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Health & Social Policy

Mouths in Need

How often do you think about your mouth? Of course you use it to speak, eat, and breathe, perhaps to kiss loved ones. Your mouth is a pretty important part of your life. But how often do you think about how it’s doing? I never used to, until I learned how much it matters to […]

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Dialectica Radio: Show Eight – Leadership

This week on Dialectica: Leadership. Host/Co-Producer Rebecca Taylor sat down with one expert in leadership from each of three domains to get a good understanding of the topic from multiple perspectives. Co-produced by James Tanner. Our three speakers are: Ron Kessler, an executive coach and long time leader in the Austin business community, gives some […]

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Energy & Environmental Policy

Obstacles to Amazonian Conservation in Ecuador

The most biologically diverse place on earth is a portion of the Amazon rainforest known as Yasuni. Environmentalists have targeted the region for an innovative and internationally recognized conservation project, and the populist President Rafael Correa seems to be on board. However, Correa has many obligations to social movements and businesse alike under Ecuador’s constitutional […]

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Politics and Governance

Undocumented Immigrants: Supporting or Threatening Public Safety?

Austin’s Chief of Police, Art Acevedo, has made the following statement about undocumented immigrants: “The vast majority of these people are not criminal aliens, they’re economic aliens. They are not a threat to our public safety.” Chief Acevedo has a point. Over the past 15 years, the United States has experienced the largest wave of […]

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Politics and Governance

McCain’s Solution to our Financial Crisis… Seriously?

Once he locked up the Republican primary, Senator John McCain spent several months building a narrative for the general election. His operatives spent countless hours reciting Mr. McCain’s willingness to politically stand on principle. Television ads paired Senator Barack Obama with flimsy celebrities and mocked his followers as naïve idol-worshippers. In the process they cast […]

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Economics & Trade Policy Multimedia

Dialectica Radio: Show Seven – The Financial Crisis Fallout

This week on Dialectica: The Financial Crisis Fallout. Host/Producer James Tanner explores the role of government concerning the aftermath of the ongoing financial crisis. Guests interviewed are: Dr. James Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and author, The Predator State: How […]

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Politics and Governance

Is Latin American Inflation Linked to Populist Regimes?

Latin American countries have had a history of recurring bouts of hyperinflation, which have been as severe as they have been frequent. It is widely believed that the overriding reason for this has been populist macroeconomic policies, especially ones by democratically elected regimes. Populism has been a prominent feature of Latin American politics and economics. […]

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Technology Policy

Are We Ready? The Switch to Digital Television

U.S. technology infrastructure will take a giant leap forward this February when the congressionally mandated conversion to all-digital television broadcasting takes effect. But there is disagreement over consumer and industry preparedness for the upcoming deadline. How many will be left with a blank TV screen come February? There are many key players investing time and […]

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Politics and Governance

Cruel and Unusual? Young Teens Sentenced To Die in Prison

Thirteen and fourteen year olds are too young to rent movies without the consent of their parents. They are not allowed to operate motor vehicles. They certainly can’t register to vote, or enlist in the armed forces. Yet they are old enough to be prosecuted in our adult criminal justice system and sentenced to the […]

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Energy & Environmental Policy Multimedia

Dialectica Radio: Show Six – Energy Policy and Environmental Planning

This week on Dialectica: Energy Policy and Environmental Planning. The Sustainability Workgroup will be discussing the differences between the platforms of Senator McCain and Senator Obama on issues of energy policy and environmental planning. Hosts for the show are Sustainability Workgroup members Meredith Grey and Susan Peterson, and LBJ graduate student Chris Smith is our […]