Next Round

Next Round

Next Round is a weekly podcast exploring California politics from a free market perspective hosted by the nonpartisan think tank Pacific Research Institute. Each episode features elected officials, media commentators, and policy leaders breaking down the Golden State’s top policy debates and discussing how market-based reforms can improve our quality of life. Past guests include House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Democratic Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, futurist George Gilder, State Board of Ed Member Dr. Ting Sun, pollster Scott Rasmussen, economist Steve Moore, Politico California’s Kevin Yamamura, and National Review’s Andrew McCarthy.

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May 10, 2021 28 min

This week’s podcast features Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation.  Bob Poole, one of the leading transportation policy experts in the nation – discusses Pres. Biden’s so-called infrastructure plan and what’s really in it.  Mr. Poole also discusses California’s poor infrastructure and ideas to improve it, including public-private partnerships and market-oriented solutions.

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PRI’s guest in this podcast is Nolan Gray, an urban planner and currently a Ph.D. student at UCLA. Housing affordability and housing shortages are two key reasons so many Californians are fleeing the state. Nolan discusses why housing is so expensive and the regulatory barriers that are preventing more houses from being built.  He also offers policy recommendations to help more Californians find an affordable place to live.

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This week’s guest is Dr. Henry Miller, PRI senior fellow in health care studies.? In addition to being a physician, Dr. Miller was a former official at the FDA and founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology. Dr. Miller provides an update on the pandemic, the progress of vaccine distribution, and his perspective on the CDC’s pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.? Co-hosts Rowena and Tim discuss Biden’s f...

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Julian Morris, Senior Fellow at Reason and a Senior Scholar at the International Center for Law and Economics, joins us for a discussion on environmental topics as we mark Earth Day 2021.  We discuss the Biden Administration's "green infrastructure" proposals, California's big government energy policies, whether government fuel emission standards have delivered on their promises, and how California's and America...

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Prominent conservative scholar Charles Kesler discusses his new book Crisis of the Two Constitutions – The Rise, Decline, and Recovery of American Greatness with PRI senior fellow Steve Hayward.  Prof. Kesler is the editor of the Claremont Review of Books, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, and a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute.

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The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) promotes itself as “the nation’s drug pricing watchdog.”  However, as documented in the first of a series of PRI reports, ICER’s cost-effectiveness analyses contain inappropriate methodologies and subjective judgments in determining the value of medicines.  In this podcast, PRI senior fellow Wayne Winegarden discusses why ICER’s reports contain biased, inaccurate assumptions.

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Steven Greenhut, author of the recent PRI book Winning the Water Wars, moderates a panel of water experts and policymakers who preview the course the Biden Administration will likely chart on California water policy.  They also highlight potential landmines in the water debate in the months ahead and discuss how free-market ideas like water markets could secure the state’s water future. Panelists include: Congressman Lou Correa, D-...

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Despite the success of charter schools, they have come under attack on multiple fronts.  State lawmakers have enacted state laws that handicap the establishment of charter schools and their operation.  Additionally, charter school opponents have used the Covid-19 pandemic to exacerbate funding disparities between charter schools and traditional public schools.  Lance Izumi, author of the new PRI brief, “New and Emerging Threats Fac...

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In this podcast, Kerry Jackson and Wayne Winegarden preview their new book No Way Home: The Crisis of Homelessness and How to Fix it with Intelligence and Humanity.  The panel discussion was recorded from PRI’s annual Sacramento Policy Conference in February. Also, Rowena Itchon and Tim Anaya, former gubernatorial speechwriters, in the opening round give their review of Gov. Newsom’s State of the State Address.

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This podcast features a virtual debate on free speech and the role of social media platforms in moderating online content. PRI brings together an unmatched team of experts including former Congressman Chris Cox, one of the original authors of Section 230; the Honorable Dan Oliver, one of the country’s leading conservatives and former Federal Trade Commissioner under President Ronald Reagan; and Bartlett Cleland, PRI’s senior fellow...

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March 2, 2021 36 min

In this podcast, PRI Senior Fellow Wayne Winegarden discusses his new study “The Small Business Gig.” The gig economy is one of the fastest growth sectors  in the U.S. But entrenched union power has been leading the charge for more and more restrictions in California and the U.S. Winegarden discusses the importance of the gig economy in creating entrepreneurial businesses and he offers reforms to help spur continued growth.

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This podcast is a recording of the health care panel discussion at PRI’s virtual Sacramento Policy Conference. Our All-Star panelists include Sally Pipes, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy; Wayne Winegarden, PRI senior fellow in business and economics and director of PRI’s Center for Medical Economics and Innovation; and Dr. Henry Miller, PRI senior fellow in health studies. It also includes intro...

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Policymakers in Sacramento and Washington are focusing on how to turn the economy around, keep businesses afloat, and help people stay employed amidst the ongoing pandemic. Elected officials, policy insiders, and free market economists discuss efforts to retain and create new jobs in California, the federal stimulus legislation, and other reforms to reduce costs and economic burdens on employers and employees.  The speakers are: Wa...

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Newly elected Representative Young Kim of Orange County provided the keynote address at this year’s virtual Sacramento Ideas in Action Policy conference. Rep. Kim discusses her first days in Congress, her legislative priorities, and her goal to forge bipartisanship in Washington.

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Cynthia Ariosta and Carl Dene of the Coalition of Bay Area Restaurants and Wineries discuss the impact of Gov. Newsom’s on again/off again restrictions on small businesses.  The pandemic has hit California hard, especially small businesses and employees of restaurants and wineries.  Cynthia and Carl provide first-hand experience on what they have done to survive the pandemic, the cost of the outside dining restrictions to  their es...

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The new Pacific Research Institute book A Kite in a Hurricane No More profiles the challenges and ultimate triumph of Mia Giordano, a young woman with serious learning disabilities. As we observe National School Choice Week 2021, this podcast features Mia along with Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education; Mia’s mother, Christine Zanello; and Barbara Arrowsmith, founder of the Arrowsmith Program that helped Mia s...

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PRI former speechwriters offer their perspective on President Biden’s inaugural speech.  Lance Izumi was speechwriter to Attorney General Edwin Meese and Gov. Deukmejian and is now PRI’s senior director of education studies,  Tim Anaya was speechwriter to Gov. Schwarzenegger and other California lawmakers and now PRI senior director of communications, and Rowena Itchon was a speechwriter to Gov. Wilson and a research assistant in P...

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January 12, 2021 32 min

Michael Thom, professor at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, discusses his new book Taxing Sin.  Prof. Thom reviews the history of sin taxes, which goes back for hundreds of years, and the traditional sin taxes, such as alcohol and tobacco taxes.  He also discusses new 21st century sin taxes – soda, plastic bags, and marijuana. Tim Anaya also provides highlights from Governor Newsom’s proposed 2021 budget.

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Listen to PRI’s recent webinar featuring an all-star panel of experts representing legal, regulatory, and policy industries discussing state and federal changes to data privacy and cybersecurity during 2020 and what the future holds for tech, digital privacy, and cybersecurity in 2021.

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Dr. Leslie Lenkowsky, an expert on philanthropy and public affairs, offers his insights into American civil society’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what increased restrictions on personal freedom mean for our democracy.  Dr. Lenkowsky is a professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and a member of the philanthropic studies faculty of the Indiana University Lilly Family ...

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