President Trump's national security strategy has put border security and economic competitiveness as a priority to national security and dropped climate change as a threat. To discuss, we SPOTLIGHT Andrea Strimling Yodsampa. Andrea is the CEO of DEPLOY/US, a not-for-profit dedicated to pragmatic, market-based climate and energy solutions. She served as lead researcher on multiple innovation research efforts sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her areas of expertise include energy and environmental policy, climate change, clean technology, national security, international affairs, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, public-private partnerships, civil-military cooperation, negotiation and consensus building. Media includes: The Christian Science Monitor, UMI Dissertation Publishing, International Negotiation, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal.
Congress is looking to pass a tax plan and budget this week to avoid a government shutdown. To discuss, we FEATURE Connie Razza. Connie is Co-Director of Policy & Research at Demos. Previously, she directed Center for Popular Democracy’s broad-ranging research efforts pertaining to immigrant and civil rights, economic and community justice, and good government. In addition to researching on CPD-driven projects, the Strategic Research department also helps partner organizations meet their research needs. Media includes: The New York Times, The Guardian, Thom Hartmann, Melissa Harris Perry.
Civil Rights Lawyer, Public Policy Advocate, Former Senior Policy Advisor for Hillary Clinton
For interviews on barred words for the CDC.
The CDC has been barred from using a list of words-- which includes "fetus," "transgender," and "science-based"-- in official budget documents. To discuss, we FEATURE Maya Harris. An accomplished attorney, public policy advocate, and philanthropic leader, Maya Harris is an innovative voice in global efforts to expand equal opportunity, strengthen democracy and protect civil and human rights. She is an MSNBC Contributor and, most recently, Harris served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where she played a leading role in shaping Clinton’s domestic policy agenda. Media includes: MSNBC, CNN, Elle, The New Yorker, San Jose Mercury News.
"Fake news" has been a term that has been thrown around frequently this past year. To discuss, we FEATURE Alicia Shepard. Alicia is a visiting media ethics professor at the University of Arkansas. Previously, she worked for USAID in Afghanistan as a press liaison after having spent a year reporting and training Afghan reporters. She taught media ethics at University of Nevada at Las Vegas, before which she was NPR ombudsman from 2007 to 2011. For nearly a decade, she wrote for American Journalism Review on such things as ethics, the newspaper industry and how journalism works - or doesn't. Media includes: Washingtonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune.
As the Russian interference investigation continues, tensions have risen between President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller. To discuss, we FEATURE Elizabeth Hempowicz. Elizabeth is POGO’s Policy Counsel. She oversees POGO’s legislative reform work, with a focus on whistleblower protections and government accountability. Liz develops and advances public policies to combat corruption and to promote openness and accountability in government. She strategizes on the best way to translate POGO report findings into legislative reforms. She has participated in efforts to improve lobbying and congressional ethics rules, whistleblower protections, the Freedom of Information Act, and other open government initiatives. Media includes: NPR, Washington Examiner, Salon, Politico, Daily Caller.
Research Scholar, IIASA Risk and Resilience Program
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
For interviews on Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico has recently ordered a review and recount of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria following evidence that the death toll may have been undercounted. To discuss, we FEATURE Junko Mochizuki. Junko is a natural disaster risk expert at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. Her research focuses on the linkages between risk management, economic growth, and changing risks from climate extremes in connection with socioeconomic change. Her particular interest lies in the interface between policy and scientific knowledge, investigating how governments and researchers can work together to redcuce the financial risk of disasters. Media includes: The Research Blog of IIASA, International Journal of Disaster Risk Analysis, Renewable Energy.
For interviews on #MeToo and sexual harassment prevention.
In the wake of the #MeToo campaign, businesses and organizations are now faced with coming up with strategies to prevent workplace sexual harassment. To discuss, we FEATURE Esta Soler. One of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children, Esta Soler is a pioneer who founded the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) 26 years ago and made it one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. With offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C., and partners around the world, the FVPF develops innovative strategies to prevent domestic, dating and sexual violence, stalking and child abuse. Media includes: San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post.