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Policy On Purpose Podcast

Policy on Purpose

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Welcome to the LBJ School's podcast, "Policy on Purpose" — taking you behind the scenes of policy with the people who help shape it. Host Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School, dives into real-world and timely policy topics with leading experts from the school and the policy world at large.

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Latest Episode

Ep.21: Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, delivers 2019 graduation remarks 
June 5, 2019
Before speaking to the LBJ School's class of 2019, PBS NewsHour's White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor joined "Policy on Purpose" to talk about the role and responsibility of the press when covering some of our world's most defining moments, and how to best balance humanity and objectiveness when covering difficult topics and stories. Full transcript

Past Episodes

Ep.20: LGBT rights and public policy
May 14, 2019
Robert Jones, the founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), joins Dean Angela Evans to discuss what the changes in religious, racial and ethnic demographies of Texas and the nation tell us about the future of politics and policy priorities. Full transcript.

Ep.19: Policymaking in theory and practice with Austin Smythe
May 6, 2019
Austin Smythe (MPAff '80), who served as policy director to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) from 2015 to 2019, visited the LBJ School for a special Admitted Students Weekend session of the Dean's Distinguished Leaders Series. Smythe worked for Ryan over 11 years in a variety of capacities, including as policy director for the House Ways and Means Committee and as staff director for the House Budget Committee (2007–15). Full transcript.

Ep.18: Opening Mexico's oil and gas industry with Aldo Flores-Quiroga
April 25, 2019
Aldo Flores-Quiroga is former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons at Mexico's Ministry of Energy (2016–18), where he led a team of more than 180 government officials to implement the historic opening of Mexico's hydrocarbons sector. Flores-Quiroga, who also served as secretary general of the International Energy Forum, joins Dean Evans to talk about shared goals amid competing interests and the kinds of skills that withstand disruption. Full transcript.

Ep.17: Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Susan M. Gordon
April 12, 2019
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Susan M. Gordon visited The University of Texas at Austin for the UT Intelligence Studies symposium on March 28, 2019. She stopped by the LBJ School to talk with Dean Angela Evans about emerging technologies and an evolving intelligence community, as well as private-public partnerships with tech sectors. Full transcript.

Ep.16: Royce Brooks on changing the face of Texas politics 
April 4, 2019
Royce Brooks is the Executive Director of Annie's List, an organization dedicated to recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for office across Texas. In this episode of Policy on Purpose, Brooks unpacks issues of representation and diversity in politics with Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School. Full transcript.

Ep.15: A research-based approach to criminal justice
March 21, 2019
Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot is a retired judge and award-winning lawyer with more than three decades of experience in the criminal justice system, including as a felony district court judge, Dallas County assistant district attorney and chief felony prosecutor, as well as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice. He talks with LBJ School Dean Angela Evans about taking a research-based approach to criminal justice, and the challenges in trying to move the system away from the idea of jail as a default to the idea of a model based on treatment, reducing crime and reducing recidivism. Creuzot, who now leads an office with nearly 300 prosecutors, also discusses the idea of fostering leadership among staff and creating the leaders of the future. Full transcript.

Ep.14: The Power of Data-Driven Decision-making
March 14, 2019
Guest host Don Kettl, LBJ professor and academic director of the LBJ Washington Center, talks with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Robert Shea of Grant Thornton about how data-driven decision making can change the way governments serve people. Recorded at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Full transcript.

Ep.13: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on pragmatism in politics
Feb. 27, 2019
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the LBJ School on Feb. 13, 2019, as part of the Dean's Distinguished Leaders Series. In this episode of "Policy on Purpose," Mayor Emanuel — who has served as mayor, a congressman, chief of staff to the president of the United States, senior adviser and campaign strategist on local and national levels — talks about his pragmatic approach to policy and what he's learned throughout his career. Full transcript.

Ep. 12: Former President Solís of Costa Rica and Vice President of Nicaragua Ramírez discuss issues of democracy in Central America.
Feb. 20, 2019
Former President Solís of Costa Rica and Vice President of Nicaragua Ramírez join "Policy on Purpose" to discuss the current crisis of democracy in Nicaragua, challenges and opportunities in relations between the Central American nations and their neighbors to the north and the ongoing migration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto guest hosted; the podcast was recorded in Spanish.
Full transcripts: English | Spanish

Ep. 11: Presidential historian and author Michael Beschloss on history as a roadmap for the present and the future
Jan. 23, 2019
Presidential historian and best-selling author Michael Beschloss joined LBJ School Dean Angela Evans to talk about why and how drawing on history to illuminate and improve politics and policy is critical, and what he's learned from approaching history through issues and circumstances rather than biography.
Full transcript

Ep. 10: Former LBJ School dean, Deputy Secretary of State (2009–11) Jim Steinberg on globalization
Dec. 12, 2018
James Steinberg, former LBJ School dean and deputy secretary of state (2009–11) visited Austin for the National Security Forum on Nov. 30. He joined LBJ School Dean Angela Evans for a conversation on globalization, U.S.-Chinese relations and an international-facing public policy education.
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Ep. 09: Public Policy in the U.S. Senate: A Chief of Staff's View
Oct. 22, 2018
Beth Jafari, chief of staff to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Maura Keefe, chief of staff to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) talk with LBJ School Dean Angela Evans about public service, bipartisanship and women in power roles on Capitol Hill.
Full transcript

Special Episode, Recorded Live: Mayor Mitch Landrieu visits UT Austin, urges fight against racism
Sept. 26, 2018
In a special live recording of Policy on Purpose, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses a crowd of 300+ UT students, urging them to stay engaged with today's most pressing issues.
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Ep. 08: Admiral William McRaven on purpose, failure and trust
Sept. 4, 2018
New LBJ School professor Admiral William McRaven speaks candidly on lessons learned throughout his distinguished career.
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Ep. 07: Professor Donald Kettl on educating future policymakers
Aug. 22, 2018
Donald Kettl, a professor and academic director of the LBJ Washington Center, joins Dean Angela Evans to discuss why and how policy schools must rise to the challenge of preparing students to discover and tackle problems using rich interdisciplinary forces.
Full transcript

Ep. 06: Soledad O'Brien on today's media environment
July 1, 2018
Award-winning journalist, author and philanthropist Soledad O'Brien talks all things journalism and public policy with Dean Angela Evans. From current-day tensions to the media's influence to bridging real-life voices with policy, O'Brien talks candidly about the role of media and public policy today.
Full transcript

Ep. 05: Professor Abigail Aiken on Ireland's historic referendum on abortion
May 24, 2018
Dr. Abigail Aiken, an assistant professor of public affairs and Fellow of the Richter Chair in Global Health Policy at the LBJ School, joins Dean Angela Evans to discuss a historic referendum on abortion in Ireland. Ireland's law on abortion is among the strictest in the world. Dr. Aiken presented her research findings in testimony before the Irish Parliament to inform the debate.
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Ep. 04: Texas Sen. Kirk Watson on a life in public service
May 10, 2018
Texas Sen. Kirk Watson joins Dean Angela Evans for this episode of Policy on Purpose. First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Watson represents Senate District 14, which now covers most of Travis County and all of Bastrop County. In this interview, he discusses his top legislative priorities, including ready access to health care and government transparency, and his experiences formulating policy in the face of ideological differences.
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Ep. 03: The Honorable Julián Castro on housing policy
April 9, 2018
The Honorable Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act signing by LBJ. He sits down with Dean Angela Evans to talk about how far we’ve come since the act was signed, and what challenges remain in making housing fair and available for all.

At the time of this podcast, Castro served as the Dean's Distinguished Fellow and Fellow of the Dávila Chair in International Trade Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
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Ep. 02: Professor Ruth Wasem on immigration (Part 2)
April 1, 2018
Ruth Wasem returns to Policy on Purpose for continued discussion on immigration in America, focusing on the four pillars presented by President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address. Wasem is a clinical professor of public policy practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and served as a domestic policy specialist at the U.S. Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service.

Wasem has testified before Congress about asylum policy, legal immigration trends, human rights and the push-pull forces on unauthorized migration. She teaches courses in the LBJ School on immigration, the development of legislation and more.
Full transcript


Ep. 01: Professor Ruth Wasem on immigration (Part I)
March 2, 2018
We sit down with Ruth Wasem, clinical professor of public policy practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. For more than 25 years, Wasem was a domestic policy specialist at the U.S. Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service, and in this interview she offers her expert insights on DACA and how it fits in with our current public policy perspectives, along with the history of immigration in the United States.

Wasem has testified before Congress about asylum policy, legal immigration trends, human rights and the push-pull forces on unauthorized migration. She teaches courses in the LBJ School on immigration, the development of legislation and more.
Full transcript