Policy Outsider

1: In the Weeds with Heather Trela

An episode of Policy Outsider

By Rockefeller Institute
Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government takes you outside the halls of power to understand how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.
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12. Power to the People
On this episode of "Policy Outsider," we have Rockefeller Institute fellow Dr. Lisa Parshall to discuss the New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act and the effect it has had on village dissolutions. The episode highlights the Institute's recent report on village dissolutions, which detailed the motivation behind New York State's push to dissolve village governments. Parshall discusses the effect the 2010 law has had on the rate of village dissolutions and what dissolution means for village residents and neighboring communities. Parshall identifies the noneconomic reasons residents are often reluctant to dissolve their villages. Their concerns include community identity and pride, the importance of municipal buildings and symbols, festivals and community celebrations, as well as the role of local emergency services.
19:42
September 3, 2019
11. Failing Schools: Makeover or Takeover?
On the latest episode of “Policy Outsider,” we explain why so many turnaround efforts have failed and identifying the keys for future success. The episode highlights a recent report from the Institute on school turnaround efforts and features an interview with the report's author, Brian Backstrom, director of education policy studies at the Institute. Backstrom lays out the ineffectual fixes policymakers often use. These include keeping current school leadership intact; only providing additional resources; and choosing smaller one-time changes, such as a new curriculum versus an overhaul of the entire school's academic culture. The episode also introduces our new host, Alex Morse, a researcher with the Rockefeller Institute, who succeeds Kyle Adams, former Institute communications director. In the first segment of the episode, both Morse and Adams discuss their takeaways from creating and producing the podcast over the past several months.
1:07:54
July 26, 2019
10. And Yet I'm Here
We return to Sullivan County, New York, with our Stories from Sullivan researchers to hear directly from a group of people in recovery at Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties  — people who have lost friends to the epidemic, been to jail, and been brought back from the brink of overdose. They share their pathways to addiction, their struggles to begin recovery, and what kinds of support they would like to see from policymakers.  Rockefeller Institute researchers have been studying the opioid crisis on the ground in rural Sullivan County for more than 18 months, conducting more than 100 interviews with people on the frontlines of the epidemic. Read their findings here:  https://rockinst.org/stories-from-sullivan/  WARNING: This episode contains candid descriptions of addiction and the conditions surrounding addiction, and may be triggering to some people.
37:09
June 25, 2019
9. How to Reduce Gun Homicides
The debate about gun violence in the U.S. seems to be dominated by division and policy paralysis. But it doesn't have to be. Some of the most effective policies in reducing gun homicides are also the most popular — among gun owners and proponents of gun control alike. We talk with the author of the most recent report from the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, a multistate initiative coordinated by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, about which policies have the best chances of making a difference. Guests:  Michael Siegel is a professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.  Nicholas Simons is a project coordinator at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. Read the report: "What Are the Most Effective Policies in Reducing Gun Homicides?" Learn more about the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium. *** Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government explores and explains how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.  Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis. 
45:08
May 31, 2019
8. A Gateway Drug for Federalism
What happened to legalized adult-use marijuana in New York and New Jersey? We sit down with Rockefeller Institute Chief of Staff and Fellow Heather Trela to understand why legalization efforts seem to have stalled in both states, and where we can expect things to go from here. Learn more: In the Weeds   *** Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government explores and explains how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.  Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis. 
23:29
April 26, 2019
7. Learning to Research Like a Pro
The Rockefeller Institute's Center for Law & Policy Solutions partners undergraduate research interns from the University at Albany with policy experts at the Institute to investigate a single issue of pressing state or national importance each semester. We sat down with three former interns to discuss what it was like to be thrown into the deep end of policy research -- and how they learned to swim.   *** Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government explores and explains how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.  Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis. 
22:36
April 1, 2019
6. Digging into Student Debt in New York
Forty-two percent of college graduates in New York State carry some amount student debt, with an average debt load of about $30,000. We sit down with Rockefeller Institute Director of Education Policy Studies Brian Backstrom to break down those numbers and learn what states are doing -- and can do -- to ease the burden of student debt. Learn more: A Deeper Look at Student Loan Debt in New York State   *** Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government explores and explains how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.  Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis. 
23:02
February 22, 2019
5. Who Gives and Who Gets
In the balance of payments between states and the federal government, some states "win" and some states "lose." We speak with the authors of our new report, "Giving or Getting? New York's Balance of Payments with the Federal Government," about the factors that shape these funding flows. Read the full report here. *** Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government explores and explains how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.  Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis. 
16:39
January 18, 2019
4. Mankind v. Machines
Artificial intelligence and automation technologies are bringing massive change to labor, the economy, ethics, and society. The question now is how to harness those technologies rather than being overwhelmed by them -- or overwhelmed by those who embrace them sooner. We break down the 20-year outlook with Laura Schultz, director of fiscal analysis and chief economist at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. Learn more: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Labor Force in New York State *** Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government explores and explains how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.  Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis. 
28:24
January 10, 2019
3: Dynamite Youth
We take a trip to Sullivan County, New York, with the researchers behind the Rockefeller Institute's long-term study of the opioid epidemic to hear from the people on the front lines of the crisis. Follow their research in real time with the Stories from Sullivan series.   *** Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government explores and explains how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.  Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis. 
35:17
November 21, 2018
2: From the Glass Ceiling to the Sticky Floor: Closing the Pay Equity Gap from the Bottom Up
Whereas the "glass ceiling" refers to the last barriers a woman faces on the corporate ladder, the "sticky floor" refers to the first barriers that women and people color face when entering the workforce -- barriers that often keep them in low-paying, low-prestige, but highly necessary jobs. This special edition of "Policy Outsider" was recorded live at a forum hosted by the Rockefeller Institute of Government and the New York State Council on Women and Girls. The guests and panelists include: Catherine White Berheide, professor of sociology at Skidmore College and principal investigator for the National Science Foundation ADVANCE PAID Grant Roberta Reardon, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Sarah Brafman, staff attorney at A Better Balance Janice Brown, president of the American Association of University Women - New York State Jill Robbins-Jabine, CEO of YWCA Western New York Beverly Cooper Neufeld, founder of PowHer New York and president of BCN Consulting Group, LLC Visit www.rockinst.org/blog to learn more. *** Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government explores and explains how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.  Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis. 
1:40:55
October 30, 2018
1: In the Weeds with Heather Trela
How can states legalize something that is illegal under federal law? Rockefeller Institute Chief of Staff and Fellow Heather Trela explains the growing tension between states and the federal government over marijuana policy, and where it may lead.  Learn more: Clash of Laws: The Growing Dissonance between State and Federal Marijuana Policies  *** Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government explores and explains how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.  Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. It conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis. 
21:23
October 19, 2018
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