Just when you thought the economy was the only good news you could count on, the stock market took a dive on the heels of Janet Yellen’s exit from the Federal Reserve. Suddenly, Americans everywhere wondered whether the volatility and uncertainty in Washington had finally caught up with the long, steady recovery stretching from those dark days in 2009. Should we be worried? Who’s looking out for the economy? And do they have a plan for the risks that await us in 2018 and beyond?
In this episode, USC Price School Dean Jack H. Knott interviews Atlanta Fed President Raphael W. Bostic on the state of the economy and the forces that keep it humming along.
Continue reading “Our American Discourse, Ep. 26: The Risky, Rocky Ride of Today’s Economy…and the Central Bankers Who Keep Watch”
A government shutdown doesn’t inspire confidence. Politicians, their parties, and the leaders of those parties all get a hefty amount of blame from the American people. But you know that Winston Churchill quote about democracy being the best system except for all the others? It turns out there’s some truth to that. With today’s guest, we ask where all this gridlock comes from, what we can really do about it, and whether politics really deserves all the blame it gets.
In this episode, Thad Kousser reveals some surprising facts about the political game and some useful tips for the American electorate to play it well.
Continue reading “Our American Discourse, Ep. 25: In Defense of Our Political Party System (Sort Of)”
You have a choice. Will you listen to this podcast? Or will you choose one of the other millions of media sources clamoring for your attention? Your brain cells are weighing all sorts of factors, but it’s not easy. The world is increasingly trying to manipulate them, to overwhelm them, and “Our American Discourse” is smack in the middle of this tug-of-war. You want to know how we compete for your time? Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes? Today, you can find out.
In this episode, Jonathan Schwartz explains how we do what we do every time we broadcast over your smartphone—and how we fight the growing distractions and distortions that loom over the media landscape.
Continue reading “Our American Discourse, Ep. 24: Can You Hear Us Shouting into the Void? Here’s How We Do It…and Why”
Forbes columnist Rob Asghar has a new article titled “A Novel Tip for Making Smarter Predictions,” where he announces my goal to read more novels in 2018:
“I’ll admit that I’m coming to see the value of such an approach, but for years, I resisted it,” says Anthony W. Orlando, an economist and author based at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. “I figured, when trying to figure out what will happen, is it really the best use of my time to read a bunch of things that didn’t happen? But I’ve committed now to reading more of the fiction classics in the coming year.”
Continue reading “My Goal for the New Year…Quoted in Forbes”
“Our American Discourse” is a small piece of a big effort. We’re not the only ones trying to raise the level of public debate in this country. Take a walk through the Price School, and you’ll see room after room of scholars who genuinely care about the public interest. Stop at the Bedrosian Center, and you’ll find the people who have taken it upon themselves to engage directly with the public. That’s where I spend most of my days on campus, and it’s where I want to take you today to meet the leader who makes it all happen…
In this episode, Aubrey Hicks takes us inside the Bedrosian Center and their never-ending mission to bust open the doors of democracy and give us all a seat at the table.
Continue reading “Our American Discourse, Ep. 23: Let Every Voice Be Heard! How to Elevate the Public Debate in 2018”