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BPC’s podcast, Pints and Policy, takes a laid-back look at the week that was in policy news. Host Jordan LaPier unpacks complex policy issues and helps you get smart on key issues impacting Americans. You can listen to the series here or subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, Stitcher and TuneIn.

#26: Remembering George H.W. Bush

December 7, 2018 | Governance

Beyond saying goodbye to a President George H.W. Bush, there is a sense that we are bidding farewell to a bygone political era that was marked by partnership instead of partisanship.

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#25 Post-Election Recap

November 9, 2018 | Governance

BPC President Jason Grumet shares how the results of the midterm elections will affect the policy agenda in 2019 and beyond, and how BPC fits into a new political dynamic.

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#24 The Migrant Caravan

October 26, 2018 | Immigration

The migrant caravan, what is it, who’s in it, and what does it tell us about our immigration system. Jordan sits down with Cris Ramon to get in to all of that.

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#15 The Opioid Crisis: How We Got Here

May 25, 2018 | Health

The nation’s opioid crisis: how it’s affecting people and communities, and what Congress and the Trump administration are doing to solve it.

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#14 What’s an AUMF?

April 27, 2018 | National Security

Policy analyst Jessica Michek joins host Jordan LaPier to explain the role of Congress in authorizing military action in the context of the ongoing fight against ISIS and the recent airstrikes in Syria.

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#13 Coming Soon: $1 Trillion Deficits

April 13, 2018 | Economy

This week the Congressional Budget Office released new projections that federal budget deficits are expected to exceed $1 trillion by 2020. What does this mean and how did we get here?

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#12 Do Immigrants Commit More Crimes?

March 30, 2018 | Immigration

A recent Trump administration report pointed to federal prison data to suggest that immigrants commit crimes at higher rates than native-born Americans.

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#11 Changing SNAP

March 16, 2018 | Health

The SNAP is up for reauthorization this year in the 2018 Farm Bill which provides the opportunity to change SNAP. Experts unpack newly released BPC recommendations that aim to leverage SNAP.

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#10 Defining Gerrymandering

February 23, 2018 | Governance

What exactly constitutes gerrymandering? And is this as big of a problem as we think it is? Jordan LaPier discusses all of this and more with BPC Associate Director Matt Weil. 

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#09 The Future of America’s Infrastructure

January 26, 2018 | Infrastructure

BPC senior policy analyst Andy Winkler sits down with Jordan LaPier to unravel what’s in the president’s plan to rebuild the country’s infrastructure.

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#08 A Looming Government Shutdown

January 12, 2018 |

The next federal funding deadline is a week away. Are we headed for a government shutdown? What exactly happens in a government shutdown?

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#07 Year in Review

December 15, 2017 | Governance

Ashley Swearingen and Rachael Gresson sit down with BPC’s VP of Communications, Robert Traynham to unpack all that happened in 2017 and look ahead to what bipartisan moments are feasible in 2018. 

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#06 Reza Zarrab and the Fate of U.S. Turkish Relations

December 1, 2017 | National Security

Ashley Swearingen sits down with BPC policy analyst Jessica Michek to breakdown the Zarrab case and discuss what lies ahead for the U.S. and Turkey.

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#05 Immigration and the American Workforce

November 17, 2017 | Immigration

BPC’s Ashley Swearingen and Rachael Gresson sit down senior policy analyst Kenny Megan to discuss how immigration impacts the economy and the American workforce.

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#04 Reforming the Nation’s Tax Code

November 3, 2017 | Economy

Ashley Swearingen sits down with BPC senior policy analyst Tim Shaw to discuss the issues with the current tax code and break down some of the key provisions in the latest legislation.

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#03 What Happened to CHIP?

October 20, 2017 | Health

Thus far this year, Congress has not reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP offers health care coverage to 9 million children across the country annually.

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#02 Rebuilding Puerto Rico

October 6, 2017 | Infrastructure

Puerto Rico will be rebuilding for decades to come from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The destruction and aftermath demonstrate that, as a country, we must develop a better way to prepare for, respond to, and pay for natural disasters.

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