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Matters of Policy & Politics is a Hoover Institution podcast devoted to matters of governance and balance of power at home and abroad. It is hosted by Hoover fellow Bill Whalen.

As the successor to Hoover’s Area 45 podcast, which focused on Trump-era issues and controversies, Matters of Policy & Politics will examine the direction of federal, state, and local leadership and elections, with an occasional examination of national security and geopolitical concerns, all featuring insightful analysis provided by Hoover Institution scholars and guests.

Podcasts will be released weekly, with engaging topics and fellows.

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Matters of Policy & Politics is a Hoover Institution podcast devoted to matters of governance and balance of power at home and abroad. It is hosted by Hoover fellow Bill Whalen.

As the successor to Hoover’s Area 45 podcast, which focused on Trump-era issues and controversies, Matters of Policy & Politics will examine the direction of federal, state, and local leadership and elections, with an occasional examination of national security and geopolitical concerns, all featuring insightful analysis provided by Hoover Institution scholars and guests.

Podcasts will be released weekly, with engaging topics and fellows.

    Post-Dobbs, Still A “Baked” Election?

    Post-Dobbs, Still A “Baked” Election?

    What if any opinion shifts are showing in polling data in the aftermath of the recent Supreme Court rulings on abortion, guns, and other contentious social issues, and how they might affect November’s outcome.

    • 57 min
    A Conservative Judicial Renaissance?

    A Conservative Judicial Renaissance?

    Does this year’s caseload mark the beginning of a historic conservative run on the high court?

    • 1 hr
    San Francisco, Homelessness Reform and Gasoline Rebates – All Running On Empty?

    San Francisco, Homelessness Reform and Gasoline Rebates – All Running On Empty?

    Where the fabled “Babylon by the Bay” went wrong as well as the right remedies for homelessness.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Kevin Hassett – An Economic Primer

    Kevin Hassett – An Economic Primer

    What put America in its current economic misery, the merits of Federal Reserve policy, the outlook for investors, plus remedies for bringing inflation under control.

    • 47 min
    Slavery Reparations, Primary Repercussions

    Slavery Reparations, Primary Repercussions

    Emerging themes from Tuesday’s vote, plus what California may provide in the way of reparations for descendants of slavery.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Matters Of Policy & Politics: Screen Time, But No Time For Lincoln

    Matters Of Policy & Politics: Screen Time, But No Time For Lincoln

    What an encounter with a parent at a sporting event says about the mood of California’s Latino population.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
439 Ratings

439 Ratings

ThaiTeaDrinker ,

Intelligent conversations

Democrat my whole life but listening to this podcast has changed my views and made me more open to conservative viewpoint us. Highly recommend.

Nesorneb ,

Cool, Calm & Collected Commentary

Excellent straightforward & intelligent discussion on policy/politics matters of yesterday, today & tomorrow

Michael Brill ,

Nice coverage of national & CA issues

I’ve been an avid listener of this podcast since the last couple years it was titled Area 45. Bill Whalen is a great interviewer, has on interesting guests, and always brings a lot to the conversations from his own experiences in journalism and politics. Although I am not a California resident, the dissenting views regularly offered on the podcast regarding the state’s one party rule are informative and valuable as the issues discussed often have national import. I discovered this podcast after listening to Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson. Fans of Matters of Policy & Politics will likely also be interested in Hoover’s Good Fellows podcast, which Whalen moderates.

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