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Area 45: As The World Turns . . . From Trump To Biden

interview with H. R. McMastervia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The effectiveness of the Trump approach and what to expect from the anticipated Biden “re-pivot” on China and Iran. 

Area 45: A Post-Trump Realignment?

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Monday, January 18, 2021

Did a genuine realignment occur in 2020 or will the 45th president’s impact fade away?

Area 45: Trump, Impeachment And The Courts

interview with John Yoo, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Thursday, January 14, 2021

President Trump’s record on judges and how the Biden Administration might differ.

Area 45: Exit “Trumponomics” Enter “Bidenomics”

interview with Michael J. Boskinvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Monday, January 11, 2021

The good, the bad, and the unresolved of the Trump years and what actions Biden might take.

Area 45: Another Philly Special?

interview with John Yoovia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Election integrity comes under legal scrutiny.

Area 45: And The Winner Is . . .

interview with David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

What do the polls suggest about the health of the two candidacies? 

Area 45: “Your Lights Are Getting Dimmer”

interview with David Bradyvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Thursday, October 8, 2020

David Brady reviews polling data showing how the 2020 race compares, at this point, to 2016’s contest nationally and in battleground states. 

Area 45: A Healthy Amendment?

interview with John Yoovia Matters of Policy & Politics
Saturday, October 3, 2020

The 25th Amendment to the US Constitution clarifies presidential succession in the event of death or resignation. What’s not so clear is prolonged incapacitation.

Area 45: Foreign To This Election

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Markos Kounalakis discusses unrest in Egypt and Iran – and offers a few foreign policy questions in advance of next week’s presidential debate.


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Matters of Policy & Politics is a Hoover Institution podcast devoted to matters of governance and balance of power at home and abroad. It is hosted by Hoover fellow Bill Whalen.

As the successor to Hoover’s Area 45 podcast, which focused on Trump-era issues and controversies, Matters of Policy & Politics will examine the direction of federal, state, and local leadership and elections, with an occasional examination of national security and geopolitical concerns, all featuring insightful analysis provided by Hoover Institution scholars and guests.

Podcasts will be released weekly, with engaging topics and fellows.