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 Short Takes: Phil Napoli 09/28/2020
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 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.
info_outline S4 Episode 4: Adding Up the Bill for Climate Change 04/29/2019
S4 Episode 4: Adding Up the Bill for Climate Change Climate change is affecting both nature and the economy. Who will take the hardest hit financially as the world heats up, and can anything be done about it? We meet a commercial clammer in Maine who is figuring out how to deal with the effect climate change is having on his industry. And environmental economist Billy Pizer has been calculating the future costs of climate change. Pizer is Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
info_outline S4 Episode 3: A Small Green Idea to Power Rural Nepal 03/20/2019
S4 Episode 3: A Small Green Idea to Power Rural Nepal A research team from Duke University treks into the Himalayas to investigate why a promising way to deliver electricity to those who need it, the micro-hydro minigrid, sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. This is the third of a four-part series on understanding and dealing with a changing climate.
info_outline S4 Episode 2: A Greener Commute: One City's Story 03/06/2019
S4 Episode 2: A Greener Commute: One City's Story What motivates commuters to leave their cars behind, and take the bus or a bike to work instead? A government innovation team in Durham, North Carolina recently tested several ideas with real commuters. The best one was so effective, it landed a million-dollar prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
info_outline S4 Episode 1: How Parenthood Affects Climate Change Skeptics 02/20/2019
S4 Episode 1: How Parenthood Affects Climate Change Skeptics There is about a 40-percentage point gap between Democrats and Republicans in their concern for climate change. New research suggests a solution for working around this deep-seated partisanship. PhD candidate Emily Pechar has found that when parents think about parental identity rather than partisan identity, they are more likely to be concerned about climate change.
info_outline Season 4 Preview 02/16/2019
Season 4 Preview Season 4 of Ways & Means: We’re kicking off with a miniseries on climate change. We'll look at new research into what it takes to turn climate change skeptics into climate change believers. Also, how can cities can nudge commuters into doing the right thing for the climate? And we'll head to Nepal for a look at how to bring power to places in the developing world where the electric grid simply can’t go.
info_outline S3 Episode 6: Life After Loss for Orphans in Africa 06/06/2018
S3 Episode 6: Life After Loss for Orphans in Africa For more than a decade, a multinational team of researchers has been exploring ways get mental healthcare to nearly 50 million orphans in Africa.
info_outline S3 Episode 5: Childbirth, Babies & Bonuses 03/28/2018
S3 Episode 5: Childbirth, Babies & Bonuses More than 800 women die in childbirth every day in the developing world - often because doctors know what to do, they just don't do it. (There's even a name for this: the know-do gap.) In this episode, testing different types of incentives for getting doctors to do the right thing during the birth of a child.
info_outline S3 Episode 4: How Sputnik Sent Women to College 02/25/2018
S3 Episode 4: How Sputnik Sent Women to College Before the 1960s, colleges routinely used gender quotas to suppress the number of women on campus. Some colleges excluded women entirely. There's a curious backstory to how more women ended up in college, and it starts with the Soviet’s launch of the satellite Sputnik in 1957. In this episode: turning politics of crisis into a law that eventually opened the door to college to millions of American women.
info_outline S3 Episode 3: How Do Criminals Get Their Guns? 01/31/2018
S3 Episode 3: How Do Criminals Get Their Guns? Duke professor Philip J. Cook has been tracking the underground gun market in the U.S. for the last 15 years. For one project, his team went to one of the largest jails in the country and asked the inmates a simple question: "Where do you get your guns?" Also, former Chicago gang member "Samuel" talks candidly about his experiences with guns. Before his 15th birthday, Samuel had shot someone, and been shot himself.
info_outline From the Archives: Bootstraps and Silver Spoons 12/15/2017
From the Archives: Bootstraps and Silver Spoons We will be back next month with a new episode. In the meantime, take a listen to the most popular episode we've produced so far. If you're black with a college degree, your household will likely have $10,000 less in net worth than your white neighbor who didn't finish high school. A look at the racial wealth gap.
info_outline S3 Episode 2: Robots, WikiLeaks & the Fight Against Human Trafficking 11/15/2017
S3 Episode 2: Robots, WikiLeaks & the Fight Against Human Trafficking How diplomacy and public shaming are helping shine a light on a problem that depends on secrecy to survive. This episode is the second of a three-part series, New Ideas for Policy in the Developing World.
info_outline S3 Episode 1: Slum Detectives 10/18/2017
S3 Episode 1: Slum Detectives Today, for our Season 3 premiere, we begin a three-part series, New Ideas for Policy in the Developing World. In this episode, high-tech meets high-need. How researchers are using Google Earth to find the undocumented slums of India.
info_outline S2 Episode 7: Secret Life of Muslims 05/22/2017
S2 Episode 7: Secret Life of Muslims Ahmed Ahmed is an American-Muslim comedian who was typecast as a terrorist. Khalid Latif is a Muslim chaplain for the NYPD who was saluted in uniform, but harassed as a civilian. Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins fought Islamophobia with doughnuts and conversation. Episode also features David Schanzer of Duke University and Evelyn Alsultany of the University of Michigan. Produced in partnership with the Secret Lives of Muslims project, which was a finalist for the Peabody Award.
info_outline S2 Episode 6: Flimflams, Scams and Ripoffs 03/23/2017
S2 Episode 6: Flimflams, Scams and Ripoffs John Rusnak was a currency trader in Baltimore when he was convicted of one of the largest bank frauds in American history. When he was finally discovered, the bank had lost close to $700 million dollars. We look at John Rusnak's case through an historical lens. It turns out fraud has been a key feature of American business from the beginning. Episode features Duke Professor Edward Balleisen. His new book is Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff.
info_outline S2 Episode 5: Bootstraps and Silver Spoons 02/07/2017
S2 Episode 5: Bootstraps and Silver Spoons Most of us prize stories of people who start with nothing in life, and then become rich. Americans even have a saying for it: pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. However, new economic research is revealing how wealth is actually built in there US and how difficult it is for some people to gain wealth, even when they do everything right. Episode features Duke professor William "Sandy" Darity.
info_outline S2 Episode 4: 7 Concerns About Teens & Phones, Unwrapped 12/19/2016
S2 Episode 4: 7 Concerns About Teens & Phones, Unwrapped Sexting, stranger danger, cyberbullying. We explore seven major concerns parents have about teens and phones. What does the research say? Featuring Candice Odgers of the Duke Center for Child & Family Policy.
info_outline S2 Episode 3: Crazy Districts, Lopsided Elections 11/04/2016
S2 Episode 3: Crazy Districts, Lopsided Elections Gerrymandering (drawing voting districts to favor one political party) has reached a whole new level in recent decades.We’ll hear about some stunning gerrymandering feats, and how reformers across the nation are trying to restore the power of your vote.