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Talk Policy To Me Goldman School of Public Policy and Berkeley Institute for Young Americans

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Personal stories and creative solutions from the next generation of public policy leaders.

    Episode 306: Holiday Roundtable!

    Episode 306: Holiday Roundtable!

    Grab a warm drink and cozy up under your favorite blanket, listeners! In Talk Policy To Me’s final episode of 2019, we got all five hosts in one room to talk about... talking policy during the holidays. Join our hosts Reem, Khalid, Colleen, Spencer, and Sarah as they explore how policy gets personal during the holidays when we gather with family and friends, reckon with hometown and childhood memories, and look toward the future as a new year approaches.
    How does public policy get all wrapped up in your holiday festivities? Looking for better ways to talk policy all season long?
    TPTM Challenge! Talk about policies, not personalities: ask everyone at your holiday dinner table to share one public policy they are grateful for. Perfect your productive, political persuasion with NYT’s Angry Uncle Bot for when talk of impeachment (inevitably) comes up. Need a moment to step away from all the political chatter? Check out Harvard Med’s strategies for self-care this holiday season. Happy Holidays from all of us here at Talk Policy to Me. Catch you in 2020!

    • 25 Min.
    Episode 305: Talking Anti-Racist Transportation Policy

    Episode 305: Talking Anti-Racist Transportation Policy

    We’re not used to thinking about transportation as a raced policy area. But, like all other policy areas, transportation policy has the potential to improve racial equity or widen racial disparities. But writer and historian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi asserts that all ideas, actions, and policies are either racist or anti-racist, removing the gray area of so-called ‘race neutrality’ in his recently published book, How To Be An Anti-Racist. This means that transportation policy – like all other policy areas – has the potential to improve racial equity, or widen racial disparities.
    For the final episode of our policy design series, Talk Policy To Me host Reem Rayef interviews two transportation experts about how planners and policymakers can build transportation systems that serve all communities, and improve accessibility for those who need it most. Dan Chatman, Associate Professor at UC Berkeley’s Department of City & Regional Planning, discusses how public transit infrastructures can facilitate increased racial segregation, and describes the inequitable distribution of transit’s costs and benefits between white and non-white communities. Lateefah Simon, District 7 Representative on the BART Board of Directors and President of the Oakland-based Akonadi Foundation, makes the concept of anti-racist transportation policy concrete through discussion of current policy debates happening at the BART Board of Directors. Dan and Lateefah are passionate about centering racial equity in designing both transportation infrastructures, and the policies that we lay over those infrastructures. If you listen closely, you can hear them banging their fists on the studio table, as they drive home their points on transit justice.
    The inequities of transit and transportation systems are clearly visible in the Bay Area, where BART lines and highways bisect historically Black neighborhoods, transit fares are regressive, and transit-oriented development is code for Black displacement. But the system isn’t broken beyond repair. Listen to this episode of Talk Policy To Me to learn how policymakers are integrating radical ideas of anti-racism into bureaucratic and regulatory processes to bring about justice in transportation systems, and beyond.
    For more information about anti-racism, check out Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How To Be An Antiracist. It’s an impactful and important read.
    For reading about equitable and just transportation policy in California, visit TransForm at www.transformca.org.
    The study referenced in the interview with Dan Chatman, titled “Race, Space, and Struggles for Mobility: Transportation Impacts on African Americans in Oakland and the Bay Area” can be found here.
    Thanks to the UC Berkeley Othering & Belonging Institute for the use of footage from the September 2019 talk by Ibram X. Kendi which was excerpted in this episode. The speech and panel conversation can be found in their entirety here.

    • 24 Min.
    Episode 304: Talking Tax Justice

    Episode 304: Talking Tax Justice

    Who benefits most from the tax system? What did the Trump tax cuts achieve? How do taxes affect inequality? What’s the relationship between taxes and democracy?
    Tax policy seems like it was designed by, of, and for the rich. But, as our guest today Gabriel Zucman points out, the U.S. tax code was once a vastly different beast.
    Zucman is an associate professor of economics at UC Berkeley, director of the Center on Wealth and Income Inequality, and economic advisor for two 2020 presidential campaigns. His latest book The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make them Pay, co-written with UC Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez, documents the dramatic transformation of the U.S. tax code. In less than a lifetime, Americans exchanged the most progressive tax system in the world—a tax system with marginal income tax rates as high as 94 percent for the highest earners—for one where the 400 wealthiest members of society pay a lower tax rate than any other income group.
    Zucman’s work is clear. "Tax dodging” and the current iteration of the tax system—from income and payroll taxes to sales and property taxes—are not inevitable outcomes, but deliberate choices made by policymakers to privilege the interests of wealthy Americans and multinational corporations. If you believe this theory, it follows that we can and should make better choices in the future. For a preview of what these choices might look like and an outline of how we can design a progressive tax system for the twenty-first century, tune in to this conversation between Khalid Kaldi (MPP ’21) and Gabriel Zucman.
    If tax policy brings you joy, check out:
    Tax Policy Simulator 60 Profitable Fortune 500 Companies Avoided All Federal Income Taxes in 2018, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (Report) Combating Inequality Conference (Video)

    • 30 Min.
    Episode 303: Talking Human-Centered Design

    Episode 303: Talking Human-Centered Design

    What options do we have in our toolkit as policymakers when it comes to policy design? Are the tools government typically chooses to wield the most effective ones? If not, how can we get government to invest in a new approach to policy design?

    • 21 Min.
    Episode 302: Talking School Integration

    Episode 302: Talking School Integration

    Talking School Integration 


    Was school integration a “failed experiment”? Is the impact of policy limited when it comes to education? 


    In this episode, Goldman Professor Rucker Johnson debunks the myths around school integration and shares the insights from his new book, Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works. In this second episode of our series on Policy Design and Implementation, Sarah Edwards (MPP ’20) speaks with Professor Johnson about the way well-designed policy can lead to significant outcomes for all children. The conversation covers the impacts of historic desegregation, the dangers of current resegreation, and the best combination of policies to achieve diversity and educational excellence. 


    As with many of the issues that Talk Policy to Me covers, there is more to the story of integration and race in schools than we could cover in this short episode. Here are a few resources we suggest if you are interested in diving deeper:  

    Check out Children of the Dream, available at your local bookstore 
    Read “It was never about Busing” by Nikole Hannah-Jones 
    Explore the Washington Posts’ map on school district diversity

    • 33 Min.
    Episode 301: Talking Policy Design

    Episode 301: Talking Policy Design

    What do Healthcare.gov, police officer recruitment, and 911 call centers have in common? All can be improved through smart policy design tweaks!
    In this episode, Goldman Professor Elizabeth Linos and TPTM host Spencer Bowen (MPP '20) discuss how small changes in policy design can result in big differences in impact. The first in our ongoing series on Policy Design and Implementation, this episode helps break down the different mechanisms that can be used to influence the direction of policy results. In addition, Professor Linos shares her most recent research, about small changes to improve the day-to-day lives (and then the retention!) of 911 call center staff.

    • 19 Min.

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