60 episodes

Ways and Means features bright ideas for how to improve human society. The show is produced by the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Ways & Means Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

Ways and Means features bright ideas for how to improve human society. The show is produced by the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

    Greener Pastures: The search for climate-friendly ways to raise animals.

    Greener Pastures: The search for climate-friendly ways to raise animals.

    In this episode of Ways & Means, we explore the impacts of meat production. Can we find a better way to raise animals as food and help the planet at the same time?
    This is the third in our series Climate Change Solutions, a look at surprising answers to the question of what we can do to help cool a rapidly heating planet.
    Guests: 
    Cameron Oglesby, journalist and Duke Sanford School of Public Policy Master of Public Policy student North Carolina farmer Johnny Rogers Jennifer Curtis, Firsthand Foods Lee Miller and Michelle Nowlin, Duke’s Environmental Law and Policy Clinic A-dae Romero-Briones, Native Agriculture and Food Systems program at First Nations Development Institute Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. Find out more about the Duke Climate Commitment.

    • 22 min
    Getting Strategic with Solar

    Getting Strategic with Solar

    Location, location, location. Place matters a lot when it comes to the impact solar panels can have on the environment. The biggest environmental benefit comes from regions powered by coal. If your local electric utility runs on coal and you install solar panels on your home, it means that the power plant doesn’t have to burn as much coal to power your home, and that is really good for the climate.
    In this episode of Ways & Means: getting strategic when it comes to solar subsidies. This is the second episode in our series, Climate Change Solutions.
    Guests:
    Joe Opyoke, retired coal miner Elizabeth Opyoke Cruikshank, Solar Holler in West Virginia Bobby Harris, PhD Environmental Economics and Policy, Duke, '22 Steven Sexton, professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. Find out more about the Duke Climate Commitment.

    • 18 min
    Paying for a Healthy Planet

    Paying for a Healthy Planet

    The Amazon has been called the lungs of the planet. Its dense jungles play a key role in absorbing the Earth’s greenhouse gases, but the forest is disappearing quickly. In this episode: research from Colombia, Africa and China illustrates how economics can help slow deforestation and combat the climate crisis.
    Guests:
    Lina Moros, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia Wumeng He, Wuhan University, China; Duke Kunshan University Alex Pfaff, Duke University This is the first in our series Climate Solutions.
    Find out more about the film Sonic Forest, including the song Let Me Breathe and the group Stand for Trees.
    Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. Find out more about the Duke Climate Commitment.

    • 22 min
    Begged and Borrowed

    Begged and Borrowed

    Large technology companies are so powerful they now threaten democracy. They are too big to sue, and current regulations are not holding them responsible for their actions or outcomes. What can be done when a large tech company is doing something that is harmful to society? How can the technology companies that want to differentiate themselves demonstrate they are behaving responsibly? Well – this isn’t the first time the U.S. has been faced with a large, runaway industry that needed effective government oversight. We’ll look closely at the governance frameworks that are used for big banks, environmental polluters, drug companies to allow them to demonstrate responsible decision making. This episode is the third of a three-part series, Defending Democracy (and Us!) from Big Tech, a collaboration between Ways & Means and the Debugger podcast.
    The series is produced with support from the Cyber Policy Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.

    • 54 min
    What Hasn't Worked

    What Hasn't Worked

    Very large tech companies fit into a special tech category called “platforms.” Companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Amazon are so big – it’s like they are on a raised on a platform at a country fair, and can be heard all over the fairgrounds. The platform gives them an advantage; because they can be heard by more people, their technology can have a more impactful reach.
    These companies have a lot of money, and power. But what if society becomes convinced one of these tools is hurting kids, or failing democracy, or polluting the environment, or stealing? Since they are so big that even fines don’t seem to scare them, what now?
    In this episode: we’ll explore what’s been tried to hold tech companies accountable.
    This episode is the second of a three-part series, Defending Democracy (and Us!) from Big Tech, a collaboration between Ways & Means and the Debugger podcast.
    The series is produced with support from the Cyber Policy Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.

    • 48 min
    Too Big to Sue

    Too Big to Sue

    It’s critical to understand just how hard it is to tell big tech companies what to do. The United States’ legal system is set up for a fair fight, but in practice tech firms are often able to act as their own judge and jury. They control everything from what apps we see, to what data they collect about us to whether or not misinformation and hate speech circulate widely online.
    This episode is the first of a three-part series, Defending Democracy (and Us!) from Big Tech, a collaboration between Ways & Means and the Debugger podcast.
    The series is produced with support from the Cyber Policy Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Nerdlennial ,

Amazing

I am learning so much through this podcast and recommending it to all of my friends. And on a superficial level, the host’s voice is absolutely exquisite!

Morjolee ,

Super helpful

Lots of negativity into our psyche is so bad for us as individuals and as a society! This bit of practical hope is a much needed disrupted in the borage of despair that is so much media! This helps you not feel helpless, but hopeful!

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I was listening to the podcast Scene on Radio and he suggested this podcast. I have listened to only two episodes and I’m excited to hear more! This podcast adds value to my life!

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