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Allen McDuffee of The Atlantic hosts a weekly podcast on power, politics and ideas. Read more of his reporting and learn more about this podcast at governmentality

Nov 27, 2017

Last week, a start-up in China said next year it plans to launch taxi drones in Dubai. And it’s just as it sounds—a flying car that will carry passengers in its tiny cockpit. As far fetched as that might sound, from warfare and espionage to photography and pizza deliveries, drones have become a part of our daily lexicon.

But can drones get out of these two lanes of destruction and amusement?

On this governmentality short, I spoke with Shira Efron, policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. We talked about how drones can bring meaningful change to difficult problems in Africa, the obstacles of drones and how that industry can beat its negative reputation.

Guests:

Shira Efron, Ph.D., is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, a special advisor on Israel with RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShiraEfron.

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The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

Nov 21, 2017

A wave of Democratic electoral victories, particularly in state legislative seats and governorships, have been said to be a referendum on President Donald Trump. The gained seats may or may not be a sign of what’s to come in the 2018 elections, but the record numbers of individuals who volunteered, donated or otherwise became involved is undeniable.

On this governmentality short, I spoke with Gideon Lewis-Kraus, writer-at-large at The New York Times magazine. We talked about his coverage of one of those races in Virginia where enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate came from well outside his district and how a single campaign manager rode that energy all the way to victory.

Guests:

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is writer-at-large at The New York Times Magazine. His latest piece, “The Resistance Comes to Loudon County,” is in the current issue of the magazine.

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You can subscribe to the governmentality podcast in iTunesGoogle PlaySoundCloudBlubrryStitcher, or anywhere else podcasts are found.

Please take a moment to rate and review the show wherever you listen to podcasts—it really does help others discover our show.

The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

Nov 14, 2017

There is little question that technology brings about change. But how much of it is for the good? At their best, technology giants can save lives. But at their worst, they provide massive audiences for the most of deplorable human behavior. Silicon Valley leaders are quick to celebrate their successes, but often shirk their responsibilities in the eyes of many.

On this episode, we’ll discuss both the successes and responsibilities of Silicon Valley. First, I’ll talk with Derek Thompson of The Atlantic about X, Google secret research wing. And in then in the book chat, I’ll speak with Noam Cohen, former New York Times technology columnist about his new book about Silicon Valley, The Know It Alls.

Guests:

Derek Thompson is senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and author of Hit Makers. Follow him on Twitter: @DKThomp.

Noam Cohen is author of The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and a Social Wrecking Ball. Follow him on Twitter: @noamcohen.

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You can subscribe to the governmentality podcast in iTunesGoogle PlaySoundCloudBlubrryStitcher, or anywhere else podcasts are found.

Please take a moment to rate and review the show wherever you listen to podcasts—it really does help others discover our show.

The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

Nov 7, 2017

Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist, engineer and innovator who used his enormous fortune to fund the Nobel Prizes, once said, “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”

Today, ideas are all around us. From tiny tweaks to mundane products to popularizing space travel, we are inundated with ideas from more channels than we can count. What used to live firmly in the world of academia and, later, think tanks is now the business of many and broadcast through a plethora of channels like TED talks, ideas festivals and media outlets dedicated to the world of ideas. We’ve become obsessed with this world of innovation, but it’s also come to resemble an industry all its own. On this episode, I talk with Chris Shea, senior editor at vox.com where he edits The Big Idea Section. And in the book chat, I’ll speak with Tufts University professor Daniel Drezner about his book, The Ideas Industry.

Guests:

Chris Shea is a senior editor at Vox.com where he edits The Big Idea section. Follow him on Twitter: @cshea4.

Daniel Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the author of The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans and Plutocrats Are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas. Follow him on Twitter: @dandrezner.

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Nov 1, 2017

The number of international migrants world wide has continued to rapidly grow over the past 15 years, reaching nearly 250 million in 2015, according to the United Nations. There's no sign of that slowing down as individuals and families seek economic opportunity and flee environmental and political disaster. In too many cases families and individuals are risking everything—including their very lives—to cross the waters from Africa to Europe or the border from Mexico to the United States. To learn more about the plight of migrants, we turned to Jason De Leon, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and founder of the Undocumented Migration Project who works on migration across the U.S.-Mexico border. And in this week’s book chat, we hear from Sasha Polakow-Suransky about his new book, Go Back to Where You Came From.

Oct 24, 2017

President Donald Trump may be unsure of exactly how presidential he wants to be, but what does it mean to "be presidential" anyway? In this episode, we look at Trump's presidential style with Alex Shephard, news editor of The New Republic. And we discuss the changes in the very office itself with University of Texas professor Jeremi Suri, whose new book is The Impossible Presidency. 

Guests:

Alex Shephard is the news editor at The New Republic and you can follow him on Twitter: @alex_shephard.

Jeremi Suri is the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office. You can follow him on Twitter: @JeremiSuri.

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Oct 16, 2015

In this episode of the governmentality podcast, journalist Allen McDuffee talks with Mike Pesca of Slate's The Gist about the power of podcasting, storytelling and humor — and why he wants to be the arbiter of TED Talks. And, in the book chat, Allen talks with Heath Brown about his book, The Tea Party Divided. 

The governmentality podcast is sponsored by Bombfell, the online men's styling and clothing service. Get $10 off today!

To read more about the world of power, politics and ideas, visit governmentality.

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Oct 5, 2015

In this episode of the governmentality podcast, journalist Allen McDuffee talks with John Hudak of the Brookings Institution about the power dynamics of the 2016 election cycle. And, in the book chat, Allen talks with Kristin Soltis Anderson about her book about millennials, The Selfie Vote. 

The governmentality podcast is sponsored by Bombfell, the online men's styling and clothing service. Get $10 off today!

To read more about the world of power, politics and ideas, visit governmentality.

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Sep 25, 2015

In this episode of the governmentality podcast, journalist Allen McDuffee talks with John Sides, professor of political science at George Washington University, about why it's okay to ignore the polls at this point in the 2016 election cycle and what those Trump poll numbers really mean. And, in the book chat, Allen talks with Will McCants of the Brookings Institution about his new book, The ISIS Apocalypse. 

The governmentality podcast is sponsored by Bombfell, the online men's styling and clothing service. Get $10 off today!

To read more about the world of power, politics and ideas, visit governmentality.

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Sep 17, 2015

In this first episode of the governmentality podcast, journalist Allen McDuffee talks with Brooke Gladstone of WNYC's On The Media about the power of the media, the 2016 election cycle and a post Stewart and Colbert world, among other things. And, in the book chat, Allen talks with Arthur Brooks about his book, The Conservative Heart.

The governmentality podcast is sponsored by Bombfell, the online men's styling and clothing service. Get $10 off today!

To read more about the world of power, politics and ideas, visit governmentality.

Follow Allen on Twitter: @AllenMcDuffee

Jun 9, 2015

Political journalist, investigative reporter and blogger Allen McDuffee launches his new podcast on power, politics and ideas. Learn more at www.governmentality.net.

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