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.
Warming Up To Climate Policy
Hoover Institution fellow Bjorn Lomborg on a sensible approach to improving world conditions.
Where There’s Smoke…
Hoover Veteran Fellows on California’s fire insurance and wildfire management.
What “Is” Is: John Cochrane On Recessions, Inflation, The Fed, Debt and “Green Pork”
Are we in a recession, what are the roots of the present inflationary spiral, what’s valid criticism of Federal Reserve policy and federal spending choices?
The Return Of AB 5: Will California Keep On Truckin’?
A possible supply chain crisis, the feasibility of a new north-south water tunnel, and Gavin Newsom’s handling of California issues.
All About The Benjamins
Newsom’s presidential prospects, the deflated state of San Francisco office space, plus UCLA and USC making a financial killing by relocating to the Big Ten Conference.
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.
Democrat my whole life but listening to this podcast has changed my views and made me more open to conservative viewpoint us. Highly recommend.
Cool, Calm & Collected Commentary
Excellent straightforward & intelligent discussion on policy/politics matters of yesterday, today & tomorrow
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.