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American Wonk covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on domestic and foreign policy. Avik explores important ideas and policies with the experts who know them best—right or left—and ask challenging questions to all, in the spirit of Bill Buckley.

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American Wonk covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on domestic and foreign policy. Avik explores important ideas and policies with the experts who know them best—right or left—and ask challenging questions to all, in the spirit of Bill Buckley.

    34. Criminal Justice Reform and the First Step Act

    34. Criminal Justice Reform and the First Step Act

    Congress is on the verge of passing a landmark criminal justice reform bill called the First Step Act. The bill would take several steps aimed at helping low-risk federal prisoners, like non-violent offenders, move more quickly into halfway houses and home detention, and strive to do better at re-integrating ex-convicts into the private sector.What’s just as interesting as the bill itself is the […]

    • 41 min
    33. John Yoo on Harvard’s Anti-Asian Discrimination

    33. John Yoo on Harvard’s Anti-Asian Discrimination

    In 2014, a group called Students for Fair Admissions filed a 120-page legal complaint against Harvard, alleging that Harvard systematically discriminates against Asian-Americans. On October 15, 2018, the trial began in a federal courthouse in Boston. If the plaintiffs win, the case could have far-reaching consequences for society and for American politics. To help us get smarter about the issues at play in this case, we’re […]

    • 51 min
    32. Scott Winship on the Social Capital Project

    32. Scott Winship on the Social Capital Project

    One of the most popular theories about Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 is that Trump appealed to an increasing number of Americans—especially white Americans without a college degree—with feelings of alienation and loneliness. In 2015, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton published a landmark paper documenting a “marked increase” in deaths among middle-aged white Americans in the 21st century, at a time when mortality was decreasing for everyone else. Case and […]

    • 44 min
    31. Randy Barnett on Justice Kennedy’s Replacement

    31. Randy Barnett on Justice Kennedy’s Replacement

    One of the most widely-made conservative arguments in favor of voting for Donald Trump in 2016 was his ability to nominate constitutionalist justices to the Supreme Court. This year, President Trump will get his chance to name the replacement for Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring. From a conservative point of view, it’s an […]

    • 45 min
    30. Senator Marco Rubio

    30. Senator Marco Rubio

    Senator Marco Rubio (R – FL) joined Avik Roy Thursday morning to kick off the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit. Among the topics covered are the future of the economy, the future of the Republican Party, confronting China and the challenges of the 21st Century.

    • 34 min
    29. Pete Hegseth on Veterans Health Reform

    29. Pete Hegseth on Veterans Health Reform

    One of the core promises that President Trump made on the campaign trail was to fix the broken veterans’ health care system. In 2017, he nominated David Shulkin, a holdover from the Obama administration, to be his Veterans Affairs Secretary. But Shulkin spent most of his tenure opposing efforts to reform the VA, because reform, […]

    • 47 min

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