Policy on Purpose is a podcast from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. We dive into real-world and timely policy topics with leading experts from the school as well as the policy world at large.
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Inaugural State of the College 2021 from LBJ School Dean JR DeShazo
In this special episode of Policy on Purpose, Dean JR DeShazo recognizes the people, mission and legacy of the LBJ School in his inaugural 2021 State of the College. Find out more at lbj.utexas.edu.
Eye on the Lege: Inside the 87th Texas Legislature – Episode 4: A Stunning Conclusion
This episode, the fourth in the LBJ School's podcast series Eye on the Lege: Inside the 87th Texas Legislature, looks at the sum total of this legislative session, from the extraordinary circumstances forced upon it by COVID-19 and high-impact social issues including abortion and transgender rights to the fight between state and local governments over police budgets, voting and how to handle the pandemic. Two former Texas lawmakers — Larry Gonzales, who represented District 52 (2010–18) and Sherri Greenberg, a professor of practice at the LBJ School who represented District 48 (1991–2001) analyze what happened this session, the tension between both the legislative chambers and state and local government, and that explosive final night as the session was gaveled out.
This episode of Policy on Purpose was mixed and mastered by Morgan Honaker, Oscar Kitmanyen, and Ean Herrera.
Eye on the Lege: Inside the 87th Texas Legislature – Episode 3: Energy, Utilities and the Texas Grid
This third episode in the LBJ School's podcast series Eye on the Lege: Inside the 87th Texas Legislature assesses the measures in the Texas Senate and House to overhaul the state's energy market, strengthen its electrical grid and address energy prices during the February Freeze. Varun Rai, LBJ's associate dean for research and the director of The University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute, joins Sherri Greenberg, a professor of practice at the LBJ School and a former Texas state representative (1991–2001) to analyze what is happening in each chamber and where Texas' energy market is likely to stand at the end of this legislative session.
This episode of Policy on Purpose was mixed and mastered by Alejandra Arrazola and Will Kurzner.
Eye on the Lege: Inside the 87th Texas Legislature – Episode 2: Voting Rights and Restrictions
In episode 2 of Eye on the Lege: Inside the 87th Texas Legislature, Victoria deFrancesco Soto, LBJ's assistant dean for civic engagement, talks with former U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke, now an adjuct assistant professor at the school, about the restrictive voter provisions laid out in SB7 and HB6. They discuss how the bills, which would eliminate measures taken in 2020 to expand voting in Texas, would affect specific populations, how they fit into the larger landscape of voting restrictions nationwide, and their chances of passing this session.
This episode of Policy on Purpose was mixed and mastered by Harris Codini and Will Kurzner.
Eye on the Lege: Inside the 87th Texas Legislature – Episode 1: Criminal Justice Reform
In this episode of the LBJ School's new podcast series "Eye on the Lege: Inside the 87th Texas Legislature," Distinguished Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch, an expert on the criminal justice system, correctional oversight and juvenile justice, talks with Alycia Welch, associate director of the COVID Corrections and Oversight Project at the LBJ School and a longtime criminal justice reform advocate. They discuss the bills surrounding criminal justice policy and policing this session, including Second Look, Raise the Age, parole reform, independent oversight for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the George Floyd Act and bail reform. They also look at what legislators aren't addressing as the session nears its close.
This episode of Policy on Purpose was mixed and mastered by Alejandra Arrazola, Harper Carlton, and Sofia Salter.
From a Great Society to a Resilient Society: Episode 5 – A Resilient Future in a Globally Connected World
In the final episode of “From a Great Society to a Resilient Society,” host Steven Pedigo talks with LBJ School faculty experts Patrick Bixler, William Inboden and Kate Weaver about our shared future at the intersections of climate change, national security and global development. This podcast series is a continuation of a policy toolkit released by the LBJ School in December 2020. Learn more: https://lbj.utexas.edu/resiliency-toolkit
This episode of Policy on Purpose was mixed and mastered by Sofia Salter and Will Kurzner.