Banter is AEI’s weekly podcast series, where hosts Robert Doar and Phoebe Keller interview leading thinkers and political commentators on a wide range of policy topics. True to its name, Banter keeps the conversation fun, entertaining, and interesting for anyone with an interest politics and policy.
Elisabeth Braw on emerging national security threats
Elisabeth Braw is a resident fellow at AEI where she focuses on defense against new and emerging threats, particularly those that do not meet the definition of conventional military force.
She joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss the tools and technologies that governments and criminals can use to attack America and our allies without firing a shot.
Kori Schake on US defense policy
Kori Schake is a senior fellow and the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
She joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss US defense spending and how to maintain healthy civil-military relations after the turmoil of the Trump years. Stay tuned until the end, when Phoebe asks Kori about her thoughts on the US’ disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Learn more from AEI scholars on Afghanistan https://www.aei.org/tag/afghanistan/ (here).
Chris Stirewalt on the State of American News Media
Chris Stirewalt is a resident fellow at AEI, where he focuses on American politics, voting trends, public opinion, and the media. Before joining AEI, he was political editor of Fox News Channel.
This week, Chris joins Robert and Phoebe to delve into the current state of American journalism, media’s effect on the electorate and the Republican party after Trump.
Michael Strain on America’s Economic Outlook
Michael Strain is the Director of Economic Policy Studies at AEI, where he oversees the Institute’s work in economic policy, financial markets, international trade and finance, tax and budget policy, welfare economics, and health care policy.
Michael joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about the country’s economic recovery from COVID, the infrastructure bill, and inflation fears.
Colin Dueck on Conservatives’ Approach to Foreign Policy
Colin Dueck is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on the interconnections between US national security, party politics, and conservative thought.
Colin joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about divisions on the right in foreign policy outlook, and whether Trump’s presidency has moved conservatives toward isolationism. They also discuss how Biden’s first foreign trip, and how he will handle the War on Terror, relations with Russia, and the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Max Eden on Critical Race Theory in K-12 Education
Max Eden is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on education reform, specifically K–12 and early childhood education.
Max joins the show to talk with Robert and Phoebe about school choice, critical race theory, and the future of American education.
I’ve always been interested in the sort of wonkery of public policy. Here’s a fantastic place to find it.
Somehow both funny and content rich!
Give Phoebe a chance to do her job.
I have always enjoyed Banter for its smart insight into current events. But the addition of the AEI President to the pod (Robert) has been a negative, IMO. While Phoebe kicks off the pod, Robert (I think that’s his name) always rapidly elbows his way to the mike and never gives up. Since he is usurping his dominance over a subordinate, Phoebe graciously gives up the mike and her contributions are minimal. This reflects poorly on AEI and has to stop. It conveys a less than empowering work environment, and AEIs reputation may suffer for it. Robert I suggest you decline your next invitation and let Phoebe go solo. Let her demonstrate her chops - and you can demonstrate that AEI is a place that can develop its talent.