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Defending Ideas is a weekly podcast produced by Sutherland Institute. On this show we are committed to renewing the principles of common sense conservatism, by equipping listeners to become more effective champions of sound principle and good policy. Visit defendingideas.org.

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Defending Ideas is a weekly podcast produced by Sutherland Institute. On this show we are committed to renewing the principles of common sense conservatism, by equipping listeners to become more effective champions of sound principle and good policy. Visit defendingideas.org.

    Is there consensus on solving poverty?

    Is there consensus on solving poverty?

    It feels like there is very little common ground on most policy and political issues these days. But poverty could be an area where there is more consensus than you might think. On this episode we profile seven common ground solutions to poverty that should reshape debate about the health of the American Dream.

    Nic Dunn is joined by two experts from the Illinois Policy Institute, Head of Policy Josh Bandoch and Executive Director of the Center for Poverty Solutions Dr. Eddie Kornegay, to discuss the state of opportunity today and policy reforms needed to strengthen upward mobility for Americans striving to escape poverty. 

    Show notes:
    Common-ground solutions to empower Chicago’s poor: A model for America’s cities | Illinois PolicyMaking work pay in Illinois: How welfare cliffs can trap families in poverty | Illinois PolicyJosh Bandoch | Illinois PolicyEddie Kornegay | Illinois Policy
    Defending Ideas is a weekly podcast produced by Sutherland Institute. On this show we are committed to renewing the principles of common sense conservatism, equipping listeners to become more effective champions of sound principle and good policy. Visit defendingideas.org.

    • 52 min
    What good does religion actually do for society?

    What good does religion actually do for society?

    Is religion's impact on society overall a force for good? Some say no. A recent survey shows that 40% of Americans thought religion’s influence was more negative than positive.  

    On this episode, we explore new research that catalogs how far-reaching the positive impacts of religion are for individuals, families and communities.  

    Sutherland Constitutional Law and Religious Freedom Fellow Bill Duncan returns to the show to discuss his new paper: What Good Does Religion Do? In this new report for Sutherland, Bill outlines the overwhelming evidence showing how huge swaths of the nation’s social services delivery are only possible thanks to religiously motivated organizations and individuals.  

    Bill and host Nic Dunn discuss how even individuals who don’t participate in faith congregations actually benefit from the broad social benefits of religion.  

    Show notes: 
    Publications | What Good Does Religion Do? - Sutherland Institute Policy | Religious Freedom - Sutherland Institute 
    Defending Ideas is a weekly podcast produced by Sutherland Institute. On this show we are committed to renewing the principles of common sense conservatism, equipping listeners to become more effective champions of sound principle and good policy. Visit defendingideas.org.

    • 44 min
    What the college protesters get wrong

    What the college protesters get wrong

    College campus protests over the war between Israel and Hamas continue to make headlines. Do these protests stand in opposition to American principles?

    On this episode we discuss the proper role of formative institutions like universities, what the Constitution teaches us about the right way to express political views, and how to assess the recent protests through a civic and constitutional lens. 

    Nic Dunn is joined by AEI Senior Fellow Beth Akers and Sutherland Constitutional Law and Religious Freedom Fellow Bill Duncan. 

    Show notes:
    Columbia Students Aren’t Protesting. They’re Having a Temper Tantrum. | American Enterprise InstituteWhat does the U.S. Constitution say about political protests? - Sutherland Institute
    Defending Ideas is a weekly podcast produced by Sutherland Institute. On this show we are committed to renewing the principles of common sense conservatism, equipping listeners to become more effective champions of sound principle and good policy. Visit defendingideas.org.

    • 39 min
    Why we need to fix Social Security within 10 years

    Why we need to fix Social Security within 10 years

    Do you think you'll be able to retire comfortably in the future? This question is directly related to the ongoing debate over Social Security reform. On this episode we sit down with an expert to dispel some of the myths about the state of retirement today and offer a framework for how to fix Social Security before it's too late. 

    Nic Dunn is joined by American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Andrew Biggs, who specializes in Social Security reform, public and private sector compensation, and state and local government pensions. Prior to AEI, Andrew served as principal deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and as an associate director of the White House National Economic Council.

    Show notes:
    Andrew G. Biggs | American Enterprise InstituteOur retirement system is a disaster for working people. We can fix it | Fox NewsYou Don’t Need to Be a Millionaire to Retire - WSJ
    Defending Ideas is a weekly podcast produced by Sutherland Institute. On this show we are committed to renewing the principles of common sense conservatism, equipping listeners to become more effective champions of sound principle and good policy. Visit defendingideas.org.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Defending education choice the right way

    Defending education choice the right way

    Education choice has exploded in popularity across the nation in recent years. So why does it remain a contentious point of debate in some parts of the country? 

    Nic Dunn sits down with experts in two states to compare notes on differing approaches to putting more power in the hands of parents to direct how, where and in what way their children learn. Dr. Robert Luebke is the director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation in North Carolina. Christine Cooke Fairbanks is the education policy fellow at Sutherland Institute. 

    They discuss the similarities and differences between Utah and North Carolina and the states' education choice policies, and offer a framework for how to further the cause in a productive way. 

    Defending Ideas is a weekly podcast produced by Sutherland Institute. On this show we are committed to renewing the principles of common sense conservatism, equipping listeners to become more effective champions of sound principle and good policy. Visit defendingideas.org.

    • 44 min
    What you need to know about election integrity

    What you need to know about election integrity

    It should be easy to vote and hard to cheat. This oft-quoted phrase has been articulated as a guiding principle by many elected officials wading into voting and election policy debates in recent years. So why has this issue been so contentious, and what’s the solution? 

    Nic Dunn sits down with Justin Jones, executive director of the Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy at Utah Valley University, and Sutherland’s Derek Monson to discuss the fault lines in the debate over voting and election policy. They equip listeners with an elevated approach to one of the most important – and contentious – issues that will likely top the news throughout the 2024 election cycle.  

    Show notes: 
    Transcript: Post-election analysis with Yuval Levin - Sutherland Institute About | Herbert Institute | Utah Valley University (uvu.edu)
    Defending Ideas is a weekly podcast produced by Sutherland Institute. On this show we are committed to renewing the principles of common sense conservatism, equipping listeners to become more effective champions of sound principle and good policy. Visit defendingideas.org.

    • 38 min

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