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Area 45: Cancel That Thought

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

What the future may hold for social media outlets amidst the current cancel-culture phenomenon. 

Area 45: State Of The Presidential Race: Convention Bump?

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Friday, September 4, 2020

The dynamics of the presidential race and “hidden” voters. 

Area 45: President (Yes, President) Pelosi?

interview with John Yoovia Matters of Policy & Politics
Monday, August 31, 2020

A contentious presidential election and an indecisive Congress paves the way for the next president. 

Area 45: Michael Auslin On Keeping Up With The Kims

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Thursday, August 27, 2020

The family dynamics at play in Pyongyang and possible changes to American diplomacy post-November election. 

Area 45: California: Back In Blackouts Again?

interview with James L. Sweeneyvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

James Sweeney explains the differences between crises present and past, and suggests ways California can better balance population and environmental concerns. 

Area 45: Vice President Harris, Senator Newsom?

interview with Dan Waltersvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Friday, August 14, 2020

Dan Walters talks about why a Biden-Harris victory would trigger a competition among California Democrats to replace her in Washington.

Area 45: Tim Kane: Does COVID-19 Trump Immigration?

interview with Timothy Kanevia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A sensible approach to immigration policy that would balance America’s economic, security and humanitarian concerns. 

Area 45: Happy Birthday, Milton Friedman

interview with Jennifer Burnsvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Thursday, July 30, 2020

What separates Friedman from other conservative economists, his quintessentially American life story, plus what the famed libertarian might make of the debate over masks, government edicts, and civil liberties.

Area 45: State Of The Race: Rope-A-Dope With Dave Brady And Doug Rivers

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Thursday, July 23, 2020

The health of the two presidential candidates.

Area 45: Tom Gilligan: Let Freedom Ring

interview with Thomas W. Gilliganvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Individual, economic, and political freedoms that are quintessentially American.


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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.