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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. Continue Reading >>
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. << Show Less
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Politicized topics in schools, where the war in Ukraine may be headed, post-quantum cryptography. What educators think about politicized topics in school; the case for cautious optimism in Ukraine; the implications of Russia’s declining profile in space; the intersection of racism and patient safety in health care; and protecting against attacks from quantum computers. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
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Politicized topics in schools, where the war in Ukraine may be headed, post-quantum cryptography. What educators think about politicized topics in school; the case for cautious optimism in Ukraine; the implications of Russia’s declining profile in space; the intersection of racism and patient safety in health care; and protecting against attacks from quantum computers. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
RAND’s new president and CEO, bias in health care algorithms, U.S.-China crisis communications. RAND president and CEO Jason Matheny wants to build a better future; how to address racial and ethnic bias in health care algorithms; crisis communications between the U.S. and China; how overturning Roe v. Wade could affect pregnant women with substance use disorder; and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
Talking to Russia, how racial bias compounds, the consequences of overturning Roe v. Wade. Why it may be time to talk to Russia; what might lead Moscow to escalate the war in Ukraine; the compounding effects of racial bias; what economic research says about abortion; and why the Navy should stick with its mine-hunting dolphins. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
The U.S. economy’s pandemic recovery, a new national mental health hotline, firearm homicides. America's uneven economic recovery from the pandemic; launching 988, the new mental health hotline; the disproportionate effects of an increase in firearm homicides; challenges facing U.S. schools; and why investing in women’s health research benefits everyone. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
How Americans store their guns, the dangers of ‘replacement theory,’ the war in Ukraine. Personal firearm storage in the United States; why “replacement theory” is so dangerous; what it might take to achieve lasting peace in Ukraine; lessons from the 2017 battle for Raqqa; and the economic returns of foreign language learning. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
The repeal of Roe v. Wade, the dangers of deepfakes, America’s new mental health hotline. The implications of a Post-Roe America; the threat of deepfakes; what determines a nation’s global standing; and the launch of a new mental health emergency hotline. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
Synthetic opioids, Ukrainian grain, the metaverse. Countering the illegal flow of synthetic opioids; unblocking the Black Sea to free up Ukrainian grain; the link between poor sleep and dementia; mental health services in NYC; and defining the metaverse. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
Teachers’ stress, U.S. strategy toward Russia, addressing open-air drug dealing in San Francisco. Teachers are stressed at a higher rate than other working adults; how states can play a role in preventing mass shootings; “don’t poke the bear” as a flawed model for U.S. strategy toward Russia; San Francisco’s open-air drug dealing problem and what to do about it; and countering violent nonstate actors. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
RAND’s new president and CEO, how Americans view diplomacy and diplomats, transportation equity. Announcing our new president and CEO; Americans’ views on the U.S. Foreign Service; mapping online violent extremist rhetoric; America’s new mental health hotline; and transportation equity for older adults. For more information on this week’s episode, visit rand.org/podcast.
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