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Built to Last: Planning and Funding Resilient Infrastructure
Debra Knopman and Sarah Weilant provide an overview of a December 6th congressional briefing on how federal transportation projects can incorporate resilience into infrastructure planning.
Preparing for the Future of Fentanyl
Bryce Pardo and Beau Kilmer provide an overview of a September 13th congressional briefing. They discuss the various factors contributing to opioid overdose crisis in the United States.
Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way to Improve Schools
A recent RAND report found that implementing "principal pipelines"—a strategic approach to the hiring, preparation, evaluation, and support of school leaders—can improve schools. In this congressional briefing, Susan Gates discusses the feasibility, effectiveness, and affordability of principal pipelines.
Approaches to Counter Russian Social Media Influence
Elizabeth Bodine-Baron discusses the challenges facing current measures underway by Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to combat this threat; proposed approaches, as well as unintended consequences and drawbacks; and recommendations for policymakers.
What Are the Potential Impacts of Single-Payer Health Care?
Jodi Liu discusses key characteristics of single-payer health care proposals and their potential impact; common misconceptions and areas of uncertainty; and plan details and implementation decisions that would affect impacts, including the cost of care, changes in total spending, and provider payment.
Protecting Consumer Data: Considerations for Congress
Rebecca Balebako and John S. Davis discuss the benefits and risks of data sharing, opportunities for protecting privacy at both the personal and industry level, current U.S. laws and how they compare to European laws, and policy options for Congress.
The information provided by RAND in this podcast is for public viewing. Not once did the reviewer before me show any examples of RAND's ill willed nature toward humanity in fact. Which is all to common when ill informed people spout hysteria on things they know nothing of. If you believe your history professors, then go by his review. If you have a mind of your own, then watch and listen. It's the only way to learn.
A Gross Let Down
The episodes that I listened to were all audio recordings of presentations...where the presenters constantly referred to their Power Points. The presenters aren’t even miced; they’re just up at the front of some room sounding like every other impersonal slide show that you’ve ever endured at the office.
Invisible slide shows and the open-mic-night-at-the-think-tank feel of this podcast contribute to the utter downfall of what I’d hoped would be an invaluable policy learning tool. This podcast is just grueling to get through and hard to follow.
Whoever is in charge of this podcast is not doing the RAND Corporation any favors. An organization of their caliber could do so much more, but instead they just totally phoned it in. Why even have a podcast? The zero effort shows.
Rand Corp and the US Empire
All Americans should inform themselves about the Rand Corporation, and its part in the creation of the secretive, militarized police state we live in today. Much of their public material, like this podcast, comes off as bland policy documents and an exercize in academic thinking. Founded shortly after WWII, the corporations mission is much more subversive, and advocates for eternal war and the creation of enemies to justify a permanant war economy for the benefit of the military-industrial complex, which President Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell address. Read Alex Abella's Soldiers of Reason: The Rand Corporation and the American Empire. What he found is what is publically available. What exists in their secret plans? These people are about control and domination, for the benefit of a few.