The Policy Currents podcast highlights new research findings, commentary, multimedia, and events from the RAND Corporation. Hosted by Evan Banks and Deanna Lee, with new episodes every Friday.
Russian propaganda on Facebook, the prospects for domestic terrorism during election season, protecting the U.S. electric grid, and more.
We discuss how Americans respond to Russian memes on Facebook; the possibility of domestic terrorism during election season; why college students need more mental health support; the downside of a “lean” electric grid; and the role of allies and partners in U.S. military operations. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
Election interference on Twitter, U.S. insulin prices, unemployment insurance’s history with Black workers, and more.
We discuss online tools used to divide Americans during election season; how much higher insulin prices are in the United States than in other countries; the history of America’s unemployment system and Black workers; what parents can do to keep kids’ learning on track amid the pandemic; and countering Russian tactics in the Black Sea region. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
How Russia targets U.S. elections, Americans’ increased alcohol consumption, Black workers and COVID-19, and more.
We discuss how Russia uses social media to divide Americans; a sharp increase in alcohol consumption during the pandemic; how the COVID-19 recession and recovery is leaving Black workers behind; how prepared schools were before the pandemic hit; TikTok’s vulnerabilities; and a tabletop strategy game developed by RAND experts. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
Conducting Safe and Secure Elections in 2020
In this bonus episode, we bring you a conversation with RAND researchers about election safety and security in 2020. They discuss how prepared states are to conduct elections during a pandemic, concerns about voting by mail, how vulnerable the election is to cyberattacks, the threat of disinformation, and more. Watch the full conversation on RAND's YouTube channnel. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
What private health plans pay compared to what Medicare pays, when COVID-19's global spread really began, laws that could reduce firearm deaths, and more.
We discuss how much more private health plans pay hospitals compared to what Medicare pays; data suggesting that the global spread of COVID-19 began weeks before it was declared a pandemic; potential obstacles to COVID-19 vaccination; the digital learning divide; three firearm restrictions that could reduce gun deaths; and how mobile technology can help those experiencing homelessness. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
The growing risk of wildfires, America’s wealth gap, COVID-19 screening in the workplace, and more.
We discuss how climate change will continue to affect wildfire risk; the uneven distribution of U.S. economic growth over the last four decades; workplace screening for COVID-19 symptoms; America’s jihadists; and how Chinese aggression could be advancing U.S. objectives. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.