrats plan to vote against the measure unless the Senate passes a reconciliation package. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman discuss the latest around President Joe Biden's domestic agenda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoice…
 
The Supreme Court begins its new term on Oct. 4, and the stakes are sky high for the justices, who will hear cases that could usher in sweeping changes on abortion and gun rights, all amid a time of intense political pressure and scrutiny for the high court. CQ Roll Call senior writer and legal affairs correspondent Todd Ruger joins the Political T…
 
The House passed a bill that would fund the government through Dec. 3, but it still needs to pass the evenly divided Senate. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman break down the bill's path in the Senate, if Democrats will end up addressing the debt limit through the reconciliation process and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit …
 
Climate change — a major concern of this week’s United Nations General Assembly — affects people across the globe through immigration, food production and the economy, to name a few. But as Ashley K. Shelton tells Mary C. Curtis, climate change is also spurring voter suppression. Shelton, who leads the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice and is …
 
The Circus is back in town. At least Showtime’s political documentary series "The Circus" is back, resuming its sixth season this past Sunday. And the show has no shortage of topics to explore. Just in the coming weeks Congress is staring at a possible government shutdown, a debt limit breach, the fate of President Joe Biden’s agenda, fighting the …
 
House Democrats wrapped up markups for the 13 sections of the reconciliation package this week, sending the draft text to the Budget Committee where it’ll be compiled before heading to the Rules Committee. But disagreements between moderate and progressive Democrats could significantly reshape the package. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Le…
 
Congress is deeply split, but not when it comes to the Olympics. Former U.S. women's national gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar’s serial sexual abuse of female gymnasts provoked bipartisan action to toughen oversight of the Olympics organizing committee and amateur athletics. But there are still unanswered questions about Nassar and how this hap…
 
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, most…
 
President Joe Biden made clear from his first day in office that social justice issues are at the top of his economic agenda. A "human" infrastructure bill remains on Congress's to-do list, which includes subsidies for child care, education, paid leave, health care, clean energy programs — in other words, a social safety net. But to get this partis…
 
Filmmaker Greg Barker’s new documentary, “Detainee 001” comes at a turning point in U.S history and its timing could not be more ideal. The story of John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban” makes for a poignant narrative as the United States stands on the cusp of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and has ended its war in Afghanistan. Barker…
 
President Joe Biden this week declared that the longest war in U.S. history was over, and that after evacuating thousands of Americans and Afghan allies, there was no vital national security interest that justified staying in Afghanistan. But after 20 years, the withdrawal of troops and civilians this summer was messy, and deadly. CQ Roll Call Seni…
 
The United Nations Capital Development Fund’s lead for digitalization in West Africa provides an insider’s account of the region's innovation curve, and how mobile payments, digital identities and ecommerce solutions are transforming what it means to have an “informal” economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Martin Luther King III joins Equal Time to talk with Mary C. Curtis about his father’s “I have a dream" speech, voting rights today and personal memories of his father. Fifty-eight years after his father's iconic words, MLK III joins John Lewis' family and others to galvanize the nation to, once again, ensure voting rights for all Americans. Learn …
 
Health inequities between different racial and ethnic groups existed well before COVID-19, but the pandemic has revealed just how stark the disparities are. Throw in the politicization of science, and the United States has a big mountain to climb to conquer the virus. Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and former health commissioner of Baltimore…
 
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 c…
 
A little known public-health directive, Title 42, allows border agents to swiftly “expel” migrants who cross the border -- without considering their asylum claims. It was implemented in March 2020 as COVID-19 cases spread across the U.S. This expulsion policy was criticized by presidential candidate Joe Biden, but President Biden has embraced it. A…
 
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 Stoc…
 
The House is set to take up the fiscal 2022 budget resolution the week of Aug. 23, but moderates are threatening to block the tax and spending blueprint unless leaders hold a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and Paul Krawzak discuss the latest on the budget resolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
 
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