Episodes

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How to Pay Off the National Debt - What History Tells Us | Barry Eichengreen | YDHTY - S2E28

The United States ranks alongside a long list of nations that have taken on enormous debt to fight wars, pandemics, and fuel future economic growth. How have nations resolved their debts, and what does this tell us about the future of the United States? Barry Eichengreen of UC Berkeley joins me in...
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How to Reform Federal Spending | Maya MacGuinaes of the CFRB | YDHTY, S2E27

In the conversation around the US national debt, the process around what the government spends money on and how is often crowded out by conversations around what spending programs we should add. For Maya MacGuinaes of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the current process is one that...
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McKesson v. Doe - When Civil Suits Suppress Free Speech | Garrett Epps | YDHTY, S2E24

The $25 million verdict against the organizers of the Unite the Right Rally was largely praised for holding them responsible for the death and injuries caused when one participant drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors. Many also saw this as a way to send a message to other activists who...
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What is the Legal Definition of Inciting Violence? | John Vile | YDHTY, s2e23

One of the questions that arose in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol was whether Trump and others who spoke at the rally were responsible for inciting the violence that occurred afterward. In part two of a series on whether rally organizers should be held responsible for violence and...
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Does the Public Support Supreme Court Term Limits? | Arjun Moorthy | YDHTY, S2E19

Polling shows over 60% of Americans support term limits for Supreme Court justices, a number that includes a large percentage of conservative-leaning independents who are presumably happy with the court's 6-3 conservative majority. To find out why, I invited Arjun Moorthy from The Factual to...
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How Lincoln Packed the Supreme Court | Rachel Shelden | YDHTY, S2E18

Americans expect the Supreme Court to be nonpartisan, but history tells us this wasn't always the case. Rachel Shelden of Penn State joins me on this episode of YDHTY to discuss the Supreme Court of the Civil War Era, where Americans expected their courts to be partisan, partisanship to be fluid,...
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How to Reform the Supreme Court | Gabe Roth of Fix the Court | YDHTY, S2E16

Earlier this year, President Biden signed an executive order enacting a commission to explore potential reforms to the Supreme Court. Much of their discussion has focused on ways to make the partisan makeup of the Court more representative of the electorate at large - whether that be through term...
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The Infrastructure Bill: That Extra $2 Trillion Nobody Wanted | S2E15, Arjun Moorthy

Last week, Congress passed Biden's much-awaited infrastructure bill, coming up about $2 trillion short of the version that was originally proposed. In addition to repairing America's roads and bridges - something popular with voters - the original version also contained provisions such as...
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Segregated By Design: Race and Urban Planning in Dallas | Collin Yarbrough | YDHTY, S2E14

In the prior episode on infrastructure, we discussed how the interstate highway system spawned a migration of businesses to the suburbs, where rent and property were cheaper. This left many lower-income workers in central cities without access to employment or the means to get there. This was...
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China vs US Infrastructure Spending: A Comparison  | Nathaniel Baum-Snow | YDHTY, S2E13

In 1956, the US embarked on a 10-year mission to connect its major cities via the Interstate Highway System. When the project was completed in 1992 (a little over 10 years, for those of you doing the math) China began a similar journey to transform its own infrastructure. As Congress debates the...
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