As businesses and schools across the country close because of the coronavirus, Americans are starting to realize just how economically dependent we are on China. With a vast majority of our essential and generic drugs running through the country, it’s time for Americans to reevaluate the US-China trade relationship.

Derek Scissors joined Dany and Marc to explain how America became so reliant on China and what we should do to decouple our economies moving forward. They also discuss the long-term economic impact of the coronavirus and why we can expect to see more viruses emerging out of China if the US doesn’t change its approach.

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When crisis engulfs the nation, how should the federal government — especially the President — respond? Of course, when crisis strikes, the best response is for everyone — government and citizens alike — to have prepared in advance. But when “unknown knowns” suddenly appear and shake our sense of normalcy, we look to the President and his administration to respond.

Our guest, Tevi Troy, knows this well. He has served at the highest levels of government in the White House and the US Department of Health and Human Services, and has studied the White House from a historian’s perspective — most recently in “Fight House,” his account of White House rivalries. Perhaps most relevantly, though, is “Shall We Wake the President?” (2016), his account of presidential crisis management through American history. Seeing as he predicted the Coronavirus pandemic in that 2016 book, he seemed to be the right oracle to discuss disaster management within and across the various arms of government.

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How does family structure impact the social, educational, and economic outcomes of kids? Is the nuclear family really just a myth constructed in the 1950s? Can stable families advance the cause of social justice?

On this episode of Are You Kidding Me, Ian and Naomi are joined by AEI Visiting Scholar and U.VA sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox as they discuss the latest research on family structure, along with a recent article in The Atlantic by David Brooks that has sparked a lot of discussion on the role of the nuclear family in 21st century America.

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That’s “republican” with a lowercase “r” — the set of structures and characteristics that together form a free people governing themselves through representative bodies and the rule of law.

In a special guest-less episode, Adam expands on a recent essay in which he argues that our republic’s constitutional structure depends upon the character of its public servants and its citizens.

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The COVID-19 coronavirus has forced schools around the country to close their doors; how can educators ensure that children receive a quality education in their homes? How should parents balance work and caretaking, limit screen time for their children, and choose family activities in the coming months?

In this special episode, Naomi and Ian discuss how the coronavirus is impacting child welfare in the US. They provide thoughts on what families and educators can do to get ahead of this crisis and ensure that American children continue to learn and grow as they spend time at home.

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For nearly 100 years the Supreme Court has declined to strike down laws that it believes ‘delegates’ Congress’s legislative power to the Executive Branch. What would a more assertive “nondelegation doctrine” look like? Until then, what limits — if any — does the current nondelegation doctrine place upon Congress?

Administrative Law nerds everywhere celebrate as we welcome an indefatigable champion of the nondelegation doctrine, George Washington University Law professor Alan Morrison. Together, he and Adam discuss separation of powers, the judiciary’s role in enforcing that separation, and the timeless problem of vague laws.

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Child pornography is both illegal and immoral, yet it continues to proliferate throughout cyberspace. Ian and Naomi discuss what, if anything, the government and private tech companies can do to stop it. Later, they discuss the potential of predictive analytics to avoid tragedies like the murder of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins.

Show Notes:
– Explosion of child pornography and abuse images online (0:35)
– How to parent in the age of technology (3:51)
– Tragic death of Zymere Perkins (8:53)
– Predictive analytics to find child abuse and neglect risk factors (14:17)

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Only a few select lawyers get to argue before the Supreme Court. But even fewer are personally appointed by a Supreme Court Justice to do so. Deepak Gupta is one such attorney, and is no stranger to unusual or uncharted territory. Before launching his own firm in 2012, Deepak helped start the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as Senior Counsel for Litigation.

After discussing life as a Supreme Court advocate, Adam and Deepak descend into wonkery about regulation, the administrative state, and whether various agency structures might be considered constitutional. Sure, Adam once tried to sue the CFPB into oblivion – but what’s a little constitutional litigation among friends?

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On this episode, Naomi Schaeffer Riley and Ian Rowe are joined by the CEO of Spence-Chapin, Kate Trambitskaya.

Overseeing one of the country’s oldest non-profit adoption agencies, Trambitskaya explains the key differences between public and private adoptions as well as recent cultural trends toward voluntary adoption while sustaining birth-family connections. Later on, Riley, Rowe, and Trambitskaya react to a recent article from the New York Times entitled, “Why aren’t there more rich foster parents?”

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What is an institution? How can we learn to see institutions more clearly in our daily lives? Yuval Levin, Director of AEI’s Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies department, editor of National Affairs, and author of the new book “A Time to Build” on restoring American institutions, joins the show to discuss the structures of American associational life.

Adam asks him about the challenge of upholding existing institutions, and how American citizens should think of themselves as parties to the institution that is the Constitution. Meanwhile, Yuval’s ability to speak in full paragraphs amazes and delights the audience.

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Children entering the foster care system have often experienced serious trauma, but there is nothing inevitable about their life’s trajectories.

In this episode, Naomi and Ian discuss what happens to youth aging out of foster care, how the child welfare system can increase the recruitment and retention of foster parents, and the difference between child abuse and neglect.

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How strong is the least dangerous branch? Moreover, how self-restrained should it be?

In this episode of “Unprecedential,” Adam White interviews Greg Weiner, AEI visiting scholar and associate professor at Assumption College. Professor Weiner’s latest book, “The Political Constitution: The Case Against Judicial Supremacy,” argues that an over-active judiciary undermines the Constitution’s republican qualities. He and Adam discuss judicial restraint, judicial legitimacy, and the Madisonian and Burkean themes of Weiner’s previous books.

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From Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France to Yuval Levin’s new book, A Time to Build, conservatives have long been fascinated by the relationship between the American individual, state, and mediating institutions. Building properly-functioning institutions of all kinds – media, religious, or educational — is crucial to the politics and social lives of a self-governing people.

David Gelernter, Yale computer scientist and polymath, addresses the lack of institutions that would challenge growing left-wing domination of the cultural and educational landscapes. His Bradley Lecture, “New Institutions for a New Cultural Establishment,” examines with incisive wit how the center-right can build badly-needed institutions when they are needed most.

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Decades prior to today’s political arguments about “coastal elites” misunderstanding “flyover country,” film critic, author, and talk show host Michael Medved made a cultural argument. Medved contended that the cloistered cultures of Hollywood were unresponsive to market demands, and chose to push a narrative—one that would not serve their own financial interests — about religion, the US, and the human condition.

Will Baird joins the podcast once again to discuss the themes that drew Medved’s ire, the conservative case for irreverence in film, and whether there’s something truly the matter with the film industry in Hollywood.

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Prolific historian, author, and social critic Gertrude Himmelfarb (1922-2019) leaves behind a legacy of scholarship transcending time and place. Her insights into the past, such as her studies of Victorian England, help fashion a worldview for the present, one emphasizing virtue, truth-seeking, and humility.

AEI Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman joins the podcast to memorialize Dr. Himmelfarb and discuss what lessons her life and works hold for future generations.

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“In my business,” explained one immigrant entrepreneur in the mid-1930s, “I am the best economist.” So went the argument against centralized power acting for what it believed to be the common good. Knowledge is too diffuse for a command economy to function – just one lesson among many that historian and author Amity Shlaes gleaned from her study of New Deal administration and compiled into her 2004 Bradley Lecture, “The New Deal and Class Warfare.”

This lecture was originally delivered in April 2004.

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The first Amendment to the Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” 200 years later, the Supreme Court determined that a nonsectarian prayer at a high school graduation violated the Establishment Clause, and was not protected under the Free Exercise Clause. It was a puzzling decision for those who understood the centrality of religion to public life throughout American history.

University of Chicago Law professor Michael W. McConnell, later a federal judge, was among the puzzled. He endeavored to trace the impulse to turn “freedom of religion” into “freedom from religion” in the public square. AEI Visiting Fellow and religious freedom expert Ramesh Ponnuru joins the podcast to discuss McConnell’s argument, First Amendment Jurisprudence since the early 1990s, and ongoing threats to religious life in America today.

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In 2019, everyone from seven-time NBA All-Star James Harden to the writers of South Park has something to say about China. The narrative is fairly simple: China is an economic behemoth, full of billions of consumers ready to support American business – as long as said business keeps quiet about Chinese authoritarianism and human rights abuses.

Almost twenty tears ago, after China liberalized much of its economy and opened up to foreign investment, Arthur Waldron spoke of the paths its government might choose. Chinese economic liberalization could be followed by political liberalization, or it could double down on authoritarianism and militarization. Waldron’s Bradley Lecture, “China after Communism,” explores those very themes – and cuts to the heart of what it means to be a free, democratic country.

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College campuses play a central role in shaping the thinking of future leaders and current public intellectuals. But starting in the 1990’s, campuses took a strange tack, engaging in more banning than shaping. Speech codes developed by shadowy bureaucracies restricted activities that might offend – whether speech, laughter, or even pinning up a calendar.

light on the draconian codes of the ‘shadow university,’ explaining the origins of this “betrayal of liberty,” and makes the renewed case for robust First Amendment protections for all Americans – even college students.

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Are we doomed? Probably. But the reason for that doom depends on whom you ask. If you ask a candidate at a recent Democratic town hall event on climate change, we might be doomed because our planet cannot sustain current population levels. But if you ask writer Jonathan V. Last, he will write a book explaining why the opposite is true: We need higher fertility rates to fend off the disastrous economic, social, and even environmental consequences of dwindling population levels.

Lyman Stone – AEI fellow, demographer, and unabashed baby-supporter – joins the podcast to discuss Last’s Bradley Lecture, “What to expect when no one’s expecting.”

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