Ways & Means
Ways and Means features bright ideas for how to improve human society. The show is produced by the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
info_outline S7 Episode 3: Begged and Borrowed 03/16/2022
S7 Episode 3: Begged and Borrowed Large technology companies are so powerful they now threaten democracy. They are too big to sue, and current regulations are not holding them responsible for their actions or outcomes. What can be done when a large tech company is doing something that is harmful to society? How can the technology companies that want to differentiate themselves demonstrate they are behaving responsibly? Well – this isn’t the first time the U.S. has been faced with a large, runaway industry that needed effective government oversight. We’ll look closely at the governance frameworks that are used for big banks, environmental polluters, drug companies to allow them to demonstrate responsible decision making. This episode is the third of a three-part series, , a collaboration between Ways & Means and the Debugger podcast. The series is produced with support from the Cyber Policy Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.
info_outline S7 Episode 2: What Hasn't Worked 03/09/2022
S7 Episode 2: What Hasn't Worked Very large tech companies fit into a special tech category called “platforms.” Companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Amazon are so big – it’s like they are on a raised on a platform at a country fair, and can be heard all over the fairgrounds. The platform gives them an advantage; because they can be heard by more people, their technology can have a more impactful reach. These companies have a lot of money, and power. But what if society becomes convinced one of these tools is hurting kids, or failing democracy, or polluting the environment, or stealing? Since they are so big that even fines don’t seem to scare them, what now? In this episode: we’ll explore what’s been tried to hold tech companies accountable. This episode is the second of a three-part series, , a collaboration between Ways & Means and the Debugger podcast. The series is produced with support from the Cyber Policy Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.
info_outline S7 Episode 1: Too Big to Sue 03/02/2022
S7 Episode 1: Too Big to Sue It’s critical to understand just how hard it is to tell big tech companies what to do. The United States’ legal system is set up for a fair fight, but in practice tech firms are often able to act as their own judge and jury. They control everything from what apps we see, to what data they collect about us to whether or not misinformation and hate speech circulate widely online. This episode is the first of a three-part series, , a collaboration between Ways & Means and the Debugger podcast. The series is produced with support from the Cyber Policy Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.
info_outline Season 7 is coming 02/28/2022
Season 7 is coming Season 7 launches Wednesday March 2 with a series: "Defending Democracy (And Us!) From Big Tech." The three-part series explores how powerful big tech companies are, and what governments can do to keep them accountable. The series is hosted by journalist Bob Sullivan, and is a collaboration with the Debugger podcast. Thanks to the Cyber Policy program at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, and Duke's Kenan Institute for Ethics. Promo music: Footsteps on Alden and the Corner Office. .
info_outline S6 Episode 6: A Conversation About Reparations 05/14/2021
S6 Episode 6: A Conversation About Reparations Throughout history, the U.S. and other countries have paid reparations to a wide range of people and groups, for a variety of wrongs. But reparations to African Americans have not been paid to date.
info_outline S6 Episode 5: White Brutality 04/07/2021
S6 Episode 5: White Brutality Throughout the nation’s history, time and again, promising signs of African American progress have been shattered by acts of violence serving the interests of white supremacy. The extent of that violence is widespread and ongoing.
info_outline S6 Episode 4: Whitening the Middle Class 03/24/2021
S6 Episode 4: Whitening the Middle Class In this episode: The GI Bill was a conveyor belt into the middle class for millions of white WWII veterans, but many African American veterans were excluded. Subsequent generations continue to feel the effects.
info_outline S6 Episode 1: Not So Long Ago 03/03/2021
S6 Episode 1: Not So Long Ago Series premiere: “The Arc of Justice – From Here to Equality." Inspired by professor William “Sandy” Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen's book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century.
info_outline S5 Episode 6: Reparations: How it Could Happen 10/29/2020
S5 Episode 6: Reparations: How it Could Happen The question of whether and how to compensate descendants of people formerly enslaved in the United States has hung over the country since the end of the Civil War. It’s getting new traction in the 2020 election. Duke Professor William "Sandy" Darity has created a Reparations Planning Committee to flesh out the details of how a reparations program would work.
info_outline Short Takes: Bruce Jentleson 10/29/2020
Short Takes: Bruce Jentleson In this “Short Takes” episode, host Deondra Rose talks with Bruce Jentleson about his research into great political leaders, specifically Nelson Mandela, in his book, The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship. Jentleson's work was the topic of the Ways & Means Podcast episode: Secrets of Great Political Leadership.
info_outline S5 Episode 5: Secrets of Great Political Leadership 10/15/2020
S5 Episode 5: Secrets of Great Political Leadership What makes a great political leader in a deeply divided time, and what can we learn from one of the most striking examples in American history? Listen to the story of Nelson Mandela and learn about the surprising strategies that made his leadership work.
info_outline Short Takes: Phil Napoli 10/08/2020
Short Takes: Phil Napoli This is a bonus conversation with Professor Phil Napoli. Phil's work was featured in last week's episode, "When Local News Dries Up." He talks with Deondra Rose, Research Director for Polis, Duke University's Center for Politics. Among other things, they talk about what is hopeful in today's journalism environment.
info_outline Short Takes: Kristin Goss 09/28/2020
Short Takes: Kristin Goss Today: a post-Ways & Means episode conversation with professor Kristin Goss about the rise of the gun control movement in America. Goss's work was the topic of last week's Ways & Means episode: The Battle Over Guns in America: What's Changed. The host of Short Takes is Deondra Rose, Director of Research for Polis, the Center for Politics at Duke University. Music: , CC Attribution, Non-Commercial License
info_outline S5 Episode 3: The Battle Over Guns in America - What's Changed 09/17/2020
S5 Episode 3: The Battle Over Guns in America - What's Changed On this episode we ask – how did the gun control movement become a force in American politics -- after being overshadowed for so long by the NRA? In a word: money.
info_outline Short Takes: John Holbein 09/10/2020
Short Takes: John Holbein Today: a post-Ways & Means episode conversation with John Holbein of the University of Virginia about how to get more young people to vote. Holbein's work, along with Duke faculty member Sunshine Hillygus, was the topic of last week's Ways & Means episode: Deondra Rose is Director of Research for Polis, the Center for Politics at Duke University. Music: Georgia Overdrive by , CC Attribution, Non-Commercial License
info_outline S5 Episode 2: Why Young People Don’t Vote – And How to Change That 09/03/2020
S5 Episode 2: Why Young People Don’t Vote – And How to Change That For some reason there's a big gap between young Americans' intention to vote and the chance that they will actually do it. In this episode: why so few young people in the United States vote. This season of Ways & Means is supported by
info_outline Short Takes: Carolyn Barnes 08/27/2020
Short Takes: Carolyn Barnes After each new Ways & Means episode airs this season, Duke Prof. Deondra Rose will have a followup conversation with the featured researcher. Today: a conversation with Prof. Carolyn Barnes about how government-funded programs can help parents become politically engaged. Barnes' work was the topic of last week's Ways & Means episode: How Afterschool Programs Can Empower Parents.
info_outline S5 Episode 1: How Afterschool Programs Can Empower Parents 08/20/2020
S5 Episode 1: How Afterschool Programs Can Empower Parents We explore research into how government-funded afterschool programs for poor families are empowering politically motivated parents. Hear from staff and parents about how these programs have inspired change in their community and learn what elements build effective programs.
info_outline Season 5 Relaunch 08/19/2020
Season 5 Relaunch Season 5 of Ways & Means relaunches Thursday, August 20, 2020. The season is dedicated to issues in U.S. politics and civic life and hot topics in the 2020 elections. The season originally premiered in the spring of 2020, but was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The season is a co-production of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and Duke's Polis: Center for Politics. Music: "Pinky" by Blue Dot Sessions
info_outline Season 5 Postponed 04/15/2020
Season 5 Postponed We’ve decided to pause in releasing new Ways & Means episodes for now. With the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone’s attention is on the coronavirus and that’s as it should be. So we’ve decided to take a break. We will be back this fall with the complete series of stories on ideas for sealing the cracks in our democracy. That series is in partnership with Polis, Duke’s Center for Politics. Until then, stay safe, stay apart and please wash your hands.
info_outline S4 Episode 6: Beyond Elmo: How Puppets Teach Preschoolers Self-Control 09/13/2019
S4 Episode 6: Beyond Elmo: How Puppets Teach Preschoolers Self-Control Four-year-olds are expected to be able to behave in the classroom, but more and more preschools are kicking children out for bad behavior. In this episode: new research into how to best help children control themselves in the classroom.
info_outline S4 Episode 5: Answering New Parents’ Cries for Help 06/12/2019
S4 Episode 5: Answering New Parents’ Cries for Help On this episode we go inside an innovative, free public program that helps new moms and dads adjust to life with a newborn. In each location where the Family Connects program is offered, all families, rich and poor, are eligible to have a visiting nurse come right to the home after the birth of a child. The program has been shown to improve parenting behavior and reduce emergency medical care for infants.