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By Virginia Policy Review
Coming to you from the heart of Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village, Academical is the official podcast of the Virginia Policy Review (VPR). The podcast is staffed by the Master of Public Policy students at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia (UVA).

VPR is not a part of or an agency of UVA. It is an independent organization responsible for managing its own activities and affairs. UVA does not direct, supervise, or control VPR and is not responsible for VPR's contracts, acts, or omissions.

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Brian Cannon, Fair Maps Virginia
VPR Director of Operations Sean Bielawski and VPR Managing Editor Morgan Smith (MPP '21) talk about the latest at VPR (2:30) and then speak with Brian Cannon of Fair Maps Virginia (10:05) about the history and substance of the redistricting constitutional amendment on the ballot in Virginia. Related Reading Virginia Redistricting Amendment Language (link) Fair Maps Virginia (link) Acknowledgments Music: Blue Dot Sessions Voiceover: Zach Mendez Editing: Sean Bielawski Disclaimer Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise, or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts, or omissions.
47:22
September 21, 2020
Luis Oyola, Legal Aid Justice Center
VPR Director of Operations Sean Bielawski and Batten Latinx Network President Jasmine Rangel (MPP '21) talk about Jasmine's vision for BLN (3:44) and then speak with Luis Oyola of the Legal Aid Justice Center (18:45) on his background and his work as a community organizer. Related Reading Batten Latinx Network Instagram (link) Latest update on Senator Boysko's legislation around state inspections of ICE facilities (link) Acknowledgments Music: Blue Dot Sessions Voiceover: Zach Mendez Editing: Sean Bielawski Disclaimer Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise, or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts, or omissions.
1:09:20
September 14, 2020
Secretary Atif Qarni, Virginia Secretary of Education
VPR Director of Operations Sean Bielawski and Meghan Clancy (MPP '21) talk about how Meghan came to Batten (3:50) and then speak with Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni (11:28) on the morning that many public schools in Virginia began their school year, many of them virtually. Related Reading Secretary Qarni's Washington Post OpEd (link) Acknowledgments Music: Blue Dot Sessions Voiceover: Zach Mendez Editing: Sean Bielawski Disclaimer Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise, or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts, or omissions.
1:11:21
September 9, 2020
Ian H. Solomon, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at UVA
In the relaunch of Academical, VPR Director of Operations Sean Bielawski and VPR Editor-in-Chief Geoff Paul talk about the upcoming year for VPR (2:10) and then speak with Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Dean Ian Solomon (6:40) about his busy summer and how he is feeling as classes begin. Related Reading Dean Solomon's Medium Articles (link) UVA Racial Equity Task Force Report (link) Acknowledgments Music: Blue Dot Sessions Voiceover: Zach Mendez Editing: Sean Bielawski Disclaimer Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise, or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts, or omissions. 
1:00:35
August 31, 2020
Ep. 8 - Melody Barnes, Co-Director of UVA's Democracy Initiative
Academical's Executive Producer Joshua Margulies and VPR's Editor-in-Chief Jack DiMatteo sit down with Professor Melody Barnes (@MelodyCBarnes), Co-Director of the University of Virginia's Democracy Initiative (@UVADemocracy). Twitter  |  Facebook  |  LinkedIn Editing: Joshua Margulies Music: Blue Dot Sessions Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
36:54
June 10, 2019
Ep. 7 - Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter
Executive Editor James Leckie and Associate Editors Henry Frost and Kevin Breiner sit down with Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter (@VASierraClub).  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  LinkedIn Editing: Joshua Margulies Music: Blue Dot Sessions Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
53:26
May 28, 2019
Ep. 6 - Michael Finnegan, President of Atlantic Media
Executive Producer Joshua Margulies and Associate Editors Anna Higgins and Ashley Bultman travel to Washington, D.C. for a discussion with Michael Finnegan, President of Atlantic Media.  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  LinkedIn 7th Annual National Journal Conference [video recordings] Editing: Joshua Margulies Music: Blue Dot Sessions Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
1:09:10
April 8, 2019
Ep. 5 - Ned Price, Dir. of Policy & Communications at National Security Action
VPR's Editor-in-Chief Jack DiMatteo (@JackDiMatteo) sits down with Ned Price (@NedPrice), Director of Policy & Communications at National Security Action (@NatSecAction). Previously, Price worked as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was brought on to the National Security Council under President Obama before briefly returning to the CIA under President Trump. The conversation touches on all this and more.  Journal Submissions: http://www.virginiapolicyreview.org/submit.html [open until March 29, 2019] National Journal Conference: http://www.virginiapolicyreview.org/njc-2019.html [Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Charlottesville, VA] Editing: Joshua Margulies Music: Blue Dot Sessions Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
29:38
March 18, 2019
Ep. 4 - Chris Lu, Senior Fellow at UVA's Miller Center
VPR's Editor-in-Chief Jack DiMatteo and Associate Editor Alexandre Fall sit down with Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44), Senior Fellow at UVA's Miller Center. Previously, Lu worked in the office of then-Senator Barack Obama, before eventually leading the Obama-Biden transition team. He then served in the Obama Administration as White House Cabinet Secretary before ultimately becoming Deputy Secretary of Labor in 2014. The conversation touches on Lu's education, government service, the 2020 elections, and the political and policy landscape, among other things. Journal Submissions: http://www.virginiapolicyreview.org/submit.html [open until March 29, 2019] National Journal Conference: http://www.virginiapolicyreview.org/njc-2019.html [Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Charlottesville, VA] Editing: Joshua Margulies Music: Blue Dot Sessions Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
29:23
February 11, 2019
Ep. 3 - Robert Zullo, Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Mercury
Executive Producer Joshua Margulies, Executive Editor James Leckie, and Associate Editor Anna Higgins travel to Richmond, VA for a discussion with Robert Zullo, Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Mercury. The conversation touches upon the site's mission, goals, reporting approach, and the state of journalism more broadly. Editing: Joshua Margulies Artwork: Brian Kim Music: Blue Dot Sessions Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
55:07
January 11, 2019
Ep. 2 - Interview with Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey, M.D.
VPR Executive Editor James Leckie interviews Daniel Carey, Virginia's Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Dr. Carey was appointed to the position in January 2018 by Governor Ralph Northam. Before holding public office he worked as a cardiologist and as an executive in the healthcare industry. Our interview touches on Medicaid expansion, the opioid crisis, needle exchange programs, and access to care more broadly.  Research: James Leckie  Editing: Joshua Margulies  Artwork: Brian Kim  Music: Blue Dot Sessions Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
30:24
October 26, 2018
Ep. 1 - Interview with Matthew Olsen, Chief Trust & Security Officer at Uber
In our very first episode we are joined by Matthew Olsen, Chief Trust & Security Officer at Uber. Olsen had previously led the Guantanamo Review Task Force, served as General Counsel at the NSA, and was appointed Director of the National Counterterrorism Center by President Obama. Our interview touches upon closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, the NSA, the intelligence community, the Five Eyes, Olsen's new role at Uber, warrant canaries, and Silicon Valley culture.  Executive Producer: Joshua Margulies  Associate Producer: Shea Kearns  Associate Producer & VPR Content Director : Anna Haritos  VPR Managing Director: Ellen Beahm Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
33:07
October 13, 2018